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Island Song

4.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  81 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Two years after the death of his lover, Garrett Davidson finds himself sitting in a Hawaiian beach shack, gazing out over the vast, empty Pacific. He has nothing left. Despair has robbed him of his elegant home, his lucrative job and his sanity. The single thread holding him to reality is the story he has come to this shack to write: Marc's story, the story of his lost lov ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 292 pages
Published September 8th 2008 by Zumaya Publications Us (first published August 15th 2008)
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Bryl Tyne
Oct 24, 2008 Bryl Tyne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone searching for a deeper meaning to life and love
Although marketed as paranormal erotic romance, this book is SO MUCH MORE! Island Song is full of page turning, artfully depicted adventures and involves many touching issues that could make the toughest of hearts weep.

However, erotic - Island Song is not. I found the love scenes tastefully written. Without adding the "gag" of purple prose, the scenes were descriptive enough to visualize while bearing just the right amount of enticing sensuality.

Don't get me wrong, the romance between Garrett a
Elisa Rolle
When I first read the blurb of this book I thought, well another story setting in Hawaii, probably I will find beautiful sands, beautiful beaches, a easy-to-go way of life, a bit of mythology, surf, hula... what else am I missing from the typical Hawaiian postcard? And yes, in Island Song there is all of that but also something more, I really was not expecting to be so moved by the story, and I really was not expecting how easy was to read this book, , the book makes itself read, and you lost th ...more
Aug 22, 2012 Feliz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so full of pain and love and colors, of strength, cruelty, harmony, of failure, sadness, fulfillment and dignity, just like life itself. A journey to experience, a dream to dream, and a silence to help you focus, set in a Hawai'i that is nothing at all like the movieset perfection you'll find in other books. This book had 450+pages, and I read it in one go, am still floating from the experience. Beautiful, just beautiful.
Victor J.
Aug 24, 2009 Victor J. rated it it was amazing
A haunting beautiful tale of love and redemption, set against an exquisitely evoked island setting.
Aug 13, 2009 Jenre rated it it was amazing
This mystical, paranormal love story uses ideas taken from all kinds of religions from Christianity to Eastern mysticism and creates an unusual story of one man's recovery from grief and his relationship with a young Hawiian man.

Island Song begins when Garrett arrives at a small resort in Hawaii determined to escape his busy, stressful life in San Francisco and spend six months writing the biography of his now dead lover Marc. We learn of Garrett and Marc's relationship through a series of flash
Mark Kendrick
Oct 01, 2011 Mark Kendrick rated it it was amazing
Clearly, Alan has been to Hawaii. The first thing you notice when reading this tale is the lushness of the Big Island, the grandeur of the forests, the life-filled waters - all of which are detailed by someone who had to be there to see all of those vistas. Then you're absorbed in Garrett's pain, a life-wrenching pain that's followed him from San Francisco all the way to the island.

Enter Songoree, a native Hawaiian who captures Garrett's heart slowly but surely. And therein lies the tale. Wherea
Aug 25, 2010 Meggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that this is really heavy meaning story.

This book and the story gives you some deep meaning and I know it will stay with me for a a long time. The story is deep and you just have to read it to understand it. I will say that this is special book and I really liked the deeper meaning of life which is drawn in this story.

Jul 12, 2015 Karen rated it liked it
2.5 stars

After enjoying The Lonely War thoroughly, I was prepared to love this book. The glimpses of eastern philosophy and Polynesian religion were fascinating.

The storyline and romance, not so much.

There was an otherworldly, slow-burn feel to the romance between Garrett and Songoree, but it was punctuated by WTF moments that I just didn't understand. Like the night that Garrett (view spoiler)

The ending
May 13, 2013 PaperMoon rated it liked it
A slowish start at first but the author builds character interest, plot momentum and dramatic tension from about a third of the way through. Chin does a great job describing the Hawaiian native cultural beliefs and practices as well as the lay of the land – a warning though, some existential / philosophical passages may put off some readers not wanting too much ‘deep heavy stuff’.

Chin does however build the attraction between Garrett and Songaree well and there’s a satisfying climatic ending af
Feb 16, 2011 Snowtulip rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
Once again, amazing storytelling from Alan Chin. This book made me vividly experience all of my senses, something that does not easily happen while reading a book. This book had more spirituality than other books of his that I've read, which lent itself well to the beauty of the story. I did not like the last chapter of the book (wish it wasn't included), but the rating is based on the story as a whole and the depth of emotion that it brought to the reader. Beautiful!
A very heavy story. A good one, though. Someone labeled it Erotic, but it's far from what I consider an Erotic story. The sex scenes are very tame in comparison to a typical romance novel. Garrett didn't seem like a typical A personality usually associated with a Navy Seal so the fight near the end kind of came out of nowhere. Regardless, it was well written and kept me reading to the end. Will read it again sometime.
Aug 04, 2012 Brittany marked it as dropped-book
Shelves: m-m
Good god is this book patronizing. I don't care if I've read up to page 281 on my kindle (and only have 100 pages left to go). I am dropping it. The book does have some great passages, but lets be real. Nobody talks like these characters do in real life. There's a thin line between being pretentious and being self-aware. Island Song, IMO, leans heavily towards the former.
I liked it, but I never made an connection to the story or Garrett and Songee.
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Alan Chin was born in Ogden, Utah, where he was christened, Alan Lewis Hurlburt. He was raised in San Jose, California where he enjoyed an undistinguished childhood. After graduating high school, Alan served four years in the U.S. Navy where he learned and practiced the trade of aircraft mechanic while stationed at the naval air station in Kingsville, Texas.
Alan attended four years of night schoo
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