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Off the Grid

(Koa Kāne Hawaiian Mystery #2)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  142 ratings  ·  36 reviews
A scrap of cloth fluttering in the wind leads Hilo police Chief Detective Koa Kāne to the tortured remains of an unfortunate soul, left to burn in the path of an advancing lava flow. For Koa, it’s the second gruesome homicide of the day, and he soon discovers the murders are linked. These grisly crimes on Hawaiʻi’s Big Island could rewrite history―or cost Chief Detective K ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by Oceanview Publishing
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This book is the second book in the Koa Kāne Hawaiian Mystery series. I did not know it was the second book in the series when I first started the book. I found this mystery book good, but not great. It pull me in, but at times I would lose the attention while reading this book. I won a kindle edition of this book from a goodreads giveaway, but this review is 100% my own opinion. The third book in this series is coming out this year.
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Chief Detective Koa Kāne has not one but two homicides to investigate on the same day on the Big Island of Hawai’i. It doesn’t take long to realize the beaten body of a man placed in the path of a lava flow and the woman dead in a car explosion are linked.

The deceased are a couple who have been living off the grid for over a decade. While it’s not uncommon to live off the grid in the small village of Volcano, Kāne’s investigation soon uncovers both are wanted fugitives and everyone from the CIA
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

There's an accident that may not be such an accident, and a murder victim left for the lava to cover on the big island of Hawaii. Koa Kane is the police detective in charge. As he investigates, the circumstances start getting weird, and the CIA comes in.

Kane gets to the bottom of things, and gets closer to his girlfriend.

The book tries a little too hard to make Kane seem dark and conflicted.
Viviane Crystal
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
On the main island of Hawaii lie numerous fields of lava-strewn, barren ground that have destroyed almost all homes, buildings, and cars in the path of exploding volcanoes spread throughout the Big Island. The mystery begins when a tattered piece of cloth leads to the remains of a man who has obviously been tortured before he was murdered and then destroyed in a horrific explosion when a truck and car collide. A blood-curdling scream is heard as Chief Detective Koa responds to the scene but is f ...more
M.J. Evans
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the perfect book to take with me on my Hawaiian vacation! I loved the history and facts about Hawaii included in the book. I enjoyed the suspense up to the very end!
Toni Osborne
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Koa Kane Hawaiian Mystery book #2

This mystery is a sequel to “Death of a Messenger” featuring Chief Det. Koa Kane of the Hilo police department. In this follow up story Koa will investigate the gruesome murder of two off the grid couple. The woman died after her car collided with a truck and blew up and her partner’s mutilated body found not long after in the backcountry. Who are they, who murdered them, and why?

What an exciting read this turned out to be. It starts with a bag and Koa soon finds
Deception, espionage, and murder erupt amid the Hawaiian volcano fields in Robert McCaw’s newest Hawaiian police procedural Off the Grid (Oceanview Publishing).

Hilo Chief Detective Koa Kāne—imagine a Dave Robicheaux of the Hawaiian Islands—doesn’t know what to make of the explosion outside Volcano Village on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. It doesn’t make sense. Then when a second body is found buried by lava flow in the nearby Royal Gardens—a village decimated by lava from the Kīlauea volcano and fr
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the Hawaiian mystery novel Off The Grid, an abandoned rural area in the shadow of a volcano makes a perfect place for quietly living secretive, off-the-grid lives. When two people are killed, in unrelated but almost simultaneous murders, detective Koa Kane investigates, and ends up uncovering secrets that span continents and decades.

The author brings the off-grid, undocumented Hawaiian perma-camps to life. When I was in Waianae, I saw a lot of people camping permanently on the beach. (I have
Penny Wright
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
While police procedural mysteries are not a genre that I really enjoy, if you are a fan of books featuring political intrigue and military secrets, you will love this novel. It's well-written and left me guessing until the very end.

There are a couple of issues I had with the book, which is why it's only getting a three-star rating.

First, the two main female characters are incredibly boring compared to the male characters in the novel. They read like stereotypes of women, and it was frustrating
Miriam Downey
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Read my full review here: http://mimi-cyberlibrarian.blogspot.c...

Off the Grid is the first mystery I have read that is centered on the big island of Hawai’i, and on its volcano, Mauna Loa. Actually, it is probably only the second book that I have read based in Hawai’i. Here is the summary of the book:

“A scrap of cloth fluttering in the wind leads Hilo police Chief Detective Koa Kāne to the tortured remains of an unfortunate soul, left to burn in the path of an advancing lava flow. For Koa, it’
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"Love, ambition and greed."
Located in Hawaii, this fast moving twisted tale moves from simple murder to war time action and
Political intrigue. Two seemingly unrelated deaths occur almost at the same time. A woman dies in an explosion after her car was rammed by a dumper truck whose driver had been seen running from the scene, and the mutilated, tortured body of a man was found shortly before it was consumed by a lava flow. But investigations revealed that the two victims
J.C. Ferguson
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Off the Grid is a murder mystery/police procedural/international thriller set on the big island of Hawai’i.

The story starts with “bang” when a woman’s car is crushed by a dump truck. As the police and firemen close in, there is a massive explosion, which turns out to be a bomb. Chief Detective Koa Kãne leaves the scene to investigate a body found in the volcano Pele’s lava flow. The two victims are a man and woman who have been living off the grid on the island for twenty years with little inte
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
My Recommendation: Pass. The writing was stilted and repetitive making it very difficult to read. I also found most of the characters to be one-dimensional (if even that, look at the female characters—ugh). I got it in my head I should read the first book in the series and it ended up working out in my favor that the local library didn't have it. If they did I probably would not have made it to this one. And also, the big reveal of the whodunit? really should've had more impact or ther ...more
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Off the Grid is the second book in Koa Kane Hawaiian Mystery series. With corruption, government secrets and some Hawaiian vibes (think orchids and pineapples!!), this book is an entertaining read.

