50 items in one year! Yep, I’m pushing the limits with my 2013 Bucket List. Why not? Life is worth living, right? While some items are extreme like driving a NASCAR or hang gliding, others are more realistic like taking Athena to a zoo. What it all comes down to is that time is precious and life is worth living. It’s the daily moments as well as the over-the-top ones that come together to make each day a rewarding journey. As a previous English teacher, I love to read. Losing myself in a great book is equally as rewarding as losing myself in a new country, making number 38 on the list, find at least 5 new authors that I love, an enjoyable daily adventure. Mike Bond, and more specifically his new book Saving Paradise, makes the cut. Dan Brown meets Hawaii Five-0 in Bond’s thriller Saving Paradise leaving me wonder why it took me this long to find this author that I love.
When a beautiful journalist drowns mysteriously in Honolulu Bay, former Special Forces veteran Pono Hawkins, now a well-known Hawaii surfer and international correspondent for surfing magazines, soon gets embroiled in trying to find why she died. What he learns quickly makes him a target for murder or life in prison as a cabal of powerful corporations, foreign killers and crooked politicians turns the blame on him.
Within the first page, I was hooked. I opened it at 7:30pm after putting Athena down for the night. Alive with the sights and sounds of Hawaii, I was immediately intrigued but the writing pulled me in so quickly it was over before I knew it. I wanted to save the book for my flight to Texas but I had read it before I set foot on the plane. From start to finish, I never put it down.
“When you’re holding a corpse in your arms how bizarre seems the human race – where were all these people hurrying to in this horrible moment with this beautiful young woman dead?”
Now… I need to go order his other books. I found his site and it’s filled with other novels, poetry, and essays. Well done, Mike Bond! Even your name sucks readers in.
One down, four more to go for number 38 on this year’s list. Do you have a suggestion for a great author that I might not already know about? I’d love to hear from you.