The Playground of the Gods

The Playground of the Gods

by Cathy Cash-Spellman
     
 

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Mora Utu - the Playground of the Gods - is a green jewel in the placid, blue expanse of the South Pacific, the most luxurious and seductive private preserve anywhere on the planet. And it is where Thoros Gagarian, one of the world's richest and most powerful men, has built a compound and plans a week of sex and sunshine for himself and five male friends. Thoros

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Mora Utu - the Playground of the Gods - is a green jewel in the placid, blue expanse of the South Pacific, the most luxurious and seductive private preserve anywhere on the planet. And it is where Thoros Gagarian, one of the world's richest and most powerful men, has built a compound and plans a week of sex and sunshine for himself and five male friends. Thoros requires each guest to bring a trophy woman beautiful enough to grace the island and the men's beds.

But the women - who have not been forewarned - do not consider themselves toys. They have no intention of playing the pawns in a rich man's game. And when one of them becomes the victim of sudden, rapacious male violence, they leave the men for the jungle and band together to teach the men a lesson they will never forget.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
On a remote, idyllic South Pacific island, the war between the sexes takes on new heat in Cash-Spellman's (An Excess of Love) latest novel of romantic suspense. Billionaire Thoros Gagarian invites five of his equally wealthy, arrogant and macho friends to vacation with him on Mora Utu, the magnificent island he has bought, having expelled the last remnants of the native population. Unknown to him, his friends and the six women invited as ``trophies'' for a week of sybaritic pleasure and sex in the sun, the departing natives have cursed the island, and Mora Utu will demand a sacrifice. When mob boss Tony Capuletti rapes Swedish model Marika, the men try to buy silence with a big check. The furious women leave the compound, but not before dismantling the airplane that is their only means of returning to civilization. Living in the wild, and counseled by Gagarian's Yaqui Indian servant, Nelida, the women bond, discover feminine empowerment and become ``a tribe now, a sisterhood.'' Some of the men, too, find new areas of sensitivity and vulnerability in themselves. A series of perilous misadventures for both sexes culminates in two violent deaths and much physical debilitation. Ultimately, the sexes are forced to take shelter together as a murderous typhoon slams down on the island. Cash-Spellman orchestrates a fast-moving plot with panache, weaving in plenty of explicit sex, action-packed adventure and even some credible characterization. She errs in making Nelida and her husband, Emilio, agents of mystical spirits; they talk to dolphins and make such statements as: ``She is on Death's schedule, but she has not yet been collected.'' (There is explicit acknowledgement of Clarissa Pinkola Estes's Women Who Run with the Wolves and other mystical writings.) Women readers probably will overlook this posturing, however, and enjoy the tale as engaging commercial fiction. Major ad/promo. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Billionaire Thoros Gagarian had planned the ultimate vacation for six of his closest friends, the wealthy, powerful men who for years participated in his monthly poker games. For a week they and their carefully selected trophy dates are to enjoy his recently finished private paradise on his own South Pacific island. However, nature has other plans, and soon the men are paying dearly for having disturbed this particular universe. As they battle first with the alienated women and then with the elements, the men discover that money and position have given them a false sense of superiority, while the women learn to rely on each other and their considerable strengths. This riveting tale by the author of Bless the Child (Warner, 1993) could nonetheless have benefited from further exploration of the men's relationships among each other. For popular fiction collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/95.]-Cynthia Johnson, Cary Memorial Lib., Lexington, Mass.
Kathleen Hughes
From a best-selling contemporary romance novelist comes this sprawling novel about a sleazy billionaire's boys' club and one hedonistic week on a private island in the South Pacific. Zillionaire playboy Thoros Gagarian has recently purchased the island called Mora Utu, expelled the native residents, and built a sumptuous, sensualistic compound. To celebrate the completion of his fantasy island, Gagarian invites five of his closest friends to join him for a week of sunshine and sex on the island. The only condition is that they must each bring a "trophy woman," the most beautiful woman they can find, whom they wouldn't mind sharing (and who obviously must be vacuous enough not to object to this plan). As the week on Mora Utu progresses, one of the women is raped, and as she and the rest of the women band together, hide out in the jungle, and plot revenge against the men, they discover survival skills and self-confidence they never knew they possessed. Although the women have various dalliances with the men (on the sly) during their week in the jungle, it is only when a typhoon strikes the island that the men and women must reunite and work together to survive. A cast of beautiful-people characters, including extremely rich men that "exude power," an intriguing though somewhat cliched plot, and scenes of intense sexuality combine to create a work that will be popular with fans of the genre.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446517010
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
12/01/1995
Pages:
452
Product dimensions:
6.35(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.43(d)

Meet the Author

Cathy Cash-Spellman is the author of the bestselling novels So Many Partings, An Excess of Love, Paint the Wind and Bless the Children. She is a former vice president of Bloomingdale's and creative director of Revlon. She lives in New York City.

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