Island on Fire
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 shadow ...more
It is about a gal and a cheating low life boyfriend. The gal goes to a voodoo priestess, well why not? Right? First thing I think of when I have a cheating boyfriend..voodoo priestess under the yellow pages. I would think she would ...more
Despite evidence to the contrary, those in authority choose to believe that there is no threat from the volcano, having more regard to the consequences of panic by the population than the possible risk to life and property. This w ...more
The author does a magnificent job of weaving facts with fictional characters to tell the true story of the eruption of Mount Pelee at the turn of the century. Sophie Schiller weaves visual impressions with her prose that are among the best I've ever read. I can see, smell and taste the story as it unfolds. There are no questions in my mind as to why this novel was chosen by Amazon Press for publication, it also gives me quality insight as to why my novel, Evolution of a Killer ...more
I have to admit that when I began reading this book, I did not think I would enjoy it. I found it a bit slow to start and it was difficult to follow along. I wasn’t sure where the storyline was going, or even what the point of the story was. I am so glad that I pressed on and kept reading. What I found was that I could not stop turning pages.
Island on Fire takes place in Saint-Pierre, Martinique, at the foot of the “extinct” volcanoes, Mount Pelee. Emilie Dujour is the daughter of a plantation ...more
Volcanoes, Voodoo and cheating fiances give this book a little something, something.
The setting is Martinique in 1902 and the story figures around the eruption of the volcano that devastated that island with 30,000 people dying as a result. The geologists at the time believe that volcano to be extinct. Hmm won ...more
The book is especially effective in it's scenes covering the volcano itself - the early hike up the Mount Pelée and startling disco ...more
Oh man, where to even begin? This books was at times exciting, at times suspenseful, and also aggravating. (I mean government can be aggravating anyway, but a government who refuses to see the impending doom of a volcano in full eruption is a special kind of aggravation. I managed to keep from throwing my Kindle across the room, even if I did want to try to shake some sense into a few government officials in the book.)
I was completely unfamil ...more
Imagine living on a tropical island, plantations abound with workers, gorgeous fruit and crops growing all around you. Emilie is a young woman living in this paradise and her family has owned their plantation for gener ...more
ISLAND ON FIRE is a historical fiction novel based on the 1902 eruption of Martinique’s Mount Pelée, the most deadly volcanic eruption of the 20th century. The heat, ash, and flying debris destroyed the port city of Saint-Pierre and took the lives of approximately 30,000 individuals in only minutes. The story is a fascinating reimagining that is both suspenseful and absorbing. The romantic side plot of Emilie, L...more
Emilie is a strong character engaged to an unscrupulous, greedy man. She discovers his unsavory character and decides that somehow she must find a way out of the arranged travesty. Her parents are appalled and their plantation may be lost. Mea ...more
The governor has been informed of Mount Pelée’s possible eruption and that the town needs to be evacuated but the governor is worried about the upcoming election and losing so he orders everyone to keep quiet about the volcano. No one is to be e ...more
A historical romance that has a background focused on the rumbling Mount Pelée and whether it’s about to erupt. The story set in 1902 during a time when women were expected to do as they were told. We get to meet Emile Dujon who is not only sassy but she knows what she wants and Lt. Denis Rémy who has a sketchy past. There is everything from voodoo to politics to have you intrigued the entire time.
I am going to give Island on Fire fou ...more