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Torn Roots

(The Lei Crime Universe)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Hawaii is known for volcanoes and sandy beaches. Beauty and danger reign.

After breaking a case of murdered poachers in Maui's national park, Detective Pono Kaihale accepts a short-term position as Acting Lieutenant in Hana on the island's rain-forest coast. He is looking forward to redirecting lost hikers and moderating mild lovers' spats, and enjoying the natural beauty
Kindle Edition, 131 pages
Published July 26th 2015 by Kindle Worlds
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Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book and so many twists and turns that keep you guessing. A very hard book to put down because I had to find out what would happen next. This book fits in very well with the other Lei Crime series books. It is a very well written story. The characters fit very well together. I loved how he used Christine Nolfi's name as the receptionist in the book. Christine is another author for the Lei Crime series. She was the one who introduced me to Scott Bury's book. I am so glad she did. ...more
Debbi Lund
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read! It incorporated the characters from the LEI CRIMES perfectly. The book was a good read with excitement,romance & the bad guy got his in the end.
Eden Baylee
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
***A delightful read with excellent pacing***

It was a real treat to be re-acquainted with Pono Kaihale, one of my favorite characters from Toby Neal's Lei Crime series. In TORN ROOTS, author Scott Bury takes Pono to Maui on the island's rain-forest coast of Hana. Here, he finds trouble amongst a host of characters, some of them shadier than others.

TORN ROOTS is wonderfully rich with plot and setting, but it was Mr. Bury's command of the story's pacing that impressed me most. Readers of Ms. Neal'
Diane Tosney
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great story! Anyone who has read one, some or all of the Lei Crime Series by Toby Neal will enjoy this story. It features Lei's long time partner Pono who is investigating some related crimes on Maui. I also recognized some names of minor characters in this story, nice shout out to some of the other authors who write for this Kindle World Series. Looking forward to more! ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Torn Roots by Scott Bury is a seemingly straight-forward mystery that throws a rookie FBI Special Agent, Vanessa Storm, into a world of real-estate development and environmental activism. Just outside of Hana, Hawai'i, Sam finds a large fire in a protected rain forest and helps the local authorities to stop the blaze. In the process he finds tracks that lead him to the source. A new development on the island shore appears to be the source. Environmentalists, led by his former girlfriend, Canadia ...more
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A relatively new FBI agent, Vanessa Storm, is relocated to Maui to take charge of a sensitive case. Meanwhile on a development site on Maui, a group of protesters are trying to stop the development. One of their number is suddenly the target of someone who either wants her dead, or captured alive. She runs to her ex-boyfriend for help and together they escape into the forests. Slowly Vanessa and local police discover the real reasons behind arson at the development and realised that the company ...more
I rec'd an ARC through the courtesy of Mr Bury in exchange for an honest review. I thank him for his generosity!

First of all, this book (much reworked, I understand) was originally part of the Kindle Worlds program which has ended. I did not read the original novella, so I can't make a comparison

I liked the plot and I liked how it was resolved and ended although much of it was transparent - and I ain't real bright. The descriptions of Maui made me truly regret not getting to that side of the isl
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller fans
This is the first book that I have read by this author, and I enjoyed it. The plot is quite involved and the characters are quite well developed, although both are somewhat limited by the fact that this is a relatively short book.
I really enjoyed the evocative descriptions of the island of Maui and especially of the local food.
I believe that this book has been re-written from a 'Kindle Worlds' series, and this does show a bit, as it feels more like a book from the middle of a series, rather than
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, reviewed, ku
KU borrow.
I really liked this story as a KW novella but Mr. Bury has now rewritten and expanded it. His scenic descriptions are even more lush, the action parts are even more tense, the characters even more deep. His lead character, FBI Special Agent Vanessa Storm, has just been assigned to the Hawai'i office when she's sent to the isolated town of Hana, on Maui, to investigate an arson and possible murder. We meet several new local and memorable characters that I hope will reappear in future H
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To Catch a Kalua Pig

