A Rendezvous in Haiti
by Stephen Becker
Pub Date 12 Jan 2016
Lt. Robert McAllister of the US Marines first encounters Paul Blanchard on a parade ground in Belgium in 1918. Awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Victoria Cross for his service at Ypres and Passchendaele, the British sergeant coughs blood onto his commanding officer's boots and curses the war.
A year later, McAllister commands a platoon of marines in occupied Haiti, where a peasant uprising threatens to topple the American-backed regime. Led by a charismatic revolutionary named Martel, the rebels, known as the Cacos, have a secret weapon: a white Caco who fights with a terrifying combination of cunning and courage.
When the mysterious mercenary abducts a marine colonel's daughter, McAllister rushes to save her. It is more than his duty—he and Caroline Barbour are in love. The deeper he journeys into enemy territory, however, the more McAllister realizes how little he understands, not just about this country of breathtaking beauty and staggering violence, but about his own heart's desire. The biggest shock of all, though, waits for him at the end of the jungle trail: Paul Blanchard, hero of the Great War.
Rich in the exotic colors of the Caribbean, A Rendezvous in Haiti is an enthralling tale of adventure, romance, and rebellion from master storyteller Stephen Becker.
“A Rendezvous in Haiti is literary fiction at its most extroverted: an old-fashioned adventure novel, a landscape novel, a novel with such a good plot that even readers of the Victorian novel will admire it, a novel with heroic characters, and a novel that upholds Stephen Becker’s high standards for language.” —John Irving
“Brilliant, passionately involving . . . At his best, Becker changes the way you look at the world.” —Pat Conroy
“Rich atmospherics . . . Told with economy and style.” —Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Stephen Becker
“Stephen Becker said that a writer, or any artist, should want to accomplish four things with his work—educate, impress, edify, and entertain. An artist can make a living, he said, by doing any one of those four well. A good artist does at least two. A master, like Becker himself, does all four, and well.” —Joe Haldeman, author of The Forever War