There are many characters in this story, some good and some corrupt (includes cops and politicians). But the one character that stands out from the rest is the protagonist - Koa Kane. Koa is not perfect. His past haunts him every now and then. Flashbacks bring back horrific memories of the battle at Mo
William Bentrim
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Off the Grid by Robert McCaw
This book is set in Hawaii. The main protagonist is Chief Detective Koa who is trying to avoid politics and solve crimes.
The murder of two invisible, off the grid people leads Koa down political paths he normally avoids at all costs. Holding a secret of his own, Koa, does his best to bring justice to all. When he discovers some of the mysterious victims secrets, he finds that Alice’s rabbit hole holds nothing over the spiraling plot he discovers.
The author paints a
Jeanne Kennedy
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Off The Grid by Robert McCaw is a mystery-thriller as Chief Detective Koa Kane discovers the remains of a body murdered and left to be disintegrated by lava flow at a Hawaiian volcano site. He is shocked to learn that a second horrific homicide the same day is also linked to the other murder. Added to the intrigue is the secret the detective has of his own. As he investigates the double murders, the detective uncovers a political conspiracy at the highest level in Hawaii’s government and beyond. ...more
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Think Hawaii Five-O, but on the Big Island! Chief Detective, Koa Kane, is investigating the murder of the tortured remains of body discovered in a lava flow...then the equally gruesome death of the victim’s wife. Not everyone is eager for Koa to solve these bizarre murders. The tangled web of lies and deceit could very well cost the detective his job, if not his life! If you enjoy fast paced, action packed police stories, then you definitely need to check out this series! The author-narrator tea ...more
Bonnie Irwin
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Koa Kane, the Hilo police lieutenant featured in this novel is one of my new favorite characters. Respectful when he needs to be, tough when he needs to be. His flawed past seems to make him a better investigator. McCaw does a good job of supplying local color and a dose of Hawaiian language and culture.
This novel pulls together local city and state police, the CIA, FBI, and DIA all in a page-turning mystery of who left a body in the path of Kilauea's lava flow.
Marisia Robus
Jun 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting and different
The fact that the book was set in Hawaii made it interesting and different from the majority of books. The plot was good and kept me interested. Some facts about the policeman's past didn't quite make sense as it never came into play.
The narrator was a good choice and in my opinion did very well with the local words.
I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed the book.
Amy Christine Lesher
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was sent to me by the author's publicist for a review.

I enjoy interesting murder mysteries and this one is right up there. Two unusual murders in one day and the twisting and turning of the both the murders and the political ambitions of the police chef and the former senator running for governor of Hawaii. Everything falls together in interesting ways and this was one of those books that I completely fell into.

The first few chapters are a little background heavy. At times I wish some
Claudete Takahashi
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
A story full of plots, twists and turns that I read at one go. Main characters are relatable, the description of the places in Hawaii are just so well made that you can picture them! Also the way the detective´s thinking is constructed helps you get immersed in the story. I did enjoy reading this book !
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this book because it was set in Hawaii... one of my favorite places. The characters were solid and the plot was good. I could picture the villages and roads, which made it fun to read. In all, it was a good story.
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series...Koa Kane is a great character. He has flaws, but also a heart of gold. I enjoy his interactions with his coworkers and his girlfriend. Learning more about the Hawaiian/Polynesia cultures with each book. A really great read!
Sandra Cruz
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Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A new author for me, but I liked the twists and turns of the mystery.
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. The descriptions of the land and plants around Hawaii were beautiful and inspiring – the next best thing to taking a trip, right? But the author didn’t just rely on the thorough and colorful descriptions. The plot was also intriguing and thought-provoking. Books with believable government cover-ups and mysteries always get passed along to my dad, and I think he’ll really enjoy this one.

Off the Grid is actually the second novel in the Koa Kane Hawaiian Mystery
Megan Leprich
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it

Thank you so much to Oceanview Publishing and FSB Associates for the free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

This genre of book was something entirely new for me. I normally don’t go for military, politics, male character as the main character books but I decided to give this one a try. While it was good and the writing did keep me intrigued, I had a really hard time with this one.

One reason this book was hard for me was all of the Hawaiian language. Sometimes the words were tr
Michael Bethel
This is a mystery crime novel and while that genre hasn't ever been my cup of tea I did some what enjoy this. This was one book that I had issues with the main characters as I felt they just didn't fit with the overall story line, just something about them together and they way they interact just rubs me the wrong way. I did like that the novel is set in Hawaii and we learn about the area.

I received an free copy of this book on Kindle from goodreads and the publisher in exchange for my fair and
Jane Mitakides
Political and Mystery thriller with Hawaii as a main character

This is my second McCaw book, featuring Koa Kane. He’s a complex, flawed cop of intellect and sensitivity... remind me of my favorite spy, Gabriel Allon by Daniel Desilva. This one is better than the first I think— McCaw has really found his voice.

The writing gives you a feel and presence of Hawaii, as rich as Pat Conroy’s ability to put the reader in Carolina low country. If you like Desilva or James Lee Burke, you’ll love McCaw.
Maggies Daisy
Well done, loved the location and they way the writer brought all the different aspects of betrayal together to form a tale of how people are forced to take matters into their own hands for self preservation. Hawaii is a land of imminence beauty that also has many devastating way in which to die. Hope you find this book as enjoyable as I did. Happy reading!
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