Scott Bury's Torn Roots (Hawaiian Storm Book 1) is not a book about a hurricane on Maui as I expected. It is about FBI Special Agent Vanessa Storm's first case when assigned to her new post in Hawai'i. It is an interesting case involving a Chinese Corporation, a Canadian activist intent on preserving Hawai'i for Hawaiians, the local Hana PD, a Geologist doing research for his doctorate and a rogue Homeland Security lunatic. As you might imagine, throw in some local characters
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
The natural beauty of Hawaii shines through this mystery with FBI Special Agent Vanessa Storm. A Chinese development company, an Eco-Environmental company, a rouge suspended Homeland Security Agent. local LEO and Forest Service worker clash when arson and perhaps a murder occurs. As Special Agent Storm and the local LEO work the case they find that a lot more at play than a presumed disruption by the Eco-Environmental group. #Corruption #greed #extortion #blackmail #arson
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. There was a lot of good description of the surrounding habitat, without being boring. I felt there were too many holes in the characters. The book itself had a feel like someone wanted to turn this in to a TV show.

I was given this advanced reader copy free, if I gave a fair and impartial review. I believe I have done so.
Roger Eschbacher
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Generally, I'm not a big reader of mysteries, but I enjoyed Scott Bury's "Torn Roots" (Hawaiian Storm Book 1). Mr. Bury keeps things moving and has crafted some truly interesting characters. Setting the book in Hawaii is an added bonus as the excellent and detailed descriptions make you feel like you're there. ...more
Teresa Reitnauer
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read from this author. I loved it. The author is very descriptive because, at times, I felt I was in Hawaii. The characters are well developed. The story flows leaving the reader to read the end.
Rita Bauer
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have never been to Hawaii so I was excited to get to know something about it.
I also liked the plot and how Scott Bury enthusiastically developed it.
I enjoyed reading that novella but regretted a bit that the characters lack depth.
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed this light mystery novel set on Maui with some real interesting characters and the road to Hana!
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes short stories
Recommended to Mareena by: Scott Bury
After successfully closing a case involving murderous poachers targeting Maui's national park, Detective Pono Kaihale gladly accepts the temporary position of Acting Lieutenant in Hana on the island's rain-forest coast. He is looking forward to spending the next six months working on a much easier caseload and just enjoying the beautiful scenery. After all, as quiet as Hana seems to be, Pono is fairly certain that he will only be called upon to redirect lost hikers or to moderate the occasional ...more
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure
I received my copy from a contest during the launch of the Kindle World series for the Lei Crime books. All of these authors have an exciting way of integrating secondary characters into another fascinating story. The main character of the Lei series is Lei Texeira, former FBI and current Maui PD officer. Her old partner, Pono, is acting Lt stationed in Hana when a forest fire breaks out which leads to an investigation involving corporate espionage and insider trading. Intricately woven with twi ...more
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it
**I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion**

I started reading this book and it took me three days to finally find a good reading pace. The beginning is a bit boring and slow, so I kept on picking the book and putting it down again several times. The book finally found a good rhythm and the story started having more sense. The book is well written, but the plot is kind of predictable; I saw the ending coming when I was halfway done with the book. I understand th
Samreen Ahsan
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**I received an advanced reader copy of this book.**
Fast paced and thrilling, this story takes you to the depths of Maui's national park. This is a wonderful addition to the Lei Crime Series. Although it was a novella but the characters were developed and nowhere in the novella you'd say -- "where did this one come from?" It was fun reading. Scott Bury is a fine writer. I won't give much details of the story and leave it for the readers to find out.
Barb Krater
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book.

Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, owned, summer-15
Another great entry in the Lei Crimes Series!
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After a 20-year career in journalism, he turned to writing fiction. "Sam, the Strawb Part," a children's story, came out in 2011, with all the proceeds going to an autism charity. Next was a paranormal short story for grown-ups, "Dark Clouds."

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