Saving Paradise

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Kirkus Review - SAVING PARADISE:

In the latest thriller from Bond (The Last Savanna, 2013, etc.), an Afghanistan War veteran–turned-surfer risks his life and freedom to search for a journalist’s murderer.
 
When Pono Hawkins finds surfing-magazine correspondent Sylvia Gordon’s lifeless body floating off the shore of Oahu, police quickly determine that she was murdered, but then promptly change their minds and rule it an accidental drowning. Pono makes it his mission to find the woman’s killer, and his quest takes him into a world of political and corporate corruption. As he weeds through lies, suspects and threats, the police eventually agree that the journalist was indeed murdered—and they accuse the twice-jailed Pono, who soon finds himself on the run. More murders follow. 
 
Bond’s lusciously convoluted story provides myriad suspects and motives. At one point, near the beginning of the story, Pono lists Sylvia Gordon’s probable killers and has trouble eliminating any one of them. On multiple occasions, Pono believes someone is a murderer, changes his mind and then reverts back after uncovering new information. As a result, he distrusts nearly everyone, and readers likely will, too.
 
Bond skillfully adds new elements to the mystery, including several energy corporations and no less than three femmes fatales: Angie, Sylvia’s Maui friend; Kim, a cop responsible for one of Pono’s trips to prison; and Charity, a receptionist for a company called WindPower. Other characters are more dependable, such as Pono’s fellow veterans—most notably, the technologically savvy Mitchell—as well as Pono’s cat, Puma, and surfing dachshund, Mojo. But his most persuasive relationship is with Sylvia, a woman he can’t stop thinking about, even though he never knew her when she was alive. In the end, readers may find it nearly impossible to guess the killer, but they’ll enjoy the trip.
 
A complex, entertaining whodunit.
Reviews for prior Mike Bond thrillers:

TIBETAN CROSS
Bond's deft thriller will reinforce your worst fears about the CIA and the Bomb. A taut, tense tale of pursuit through exotic and unsavory locales. (Publishers Weekly) One of the most exciting in recent fiction…an astonishing thriller that speaks profoundly about the venality of governments and the nobility of man.( San Francisco Examiner)

HOLY WAR
A profound tale of war, written with grace and understanding by a novelist who thoroughly knows the subject. Literally impossible to stop reading. (British Armed Forces Broadcasting)

NIGHT OF THE DEAD
A thoroughly amazing book.  Memorable, an extraordinary story that speaks from and to the heart. And a terrifying depiction of one man’s battle against the CIA and Latin American death squads. (BBC)

THE LAST SAVANNA
An entrancing, terrifying vision of Africa. A story that not only thrills but informs. Impossible to set aside or forget. (BBC)
The imagery was so powerful and built emotions so intense that I had to stop reading a few times to regain my composure. (African Publishers’ Network)

various. - Reviews for other Mike Bond novels.
NIGHT OF THE DEAD

“A thoroughly amazing book. . . Memorable, an extraordinary story that speaks from and to the heart. And a terrifying depiction of one man’s battle against the CIA and Latin American death squads.” (BBC)

“Bond is able to grip the reader from the very first page. An ideal thriller for the beach, but be prepared to be there when the sun goes down.” (Herald Express)
various.. - Reviews for other Mike Bond novels..
FIRE LIKE THE SUN

“Bond’s deft thriller will reinforce your worst fears about the CIA and the Bomb . . . A taut, tense tale of pursuit through exotic and unsavory locales.” (Publishers Weekly)

“One of the most exciting in recent fiction . . . an astonishing thriller that speaks profoundly about the venality of governments and the nobility of man.” (San Francisco Examiner)
various - Reviews for other Mike Bond novels
CROSSFIRE

“A supercharged thriller set in the hell hole that was Beirut . . . Bond brings his journalistic talents to bear in a story that evokes the human tragedy behind headlines of killing, maiming, terrorism and political chicanery. A story to chill and haunt you.” (Peterborough Evening Telegraph)

