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Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  1,878 ratings  ·  250 reviews
Truth is stranger than legend . . . and your journey into both begins here.

World adventurer and international monster hunter Josh Gates has careened through nearly 100 countries, investigating frightening myths, chilling cryptozoological legends, and terrifying paranormal phenomena. Now, he invites fans to get a behind-the-scenes look at these breathtaking expeditions.


Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Gallery Books
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Betty Anne Benes It's a partial biography. Josh talks a bit about his background in theater and archaeology, and he talks briefly about his life up until the point his…moreIt's a partial biography. Josh talks a bit about his background in theater and archaeology, and he talks briefly about his life up until the point his career veered into television with "Destination Truth." It's actually a fascinating read, and it also kind of shows how one or two strange turns of events can change the trajectory of a person's whole life.

The rest of the book talks about his personal takes on some of his most interesting or dangerous expeditions and what it's like to be a world-traveling "monster hunter."(less)

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Toni Wall
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Well written with a lot of behind the scenes takes on the Destination Truth episodes that I love.

It was VERY hard while reading the book not to stop and read every other paragraph out loud to whomever was in the room. It was that fun and interesting. As a matter of fact, I often gave in and read large portions aloud. Once I even got out of bed to read a page to someone. They were as equally shocked as I was by the information I was reading. (Chernobyl, anyone?)

At different tim
Charlene Ruell
Oct 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Yes, this is a book written by the host of the Syfy show Destination Truth and yes, it does give you a behind the scenes look at the unique challenges that Josh and his crew face. However, if that is all a reader gleans from this memoir, then I would suggest a re-read, as you've missed the most important part.

Josh is an adventure traveler and one of a small percentage of people that truly understands the importance of exploring the world in all of it's beauty and wickedness. Not merely traveling
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up for two reasons: I am a fan of the show Destination Truth and it is this month's selection for a reading group to which I belong. I anticipated it being nothing more than a regurgitation of the episodes I've seen on TV, but that assumption was way off mark.

Anyone who has ever experienced even a fleeting moment of wanderlust should read this book. Gates takes the reader along on some amazing journeys, but he also provides some important lessons about the difference between b
Shelly Schulz
Anyone who talks to me for more than five minutes knows that I love Josh Gates, I love Destination Truth, and I fangirled so hard when I heard this was coming out. (Hell, I Preordered it at B&N.) It really didn't let me down. Gates writes about various explorations that they've done, and things that have gone wrong, and things that have gone so very right. Gates was a photographer before he started working on this show, and it's demonstrated here. He's got a way with words and setting the scene ...more
Nov 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: american
so, way back in the day when I was graduating from college my mom offered to take me to spain to celebrate. Now I didn't think it would actually happen because it wasn't the first time an offer had been made. But later I found out my stepfather had offered to pay, but he didn't want to go to spain. I offered some other options ireland, italy, you know europe. It turned out he was offering backpacking in indonesia. My response... "I don't sleep on the ground". Yeah I know people are suppose to li ...more
2020 bk 171. What a fun read. Josh Gates brings a refreshing point of view to television and to this memoir of his days as host of Destination Truth. His enthusiasm generates interest in subjects I would not normally be interested in, say, Giant Worms. I have read many books on cryptids and cryptid hunters (had to as a middle school librarian one does not want to look not in the know to 11-14 year old science geeks). Yes, many more people know Josh as the treasure seeking, ancient world archaeol ...more
Leah K
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you've ever seen the popular show, Destination Truth, on Syfy, you know what this show is all about. A man (Josh Gates) and his team travel throughout the world in search of the crytozoological and paranormal. And if you've watched the show, you know it's not just about finding the unexplained, it's about the meeting of cultures and beliefs, finding reality within the myth, and Josh Gates traveling the world as he falls, fumbles, and cusses at the always-failing broken-down transportation.

May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Travellers and lovers of history
I've watched all five seasons of Destination Truth, and whilst I loved the monster hunting element, I soon came to realise that what I really looked forward to in an episode was the narration of the host, Josh Gates.

