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KILLING MAINE
     

KILLING MAINE

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by Mike Bond
 

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Surfer and Special Forces vet Pono Hawkins leaves Hawaii for Maine's brutal winter to help former SF buddy Bucky Franklin beat a politically motivated murder rap. Pono quickly learns that Maine is as politically corrupt as Hawaii, with huge energy corporations gobbling up the state's beautiful mountains and purchasing its politicians at bargain prices. He is hunted

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Surfer and Special Forces vet Pono Hawkins leaves Hawaii for Maine's brutal winter to help former SF buddy Bucky Franklin beat a politically motivated murder rap. Pono quickly learns that Maine is as politically corrupt as Hawaii, with huge energy corporations gobbling up the state's beautiful mountains and purchasing its politicians at bargain prices. He is hunted, shot at, betrayed, and stalked by knife-wielding assassins as he tries to find the murderer and free his buddy. Nothing is certain, no one can be trusted, no place is safe. And with a rap sheet that includes two undeserved jail sentences, Pono is a target for every cop in the state.
Second in the Pono Hawkins series after the critically-acclaimed, best-seller SAVING PARADISE, Mike Bond's KILLING MAINE is an insider's view of crooked Maine politics and industrial crime, the state's magical and fast-disappearing natural beauty, how a lone commando hunts down those who hunt him, and is based on the author's own experiences in Maine, the Middle East and elsewhere.

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Kirkus Reviews
2015-06-27
In Bond's (Tibetan Cross, 2014, etc.) thriller, Hawaiian surfer Pono Hawkins books a flight to Maine to help a fellow Special Forces vet duck a murder conviction.Pono doesn't consider Bucky Franklin a friend. Years ago, Bucky left with Pono's love, Lexie, and provided testimony in one of two cases that sent Pono to jail (although both convictions were overturned). But Bucky saved Pono's life when they were in Special Forces, and he's determined to help when Lexie tells him he's been arrested for killing environmentalist Ronnie Dalt. It doesn't look good for Bucky. The murder weapon was his, and his alibi is shaky. But Pono knows he's on the right track when someone tries to shoot him. He starts a dangerous relationship with Dalt's widow, Abigail, and gradually exposes a string of political unscrupulousness. Bond's novel, the second to feature Pono, makes its protagonist credible as an amateur sleuth; Pono's smart enough to enlist hacker pal Mitchell, whose skills draw more viable suspects than Pono can find on his own. And his beloved home is always on his mind as he suffers the Maine winter hoping to wrap everything up before an upcoming surfing festival, the Tahiti Tsunami. The story has an unusual villain, WindPower LLC, whose deafening, monstrous turbines are an incessant presence throughout the story. The political and financial muscle behind WindPower is abundantly clear from the beginning, immediately demonizing the company. The book, however, isn't short on mysteries. Abigail, for one, inexplicably vanishes, a disappearance that the cops blame on Pono, and there are a couple of murders. As in Pono's previous story, the surfer's fondness for women creates a triad of drama: Abigail; lawyer Erica, a lover from back when Pono was a mere 14; and Lexie (Pono won't sleep with her while Bucky's in jail, but it's obvious that he's trying his hardest not to). Pono's relationship with his Pa is the strongest; the most heartfelt moment is Pono rushing back to Hawaii, regardless of cops wanting him to stay in Maine, when Pa's diagnosed with cancer. Another stellar ride from Bond; checking out Pono's first adventure isn't a prerequisite, but this will make readers want to.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781627040303
Publisher:
Mandevilla Press
Publication date:
07/15/2015
Pages:
391
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Called "master of the existential thriller" by BBC, "one of America's best thriller writers" by Culture Buzz, and "one of the 21st century's most exciting authors" by the Washington Times, Mike Bond is a best-selling novelist, war and human rights journalist, and environmental activist. He has covered guerrilla wars, death squads, and military dictatorships in Latin America and Africa, Islamic terrorism in the Middle East, and ivory poaching and other environmental battles in East Africa and Asia.

His critically acclaimed novels take the reader into intense situations in the world's most perilous places, into wars, revolutions, dangerous love affairs and political and corporate conspiracies, making "readers sweat with [their] relentless pace." (Kirkus) and drawing them "into a land and a time I had not known but left me with my senses reeling." (NetGalley Reviews)

His books have been named among the best of the year by reviewers and readers alike. He speaks multiple languages, has climbed and trekked over 50,000 miles on every continent from the Antarctic to Siberia, and is at home in some of the most primitive and dangerous places on the planet.

