Michael Vatikiotis
The Spice Garden

The Spice Garden

Christians and Muslims fall upon one another in horrific killing sprees in this white-knuckle thriller about religious violence. This tale, based on true accounts of the religious violence that has erupted in the Maluku archipelago since 1999, explores the motives and effects of Islamic militancy as it clashes with a strong Christian community in a new era of religious conflict that afflicts the world today. 


  • “an engrossing narrative…and a valuable contribution to the literature of the archipelago.” | Time Magazine, January 4, 2004
  • “in-depth, with well-constructed, true-to-life characters:…the reader comes away breathless” | The Jakarta Post, November 16, 2003
  • The Spice Garden | The Bali Advertiser