Killing Maine: Mike Bond
The island of Hawaii is beautiful filled with sun filled beaches, bars, hotels and surfing that some many connect resist. So, why would someone leave the warmth and the sunshine to freeze in the frigid weather in Maine? When a friend’s wife phones Pono that his friend has been arrested for murder, he has no choice but to hope on the first plane and come to his rescue. Although Bucky Franklin might not be his friend when Lexie, the love of Pono’s life calls needing his help he does not hesitate. As someone in Special Forces he and Bucky worked together with Bucky as the author relates in a flashback saving his life. But, Pono’s changed when he killed a young girl that was dying and got 20 years in prison. If not for a smart lawyer he would still be there. Someone killed Ronnie Dalt but was it Bucky or just someone that used his gun. Bucky decided to shoot out three wind turbines and the next bullet hit this man. Wind power is at the center of this complex novel and the politicians are paying big time for the right to build these turbines in Maine. The reason why he is now climbing mountains, in enduring frigid temperatures and is trying to restrain himself when in the presence of Lexie is it friendship or something else?
Corruption in government, politicians on the take and major corporations buying votes to pass laws that would benefit them are all too familiar in the news. Wind Power is at the core of this novel and the need for wind turbines the quest of a major company. There are many issues that are brought to light within this multi-complex novel. Windmill farms are they necessary? What happens when this large corporation harasses the owners of the farms into selling for a small amount knowing the money provided will pay off some debts? What happens when the same company threatens these owners and puts a gag order in place in case they want to spill that they did? Corrupt, environmentalists paid off and the bottom line is greed! Ronnie Dalt was an environmental executive and unfortunately for Buck one of his bullets killed him?
Bent on proving his innocence Pono sets off to find evidence but is shot at, attacked and accused of murder. Killing Maine brings to light what the impact of large corporations is and how powerful money can be when dealing with legislators and laws. The research into the impact of wind power if extensive as Pono tries to overstep the red tape, keep one step ahead of a killer and tries to justify why each time someone goes missing, someone winds up dead that he should not be accused of being at fault.
Throughout the novel Pono is torn between his feelings for Lexie and those for Abigail as he tries to learn more about her disappearance and what happens when she if finally found. Added in we learn more about his past, his tour in Afghanistan and his relationship with his father. The scenes with his father are heartfelt and the end result sad. As the truth behind his illness comes to light and the way Pono risks it all to be with him at the end lets you know that as tough as he appears to be down deep he has a heart of gold.
With Abigail found and accused of her husband’s murder that frees Bucky for now except for the charges for shooting the wind turbines. Added in people who support wind power has little understanding of the damage it is doing to Maine. When you meet some of the other victims like Viv and Don who were about to move because Wind Power took their home for a nominal fee, the end result brings Pono front and center with the law as someone burned down their home with them in at. All things once again point to Pono.
The author relates facts about wind power, the green project legislators and his comparison to that of House of Cards and the main character is quite thought provoking. So, why did someone want him to drop the investigation against Wind Power? What was the motive behind the murder? The police seem bent on pinning everything on Pono why?
Emails reveal what the executives of Wind Power are really up to and the devious ways that get what they want. Why was Ronnie Dalt murdered? What was Abigail’s connection? Why was Bucky a perfect target for the murder? If Titus McKee did not shoot at Pono who did? Irvin Goffman, billionaire and his wife Congresswoman Maude: Just how much money do they want and would they reveal their links Wind Power LLC and bring them down? Even the local police want to pin it all on Pono. Why? With the help of his computer hacker and expert Mitchell emails revealed, photos sent and information that most would not get revealed to him. Hoping to solve the case before the Tahiti Tsunami takes place, will Wind Power LLC blow him away? Just how powerful are they? With Mitchell, Abigail and lawyer Erica from the past, can he stay out of jail and live to solve it all. But, lets not forget his passion with Lexie who is his first love but married to Bucky and the reason he is freezing in Maine.
The ending will surprise readers as the killer comes front and center and the way this person is caught will definitely create a special smile. How the confession was recorded was quite ingenious and the ending unexpected. Just what happened to the green book in Abigail’s house and what would it reveal? The author includes information about the corruption in Maine and ends with information about why so many love Maine. When given the choice between two women which one will he pick? Will he return before the Tsunami? Sometimes decisions are made in the spur of a moment or the heat of passion or just plain in the style of Pono Sam Hawkins. One thing that shines through is Pono’s sense of humor, justice and unique way of dealing with people. Once again author Mike Bond presents his main character that is brash, unpredictable and definitely someone you want on your side. Friendship, loyalty, love, revenge and greed are just some of the issues brought to light in this novel. Author Mike Bond scores some high points and shoots straight to the top of the rating list! Told in the voice of the main character you get to know Pono, his innermost thoughts and the reasoning behind his actions. The topic is very current and the research is extensive. Can’t wait to see where Pono winds up and with whom!
Fran Lewis: Just Reviews/MJ Magazine