“A profound tale of war, written with grace and understanding by a novelist who thoroughly knows the subject . . . Literally impossible to stop re
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781627040013
  • Publisher: Mandevilla Press
  • Publication date: 11/20/2012
  • Pages: 302
  • Sales rank: 702,407
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Wayne began writing and playing with voices at a very young age, which eventually led to his performing Shakespeare and having large roles in short and feature-length independent films, as well as radio and TV commercials. Roger's approach to his career largely involves using the power of voice as the center of everything he does as an actor.
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  • Posted April 28, 2013

     This book is badly written, a paranoid rant and has the worst l

     This book is badly written, a paranoid rant and has the worst layout that I have seen.  The author, who I briefly met when he was promoting this book prior to publication, has not lived in Hawaii long but in Saving Paradise pretends to be an expert on Hawaii past and present. He is very preachy with a highly cynical view of government and business. The flow of the story is often interrupted by side comments and bits of Hawaiian history, culture and scenic descriptions aimed at tourists and others unfamiliar with the islands. The plot is incredible and the hero's mode of investigation ridiculous.
    The layout is unacceptable: unprofessional line breaks that have a line staring with commas, for example.
    Frankly, the books is so bad that I didn’t finish reading it.

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2012

    This is a page turning, fast moving thriller that has it all, lo

    This is a page turning, fast moving thriller that has it all, love, humor, murder, mystery,
    political games, big money interests & an insight into Hawaii. Any person that has an 
    interest in Hawaii & Molokai should not miss this one. Amazing fiction based on
    a lot of truth? RMCM

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 25, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Pono Hawkins is a Special Forces veteran of Afghanistan who has

    Pono Hawkins is a Special Forces veteran of Afghanistan who has seen too much war and too much mindless brutality.  He’s a guy who seems programmed to correct wrongs when he sees them.  That hasn’t always been a wise thing to do; in fact it also earned him some prison time both inside and outside the military.  So he spends his days surfing and relishing every moment of this land, Hawaii, he loves so, so intensely!  He also teaches other vets how to surf, a form of therapy that takes them into a healing space they desperately need after having served in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past decade and more. He makes some money because of his surfing dog, Mojo. That’s all about to come to a squeaking halt!
    Pono hates the tourist areas of Honolulu as well as the way the “haoles” or white Americans and Europeans have raped the land of Hawaii, imprisoned its native people in back-breaking labor for little pay, and taken their land for the sake of profit or “big business.”  That intense dislike quickly increases when Pono finds a dead woman on the edge of the surf not far from a well-known hotel.  Now, because of his criminal record, he’s not exactly getting much information from the local police.  Add to the mystery that a coroner’s report that initially said the victim died from drowning in a rather unique way, considering where she was found, has now been retracted.  Anyone with a connection to the police is mum about this serious retraction of significant evidence. Pono can’t let go; he becomes fanatic about finding the real killer.  
    Wind-powered is supposed to be one of the natural resources that can lead to the creation of energy.  It’s supposed to be one of the “green” energy forms that people can feel good about using.  However, it turns out that it’s not so green and leaves behind enough side effects that are inhospitable to this already depleted earth to sink a ship  It also costs a fortune to set up but not because the wind costs money to transform into energy; it turns out that politicians and business executors are in the loop for the profits and if it means the displacement of Hawaiian natives, not a great loss – so be it!  The reader also gets a bit of an education about the pros and cons of this latest energy-producing fad! Add a gang to the creep list and some women about whom the reader will wind up mentally quibbling since they seem innocent yet know quite a bit about the murdered journalist, Sylvia Gordon.  
    Pono moves to the top of the hit list due to his continuous inquiries and his insistence on using the enemies’ employees as sources or connections.  Just when it seems that there’s hardly anything left to plunder in Hawaii, a group of greedy entrepreneurs will stop short of nothing, including murder, to make sure their Wind-Powered Energy project succeeds.  But they fail to understand the passionate love the native Hawaiians have for their land and the determination they have to make sure this energy nightmare never happens. Intense clashes will arise in different ways that turn into a real nail-biter thriller.
    Mike Bond knows Hawaii and human nature just as well. So it’s the heavy-hitters against a Special Forces Vet – quite the challenge!
    Saving Paradise  is one heck of a crime novel/thriller and highly recommended!  It’s a keeper!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    This was an excellent read. It makes you very aware of your env

    This was an excellent read. It makes you very aware of your environment, how fragile it is and how easy it could be destroyed by greed and corruption.

