Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Book review of Guardian of Paradise

About the book

In 1888, Kira Wall, surviving daughter of missionaries swept away in a tsunami, lives a primitive, but enjoyable life with natives on an isolated island in the South Pacific. But her serene world is turned upside down when an Australian merchant ship, commanded by the sinister Captain Darcy Coleman, arrives with an overabundance of modern and lavish goods. Kira suspects ill intent. Chief Ariki refuses to listen to Kira’s warning, forcing her to uncover the real plan of the captain on her own. Unfortunately, she has a distraction. A six-foot tall, blond, and handsome distraction. Trevor Marshall, doctor and botanist, hopes to find exotic plants on the island to research new cures and medicines. He is dedicated to science, but when meeting the strong-willed, beautiful Kira Wall, he’d prefer to spend time researching her—all night. 

The captain thwarts Kira’s attempts to call him out at every step, turning the village chief against her. With only Trevor and her best friend Malana by her side, she stalks the captain and his officers through the dense, predator infested jungle, toward the island’s inactive volcano. Frustrated by her failure to reveal the captain’s true intentions, Kira begins to think maybe she’s wrong about everything. Then an explosion and earthquake bigger than anyone on the island has ever seen renews her resolve. Was the blast natural or man-made? She is determined to prove it was the captain’s doing. Kira races against time and the island people’s naivety to stop the captain from destroying her home and killing everyone she loves.

My Review

Kira the protagonist of the story lives in Alofa an island in the South Pacific. She has lived on the island for long and is a person of importance. She has taught the people of Alofa the language of the people that came in ships to trade.

When she encounters a ship that had docked on the shore, Kira is septic about the Captain and their motives. It’s strange why Kira is so concerned about the arrival of the strangers on their island. You will find out the reason as you move through the pages in the story.

Coleman the Captain of the ship speaks with the Chief and assures him that he has come to their island in good will. Kira tries to intervene and asks the Chief to monitor the activities of the guests who have landed on their shores. The Chief isn’t convinced that there is any need to monitor the activities and gives the guests thumbs up of their arrival.

Now Kira has an unwelcomed distraction of having fun with the Trevor, a doctor from the ship who came to find new herbs and plants for preparing medicines. But she never takes her eyes off the Captain and tracks his whereabouts and tries to find out why the Captain is digging near the riverbed.

Now why the digging is going one and what can be the reason for that? Will Kira be able to find the true purpose of the Captain’s interest in the island? What is he looking for and why?

With so many questions to be answered and the mysteries that have to be unrevealed you have to read the story to find out what happens next.

The storyline is great but I believe it is a story for the school kids full. The author has done a great job creating the suspense early on in the story but it happens to be a lot earlier than I had anticipated. I don’t know why the words blimy and tee has been used so often in the story. I felt like the author has tried to show the Alofa’s talking accent, which is great but they are used more too often than required.

Ignoring those words, the book is a great read and the kids who like to read suspense and mystery genre stories will love the book.
Read more about the book at Online Book Club.

About the Author

W. E. Lawrence graduated in 1978 from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with a BS in business administration. Despite wishing he had taken more courses in journalism and communications, he has spent most of his adult life in the corporate business world. Now he reads and writes.

Passionate about God, writing, reading, family, sports, politics, and America, Lawrence currently lives in Davidson, North Carolina, with his lovely wife, Martha, and their wonderful children, Abby and Davis.