Library Ed. Recorded Books 2009
CS ISBN 978-1-4361-7486-2 $113.75 Twelve cassettes
CD ISBN 978-1-4361-7487-9 $123.75 Twelve CDs
Nine people are marooned on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific in 1942. They are the only survivors of a Red Cross hospital ship torpedoed by the Japanese. Among them are several of the ship's crew, nurses, the captain, his wife, a Japanese prisoner, a stowaway, and a spy. The castaways learn to live together and depend upon one another, but there's a serpent in paradise—and there IS a war going on. The island could be invaded by Japanese troops at any moment. With Richard Poe at the microphone, good-old-fashioned B-movie melodrama becomes an appealing adventure story. Predictable plotting becomes engrossing, and stereotypical behaviors become engaging. In the final chapters, Poe's voice offers a secure port in the not wholly unexpected tropical storm. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2009]
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