So you can imagine how excited I was when I logged into Facebook one morning and caught a glimpse of this cover. He'd written a book about his adventures on the show back in 2011; I bought it off Amazon without a second thought.

The book arrived a few weeks later (due to being in Aust
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was nothing like I originally expected it to be. Initially, despite the fact that I figured it would simply be a behind the scenes play by play of Josh's many cases, I picked it up anyhow because I find Josh amusing. To my surprise and happiness I was completely wrong. Though he does mention his cases, this book contains so much more...his thoughts on travel, humor, culture, food...everything. As someone who experiences the itch to travel often, he really gives a good argument as to wh ...more
Tyler Mickelson
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Its evident that Josh Gates is not only well versed in the Legends he hunts but also in life in general. His quick witty one liners that make the show so appealing, transfer straight across to the pages of his book. I was also very impressed with the level of writing that Josh has seemingly produced on his own accord with out the help of a co-author. Another point of interest was the fact the instead of recanting the first season of Destination Truth, like other in the same field have done, he i ...more
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I have been a long time fan of Destination Truth and was so happy when I bought this book. The enter time I'm reading it I can hear Josh's voice in my head and picture exactly what is going on. It's more then just a companion book to the show like he says; it's so much more. I have to say that by far the best chapters I've read are Ch.11: Worst. Vacation. Ever. for its hilarity at his misfortune, and Ch.15: Chernobyl; I wanted to cry throughout this entire chapter.
Even if you don't watch the sho
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, paperback
If you’re a fan of Josh Gates and his TV shows you will enjoy this book a lot.
I am a HUGE fan of Destination Truth. One of my favorite shows, ever. I still am watching reruns. Josh Gates is my favorite TV host. I have fell in love with travel and cryptozoology through him. This book goes behind the scenes on some of the expeditions. It also gives some much missed details that I am so glad I now know. Also, this is my first non fiction novel. I’m proud to say it is my first. I hope he writes about more of his travels and experiences in the future.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating Travel Channel TV show and a terrific book. Josh Gates is smart, funny and cute and this book gives great insight into behind the scenes incidents. Josh is an excellent storyteller on TV and on paper.
Kelly  Seifert
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book! If you are a fan of Destination Truth you will love this book! I could actually hear his voice as I was reading it. Great book!! ❤📚
A super fun, really exciting, very funny read.
Jun 15, 2018 added it
Shelves: default, book-i-own
I love Destination Truth, I love Josh Gates, and I loved this book! Josh is hilarious and i love hearing about all of the places he's visited and crazy things that happened while making the show. He also shares a few stories from his personal life and how he got the job on Destination Truth. He offers a lot on great insight and advice about traveling abroad, and I actually feel like I learned a lot about how to be a better traveller from this book. I highly recommend this book to fans of Josh, h ...more
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: travel
"Many people aren't aware that there was once a North American camel, which went extinct. Take that as a lesson, modern camel: we can survive without you, and you should really check your attitude."

Fans of the Destination Truth show will enjoy this book which has great travel insights and some information from expeditions of the show. This book helped show me that I definitely need to renew my passport.
Licking County Library
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: staff-picks
Recommended by Meghan, Main Library, Children's Department (July 2016)

Meghan's Review:

