Palms of Persuasion
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In the aftermath of the raging storm, the intriguing community on the remote Caribbean island desperately struggles to regain some kind of normality. But what is ‘normal’ in paradise? Tragedy has dared to encroach, tarnishing the glamour of the treasured, tropical hideaway. Life now offers an uncertain and uncomfortable future. Secrets best left buried in the mists of time have been uncovered. Sleeping skeletons have been dragged out of closets. Rumour is rife. And scandal looks inevitable. Then, one step too far: a threat to expose the island to the world. As the palm trees whisper in the lazy breeze, unexpected European visitors become more than just a casual nuisance, unwittingly confronting the well-being of the exotic hideaway. Convenient and casual assignations challenge love and loyalty. Truth and trust give way to lies and betrayal. Seduction is a versatile weapon and blackmail is everyone’s friend. Once again, the island is helplessly drawn into an erotic... More > web of passion, mystery and suspense.< Less
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May 13, 2012R.S. Charles is back with a Storm. At long last R.S. Charles has taken us back to his paradise island to provide us with a sequel to his first and successful novel ‘Whispering Palms.’ It is a dangerous tactic for the writer of a first novel to go back to the same places and the same characters and can often be accused of warming up the same old material. I am delighted to announce that R. S. Charles is completely innocent of any such charge. His new book is a development of his of characters and brings all the plot lines, new and old, to a most successful and dramatic denouement. The first thing to report on this sequel is that it has a much darker atmosphere - what just passed as a paradise island in ‘Whispering Palms’ now makes the island look as if the inhabitants are in a kind of prison. This incarceration is of course physical as the island is presented in some ways as hostile but this sense of being powerless also occurs at different levels. Some are imprisoned by their... More > relationships others by their past and to a certain extent their inability to act in their own interests. At one point there is an island meeting at the hotel at which they have to do something in the face of a threat. This motley group of people cannot form a realistic plan. This is a great page turner with many twists and a plot that is like an onion. The real truth about these people is revealed in a merciless dissection by the author. Sorry I cannot tell you anymore I do not want to spoil it for you. So you will have to read it for your selves. I repeat from my review of ‘Whispering Palms’, and the same comment is relevant for ‘Palms of Persuasion’, the works of R. S. Charles would make a splendid film for television or the cinema. Read it before the film comes out!< Less
Apr 18, 2012Characters I can't forget. R.S. Charles has done a masterful job of producing a storyline in two volumes where characters soon endear themselves to the reader. Whispering Palms and Palms of Persuasion both take place on a private Caribbean island. The cast of characters are just that, characters, but they are so real, the reader will either love or hate them as the story unfolds. But don’t be too quick to hold your judgment secure, because as the story moves forward the reader learns that things are not always as they seem. The fact that the people, places and times are all fictional – oh dear, my world was shattered. I was already caught up in their lives because the story is so believable. I say this to remind readers of this author's talent to create word-pictures that linger and play on the mind. As one approaches the final chapters in Palms of Persuasion the overarching thought is that the end is coming. How sad! There is something wonderful to be said about a book that you hate... More > to see end because the story has so enthralled you. I walk around during the day thinking about Raoul and Seb as if they are real. No other author has ever done that for me except Hemingway. R.S. Charles paints pictures with words. They are explosive renderings. I love them. And it just goes to show the beauty of words when they are well crafted. I wholeheartedly recommend this novel to any reader.< Less
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- R.S.Charles (Standard Copyright License)
- April 18, 2012
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.21 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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