From Publishers Weekly
Though the publisher touts this latest from Graham, author of the Poldark series, as a disaster thriller "in the tradition of Grand Hotel, The Poseidon Adventure, and Towering Inferno," it offers more subtle pleasures than those potboilers. In re-creating the real-life destruction, in February 1960, of the Moroccan seaside resort of Agadir by an earthquake that took 12,000 lives, Graham has produced a compelling drama of sacrifice, loss and redemption. Agadir's majestic Hotel Saada is ground zero for this story and its collection of intriguingly oddball characters. These include a trio of boisterous French prostitutes celebrating a windfall; a young English writer fleeing his embittered wife; a pompous French banker fumbling to hide an indelicate secret; a beautiful French actress disillusioned by her career; an American lawyer recovering from his greatest personal trial; and an English bank robber hiding from the police and his own gang. The mingling of their lives and secrets begins casually enough as relationships develop, some with fresh promise, others with brittle coolness. Then the earthquake strikes. Out of the rubble emerge several new lives full of change, hope and love. Emotionally resonant narration, snappy dialogue and clever plotting make this a captivating tale not only of natural havoc and human tragedy, but of the uncertainty and misdirection of life.
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From Library Journal
What awaits six disparate people on holiday in Agadir, Morocco? Graham (author of the Poldark series) skillfully unfolds the story of each: the bank robber on the lam, having double-crossed his cohorts; the ne'er-do-well English writer, escaping a failed marriage; three French prostitutes celebrating recent good fortune; and an aging American lawyer getting a new start on his life after his wife's desertion. Their paths barely cross in Agadir when an earthquake levels the resort city and changes their lives in ways they never imagined. Graham builds each character in deftly painted scenes and conversations. Minor players?the Moroccan doctor, the bickering French banker and his wife, and the two thugs sent to ferret out the traitorous thief?are also brought to life. Recommended for public libraries.?M. J. Simmons, Duluth P.L., Minn.
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