on 30 March 2011
This book is the sequel to Uncertain Paradise. I would recommend reading the prequel first or you will be lost in the plot as a lot has gone on previously.
This book details the second half of Cassells year on Maggie Rock, the newly independent island in the pacific ocean. However things are not going smoothly. Cassell has to deal with betrayal, anxiety, and a life forced into turmoil. Already heavily involved in the islands militia he must decide where his loyalties lie, often choosing between his own personal needs and those of his country. This results in both physical and mental pain.
You will follow Cassell on a personal journey whilst feeling every emotion as the character shares his innermost fears regarding the dangerous world he has found himself plunged into.
Whatever your personal preference for the contents of a novel, I can pretty much guarantee you'll find it here. There is action in the form of jungle combat & invading communist forces, tender moments coupled with lost love, and political wrangling aplenty. It reads almost as a personal diary but from a life you could only dream about.
The author obviously knows his stuff and the way that small island (and on times international) politics is portrayed in the book allows the reader to see it laid bare, which is a real eye opener.
I cannot believe that JWC has had such little recognition in the literary world but in a way I am glad that the novels are almost a little secret shared only by a select band of followers.
Do yourself a favour this year and pick up these books.... you can send me the thank you messages for introducing you to Cassell after you've read them :)