Saving Paradise by Mike Bond @mikebondbooks

Saving Paradise…..

I would like to thank Mike Bond and Mandevilla Press for the opportunity to read and review Saving Paradise.

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MY REVIEW

A tropical island location and murder, I can hardly wait for my journey to begin.

The opening page brought to mind the beauty and wonder of Oahu, Hawaii.

Surfing zero. Dead body one.

Sylvia, literally, bumped into Pono Hawkins, as he hit the surf. But she wasn’t breathing any more.

I love everything about the guy. He’s rough around the edges, loves critters…and the ladies…he served in Afghanistan and even did time in prison, but he is not the bad guy.

Love he’s got a surfing dachshund. Imagine heading off to the beach, two boards strapped to the top of the car, head hanging out of the window, the dog’s head not his, just two ‘guys’ going surfing.

I can visualize that now. Come on. Close your eyes, smell the salty air, hear the crash of the waves and see Mojo, riding the waves, with his tongue hanging out and his tail wagging a mile a minute.  Mojo even liked to have a drink and a puff or two of Maui Wowie.

I loved the story about Prima, the cat, moving in and taking over.

The trouble began when he decided it was up to him to find Sylvia’s killer himself.

The danger mounts but he can’t figure where it’s coming from. Neither can I, but I do have a list of suspects. My head is spinning as I try to keep pace with him. I am confused with all the misinformation and setup going on.

Mojo…well, I sure didn’t see that coming. and I’m more pissed than ever.

Who to trust? Is everything a lie and everyone a liar? When he talks about vets, marijuana and the government, it makes me angry. We don’t take good enough care of the people who lay their lives on the line for us and we do own them a good life…no matter the cost.

The war talk made me angry but that’s for another day. We are here to solve the murders and expose corruption.

Big government, big business, greed and disregard for natural resources. Could it be the end of Paradise? How can you fight billions of dollars with nothing?  How much is someones life worth? I get angry when corrupt government, big business and the greedy people involved think that money is worth more than someone’s life and our environment.

I liked the glimpse of Hawaiian history, the characters and the storyline. The story seemed a little rushed and fell a little flat, but Mike Bond did keep the mystery going and who doesn’t want to visit a tropical island and do a little surfing.

This isn’t my first Mike Bond read and it won’t be my last.

Hang loose.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of Saving Paradise by Mike Bond.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

GOODREADS BLURB

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 to both save himself and find her killers. Alive with the sights, sounds and history of Hawaii, Saving Paradise is also a deeply rich portrait of what Pono calls the seamy side of paradise, and an exciting thriller of politics, lies and remorseless murder.

ABOUT MIKE BOND

Mike BondMIKE BOND has been called the “master of the existential thriller” by the BBC and “one of the 21st century’s most exciting authors” by the Washington Times. He is a bestselling novelist, environmental activist, international energy expert, war and human rights correspondent and award-winning poet who has lived and worked in many remote and dangerous parts of the world. His critically acclaimed novels depict the innate hunger of the human heart for what is good, the intense joys of love, the terror and fury of battle, the sinister vagaries of international politics and multinational corporations, and the beauty of the vanishing natural world.

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Friday 56 #130 – Worst Fears Realized by Stuart Woods #StuartWoods

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I have been reading Stuart Woods for some time and to add Worst Fears Realized to my collection was a no brainer.

Worst Fears Realized (Stone Barrington, #5)

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My 56

Stone said goodbye and hung up. His stomach was growing and he hated missing this lunch.

( page 56, in hardcover,1st edition, published in 1999)

Book Beginnings

The pain lay buried somewhere in the depths of Stone Barrington’s upper body; a cross between a slipped disc and a coronary, it seemed. It had begun after a phone conversation early in the previous winter. The call,from Arrington Carter, had ended everything. Now she was the wife of another man, living in his house, rearing his son. He would never see her again, except in her husband’s company, and he would never think of her again without feeling the pain.

