Kill Switch is the first in a series of thrillers by author Steve N Lee. While reading the opening chapters, I was reminded of Stieg Larsson’s dragonKill Switch is the first in a series of thrillers by author Steve N Lee. While reading the opening chapters, I was reminded of Stieg Larsson’s dragon girl, Lisbeth Salander; and Uma Thurman’s character in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill movies. The author displays an active knowledge of martial arts techniques, which his protagonist, Tess, skillfully demonstrates at strategic intervals throughout the novel, Kill Switch.
Two things that most interest me about the author’s writing is the planning he put into the through line, or continuing story line, of his series; and the marketing process he developed to bring his work to the attention of interested readers.
The Angel of Darkness series consists of seven novels. In Kill Switch, Tess is introduced as an expert martial artist who, after many years of exiled training in the far East, is returning to her homeland to exact vengeance for an unrevealed wrong. She is sidetracked in Poland when a 70-something Romanian woman approaches her with a story about her missing daughter, Catalina, who may be in grave danger. Tess immerses herself in the task of finding Catalina. In the process of learning what happened to the woman’s missing daughter, Tess lays inoperable many an antagonist’s henchman who crosses her path.
Along the way, Tess formulates her true lifetime goals, the basis for the Angel of Darkness series. ...more
Mystery of the Lei Palaoa is set in Waikiki on the Island of O’ahu, an area about two miles from my home. I spend a lot of time down there, walking thMystery of the Lei Palaoa is set in Waikiki on the Island of O’ahu, an area about two miles from my home. I spend a lot of time down there, walking the beach, attending meetings, watching parades and participating in other events held there. It was fun to picture the locations as they appeared in Terry Ambrose’s latest McKenna Mystery. I had to smile about the price of coffee in the fancy “Book & a Latte” coffee shop, so true.
While Mystery of the Lei Palaoa is novella length, it focuses on an area of Hawaiian history that was previously unknown to me. The story is fast paced with plenty of twists. The characters are quickly fleshed out so the reader can form an impression of their moral fiber, although I didn’t always come to the right conclusion.
What sticks with me most about this story is the history of the lei niho palaoa. I am thankful to the author for his research, and for including this information as an integral part of the story for others to appreciate and enjoy. ...more
I read this book in conjunction with several other books about this same case, known worldwide as "the Massie case".
Damned In Paradise, A Nathan HellI read this book in conjunction with several other books about this same case, known worldwide as "the Massie case".
Damned In Paradise, A Nathan Heller Novel by Max Allan Collins is a fictional accounting of The Massie Case. Though no more or less dramatic than the true crime stories written about the case, it is easy reading, very true to “fact” as the facts are known and recorded, and includes an alternate suggestion for a possible outcome, also based on recorded fact. My time was well-spent reading this novel.
Other stories relating the same researched details of the case include: Rape In Paradise by Theon Wright, with intro by Glen Grant; Something Terrible Has Happened by Peter Van Stingerland; Local Story by John P. Rosa (copyright 2014) examines the events from a new perspective raising questions involving universal awareness; Hawai‘i’s Scandal by Cobey Black; and Honor Killing by David Stannard.
Finally, there is The Massie Case by Peter Packer and Bob Thomas copyrighted 1966 when information was released, though it had always been available. This true crime, uncensored story tells in detail the known facts and speculation of an alleged gang-rape in the Hawaii Territory in 1931-1932.
The authors used all information available to them and published their accounts of racial violence and murder, the actions of a husband and mother to avenge a hateful act, and the defense presented by a world-renowned attorney, Clarence Darrow.
The Massie Case was released in 1966 along with two other books (Rape In Paradise by Theon Wright; Something Terrible Has Happened by Peter Van Stingerland;) relating the story in similar fashion. The words “notorious” “sensational” and “controversial” accurately describe events surrounding this series of tragedies, but the reader new to this tale may find their application unexpected and shifting.
What did happen that late night in 1930s Waikiki?
Was a young married Caucasian female raped multiple times? By a group of local boys? The ones she identified? What circumstances led up to whatever did happen, and why did someone else have to die before an uncomfortable peace was established?
Whether you read the true crime stories or the novels, the facts shimmer and shift equally. And unless you have ice water in your veins, you will develop opinions and draw conclusions. The events that became known as “the Massie Case” is that kind of a case. ...more
The author did an excellent job of keeping the tension level high, raising it along the way to a final satisfying climax.
Megan Scott puts a romantic iThe author did an excellent job of keeping the tension level high, raising it along the way to a final satisfying climax.
Megan Scott puts a romantic interlude on hold to accompany Michael Elliott on a trip to an exclusive college where he will give a talk on investigative reporting. Suddenly, students lives are in danger not only from unexplained human sources but from the dangers of a widespread and extended ice storm. Tension rises as circumstantial evidence points to an unresolved event in Megan's past.
I have read the first two novels in this series and enjoy following the cases of the two protagonists, Megan Scott and Michael Elliott. They work well together without undue friction that could come from mixing business and personal relationships. I look forward to the fourth novel in this mystery series....more
Love the title, and the meaning as explained in the novella.
A.J. Llewellyn has a knack for noticing the subtle and meaningful nuances of the Islands,Love the title, and the meaning as explained in the novella.
A.J. Llewellyn has a knack for noticing the subtle and meaningful nuances of the Islands, and referring to locations locals so take for granted that it is a satisfying surprise to see them mentioned in the story. Also, if you haven’t tasted malasadas, a pleasure comparable to biking down Haleakala, add the experience to your bucket list!
The action is non-stop in Coffee and Kukui Nuts, this Lei Kindle World novella. It makes a perfect 2-part episode for Hawaii 5-0. And of course a springboard for more stories from best-selling author, A.J. Llewellyn....more