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?
Here’s what Alick Lazare, author of the historical Caribbean novels Pharcel and Kalinago Blood, has to say: ‘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. To save her adopted homeland from destruction, Krystal, along with her ally Abdullah, faces the enemy head-on while also attempting to rescue her sons—one from misdirected political ambition, the other from abduction and almost certain death. 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 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.’
River of Fire was officially launched in Dominica at Romance Café, Mero Beach on Saturday 3rd December, 2016. Ms. Simelda’s novels are also available from booksellers in Dominica and from Amazon.com in Create Space paperback and Kindle E-book format. For wholesale information, contact the author at River Ridge Press: firstname.lastname@example.org