Goodbye Paris

Goodbye Paris

by Mike Bond

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Special Forces veteran Pono Hawkins races from a Tahiti surfing contest to France when he learns that an ISIS terrorist he'd thought was dead, Mustafa al-Boudienne, has an Iranian backpack nuclear weapon and plans to destroy Paris. Pono was once Mustafa's prisoner in Iraq, and is now the only one left alive to identify him. When Pono reaches Paris he finds that his closest comrade has been kidnapped, and that the date to destroy the city is fast approaching. Joining forces with allies from US and French intelligence, and with a fearless and brilliant French agent, Anne Ronsard, with whom he soon falls in love, Pono sets out against impossible odds to catch and kill Mustafa and his terrorist cell before they can destroy the most beautiful city on earth. As they dig deeper into the terrorist networks, their own lives are more and more endangered, while the terrorists change tactics again and again to outwit them as the time to save the city runs out. Spanning a fast two weeks in and around Paris, Goodbye Paris is a window to today's France, its elegance and poverty, humanism and fanaticism, beauty and despair, to the still-magical French countryside with its white castles and dark forests, the food, wine, and joyous ironic people, the magic of the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame and the tragic fate awaiting them. Another Pono Hawkins adventure following the best-sellers Saving Paradise and Killing Maine, Goodbye Paris takes us into never-before revealed depths of covert action on three continents, to insider secrets in the war against terrorism, into intense memories of combat in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, and to the depths of love when everything seems lost. Based on the author's years of experience with terrorism and Middle East wars, and his deep knowledge of French and US intelligence and military operations, Goodbye Paris is a stunning thriller, an entrancing love story, and an exciting account of anti-terror operations from Paris and Morocco to Afghanistan. Goodbye Paris is a hallmark Mike Bond thriller: tense, exciting, and alive with real details and places, and that will keep you up all night.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781949751031
Publisher: Mike Bond Books. LLC
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 145,939
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Called "the master of the existential thriller" (BBC), "one of America's best thriller writers" (Culture Buzz) and "one of the 21st century's most exciting authors" (Washington Times), Mike Bond is the author of eight best-selling novels, a war and human rights journalist, ecologist, and award-winning poet. Based on his own experiences in many dangerous and war-torn regions of the world, his novels portray the innate hunger of the human heart for good, the intense joys of love, the terror and fury of battle, the sinister conspiracies of dictators, corporations and politicians, and the beauty of the vanishing natural world.