    ME

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    What a great book! I was really excited by it from the first pag

    What a great book! I was really excited by it from the first page. Wow! It feels real, the story of a surfer and Afghanistan vet who gets tied up in the murder of a Hawaiian journalist. I had no idea how corrupt the political-corporate scene is in Hawaii. Only warning -- don't expect to do anything else once you start -- if you're like me, you'll be totally hooked.

    -- Booklover1943

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 27, 2014

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    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    At last an excellent book about the industry that is destroying

    At last an excellent book about the industry that is destroying the last pristine places on our planet, under the fallacious pretext of saving it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2013

    This book is stunning. I've never read anything quite like it. I

    This book is stunning. I've never read anything quite like it. It's an absolute thriller - I defy you to put it down after you've read the first page. But it's also a very deep inquiry into life and what is driving our nation today. It's going to be a best seller.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    This is a must read. Bond tells the real story behind the crime


    This is a must read. Bond tells the real story behind the crime, corruption, destruction and desecration of Hawaii. It is the environmental novel of the decade and an insiders view of the real Hawaii.  I simply could not put this book down and had to find out  the answers in this thriller. It truly kept me up at night. I had no idea that any of this was going on in paradise.  The book is almost Tolstoyan in it's simplicity, in it;s blunt words and real sense of being there, and how it sees the world. I learned and saw so much new and it altered my view of America, the world, all of us. Wow! This is an A plus. 

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Great read, it moves you right along. Very telling f the times w

    Great read, it moves you right along. Very telling f the times we live in!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2012

    The writer is the Tony Hillerman of Hawaii. But he speaks to all

    The writer is the Tony Hillerman of Hawaii. But he speaks to all of us, about every beautiful place and how important it is to save it. Parts of it are like Hemingway, so simple and clean and truthful, but with the dark vision of Cormac McCarthy. I loved this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

    This is a really good book. I couldn't put it down. And it has a

    This is a really good book. I couldn't put it down. And it has a lot to say about our country the way it is today, the gun problem, the environmental tragedies, the political corruption. I would recommend it to anyone who cares about our country, or who loves a good read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    What a great book! I couldn't put it down!

    What a great book! I couldn't put it down!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2012

    This is a very exciting story, and one with a lot of truth. And

    This is a very exciting story, and one with a lot of truth. And it's very aware of women's issues, environmental issues, political corruption in Hawaii, and has a great story about dogs and cats. I really liked it. Debra Golden

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2014

    I wanted to read this book because I love Hawaii. How ever I co

    I wanted to read this book because I love Hawaii. How ever I could only read 15 pages. I'm a life long Democrat but the author's hatred of anything Republican
    on conservative got in the way the story.

    rated 1 star

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    This action/adventure story takes place in Hawaii, my favorite p

    This action/adventure story takes place in Hawaii, my favorite place.  Pono Hawkins loves to surf, his dog has his own board and surfs
    too!  Once in special forces, Pono needed a break after three tours in Afghanistan.  A woman he knows tells him about her friend who
    drowned the night before and shows  him pictures of her.  She was  a good swimmer, so why did she drown?   The coroner found chlorine
    water in her lungs, so why was her body found washed ashore on the beach?  Later on the coroner changes  his story and says it was
    sea water in her lungs.  Why?

    Turns out there's a big conspiracy involving politicians from the islands, , the mainland, millionaires from overseas, mercenaries, and hired
    thugs.   Pono and friends take on all of them to find out who murdered Sylvia an innocent, but nosy, reporter.  Exciting, well written!  Try it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2014

    different style

    When I started this book I didn't think I liked the style of writing. After reading for a while I realized there was no other way to cover all the ground and bring the pieces together. While it is a work of fiction it could be real and has piqued my interest on the subject.Interesting characters and story line. I have gotten another of his books and hope is as thought provoking as this one is.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2014

    loved it

    Interesting background on Hawaii's history, politics and racial struggle n resentment. Lots of thrills n twists intermixed with friends n lovers. Very enjoyable read!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Great read!

    Great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    Treat Great!! From beginning to end, Great! From the beginning to end...

    Lisa Gardner is a wonderful writer

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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