Monday, August 20, 2018

Hostile Takeover & Island on Fire


Historical Thriller
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MY REVIEW
Very action-packed, easy to read historical fiction based on an actual volcanic eruption many years ago. Martinique is a region of France and both French and a form of Creole are spoken there. The description of the island of Martinique and its people is so lilting. It seems to be the art of the author to help you hear the dialect, see the broad fields and the people working so hard day to day. Hard to believe such a thing can exist in a book about a terrible disaster.  But, Sophie Schiller seems to capture the essence of the island people. Many of them still practicing voodoo just because it is what they have always heard from their ancestors, almost a religion. Some very naïve and some very astute, but so steeped in their history to make them blind in their own way. This story also involves a very realistic story of politics and the ability of the government to become an ostrich. Stick its head in the sand and hear only what they want to hear or believe what is most convenient.

While this is fiction it is based as I mentioned earlier on a very true event and seemed quite real to me. I even found myself Googling Martinique and looking up more about its history and its people. But don’t get the impression this is dry or rather academic. It is as I said, action-packed and fast moving. This may also be because Schiller was so good at developing and defining her characters; making them have real personalities and helping the reader to identify with them. This was definitely a page turner. I didn’t put it down very often. It wasn’t just the characters that seemed so real. The possible volcanic action and thoughts of destruction had me yelling at their government leaders to pay attention.    

***This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review.



Urban Fantasy
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5 comments:

  1. Hi Kathy, thanks so much for your warm and enthusiastic review of Island on Fire. So glad you liked it! And cheers on a wonderful, entertaining blog!!
    All the best,
    Sophie

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  2. Ms. Schiller,
    The intensive, detailed research required, combined with your exquisite prose, have provided a novel that is impossible to put down.
    Kudos.
    Denny Royston

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