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KILLING MAINE 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Ratbruce More than 1 year ago
I love Mike Bond Books! His characters are so fully developed. Politics, murder and suspense all wrapped up in a great story!
THouchin1 More than 1 year ago
I was  so excited to get my copy of Mike Bond's newest book, Killing Maine. I love action packed thrillers and his are some of my favorites. This particular novel is about how corporations use their power and money to corrupt our elected officials into voting the way they want them to vote. Of course it is the big corporations that benefit monetarily from the laws being put into affect. In this case Pono Hawkins leaves the warm sandy beaches of Hawaii to help a fellow special forces  veteran  who is wrongfully jailed in Maine. Two Maine governors and a bunch of legislators were able to get bills passed that would allow wind turbines to be erected all over Maine. They were able to do this without the approval of the local people and with no environmental surveys being done. One of the governors made millions in the wind industry and then installed his son at the top of a big wind company. He then went on to become a Maine senator. Once the people realized how loud and horrible for the environment these wind turbines were, it was too late. People were upset when the noise from the turbines started causing them health issues and they couldn't sleep. Then they were unable to sell their homes. Pono's Special forces buddy took matters into his own hands and shot out two of the turbines. Then an environmentalist was killed with the same rifle that was used to destroy the turbine. Pono comes to investigate and see if he can help out. There in lies the foundation for all the suspense and thrills just waiting to be revealed in this fast action packed book. I live on the gulf coast of Texas and we have wind turbines here. I'm going to have to do some investigating myself. I just figured the wind turbines would help lower our electric bills. Didn't happen. I felt sure that our local environmentalists would never let something that would hurt the environment or the birds be built here. I'm embarrassed to say I don't know what impact they are having on our environment. You can bet I'm going to find out though. So I owe Mike Bond for opening my eyes and making me think. As always, thank you Net Galley for my advance copy of this wonderful novel in exchange for an honest review. If you like fast paced action books, you should give this one a try.
Book_Maven777 More than 1 year ago
A great book. Not to be missed
booklover1943 More than 1 year ago
This is the second in the Pono Hawkins series after Saving Paradise, and it is just as good. All of Mike Bond's books are astounding and each one different. In Killing Maine, Pono goes from Hawaii to Maine to help a Special Forces buddy in trouble, and ends up in worse trouble himself. If you have no idea how corrupt the Maine legislature is, this book will reveal it. Pono is warm-hearted, caring, strong, and very tough. He's in love with three women -- he says that the sexiest things about a woman are kindness, honesty, and brains -- who could argue with that? A book to be cherished and shared.
DebraGolden More than 1 year ago
This is an astounding book. Not just literary magic but also a great thriller. And multiple love stories all intertwined. It gives you an inside account of the political and corporate corruption destroying Maine, seen through the eyes of characters you come to know as real people. The excitement at times is almost too much ... I loved this book!
bernardrabbs More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a book! I loved every page. Mike Bond is a great writer. I've read all of his books and each is unique and unforgettable. If you love the outdoors, if you love Maine, if you love mountains, lakes and forests this book is for you.
brf1948 4 months ago
I received a free copy of this novel from Goodreads, Mandevilla Press and Mike Bond, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all, for sharing your hard work with me! This is an excellent mystery, and Pono Hawkins is a protagonist that I will want to follow. A bit more promiscuity than I am comfortable with but Bond leaves out the messy details. Pono is an ex-Special Forces warrior with extensive experience in the middle east, and in his retirement he has taken to surfing - and writing about it - in his home state of Hawaii. Only a fellow SF in trouble could pull him to winter in Maine when the surf is up in Tahiti. And he will have to take on big corporations, dirty politicians, hit men and small town cops before he can clear his non-friend Bucky Franklin of murder charges. Killing Maine is an excellent, fast paced read and an author to watch.
Connie57103 More than 1 year ago
People love to ask me who my favorite twenty-first century author is. I never thought about it. But, NOW, I can say with complete certainty that it is Mike Bond! "Killing Maine" is my first Mike Bond book that I have read so far. It is that good! It is compelling, full of intrigue and suspense, and one can never guess what will happen next. This book is so fast-paced, it will leave you dizzy. It is like being on a roller coaster that won't let you off for hours. It is such a great thriller. The book is told in the first person by our protagonist, Sam, who wakes up in the middle of the night to "Highway To H..." playing on his cell phone. Lexie, the love that got away, needs serious help. Her husband has just been arrested for murder one in Maine, where they live. He supposedly shot an environmentalist to death in a parking lot and drove away. She has nowhere else to turn. He did shoot out the engines of three industrial wind turbines early the morning before. The "cops" have no eyewitnesses at all; just a slug matching that of his 308. Why Bucky was so angered was because "wind companies joined up to pass a bill permitting industrial wind projects to be built all over Maine without valid environmental studies and with no way for local folks to stop them", it is written in the book. Bucky and Lexie are one set of married "local folks". Birds are being killed by the thousands, intrasound from the turbines cause ADD in school children, cows abort their calves, people cannot sleep, and wildlife all leave the area in which the turbines are located. This is leaving the land the owners have useless and unable to sell for more than pennies on the dollar, if they could even find a buyer. Next thing we know, Sam is charged with double homicide, when a couple he had just talked with the night before, burnt up when their house was set ablaze in the wee hours of morning. How is he to find the real killers while facing these charges, himself? You will have to read this exciting book to find out what happens for yourselves. It will blow your mind. Thank you Mike Bonds, Mandavilla Press and NetGalley for giving me a free e-ARC of this book to read and give my honest review.
