Review: Elysium Tide

Title: Elysium Tide
Author: James R. Hannibal
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3851-8

“You don’t want to let me in? Fine. I’ll keep at this without you. And I’ll beat you to every clue the way I did today,” Peter emphatically tells Lisa in James R. Hannibal’s novel, Elysium Tide.

~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-fifty-two-page paperback is targeted toward those who enjoy a suspense involving gangs, car thieves, and murders in Maui. With no profanity, topics of violence, injury, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers.

This lightly Christian-based tale focuses on Londoner Dr. Peter Chesterfield, an atheistic know-it-all neurosurgeon who is forced to attend a conference at a resort in Hawaii about proper etiquette and bedside manners after overstepping his bounds with a hospital colleague. The same night that he arrives, he becomes involved in the death of an athletic woman who he tries ardently to save but fails. Hearing the woman’s last dying word, the persnickety surgeon forces his way into helping Detective Lisa Kealoha not only track down the murderer but also uncover a new gang trying to infiltrate the island.

~ Why ~
I like reading suspense stories filled with mystery, twists, and a touch of romance without being obvious, ridiculous, or sappy, and this one fits the bill nicely. I appreciate learning about the Hawaiian history, cultural superstitions, buckyballs, slippahs, and how a doctor deals with stress while searching for inner peace. The writing is engaging, drawing the reader in with the chapters being short and interesting.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are not followers of Christ and do not like stories that include faith in God, praying for redemption, and realizing our Lord is the one in control will not care for this book. Some may not like violent gang references, but they flowed easily within the tale. I was somewhat skeptical that the protagonist always was the first to uncover clues in a case that he had unusual access to solving.

~ Wish ~
As with prior books by the author, I felt it missed the opportunity to give the eternal plan of salvation. I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you like a suspenseful mystery involving a doctor who helps the police track down the killer and uncover the true meaning of ‘aumakua, this will keep you turning the pages to the end.

Thanks to Revell for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#Revell #JamesRHannibal #ElysiumTide #MauiMysterySuspense

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