Book Review: Killing Maine by Mike Bond

My gosh, when did my life get so busy? I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, so I have a lot of catching up to do! But, I want to start that catching up by sharing with you a book I was reading while on my trip to Kennebunkport in May.

When I was introduced to Killing Maine by Mike Bond, I was really excited to read the book because it dealt with a subject that is pretty important to those living in a region that is near and dear to my heart; the Moosehead Lake Region of Maine.

As you drive through Greenville, you will spot signs that say Save Moosehead, Say No To Wind. They’ve been resisting the wind industry, which is what Mike Bond’s book is about, and although it is fiction, Mike’s knowledge of the subject is very apparent when you read the book, so although it’s fictional, it’s also educational at the same time. The book is pretty political, and I don’t really want to get into the politics (https://mikebondbooks.wordpress.com/2016/03/09/testimony-to-stop-wind-industry-destruction-of-maine/) of it all on my blog, but I will say, I highly recommend the book for those of you who are like me and love Maine. I’ve read many articles on the issues surrounding Moosehead Lake and the wind industry, and I can’t imagine the beautiful scenery (http://www.pressherald.com/2015/11/08/for-many-in-moosehead-lake-region-wind-is-a-four-letter-word/) I love being taken over by massive turbines, so I will say, that is the main reason I read this book.

Maine Wind Industry

Although this book is the second in a series, you don’t need to read the first, Saving Paradise, to enjoy this book. Killing Maine hooks you in the first chapter where you read about the main character, Pono, getting shot at on a snowy night in the woods of Maine. I’ve never read a book that hooks you in so quickly. Pono has traveled from Hawaii to Maine to help a buddy who’s landed himself in jail for a murder that is connected to political corruption and the wind industry aka the Wind Mafia.

Kennebunkport, ME May 2016_95

I wish I had more time to read the book because I probably would have finished it in less than a week. It continually kept me wanting to read more and more, and I love how it incorporated Moosehead Lake, Mt. Kineo, wind industry education, war stories, and history into the story.

Reading Killing Maine by Mike Bond

What I love about reading is the ability to step away from the real world and engage yourself in a scene from a book that you can creatively conjure up in your mind, and for me, that was one of the parts of this book that I loved. I was right there with Pono throughout this thriller, envisioning parts of Maine that I’ve visited or imaging what the scenes looked like in those I hadn’t visited from mountains, to snow, to shotguns, snowmobiles, streets, dogs, footprints, houses, cars/trucks, and more. He even takes us on a journey back to Hawaii to visit his father. In the back of my mind, I knew the storyline stemmed from actual events occurring now, so it was hard for me to read the book as fiction, but some of the story is just a little too far fetched for it to be reality. In the end, it really is just fiction; a very educational and real fiction.

If you’re interested in reading Killing Maine by Mike Bond, you can purchase the book here on Amazon.

 

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