|Title||:||The Puna Kahuna: A Ben Mc Millen Hawaiian Mystery|
|Number of Pages||:||302 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
The Puna Kahuna: A Ben Mc Millen Hawaiian Mystery Reviews
Though this mystery was written 20 years ago, the issues it raises, most significant amongst which are geothermal drilling, environmental concerns and indigenous land rights, are still very valid today. It did not feel to me that much has dated about the novel - perhaps that is saying something about the setting of Puna region and Big Island, Hawaii. The characters are believable, with a lovely range of the cultural mix which makes up the population of the island today. There is enough intrigue and a couple of red herrings to keep the attention. Historical and cultural background is well researched and sensitively presented. This is a mystery of place: roads, regions and geographic features dot the narrative liberally in a form of name-dropping which gives appeal to anyone from, or familiar with Big Island of Hawaii and the Puna district in particular. Corporate and individual greed and ambition are also players. I found I had to keep turning back to the imprint page to check that I had not made a mistake in its publication date, so contemporary are the issues. Would be a good book to initiate a discussion on geothermal.
Since I live on the Big Island of Hawaii, I love to read books that have Hawaii as the setting. This book is the third book in the Ben McMillen Hawaiian mysteries and I found it to be a great mystery and fascinating for all the Hawaiian history and beliefs in the story. This book was written in 1993 but the Puna Geothermal plant is still an issue 20 years later. Although it is a novel, many of the facts brought out in the story gave me new eyes to read what is in the news about this project and how it effects the Hawaiian people.I can see where reader who are not familiar with how the Hawaiian language is pronounced could be a little put off by the many Hawaii names in the story but it is well worth it for the story. My husband and I have lived here for 20 years and I feel like I learned so much about my adopted home from this book.
I liked the story, but too much rambling information. I like knowing about Hawaii, but this was suppose to be a mystery and I spent half the time trying to figure out what road he was on, etc.