I loved this book as an adventure novel, gripping and with a surprise ending. What I hated was the negative way it presented a country I love. Whoever researched the setting of the book must have done a very cursory survey of one island, and practically overlooked, or exaggerated recent history.
Solomon Islands appears to the author only to consist of one island (Guadalcanal), and it is made to sound unstable and barbaric.
The 2006 riot in Chinatown is depicted as much more widespread than it actually was. Since then, the biggest actual unrest has only been a minor skirmish at a football match.
Unfortunately, the implication by the author that Honiara is a dangerous place is not likely to help the country's burgeoning tourist industry, and that is hugely disappointing.
Please don't believe Solomon Islands is unsafe. It most definitely isn't.
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; 1 edition (30 June 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781405919036
- ISBN-13: 978-1405919036
- ASIN: 1405919035
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)