Island on Fire by Sophie Schiller
Publication Date: March 15, 2018
Paperback & eBook; 270 Pages
In the lush, tropical world of Martinique where slavery is a distant memory and voodoo holds sway, Emilie Dujon discovers that her fiancé, a rich sugar planter, has been unfaithful. Desperate to leave him, she elicits the aid of a voodoo witch doctor and is lured into a shadowy world of black magic and extortion. When the volcano known as Mount Pelée begins to rumble and spew ash, she joins a scientific committee sent to investigate the crater. During the journey she meets Lt. Denis Rémy, an army officer with a mysterious past. At the summit, the explorers discover that a second crater has formed and the volcano appears to be on the verge of eruption. But when they try to warn the governor, he orders them to bury the evidence for fear of upsetting the upcoming election. As the pressure builds, a deadly mudslide inundates Emilie’s plantation and she disappears. With ash and cinders raining down, chaos ensues. Left with no choice, Lt. Rémy deserts his post and sets off on a desperate quest to rescue Emilie. But with all roads blocked, can they escape the doomed Pompeii of the Caribbean before it’s too late?
My Review: I remember watching the movie “Titanic” for the first time. Knowing the historical account of the Titanic…as well as it’s tragic end…dramatically altered the lens through which I watched the movie. I knew I loved the characters, knew I had hope for their growing love story, and hoped against hope that they would be spared the inevitable.
Thus it was for me as I read Island on Fire.
Most of us are familiar with the story of Mount Pelée at the turn of the century; its massive eruption, as well as the devastation of all in it’s path. Emilie Dujon, a resident of Martinique, has been keeping a close eye on the volcano. While the official statement is that Mount Pelée is extinct, Emilie can’t help but wonder otherwise, and has been daily keeping track of it’s various rumblings and spewings. Of course we, the readers, know that she is on to something. Which makes the rhythm of the book a little tense, as the plot thickens and Emilie and Lt. Denis Remy grow in their relationship with one another.
I must admit, I felt the book was a little slow getting off the ground in the very beginning. However, the author did an excellent job of painting such beautiful scenery, that I couldn’t help but continue to read. As the plot builds and progresses, I found myself continuing to read for two reasons: What was going to happen between Emilie and Remy?
And will they survive?
An enjoyable, fast-paced historical fiction with impeccable research applied to the plot and the characters. I recommend!
About the Author
Sophie Schiller was born in Paterson, NJ and grew up in the West Indies. She loves stories that carry the reader back in time to exotic and far-flung locations. Kirkus Reviews called her “an accomplished thriller and historical adventure writer”. Her latest novel is Island on Fire, a thriller about the worst volcanic disaster of the 20th century. She was educated at American University, Washington, DC and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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