Islands Kindle Edition
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"This is a proper page-turner, a book that, when it grabbed, held on for dear life, not letting go until the exciting ending. Ms. Stamey has a real flair for writing, clearly knows how to research the background for a book, and knows how to draw a reader in and hold onto them. The character development was done in such a way that you truly felt you knew the main characters inside out and could identify with them throughout the story. This is an excellent read, ideal for fans of true thrillers and suspense stories - you won't be disappointed." - Readers' Favorite, 5 Stars Review
"Islands is a high-powered and intense suspense drama that rides fast and recklessly through the soul of this Caribbean island -- its inhabitants, their culture, their politics, their lives.... Author Sara Stamey took a very difficult concept and did an excellent job of making it work." - The Examiner of SE Texas
From the Author
- ASIN : B00KDPCZRS
- Publisher : Book View Cafe (May 6, 2014)
- Publication date : May 6, 2014
- Language: : English
- File size : 935 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 363 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,253,001 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Susan is drawn to the islands by a crumpled letter from her murdered brother, who before his death made a find that could lead her to academic fame. If she can locate his discovery, she may be able to prove that a petroglyph hundreds of years old is of African origin, predating the incursion of Columbus to the Caribbean. The combination of her professional dreams and the nightmare of John’s violent killing quickly pull her into the bloody heart of the region’s notorious voodoo cult. Seeking an old, wise professor, Phillip Holte, who may know where to find the petroglyphs, she is aided and at times thwarted by John’s grieving girlfriend Laura, and by John’s worst enemy, possibly his killer, Victor Manden.
With Vic dogging her tracks and Laura watching from the sidelines, Susan, perilously naïve concerning the secrets of the island people, believes she is close to her goal when she finds and is befriended by Phillip. But she continually ignores the warnings of those who know better than she the danger she’s in. Almost too late she realizes that someone she has trusted is a force for savagery and suffering, pulling her into a morass of occult horror beyond her worst imagining. Before her island visit is over, Susan will have to confront the most primitive aspects of her own nature.
Author Sara Stamey has lived some of what she has created in the fictional Islands: she is a world traveler, who, like Susan and her Caribbean companions, is an avid scuba diver. Stamey knows the region, colorfully painting the searing sunlight, the sparkling clear underwater world viewed by divers seeking buried treasure, the ubiquitous sweet and sometimes doctored rum drinks, and the tight, tense lines drawn between island “natives” (actually former slaves) and the “continentals,” the name given to the minority whites, former plantation masters now trying to cynically exploit their properties as a glitzy tourist trap.
Mystical, romantic, intellectually and viscerally stimulating, "Islands" deftly depicts a woman’s encounter with deadly lies and the chance for true and lasting love.
Suspense and mystery drive you through the pages of Stamey's book. Just when you are certain you have the plot all figured out, you are thrown off center again. Trust is shattered unexpectedly. Tension glues that book to your hands, and you cannot lay it down until you finish, and even then you have to let the energy come off in layers for a time after.
This book is calling you.
No stranger to investigating mysteries, Susan Dunne specializes in discovering and researching clues to discovering ancient petroglyphs and their associated history. These are boulders and rocks with primitive carvings. An intriguing dimension that enhances their allure is that many of the carved designs which are found worldwide are surprisingly similar. Susan is working on a theory and wants to consult with an anthropologist who was last reported to be hiding out in the Caribbean. She is on the hunt to find him and her search turns up some unexpected and ominous results.
But Susan also holds a secret of her own, the last letter from her dear brother. He recently drowned while living on this island as he was diving for treasure at a sunken ship that’s guarded by legendary voodoo, Jumbies, and a bloodthirsty cult. Susan wants to solve the mystery surrounding his death. She unlocks some most disturbing secrets and will need to face fears of her own in order to try and stop evil from overtaking her.
The history, legends, and culture of the Caribbean are integrated delightfully within this suspenseful story. The characters and their passionate motivations are artfully revealed throughout the course of the plot. Descriptions of the luscious setting, both above and below waters, during adventurous scuba dive explorations, are to be savored.
The author, Sara Stamey wrote an early draft of Islands when she was living in the Caribbean, working as a scuba instructor and guide. She originally wrote the book as a stand-alone novel. At the end she felt that the characters had more to tell, so she started a sequel set in Belize and Guatemala, where she has also spent time. Sara’s journeys include treasure hunting, backpacking worldwide, operating a nuclear reactor at Hanford, and owning a farm in Southern Chile. Returning to her home town in the Pacific Northwest, she taught creative writing at Western Washington University for several years.
This author has several other exciting books as well, including her most recent The Ariadne Connection which is a Science Fiction thriller.