Saturday, January 8, 2022

Book Review and GIVEAWAY: Treachery Times Two, by Robert McCaw {ends 1/16}

Guest review by: Becki Bayley

Koa was sound asleep later that night when the phone rang. Never a good sign in the middle of the night. He answered and heard Zeigler’s voice. “Sorry to wake you, but there have been developments on the X-CO front. Can you come up to Pōhakuloa?”

Koa looked at the clock. “Right now? It’s four thirty a.m.”

“It’ll be reveille by the time you get here.”

Koa groaned. He hadn’t heard the military wake-up call since his soldiering days. Easing himself out of bed to avoid disturbing Nālani, who’d turned over and gone back to sleep, he dressed, grabbed a cup of coffee from the kitchen, and headed for the saddle. Darkness gave way to first light as he left Hilo and headed up the Saddle Road toward Pōhakuloa at 6800 feet above sea level. Approaching the 4000-foot level, he entered a cloud bank that shrouded the surrounding forest in an eerie mist. Barely able to make out the yellow dividing line down the center of the curvy highway, he slowed to a crawl. Eventually, he climbed above the clouds, where the foggy air gave way to clear skies. The road leveled out and crossed overlapping lava flows from Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa where there were fewer trees, leaving only shrubs or nothing on the jagged brown landscape.

Curiosity consumed Koa as he turned into the Pōhakuloa Training Area. He secured a pass at the security gate and drove to the military police headquarters. Zeigler, dressed as usual in military camo, met him in the parking lot. “What’s this all about, buddy?” Koa asked.

Chief Detective Koa Kane has a unique reason for wanting to solve crimes and get justice for the victims. Hopefully that reason never comes to light, or his ability to meet these goals will be gone.

Official synopsis:
Book Review and GIVEAWAY: Treachery Times Two, by Robert McCaw {ends 1/13}
On Hawaii Island, a volcanic earthquake disrupts an abandoned cemetery—unearthing the body of a woman mutilated by her killer to conceal her identity.

The search for her identity leads Hilo Hawaii's Chief Detective Koa Kane to a mysterious defense contractor with a politically connected board of directors. Defying his chief of police, Koa pursues the killer, only to become entangled in an FBI espionage investigation of Deimos, a powerful secret military weapon. Is the FBI telling all it knows—or does it, too, have a duplicitous agenda?

At the same time, Koa—a cop who thirty years earlier killed his father's nemesis and covered up the murder—faces exposure by the dead man's grandson. Koa is forced to investigate his own homicide, and step by step, his cover-up unravels until another man is falsely accused.

Can Koa stand by and let an innocent man pay for his crime?

This book gives us another mystery involving the specific scientific details of volcanoes and lava, but in the concurrent case, Koa Kane’s whole fragile backstory and future are at risk. As usual, it’s a tangled story with more than one possible villain, both individuals and entities. 

The beautiful descriptions of Hawaii, and the engaging characters, especially Koa, drive this series. The mysteries would each read well as a stand-alone, but the whole series is worth checking out. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. The author’s note at the end was also quite insightful, drawing a great comparison between the character with no sense of guilt with the one whose whole life is driven by guilt.

{click here to purchase—currently only $1.99 for Kindle!}

Becki Bayley is a Gemini who loves being cozy, chuckling at retro snark, and appreciating the powers of the universe. Check out more about what she’s reading and what she’s up to on her blog, SweetlyBSquared.com.

GIVEAWAY:

Two of my lucky readers will win a copy of Treachery Times Two!

Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Sunday, January 16th, at 11:59pm EST, and winners will be contacted the next day via email, and have 24 hours to respond, or an alternate winner(s) will be chosen.

U.S. residents only, please.

Good luck!

Treachery Times Two, by Robert McCaw

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