Killing Maine




First Prize
New England Book Festival



Surfer and Special Forces vet Pono Hawkins quits sunny Hawaii for Maine’s brutal winter to help former SF buddy Bucky Franklin beat a murder rap. The same Bucky who once sent Pono to military prison then married his girlfriend Lexie. But in Special Forces you never leave a buddy behind no matter what they’ve done. Especially if they once saved your life.

An unknown sniper has shot environmental exec Ronnie Dalt, and the police say it was Bucky. So Pono finds himself hooked up with Bucky’s wife Lexie trying to find Bucky an alibi. And meets an old flame, the fierce and beautiful attorney Erica, and then the dead man’s wife Abigail, who has never met a man she couldn’t devour alive. Unknown killers stalk Pono as he tries to unravel Ronnie’s death.

Nothing is certain, no one can be trusted, no place is safe. There’s a million square miles of wildlands out there to hide a man’s body. And with a rap sheet that includes two jail sentences, Pono is the number one target of every cop in the state. Sadly Maine turns out to be as politically corrupt as Hawaii, with huge energy corporations gobbling up the state’s beautiful mountains and purchasing its politicians at bargain prices. Once again Pono finds himself hunted, shot at, betrayed, stalked by knife-wielding assassins, and in love with three exciting and dangerous women.


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Praise for Killing Maine:

“A gripping tale of murders, manhunts and other crimes set amidst today’s dirty politics and corporate graft, an unforgettable hero facing enormous dangers as he tries to save a friend, protect the women he loves, and defend a beautiful, endangered place.” — First Prize for Fiction,  2016, New England Book Festival

“Another stellar ride from Bond; checking out Pono’s first adventure isn’t a prerequisite, but this will make readers want to.” – Kirkus

“The suspense, mystery, and intrigue will keep you on the edge of your seat.” – Goodreads

“The action is exciting, and a surprise awaits over each new page … Bond is clearly one of the master authors for thrillers of this century.” – NetGalley Reviews

“A work of compelling fiction … Very highly recommended.” – Midwest Book Review

“Bond tackles many important social and environmental issues in a fast-paced, politically charged plot with a passionate main character. Killing Maine is a twisting mystery with enough suspicious characters and red herrings to keep you guessing. It’s also a dire warning about the power of big industry and a commentary on our modern ecological responsibilities. A great read for the socially and environmentally conscious mystery lover.” – Honolulu Star-Advertiser

“Killing Maine is quite a ride for those who love good crime thrillers.  But, too, like its predecessor, it is much more than just another rousing crime thriller.  This is another of Mike Bond’s environmental eye-openers …  I can’t recommend this one strongly enough.” – Book Chase

“There’s more than plenty of high-paced action and thrills …  Nicely paced and plotted … As an aside it just might compel readers to look into its underlying issue as well!”Crystal Book Reviews

“In this multi-complex novel …  Friendship, loyalty, love, revenge and greed are just some of the issues brought to light in this novel.  Author Mike Bond scores some high points and shoots straight to the top of the rating list!” – Just Reviews

“Bond returns with another winner in Killing Maine. Bond’s ability to infuse his real-world experiences into a fast-paced story is unequaled.”— Culture Buzz

“Mike Bond has produced another nail-bitter …“KILLING MAINE just sucks in the reader and makes it difficult to put the book down until the very last page … A winner of a thriller.” — Mystery Maven Reviews