I give it 5 stars. I couldn’t put this book down. Just reading about Josh’s adventures and near death experiences kept me on the edge of my seat. Josh’s sense of humor is wonderful and puts a great spin on his hair-raising adventures. I have the travel bug now since reading this book. A definite must-read for anyone who loves travel and adventure.
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you've ever seen Josh Gates' show "Destination Truth" this book is an excellent read. It was very entertaining and I found myself going to Netflix to watch the episodes he discussed after each chapter. Josh is funny and, after reading, I feel the need to go backpacking across Europe. ...more
Vanessa Jillett
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: funny, memoir
A truly enjoyable read, wonderful tales of travel and culture infused with Josh Gates humor. Let's you catch a glimpse of life behinds the scenes of Destination Truth and some of the critical moments of change with Gates' life. ...more
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Awesome book that lets you see more of Destination Truth. What happens while the cameras aren't rolling as well as when they are. Any fan of the show should really read this book! ...more
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I will make a confession before my review...I have never seen the show Destination Truth. Having said that, I know Josh Gates more through his show Expedition Unknown (which I LOVE and him in it).
In Josh’s book about his time filming his show Destination Truth, the message is clear, it’s not about the Destination, it’s about the journey. The book is chock full of his adventures, not all of which are pleasant, but all of which make for great storytelling. From spider infested sleeping accommodati
Matthew Smith
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs
This book was crazy good. I bought this for my Mom for Christmas as she's a huge fan of the show. I've never seen it but in waiting for my new books to arrive, I needed something to read so I picked this up. I like monsters & this guy hunts supposed real ones so, why not right?

I'm not much of a traveller, my "world travels" include Canada and seeing all the countries in Epcot at Disney World. This book now has me wanting to travel all over the place. I thought I'd be somewhat disappointed knowin
Chris Galiatsatos
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, bios
This book was great! I’ve seen most of the episodes of Destination Truth over the years and I’m a fan of Gates, so when I heard that he had a book and that it’s a pretty good book I had to get on it. Gates tells a lot of backstory of how his show took off and gives a lot of insight on how they did some of the more exciting cases. Gates’s writing is so similar to his hosting; I read everything in his voice and the whole book played out almost like him narrating a show. It’s informative, insightfu ...more
Brandon G. Smith
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Being a fan of Josh Gates and a huge fan of the show Destination Truth, I have been looking forward to reading this book for years. I made quick work of it and enjoyed the behind the scenes look at the craziness of the show. Hmmm favorite chapter being the look at the investigation of Chernobyl. Josh paints a picture of a modern nuclear wasteland that only someone who has actually been there can. My gripe is that as it went on there were several episodes of the show that I wanted behind the scen ...more
Betty Anne Benes
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Part biography, part travelogue, all humor - Memoirs of a Monster Hunter tackles the life and career of Josh Gates, host of the TV series "Destination Truth" and "Expedition Unknown" during his early Destination Truth years. Josh talks a bit about his background in theater and archaeology, and he talks briefly about his life up until the point his career veered into television with "Destination Truth." It's actually a fascinating read, and it also kind of shows how one or two strange turns of ev ...more
Sarah Walker
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This memoir has style and hilarity and monsters, how can you go wrong? Under the surface, Mr. Gates philosophy on travel, adventures, and culture far outweighs his monster hunting. His professional respect for unique people and their experiences establishes him as a seasoned traveler. His love for diverse cultures establishes him as a global diplomat. I've thoroughly enjoyed his show because he is an archeologist of the living and the dead. He's in it for the story. When people share their stori ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fascinating, funny and poignant story about Josh Gates whose career for several years was as a host of Destination Truth.

I loved getting to see some behind the scenes of the variety of adventures he found himself on, several which were dangerous and his writing really drew me in.

In some ways his view points reminded me of a modern day Indiana Jones who genuinely loves getting to see different parts of the world, understanding people from different cultures and appreciating the wonders
Carolyn Wagner
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved hearing the behind-the-scenes stories behind Destination Truth and how the series came about. The side notes about different "monsters" was interesting too, even if he doesn't quite believe in Bessie, the Lake Erie monster. Being a big Josh Gates fan, it was impossible to read this in anything other than his voice in my head, which made it all the better. A must-read not only for DT/Expedition Unknown fans but for anyone wanting to take the leap to international travel. One of my favorit ...more
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Josh Gates is an adventurer, explorer, television presenter, television producer, and author. He is the host and executive producer of the new Travel Channel series, Expedition Unknown. For five years, he co-executive produced the hit Syfy Channel series, Destination Truth were he investigated unexplained phenomena around the world. He has degrees in archaeology and drama from Tufts University. Ga ...more

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