Fiji: A novel by Lance and James Morcan


3 stars

A Fijian trek of adventure, acceptance and romance

This review may contain slight spoilers, so if you are intrigued by the synopsis, please be aware that some of the slight plot twists may be uncovered in the review. Although, I try to keep spoilers out of my reviews, sometimes the comments and thoughts the book evokes requires them to be in the review.

Synopsis: Fiji is a spellbinding novel of adventure, cultural misunderstandings, religious conflict and sexual tension set in one of the most exotic and isolated places on earth.

As the pharaohs of ancient Egypt build their mighty pyramids, and Chinese civilization evolves under the Shang Dynasty, adventurous seafarers from South East Asia begin to settle the far-flung islands of the South Pacific. The exotic archipelago of Fiji is one of the last island groups to be discovered and will remain hidden from the outside world for many centuries to come.

By the mid-1800’s, Fiji has become a melting pot of cannibals, warring native tribes, sailors, traders, prostitutes, escaped convicts and all manner of foreign undesirables. It’s in this hostile environment an innocent young Englishwoman and a worldly American adventurer find themselves.

Susannah Drake, a missionary, questions her calling to spread God’s Word as she’s torn between her spiritual and sexual selves. As her forbidden desires intensify, she turns to the scriptures and prayer to quash the sinful thoughts – without success.

Nathan Johnson arrives to trade muskets to the Fijians and immediately finds himself at odds with Susannah. She despises him for introducing the white man’s weapons to the very people she is trying to convert and he pities her for her naivety. Despite their differences, there’s an undeniable chemistry between them.

When their lives are suddenly endangered by marauding cannibals, Susannah and Nathan are forced to rely on each other for their very survival.

Written by father-and-son writing team Lance & James Morcan (authors of The Ninth Orphan), Fiji is an historical adventure-romance published by Sterling Gate Books.

A feature film adaptation of Fiji is currently being developed.

Bookish things: 292 pages. I’m not a huge fan of the cover, I think it’s a bit flat. A cover that included an example of the vibrant indigenous people would be far more enticing. Goodreads shows this as having an average rating of 3.93 out of 5.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.99 or paperback for $12.59

My Review:

bookshelves: chillenge,     3-star-review,     a-lil-sexy,     editing-required,     historical-fiction,     indie-author,     luck-o-the-irish,     romance

Read from June 09 to 12, 2013

**may contain very slight spoilers**
What’s pink, yellow and blue with white stripes? Carries clubs and guns too, speaks in tongues and might also eat one too?
Give up?
You will find out if you give this book, with it’s gritty storyline and richly descriptive imagery when it came to the indigenous people, a try. The idea that drove the story was a strong one, it’s been done before…done to death. Where I found this book let me down was in the mechanics of the writing. I was fairly picky as you’ll be able to see below in my notes.
15% – Yep, I get it! Rod is a simpleton. Quit telling me every time he is mentioned!!
A fair bit of head hopping between Nathan and Suzannah. Kind of distracting, no real break between either.
16% – very abrupt changes between scenes. More could have been added to tie the scenes together instead of such a jarring change. (S+N to maiden and sailor)
18% – why didn’t we find out about Waisale’s birthmark the first time we saw him in the story?
22-24% – I am not sure about this ‘he/she would later learn…’ Line. It is putting in information the characters don’t yet have for the reader.
88% – why didn’t they go back? Check on the men? It seems a little odd…
These things aren’t the be all and end all when it comes to writing a book, and if you can overlook some of those things I think you’ll thoroughly enjoy this tale.

Have you ever read a story about Fiji? Was it any good? share with us below.

3 thoughts on “Fiji: A novel by Lance and James Morcan

  1. My parents lived in Fiji in the 90’s and I’m wondering if this would be any good for my mother to read. She’s 83 and loves books about history, but if there’s swearing and sex involved she wouldn’t read it. What do you think?

    • There is a little swearing in it, and while the sexual tension and some vivid fantasies occur the actual sex scenes are quite gentle. There is a fair amount of talking about rape and quite a bit of grisly murder.

      It might not be the best choice for your mother.

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