Publisher: Mandevilla Press
Publication Date: November 20, 2012
Origins: From Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc. for Review
Format: Trade Paperback
Order Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: 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.
Review: Pono Hawkins was out to catch some waves when he discovered the body of investigative journalist Sylvia Gordon. Now he’s decided not her death at face value and dig into her life. This brings on opposition from some powerful men with deep pockets. ‘Saving Paradise’ seems to come across like a “man’s man” mystery. Pono’s putting himself in unnecessary danger, picking up all the chicks, and making/listening to impassioned environmental speeches. I like Pono, he’s got style and could have (and perhaps should have) given up on the investigation in the beginning, but he’s like a terrier and just couldn’t let it go. Overall, ‘Saving Paradise’ is a good book, but it was one I had no trouble putting down from time to time.