GOODREADS BLURB:  Someone is Brutally killing the women in Stone Barrington’s life — and he doesn’t know why. His date, his secretary, and his neighbor are all murdered within 24 hours of one another. When the D.A. comes sniffing at his door, Stone, the New York lawyer-turned-investigator, enlists the help of his best friend, Dino, the N.Y.P.D. lieutenant, to clear his good name. When Dino gets involved, the cast of characters, shady and otherwise, grows as Dino’s Mafioso-type father-in-law, his beautiful daughter Dolce, and even the doorman get into the act. The plot twists from the front table at Elaine’s to the dark alleys where Armani-clad mobsters dwell, and Stone can only pray that his worst fears won’t be realized as he tries to save the lives of the women he cares about.

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Friday 56 #129 – Prime Evil – A Collection by Masters of Modern Horror #HorrorCollection

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If you are a fan of horror, Prime Evil by the Masters of Modern Horror is for you.

Prime Evil: New Stories by the Masters of Modern Horror

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My 56

From Blood Kiss by Dennis Etchison

“I told you. I’ve been waiting a long time.”

( page 56, in hardcover,1st edition, published in 1988)

Book Beginnings

From Night Flier by Stephen King

Dees didn’t really get interested – in spite of his private pilot’s license – until the third and fourth murders. Then he smelled blood.

GOODREADS BLURB:  This stunning collection of novellas and short stories by masters of the macabre brings to fans and newcomers an unrelenting spell of horror and suspense. These are tales that strike beyond sheer terror, as their disturbing visions capture the dark reality we all fear. Features works by Stephen King, Clive Barker, Peter Straub, and more. “Gets the adrenaline flowing”.–Washington Post.

 

The night flier / Stephen King —
Having a woman at lunch / Paul Hazel —
The blood kiss / Dennis Etchison —
Coming to grief / Clive Barker —
Food / Thomas Tessier —
The great god Pan / M. John Harrison —
Orange is for anguish, blue for insanity / David Morrell —
The juniper tree / Peter Straub —
Spinning tales with the dead / Charles L. Grant —
Alice’s last adventure / Thomas Ligotti —
Next time you’ll know me / Ramsey Campbell —
The pool / Whitley Streiber —
By reason of darkness / Jack Cady

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Friday 56 #128 – The Collector’s Book of Science Fiction by H G Wells #HGWells

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If you are a fan of science fiction, The Collector’s Book of Science Fiction by H G Well is one you will want on your bookshelf.

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My 56

From War of the Worlds

“London in danger of suffocation! The Kingston and Richmond defences forced! Fearful massacres in the Thames Valley!”

( page 56, in hardcover,1st edition, published in 1978)

Book Beginnings

From War of the Worlds

No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that human affairs were being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their affairs they were scrutinised and studied perhaps almost as closely as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.

GOODREADS BLURB:  You can now read H.G. Wells’ most famous science fiction exactly as it appeared in illustrated popular magazines at the turn of the century.

Presented here in their entirety – with all the original illustrations by leading artists of the day – are novels such as The War of the Worlds, The First Men in the Moon, and When the Sleeper Wakes; nearly two dozen short stories, including the well known The Country of the Blind, The Empire of the Ants, The Valley of the Spiders, and The Man Who Could Work Miracles; and as a bonus, the five unusual Stories of the Stone Age (science fiction not of the future but of the past).

The Collector’s Book of Science Fiction by H.G. Wells makes it possible to recapture the authentic flavor of the these thrilling stories – some not seen even by collectors for decades.

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Friday 56 #127 – Southern Gold by James Alan Vitti #JamesAlanVitti

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If you are looking for a mystery that leads to a asking questions about what a life is worth, check out Southern Gold by James Alan Vitti.

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My 56

So this, this is what it comes to? he heard himself thinking, wondering, calling out. Or will I get another chance? Just one more chance…

(From prologue, because only a partial paragraph on page 56, in paperback,1st edition, published in 1995)

Book Beginnings

Gavin Duke thought he was dead.

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(From the Prologue)

GOODREADS BLURB: When a promotional scheme for First Southern Bank goes badly awry kidnapped marketing executive Gavin Duke, imprisoned in a cabin deep in the woods, has plenty of time to think about the course of his life and his relationships–when it may be too late for him to do anything about them.

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