killing maine book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

Killing Maine is the second book in the Pono Hawkins series. I had mixed feelings about this book as I read it. Mostly because it felt that the author, Mike Bond, was really pushing his own political point of view. It wasn’t just his character having issues with the windmills and Democrats but his own almost hatred coming out.

Pono Hawkins is ex-military and a bit of a player. He was wrongfully convicted of crimes twice and put in jail. Both times he was later proven innocent and released. Bucky – the man whose testimony put him away the first time – is arrested for murder. Unfortunately, Bucky also saved his life earlier and he feels he should try and help clear him since he knows the man is incapable of murder.

Bucky also happened to marry Lexie, the woman Pono was dating when he got sent to Leavenworth. So Pono stays with her as his base of operations. Shortly after Pono starts investigating he meets and then beds the widow of the man Bucky supposedly killed. While trying to find the killer, he stumbles into all kinds of trouble and is set up for several different crimes. A lover from his teenage past happens to be a big shot attorney and  keeps getting him out of trouble, and into her bed. He also keeps working on staying out of Lexie’s bedroom, at least until Bucky is out of jail.

While I got caught up in large parts of the book and enjoyed those, the political rants did distract from the story. While he seemed to be blaming all ‘liberals’ for drinking the cool-aid of ‘wind power is the  future’ most of the ‘reasons’ for it being ‘really terrible’ sounded more like conspiracy theory hogwash, and not what one would expect from a war and human rights journalist.

There were certainly things that happened in the book that really should be brought to light when they do happen, especially the blatant corruption.  However, there were plenty of things that seemed to not add up as likely. Of course, the biggest one is the sheer number of people that would need to be involved to keep the secret conspiracy going.

One ‘fact’ that this ‘war’ correspondent got wrong was military ammunition. One of the weapons used in the story was a .308. It was compared to the 7.62 round the military uses in many weapons. However, he claimed the ubiquitous M16 was one of them. It is not. The M16 is a 5.56 round. The only gun the Army still uses (that I am aware of) using the 7.62 is the M60 Machine gun (also affectionately named “the Pig”).

If the author had stuck to telling his story I think it would have been decent though it certainly tends toward the ‘Dick Lit’ category. Even though there were many far fetched things in this book, including him being in ‘love’ with three beautiful, intelligent and sexy women at the same time, that is the kind of stuff you expect in these. But rants that transcend the story without any evidence ruin it for me.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Meryl Moss Media. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.