Fijian struggles with Fijian.
Villagers cut giant mahogany trees on land they claim as their
own - while governments argue over plantation ownership.
Violence breaks out on Suva's
When Terence Beacham, an unobtrusive
civil servant, arrives in Fiji, he finds
himself in the middle of a struggle for
power - and for possession of billions of
Ex-government timber boss,
George Speight, is behind a
coup to overthrow the Fiji
Secret intelligence agencies have
moved into the island and
Terence is recruited to work
dollars' worth of
take to the
This novel is based on fact - combining a number
of coups that took place in Fiji from 1987 to 2006.
It tells a story of international greed, personal
betrayal and unresolved love.
I lived and worked in Fiji for twelve years and met
Fijian villagers, Indian spiritual men, government
officials, spies and conmen.
Fiji already had a gold mine but now,
with its newly discovered giant
mahogany plantations, it literally has
money growing on trees.
To add to Terence's problems he falls
in love with an Indian woman.