An older and wiser Krystal Sutherland, heroine of A Face in the River, is at it again. First and Third Worlds collide in River of Fire, an absorbing cross-cultural adventure novel that grapples with hard issues of power, wealth, family ties, environmental terrorism, and personal absolution in conscientious and courageous ways. Will the island and people of Emerelda survive the devastation of a major volcanic eruption? Will Krystal, aka “The Green Goddess,” find her way back home from California?
Here’s what Alick Lazare, author of the historical Caribbean novels Pharcel and Kalinago Blood, has to say: ‘The tone of River of Fire is lyrical and fast-paced. The descriptions of multi-cultural characters and varied landscapes are vivid and authentic as the seamless series of events spans the distance between the glittering sophistication of California and the rainforests of rustic Emerelda. Romantic dreams are tinged with stark reality in this story of love, courage, and dedication to preserve what is best in nature and the human experience.’
Paradise Lost and Regained
RIVER OF FIRE by Kristine Simelda, © 2016, River Ridge Press, 314 pages. EC$40.
As reviewed by Alick Lazare, author of Pharcel and Kalinago Blood.
‘River of Fire’ tells of the unrelenting struggle of the protagonist, Krystal Sutherland, to keep the pristine Caribbean island of Emerelda from the clutches of international exploiters who are bent on using it as a pawn in to control of the world’s energy resources. To save her beloved adopted homeland from destruction, Krystal, along with her ally Abdullah, faces the enemy head-on…but a catastrophic volcanic eruption puts her up against incalculable odds.
‘The tone of River of Fire is lyrical and fast-paced; the descriptions of multi-cultural characters and varied landscapes are vivid and authentic. It is a gripping story tinged with romantic dreams and stark reality, a seamless series of events and places that span the distance between the glittering sophistication of California and the rainforests of rustic Emeralda. It is a story of love, courage, and dedication to preserve what is best in nature and the human experience.’