Saving Paradise

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Saving Paradise

In an excellent suspense/thriller from this author, a veteran from the Afghanistan war decides to search for the killer of a journalist who is found floating off the shore of the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

The main character, Pono Hawkins, is the person who discovered the body of Sylvia Gordon, a journalist and the authorities determine that she was murdered. But, then they change their minds and rule that she died accidentally.

Pono doesn’t buy this at all and makes it his business to find the woman’s killer. He goes on a quest to find the reason for Sylvia’s death and comes upon many corrupt politicians and corporations who are up to no good to give to the police and the police eventually agree that the reporter was murdered as they accuse Pono of the crime and he goes on the run as more murders take place.

This story jumps back and forth many times as Pono has a list of the usual suspects and has trouble discounting any of them. Pono changes his mind many times and then changes it back again after finding new information. He doesn’t trust anyone and the reader will not trust anyone either. This makes the book an excellent read. The author brings in many interesting characters to help or hinder Pono’s investigation and also a great surfing Dachshund, called Mojo. But, the person that Pono can’t forget is Sylvia, the victim, although he never knew her when she was alive he can’t stop thinking about her now. Saving Paradise is a fascinating read but, pay attention, as the plot changes frequently. This is a very well written book with a lot of interesting characters that will keep the reader glued to the book..


Book Blurb for Saving Paradise

When a beautiful journalist drowns mysteriously off Waikiki, Hawaii, Special Forces veteran Pono Hawkins, now a well-known surfer and international correspondent for surfing magazines, soon gets embroiled in trying to find out why she died. What he quickly learns makes him a target for murder or life in prison as a cabal of powerful corporations, foreign killers and crooked politicians places the blame on him. Haunted by memories of Afghanistan, and determined to protect the Hawaii he loves from dirty politics tied to huge destructive energy developments, Pono turns to Special Forces buddies and his own covert skills to fight his deadly enemies, trying both save himself and find her killers. Alive with the sights, sounds and history of Hawaii, SAVING PARADISE is also a deepy rich portrait of what Pono calls the seamy side of paradise, and an exciting thriller of politics, lies and remorseless murder.


Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2013 4.00