Book Review of “Saving Paradise”

“Saving Paradise” was published in 2013 and was written by Mike Bond (http://mikebondbooks.com). Mr. Bond has published five books. This book is available on Amazon.

I obtained this novel for free in advance through https://www.netgalley.com for review. I would rate this novel as ‘R’ as there is Mature Language, Mature Situations and Violence. The novel is written in the first person and is set around Hawaii. The primary character is Sam ‘Pono’ Hawkins, a former Special Forces soldier and now a surfer and occasional writer.

Pono is surfing when he finds the body of Sylvia Gordon. When her death is ruled an accident, he sets out to find out the truth as to how she died. Owing to his criminal record, his efforts are not well received by the police. Pono quickly finds that Sylvia was a journalist who was investigating a proposed wind farm and power cable project.

But she had also recently done a piece on drugs. Certainly there were many who might have been responsible for Sylvia’s ‘accident’. As Pono digs into Sylvia’s death, he runs into big business, powerful politicians and the Yakuza, and at least one of these wants him to have a fatal ‘accident’ as well.

A nice, colorful picture of Hawaii is painted as Pono travels across the islands. I spend a little over eight hours with the book, and it was enjoyable, though I did find some negative aspects. The Pono character is very much anti establishment, anti big pushiness and anti government – sentiments which he repeatedly voiced. I felt that much of the dialog was not very sophisticated. The plot was well developed and there were never any dull spots in the book. Pono was a complex character, and I had a hard time getting to ‘like’ him. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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