Saving ParadiseWell I think on a simple ecological level that the diversity of this planet is important for our survival, that all of our different cultures, people are important to the health of the whole the same way that a species of animal should be saved and at a simple ecology level. -Richard Gere

First, I really, really wanted to like this book more than I did. The author has some great insight into the destruction of the world’s ecology, especially as it pertains to Hawaii. And the story was well thought out, the mystery was well done, and overall the whole idea of the book was good.

What I didn’t really care for was the writing style. Some books, no matter who you are, and no matter how much you want to like a book, just don’t ring true in the mind. The writing just doesn’t keep you enthralled. Sad to say, this was the case with Saving Paradise. The thought was there. The execution, not so much. This is not to say that another reader wouldn’t find the writing style totally enthralling. It is written in First Person, which really doesn’t bother me. The first person narrator is an ex-con, apparently with a good heart, but the “voice” is not one I found appealing. I do think it would appeal to a more testosterone-laden audience, but I could be wrong and there are millions of women out there who would find the “rough-around-the-edges” voice to be absolutely perfect. Don’t get me wrong – I am a huge action/suspense fan. This one just didn’t do it for me, personally.

I was offered this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.