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Review of Killing Maine

August 10, 2015
Killing Maine
Mike Bond
Mandevilla Press
August 1, 2015

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Description of the book

Surfer and Special Forces vet Pono Hawkins quits sunny Hawaii for Maine’s brutal winter to help former SF buddy Bucky Franklin beat a murder rap. The same Bucky who once sent Pono to military prison then married his girlfriend Lexie. But in Special Forces you never leave a buddy behind no matter what they’ve done. Especially if they once saved your life.

An unknown sniper has shot environmental exec Ronnie Dalt, and the police say it was Bucky. So Pono finds himself hooked up with Bucky’s wife Lexie trying to find Bucky an alibi. And meets an old flame, the fierce and beautiful attorney Erica, and then the dead man’s wife Abigail, who has never met a man she couldn’t devour alive.

Unknown killers stalk Pono as he tries to unravel Ronnie’s death. Nothing is certain, no one can be trusted, no place is safe. There’s a million square miles of wildlands out there to hide a man’s body. And with a rap sheet that includes two jail sentences, Pono is the number one target of every cop in the state.
Sadly Maine turns out to be as politically corrupt as Hawaii, with huge energy corporations gobbling up the state’s beautiful mountains and purchasing its politicians at bargain prices. Once again Pono finds himself hunted, shot at, betrayed, stalked by knife-wielding assassins, and in love with three women.
Second in the Pono Hawkins series after the critically-acclaimed, best-seller SAVING PARADISE, KILLING MAINE is an insider’s view of crooked Maine politics, the state’s magical and fast-disappearing natural beauty, and how a lone commando hunts down those who hunt him, and is based on the author’s own experiences in Maine, the Middle East and elsewhere.

My review of Killing Maine

I was  so excited to get my copy of Mike Bond’s newest book, Killing Maine. I love action packed thrillers and his are some of my favorites.

This particular novel is about how corporations use their power and money to corrupt our elected officials into voting the way they want them to vote. Of course it is the big corporations that benefit monetarily from the laws being put into affect.

In this case Pono Hawkins leave the warm sandy beaches of Hawaii to help a fellow special forces  veteran  who is wrongfully jailed in Maine. Two Maine governors and a bunch of legislators were able to get bills passed that would allow wind turbines to be erected all over Maine. They were able to do this without the approval of the local people and with no environmental surveys being done. One of the governors made millions in the wind industry and then installed his son at the top of a big wind company. He then went on to become a Maine senator.

Once the people realized how loud and horrible for the environment these wind turbines were, it was too late. People were upset when the noise from the turbines started causing them health issues and they couldn’t sleep. Then they were unable to sell their homes. Pono’s Special forces buddy took matters into his own hands and shot out two of the turbines. Then an environmentalist was killed with the same rifle that was used to destroy the turbine.

Pono comes to investigate and see if he can help out. There in lies the foundation for all the suspense and thrills just waiting to be revealed in this fast action packed book.

I live on the gulf coast of Texas and we have wind turbines here. I’m going to have to do some investigating myself. I just figured the wind turbines would help lower our electric bills. Didn’t happen. I felt sure that our local environmentalists would never let something that would hurt the environment or the birds be built here. I’m embarrassed to say I don’t know what impact they are having on our environment. You can bet I’m going to find out though. So I owe Mike Bond for opening my eyes and making me think.

As always, thank you Net Galley for my advance copy of this wonderful novel in exchange for an honest review.

If you like fast paced action books, you should give this one a try.

About the author


Called “master of the existential thriller” by BBC, “one of America’s best thriller writers” by Culture Buzz, and “one of the 21st century’s most exciting authors” by the Washington Times, Mike Bond is a best-selling novelist, war and human rights journalist, and environmental activist. He has covered guerrilla wars, death squads, and military dictatorships in Latin America and Africa, Islamic terrorism in the Middle East, and ivory poaching and other environmental battles in East Africa and Asia.

His critically acclaimed novels take the reader into intense situations in the world’s most perilous places, into wars, revolutions, dangerous love affairs and political and corporate conspiracies, making “readers sweat with [their] relentless pace.” (Kirkus) and drawing them “into a land and a time I had not known but left me with my senses reeling.” (NetGalley Reviews)

His books have been named among the best of the year by reviewers and readers alike. He speaks multiple languages, has climbed and trekked over 50,000 miles on every continent from the Antarctic to Siberia, and is at home in some of the most primitive and dangerous places on the planet.


About Terry Houchin

Hi, my name is Terry Houchin. I live on the on the Gulf Coast of Texas with my husband of thirty-eight years and our two dogs, Miley and Shadow. I have two grown sons and a grandson. I am a retired teacher who loves gardening and reading. I am currently working on writing a novel.