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.
Mystery, political corruption, sex, suspense and violence, Saving Paradise has them all.
It also has an off -beat hero in Pono, through whose eyes we experience the fast paced action. The environmental activist motivations behind this political thriller are laudable if a little preachy, as the story reveals the unseemly side of Hawaiian paradise.
I like Pono; he is a true hero but he does seem to be everyone’s fall guy because of his guilt from experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan. His gullibility at times seems at odds with his special force training and mentality.
Animal lovers beware there is some unpleasant violence inflicted on Pono’s cat and dog, which seems excessive and unnecessary to the main story.
The characters are interesting but although the conclusion tied up the complex plot it was a too convenient for my tastes.
If you like this type of thriller, it’s worth reading if a little drawn out in parts.
I received a copy of this book from Author Buzz, Mandevilla Press via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars