Smoke Island

Smoke IslandWhen A Flight From Mauritius To Perth Crash Lands Into The Sea, The Chances Of Survival Are Slim But Stranded On A Little Rescue Dinghy In The Middle Of The Vast Ocean, There Are Eight Passengers And One Crew Member Who Have Survived The Deadly Incident Huddled Together In Unwanted Intimacy And Fearful Danger, The Survivors Include An African M.P., A Transvaal Farmer, An Embittered Englishman From Kenya, A Man Hell Bent On Personal Advantage, A London Clerk And A Rich Industrialist, Now Far From The Security And Splendour Of His City Boardroom There Are Women In The Dinghy, Too A Plain And Man Hungry University Lecturer A Young Air Hostess And A Mauritian Woman Of Great Beauty Finding Themselves In A Life Or Death Situation, The Group Must Fight To Survive As They Are Washed Ashore On A Coral Island As The Weeks Turn To Months, Their Chances Of Rescue Grow Slimmer The Tantalising Smoke Spirals On The Horizon Seem To Promise The Chance Of Rescue, Yet They Are Almost As Distant And Elusive As The World Of Civilisation In A World Far Removed From Anything They Have Ever Known, These Strangers Must Learn To Survive In A Harsh Environment With People They Hardly Know, Who Can Turn On Them At Any Moment A Thrilling, Tense Novel Of Survival And Human Relationships From A Bestselling Author Exciting The Daily Telegraph Antony Trew 1906 1996 Had Three Careers Sailor, Business Executive, Writer The First Was The Sea Returning To It During World War II He Served With The South African And Royal Navies In The South Atlantic, The Mediterranean And The Western Approaches Where He Commanded The Escort Destroyer HMS Walker, Principally Employed On Russian Convoys He Was Awarded The DSC After The War He Resumed His Work With The Automobile Association Of South Africa Of Which He Was Director General And In His Spare Time Wrote Two Hours To Darkness Published By Collins In 1963 It Was An Immediate Bestseller Over 3,500,000 Copies Printed In 16 Languages On The Strength Of It He Retired Early And Embarked On A Third And Highly Successful Career As A Writer. I ve recently read and enjoyed Trew s short story collection, so when I found this novel as a freebie, it was an easy choice Turns out Trew does just as good in long form as it does in short And this is a much earlier effort too Trew was a South African naval officer, who later became a writer His stories very much reflect both his citizenship and service career and also the time in which they were written This one, his second novel, is from 1964, so in fact it predates the short stories I ve read by nearly three decades and so it was interesting to observe and contemplates the similarities and differences The general style, though, remains recognizably much the same, the stories read like adventures of bygone days, but not especially dated or at least not dated in a way that makes them difficult to relate to This is especially noticeable here, because survival stories usually see people at their very worst or best Once the pretense of polite societal norms is taken away, what s left is pure nature and instincts and basic drives So this is essentially Lost minus supernatural elements and general mindf ckery A plane crashes and a small group of survivors makes it onto a small deserted island, albeit unlike Lost, they first must survive the sea around them Once on the island, they must figure out a way to overcome their considerable difference, strongly
An aircraft crashes into the ocean, and a small group of survivors find themselves adrift on a lifeboat Washed up ashore on a deserted island, they must learn to survive Survival is not just about finding food and water, but existing together in a complicated group dynamic They are all from very different backgrounds, and their characters offer some extremes of society They are serious issues of racism and sexism, religion, politics and personality flaws In truthfulness, most of the characters were not likeable, but throwing together such extreme outlying personalities certainly adds to the story It was a drama about conflicting personalities than a true survival adventure, although there are some aspects of survival techniques, and moments of fast paced action are interspersed with drama Character development is often offered in th
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Extreme deprivation causes differing reactions in people, and survival in a lifeboat is grueling and brutal Eventually ending up on a deserted island, the directions in which these survivors travel in order to maintain sanity m