THE WITCH OF MANGA REVA by Garland Roark

THE WITCH OF MANGA REVA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A South Sea island, Manga Reva, actually exists -- a dot on the fringe of French Oceania; the mad priest who decimated the island's population in the name of Christianity, who sought pearls to build a cathedral of stone and coral, who made slaves of Polynesian natives and kept the island women prisoners and the native rulers his pawns- this too is true. Against this stranger than fiction background, Roark has spun another of his fabulous tales of derring-do, treasure seeking and bravado. A one-time pirate and the woman who loves him come back to seek a sunken ship- and a measure of vengeance; a painter, at the behest of his ship-owning New England uncle, comes to seek a lost ship- and stays to lose his heart- at times it would seem his wits- for first one woman, then another. The color, the glamor, the horror that could exist behind it, -- all are here in a story packed with incident, but sometimes dragged down by its own weight.

Publisher: Doubleday