Monday, June 20, 2016

Preview: Island of Eternal Fire


Eternal Fire
In the lush, tropical world of Martinique in 1902, a planter's daughter and an army officer are swept up in a whirlwind of voodoo, deceit, and treachery during the worst volcanic disaster of the 20th century
Coming in 2017
On the tranquil Caribbean island of Martinique all hell is about to break loose. 
Martinique, 1902: In the lush, tropical world of Martinique where slavery is a distant memory and voodoo holds sway, the volcano known as Mount Pelée begins to rumble and spew out ash. On a nearby plantation, Émilie Dujon is pressured into an unwanted engagement with a wealthy sugar planter. Desperate, she turns to a voodoo sorcerer, but instead becomes his unwilling pawn. To escape her situation, she joins a scientific commission sent to investigate the crater where she meets Lt. Denis Rémy, a soft-spoken Army officer whose reticence to discuss his past stirs her imagination.

At the summit, the commission discover that a second crater has formed and the volcano appears to be on the verge of eruption. But when they try to warn the governor, he orders them to bury the evidence for fear of upsetting the upcoming election. As the volcano begins to show its fury, a deadly mudslide claims the life of Émilie’s father and she is sent to an asylum. As ash rains down and chaos erupts in Saint-Pierre, Rémy deserts his post and sets off on a desperate quest to rescue Émilie. With all roads blocked, can the lovers escape the doomed city of Saint-Pierre and its voodoo sorcerer before it’s too late? 
Old map of Martinique 

Mount Pelee, the volcano responsible for the greatest volcanic disaster of the 20th century, and practically of all time.
The City of Saint-Pierre, also known as the Little Paris of the West Indies before the disaster of May, 1902 that would completely decimate the city as if from an atomic explosion.
Amedee Knight, an important political figure and businessman caught up in the whirlwind of the Mount Pelee tragedy.
A typical street scene in Saint-Pierre in the idyllic days of 1898 before the disaster.
May 7th, 1902: the volcano in full eruption. No one in the city was evacuated.
Dining Room of wealthy Creole house.
Professor Gaston Landes, teacher of biology and natural science at the lycee of Saint-Pierre. He was the most respected of the educated elite of Martinique, but even the study of volcanology was still in its infancy in 1902.
Martinique Beke family (blanc Creole) relaxing on their porch.
Creole Plantation Villa.
The Gran Zongle, one of the most feared Voodoo witch doctors in the history of Martinique. Voodoo is still very much alive in the Caribbean.
Martinique lady 1905.
French Colonial Soldier.
View of Saint-Pierre by Louis Gamain.
May 14th, 1902: finding the shocking and devastating remains of people incinerated by pyroclastic flows.
Sophie Schiller in the dungeon of Ludger Sylbaris (August Cyparis) one of the few people to survive the devastating eruption of May 8th, 1902

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