KimMc More than 1 year ago
When a corporation is doing something said to be 'good for the environment', but turns out not to be, there's a problem. Add to that corrupt, money hungry politicians vs citizens who want their land and environs back the way they were,things get deadly. The premise is intriguing, and the first chapter is full of action that hooked me. There are in depth descriptions of events and policies which kept my desire to see what happens to the characters and wind turbines going. In all, a fascinating novel around corporate, political, and environmental corruption with the Wind mafia and a hero who hasn't fought his last fight. *I received an arc from NetGalley for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
[I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. I thank them for their generousity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising] "Like we learned in Special Forces: Never say it can’t be done." Sam Pono Hawkins, former Special Forces Afghanistan, lives in Hawaii, where he syrfs and writes about surfing. When the wife of a former "brother in arms" calls requesting his help, Pono comes east to Maine to try to unravel a case that is so convoluted and riddled with corruption no one can really begin, or choose not to, figure it out. (Add to the mix his former lover is married to the accused, who once testified against Pono and because of that Pono got twenty years in Leavenworth which was overturned.) This puzzle starts with the locals shooting out the wind farm turbines, and stacks some of the most incongruent stories together and no one can figure out how it all comes together. Leave it to Pono's connections from his days in Special Forces to come to his rescue again. And when they work together to find the connection, who knows how high up the politcal "food chain" it will lead. If you can accept the anti-wind power stand the author takes, then this book is as taut a thriller as any out there. It will sweep you along as fast as a wind driven snowstorm, stopping along the corrupt nature of every group that has their fingers in the pie. Fascinating enough to search out the first Pono Hawkins mystery to see how this character evloved. I recommend this book.
JohnBurbank More than 1 year ago
This book should be required reading for all Maine high school seniors as well as anyone who enjoys seeing government misdeeds exposed with flair. Mike Bond has the ability to inform and educate the reader while still providing page-turning literary entertainment. Fact check his books, and you will find that there is much more truth than most people would like to admit when it comes to the blatant corruption that is exposed.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Special Forces Pono Hawkins veteran is leaving Hawaii to help his former peer, Buddy Franklin. Hawkins has a checkered past, having been imprisoned for killing a woman. The circumstances were merciful, but that’s not how others saw it. Up to now, after he’s released, he’s a Hawaiian surfer who teaches others the sport and the atmosphere it brings, thrills and peacefulness at the same time. Now he’s off to help this fellow veteran although there’s no love lost between the two of them. Franklin’s got a hatred for the powers-that-be who control the industrial wind power turbines being built across the northern Maine lands. Wind power is an interesting topic treated in a careful manner in this novel. The detrimental side effects are categorically stated as illness and death surround the animals and humans living around these wind turbines. Franklin has taken on the issue in his own way, shooting the turbines so they can’t function. But now a high-up exec behind the wind power business has been murdered and Franklin is the one who is accused of the death of Ronnie Dalt. The goal is obviously to get Franklin out of the way and end the trouble he brings with his vehement hatred of those who are in the wind power business or Wind Mafia, as it’s called, for financial gain regardless of the consequences that follow. There’s another matter that complicates things. After Hawkins was imprisoned, he told his girlfriend to forget about him. Now she’s hooked to Franklin. No spoilers here; Hawkins plunges into his investigation as one never leaves behind a fallen, fellow soldier. The search brings politicians, lawyers, and other important people into the limelight and someone out of these rich connections is trying not only to stop Hawkins but to kill him. There’s more than plenty of high-paced action and thrills as Hawkins’ prey get closer. Read it and root for those who would “save Maine” from the devastating effects of what was originally publicized as an energy source that would tip the scales to energy independence. Nicely paced and plotted, Mike Bond! As an aside it just might compel readers to look into its underlying issue as well!
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
Mike Bond does it again. I have called him a lyric author for the beautiful language he uses to make the scenery an important part of the story. In this book the background scenery is forests of huge wind generators maintaining a constant hideous whine throughout the story. Sadly, the corruption behind the story is all too real. Large corporations and corrupt politicians overpower the common folk and the environment to make huge sums of money. The crimes and corpses pile up as the wind power group steamrolls over all opposition. The action is exciting, and a surprise awaits over each new page. Pono Hawkins is a return hero, and has to face family issues along with attempts to kill him or frame him. Bond is known for his painful endings, but this novel appears to be an exception, the reader is left with some hope, and a sardonic smile. Bond is clearly one of the master authors for thrillers of this century.
BasingstoneBook More than 1 year ago
The synopsis of the book was really attractive with a mix of politics and murder mystery set in Maine. Yes it was a good story and merits the three stars on that basis however I found the writing style not an easy one to read. Pono Hawkins a surfer and veteran special forces travels from Hawaii to Maine to help his services colleague prove his innocence of murder and criminal damage of wind turbines. Maine is in the grip of industrial wind corporations who regularly paid off the local politicians in order to line their pockets with federal wind subsidies. To provide additional entertainment the author gives us the lowdown on Pono's attraction to women. Overall the book is a good story but I was distracted by the style which ultimately diminished my enjoyment.