Zero Island: Chris Bauer
Can you hide in plain sight and not be found? Can your life belong to someone else unless you disappear and hope to start over again?
It starts with the death of a pilot and the crashing of the plane. The island of Miakamii belongs to a man named Douglas Logan who is trying to keep the island the way it was in the past in the present. But things are happening on this island and murders are at the top of someone’s list. A mobster is running an organ transplant business but not a legal one. People are getting killed, he receives the organs, and the profits are high, but the stakes are even higher for the victims. Someone wants this island and the person behind it has killed many people and there will be more before all is said and done. Kaipo Mawpaw is somewhere hiding under a new name and different appearance. Why would she want to come back to her birthplace and risks it all? Miakamii is where she was born and where seashell jewelry made by the island’s indigenous people were worth small fortunes and possibly the link to finding the cure for dementia.
Philo Trout is a retired Navy Seal whose business is crime scene cleaning and tourist. Along with him is Patrick who has had serious injuries inflicted on him and he has been caring for him as well as having him help with his business. He is smart and astute and figures things out as well as getting information needed when the situation arises. There are many people that have relocated and others who remained on this island. But someone wants to kill all the residents to avenge something that happened in the past. A helicopter pilot, a research doctor, a street performer was killed in graphic and horrific way. Kaipo visits her friend Vena, gives her something for protection so why is she the next victim?
Wally Lanakai is at the heart of this mystery as he is running his own business selling organs to the highest bidder. But, a Hawaiian mob, the Yakuza is behind another and wants his business or else he will kill the woman that Wally longs to get returned to him. Unless he agrees to an illegal bareknuckle boxing match against his contender and he needs to get one of his own, he will gut her too. Illegal liver transplants and the reason why this organ is so coveted and wanted you will have to learn for yourself as the reason behind it might be why so many vie for this organ from this island’s residents when dead. Philly crime scene cleaners, like our main character, Philo Trout stuck on this island and hoping to find a way to exist. An island that needs an uplift into the 21st century and one man named Logan who is holding back. His fiancé is the reason he is involved in solving the murders and handing over photos of the victims and showing them to Wally they hope will shed some light or have him admit his guilt.
Philo and his employee Patrick work hand in hand to find the clues needed but even more he is trying to help Patrick unlock his memory and learn about his past and who he really is. When does he will that change it all for him or will it unlock memories that are better left buried?
When Philo and the Chief and others investigate they find that the organs are gone and the cooler’s gory interior and what is left of the woman dumped into the wild is horrific. The three containers spread out along the swamp tr4ail again like the guides no one trying to hide anything but Why? For some reason Evan does not think that Wally is responsible. It is his fiancé that was killed. He is the CO of the Hawaiian Missile Training Outpost where Trout and Patrick met him the fist time to talk about what happened to Miya.
The threats became real when Yabuki had Wally in his sights, and he described what would happen to Kaipo if he did not agree to the fight. He wants him off the island for good and his crime family the Ka Hui too. The photos alone would make his grinch, but will he agree to the terms?
When Philo went through Miya’s records an awakening would happen and the truth behind the organ transplants would be revealed. the lab tests, Medical data date back fifty years plus. The chemical analysis, the brain scans and more allowing him to realize that she might have found the cure for Alzheimer’s. Yabuki wanted to frame Wally for what he had done and the reasons for the murders date back to something that happened to someone in his family, and he wanted to kill all the residents on this island for revenge. Anyone who leaves the island he would find, he wants Miakamii livers just accelerating the process and then of course what he did or was hoping to do to Kaipo against Wally but will Philo and the police stop this man?
Justified in their actions two people hoped to avenge the death of Oyabun’s grandfather eighty years that past. But the ending will shock readers and what one man does to get a different kind of justice will surprise you. The Yakuza wanted to take aim and get revenge for this man’s death but one man would hope to stop them but what will the end of the battle be? Two close friends Ben and Ella would hope to set things right but in the end is their brand of justice right. What would happen if what someone hoped to do kill all the residents of this island and start over again? Is this revenge for what someone did to Ella’s grandfather the Zero Pilot? What would happen if everyone on the island was gone? It would be known as Zero Island.
An ending that leaves room for unknown questions to be answered. Lives that will never be the same and Kaipo needing to decide her destiny and Wally having to set her free but will he? Patrick must come to terms with the truth about his father and his family will he leave the island or stay? What about Philo what is next for him? Author Chris Bauer leaves readers wondering if there is more to this story to come. A story about finding answers, preserving the past and determining the future, loyalties, hope, survival and understanding as one man’s goals becomes another’s desire to change. Lives are held in balance and who will survive in the end and will it remain Makamii or turn into ZERO ISLAND?
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