~I received a copy of Saving Paradise for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions are my own and are not influenced by any form of compensation.~
Saving Paradise will change you, or at least change the way you perceive ‘green’ energy via Wind Farming. It will call into question what little you really know, what people want you to believe you know and then hit you with a deep wave of dangerous truths. The title itself seems to carry a duel meaning and often I wondered if Mike Bond was pushing the character in the fictional part of the story to save paradise or if it was a call to us (the People) holding the truth surrounding the fiction to help in saving it.
Because you see, the truth exists in the present and what is happening to the beautiful lands of Hawaii is now.
The story follows Pono Hawkins, a Special Forces Iraq/Afghanistan war veteran, native Hawaiian and international correspondent for surfing magazines. When the body of a beautiful journalist mysteriously drowns and bumps into him one day surfing, his whole world changes and he becomes a target by corrupt corporations, foreign killers and crooked politicians. His story weaves in and out of the story and history of his land and the haunting memories of Afghanistan and Iraq. Determined to protect the Hawaii he loves from destructive energy developments, Pono turns to his Special Forces ties and skills to save himself and find her killer.
I had never known the history of Hawaii before having read Saving Paradise, though I have had Hawaiian friends. I had always viewed it just as everyone else had, a vacation paradise. It seems we all too soon forget that it was its own island with its own people; that it had history and that we stole it by force and made the natives work like serfs on the land that was once theirs. It is really a sad story, one that the fictional character Pono paints with alluring beauty and knowing of the land. It is also what makes your heart ache when you realize that it is still currently happening against the native Hawaiian’s wishes, this destruction of something so beautiful that we stole from them in the name of progress.
Saving Paradise is a thrill ride to read and pulls you in and out of plots until you don’t know who to trust or what to do anymore than the character. You trust no one, you keep going, hoping not to get caught before figuring out what is happening. Mike Bond is not only an acclaimed novelist, but an international energy expert and a war and human rights correspondent that has lived and worked in many war torn areas of our world. His intellect and creativity dance together on the pages, braiding fiction into deeper truths about ourselves, our nature, our government, our history and our future.
After reading the story I hope that you become knowledgeable about Wind Farming and learn the facts on how destructive they are to our land, environment and native animals. Do what you can to save the last little bit of paradise.
Purchase: You can purchase Saving Paradise for $12.24 on Amazon.