Prologue: In 1893, a diplomat of the United States and 162 US Marines helped overthrow the government of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Five years later, an act of Congress unilaterally annexed the islands. At the time, President Grover Cleveland admitted mistakes were made, and tried to restore the Hawaiian Monarchy to Queen Lili’uokalani. Sadly, he was unsuccessful.
A hundred years later, President Bill Clinton formally apologized for the actions of the United States. Yet today, Hawaiian pleas for justice are still unresolved.
Now, two genetic engineers have found a way to force the United States to give back the islands, and they’ve given notice that all non-Hawaiians must get out or die.
Sarah Kiley is one of a few thousand pure-blooded Hawaiians who stand to inherit Hawaii under the scientists’ plan. While investigating the murder of a friend, she finds herself a key player on the inter-agency task force that’s trying to stop them. Given the opportunity to change the history of her people and return their stolen sovereignty, she must decide which side will win.
Part of the ‘A Book from every State of the Union’ Reading Challenge – Hawaii.
The main protagonist is smart intelligent woman, and the Author wrote her in such a way that the reader is given insight into her personality throughout the novel, and not in one big clump at the beginning. She has doubts, uncertainties and a challenge to her integrity and moral code that come together to make a very believable and three-dimensional character. Unfortunately, there are times when all I wanted to do was shake her, but this only added to the appeal of a character that most readers will be able to relate to, if not fully like.
The Author has, apparently, done a great deal of research into the history; and I say apparently as I know next to nothing about the history of these islands so have to assume that what is written is fairly accurate. With a skilful hand and turn of phrase the Author is able to weave this background history into the plot, and this really added to the enjoyment of the novel for me. One big negative for me was, even though I knew it was written from a Christian viewpoint, it did have moments in the writing where I felt as if the Author were trying to convert me. I have no problem with reading Christian literature, but what does turn me off is being preached to, and it was this impression that resulted in the book receiving the number of thumbs it did.
I read this on my Kindle and found there was a problem with the formatting. I don’t know if this has been rectified, or will be in later editions, but the habit of every single sentence being its own paragraph was a little irritating and made me feel at times that I was reading a large print book. With a little tweaking in this area this book would be outstanding; as it stands it is a good fun read but nothing to be taken too seriously.
I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Hawaii or looking for an enjoyable way to pass a few hours.