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Goodbye Paris 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
trekie83 2 days ago
Pono Hawkins once again has his peaceful life in Tahiti interrupted when news reaches him that a terrorist he thought was long dead, Mustafa al-Boudienne is still alive and planning an attack on Paris. In addition, a close friend from his time in the Special Forces has been abducted. Once in Paris, Hawkins joins forces with French agent in the hunt for Mustafa, only to discover he is quite elusive. Mustafa’s true motive is finally revealed when he sends word that he is willing to trade his prisoner for Pono. As the weeks pass, Pono realizes he might have to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to save millions of people from a very gruesome end. Goodbye Paris by Mike Bond is the third entry in the popular Sam “Pono” Hawkins series. Bond brings to bear a lifetime of experience in his creation of Pono Hawkins. This series reads as if borrowed from the headlines of tomorrow’s newspapers. The “war” the Western world is currently engaged in with Islam is quite real and brought to life in order to pen a riveting novel. I continue to enjoy the Pono Hawkins series and give it 4/5 stars. *A copy of the ebook was the only compensation provided in exchange for this review.*
BookReaderDQ 7 days ago
A very well written novel. There is a nuclear bomb heading for Paris; a double kidnapping of Pono's friends; no clues as to what and why things are occurring; Pono and Anne are both on a hit list; and there is a traitor in their midst. Most interesting is how the author shows Muslims - terrorists - are making a "soft takeover" of a few European countries. Also, there are the terrorists who want to expedite things. Truly an up to date take on the terrorist issues. Even mentions the burning of Notre Dame Cathedral. A very up to date and factual story. Well done.
Catdad 8 days ago
I liked the suspense in this book, but that was about it. My first mistake was that this is the third book in a series, which put me at a disadvantage from the start. I liked the title of the book and usually like the suspense type books, but this one had a lot of violence, which gave me anxiety. The author is very vocal about his political views and theories and the main character was hard to figure out. I didn't even know his name until a third of the way thru the book. I only finished it because I wanted to see how it ended. Probably wouldn't read the rest of the series.
Jaruwa 8 days ago
DNF 30%. I wanted to like this book....I really did. I wasn’t expecting a great book, just an entertaining one, and being set in Paris, which I love, expected it to at least hold my attention. However, the blatant Islamaphobia and conspiracy theories based on false “facts” turned me off so much I couldn’t force myself to continue reading. His bigoted views were occasionally challenged by short vignettes about Muslim people who were just ordinary people, not part of rabid hordes taking over France. I think he may have added these later to soften his hateful views, but the fear mongering and blanket condemnation of Islam were so much more prevalent, that these vignettes seemed strangely out of place. One troubling part was that Muslims were blamed for setting fire to Notre Dame Cathedral, in a scene very much like the incident that actually happened on April 15, 2019, which in reality was caused by an accident. That seemed a bit too much mixing of reality with fantasy, and bound to confuse people and feed into existing conspiracy theories. People who have bigoted views will probably enjoy having their views confirmed, but if you oppose this kind of prejudice, just steer clear. Note: I received an advance copy of the ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
jayfwms 8 days ago
Mike Bond is my favorite author and I jumped at the chance for an ARC through NetGalley. Mike is a lyric author and his books are nothing short of works of art. The descriptions are not as intense as some of his earlier works, but he still provides a beautiful narrative that evokes images of great detail. This is Pono's third outing as the main character, and in this story it is much more about him and his relationships with his brother soldiers. I could not put this book down once I started reading it, and even at the end I had to take some time to savor the story. I won't rehash the plot, but the style of writing flowed and supported the action every step of the way. Do yourself a favor. Buy this book and set aside some time to read it.
Domenico Bettinelli 22 days ago
I can tell that Mike Bond is a poet. His word choice and the way he structures the narrative have that rhythm and flow, which makes the book all the more interesting to read, especially given its 1st-person viewpoint. That 1st person narrator is another strong point because it limits how much we can know about what's really going on and keeps us as off-balance as the main character, Pono. The action was also well done, written so as to be clearly understood what was happening. My reservation, what keeps me from giving the book top grades, is its bleak worldview. It's so relentlessly defeatist and negative about Islam and France and, well, everything. Yes, things are bad, but so bad? This is illustrated, in my view, by how Bond portrays the fire at Notre Dame, which in the story happened before the action begins. (As an aside, I'm not sure if this was quickly inserted after the real fire or it's an incredible coincidence.) In Bond's telling, Notre Dame was destroyed by terrorists, burned out, demolished into a stone shell, all of its timeless artistic and spiritual glory gone. So depressing. But in reality, Notre Dame was damaged, badly, but all of her most important treasures survived and remain for us today. The world of Pono Hawkins is a sadder one than ours. Another ding, from my point of view, is the unnecessary amount of sexual detail. I'm no prude; I'm a married dad of five. I don't need the sex to be described to me if you tell me they had sex. Otherwise, it's just indulging adolescent male fantasy. The characters apart from Pono were fine, albeit they didn't stray too far from stereotype. The aggressive female cop, the weary bureaucrat, and so on. Nevertheless, I still give the book four out of five stars because the premise was interesting and the plotting and action were compelling enough to keep me wanting to come back to the book and find out what's next, how it will be resolved, and who lives and dies.
Bonnie Franks 29 days ago
This is not my first Mike Bond book, and it holds up to the previous ones for sure! His books are exciting and involve a little of everything. There are friendships, there are lovers, there are good guys and bad guys.. Sometimes trying to figure out who is who is one of the best parts of the book. I can't get over how current they are! There are always real life situations that have recently happened that lead into the situation that is the subject of the book.. I love the military aspect, the spy aspect, a behind the scenes feel to the governments. This book involves terrorism and Paris. We all think of Paris for the romance and part of that romance is the beauty of the architecture. In this book we see parts of that compromised and other parts threatened. It gets more exciting as it goes until you can't put the book down because so much is at stake! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys action, spies, a little bit of romance, and some twists and turns. This book was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher, for which I thank them.
JReppy 3 months ago
The book is heavy on islamophobia, which might be off-putting to some readers. However, it is appropriate in the context of the plotline, which involves a suspected plot by Islamic terrorists to crash a French plane and/or blow-up the Eiffel Tower and/or set off a nuclear bomb in Paris. A significant part of the storyline is the increased Muslim presence in France, including the radicalization of Muslim youth in certain parts of Paris and other French towns and the reluctance/unwillingness of the French government to acknowledge and properly address the threat of radical Islam. Pono Hawkins, ex-Special Forces, who has starred in two prior books, is asked to come to Paris by Mack, a friend from his Special Forces days who now works for the CIA, who informs him that Mustafa al-Boudienne, an Islamist terrorist who was thought to be dead, is actually alive. Pono is the only person able to positively ID Mustafa if he can be found. When Pono arrives in Paris, he quickly discovers that the situation has gotten much worse, as Mack has been abducted (and Mack's wife, Gisele, will soon be taken as well). Pono is working with the DGSE (French equivalent to FBI), which is headed by an old friend, Thierry, while also reporting to the local CIA Section Chief, with whom Pono has a very negative history. However, the suspected terrorists seem to always be one step ahead and it becomes apparent that people high up in the French government are trying to prevent Pono and his allies from being successful. This was an enjoyable book. The plot is interesting and timely (the Notre Dame fire is mentioned) and incorporates current international events and concerns. While there are some aspects of the Pono character that I do not care for, overall he is an interesting character and one the reader wants to succeed. I like that Mr. Bond has chosen to create a series that utilizes recurrent characters. There is a good supporting cast and plenty of action and intrigue. Definitely worth the read. I received a review copy via NetGalley.
Tink4evr 3 months ago
A scary take on how very messed up the world can become. Trust is in short supply as terrorism and politics continue to destroy people’s lives. Pono is trying to save his kidnapped friends but in order to do that he has to fight through the sinister and secretive levels of the security services. The author really looks at the anger in humanity for all the wrong reasons.