"Delightful African Queen type tale"
Renowned for her global travel books, India McKnight needs
a guide to visit the South Seas island of Takaku, but no
one will take her because of the native cannibal populace.
British Naval Captain Simon Granger suggests India ask Jack
Ryder, who lived with cannibals, to take her. Jack and his
adolescent partner Patu agree to take India to the island
so that she can determine whether the rock formation is
natural or man-made.
Jack drops India on the island, giving her a few hours to
return. However, Simon and his ship arrive. They want to
catch Jack, accused of killing half a crew by sinking the
Lady Juliana. Jack takes India hostage and they trek
across the island as he tries to reach the French side. On
the journey, Jack and India fall in love, but he knows she
has no future with him.
Fans of the African Queen will want to read this nineteenth
century south Pacific version of the classic. The story
line hooks the reader from the moment India dumps a bucket
of water on a drunken sleeping it off Jack. Readers will
compare the lead couple to Bogart and Hepburn and realize
the duo is a charming pair. Though some readers may detest
the use of profanity, it fits in an action-packed plot that
goes full throttle until the finish.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 28, 2003
Ever since she can remember India McKnight has craved
adventure, dreaming of lands past the horizon. Following
her calling, she becomes a travel writer, a vocation that
takes her far and wide. All the while, she vows never to
risk her freedom by falling in love. But when she sails to
the exotic and unknown regions of the South Pacific, a
rugged man brave enough to be her guide just may be the one
who can lay claim to her heart.
Having turned his back on the "civilized" world long ago,
Jack Ryder has been living in seclusion, hiding from the
pain and betrayal buried in his past. When the beautiful,
hotheaded Scotswoman arrives at his hut looking for a
guide, he agrees to take her to the island of Takaku --
despite the challenge -- just to prove that her stubborn
theories about native life are wrong. But when their
journey turns dangerous, their fates become forever
entwined. Forced to rely on each other tor their very
survival, they soon discover that passion and even deeper
peril await them just beyond the sunrise.