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Toby Neal has eight audiobooks available and I have all of them. For those of us who've never seen Hawaii the descriptions provided by the author paint a picture and it's obvious that the author loves the islands. So much for the positive.
First, Lei's ongoing commitment phobic angst is getting old. This is the third or forth book that has devoted a great deal of airtime to the same old female Hamlet s... enough already. I don't know if the author has become lazy or bereft of ideas or what but it's time for something new. Perhaps it realistically depicts the thought process of individuals about to get married but it ceased to be interesting two or three books ago. In fact the romance between Lei and Stevens has always come across as tepid to me. Given that the female characters are drawn much more fully in her books, I think that a romantic relationship with Sophie or Marcela would play far better and definitely be more interesting but maybe it's just me.
Second point: in all the books featuring Lei Texiera at various points in the narrative she goes charging into situations recklessly. Never mind procedure, never mind waiting for backup, never mind that she isn't even armed, she still charges ahead. The part of this that really peals my paint is her being depicted as the hero or the person responsible for solving the case. In the real world the Martin Riggs characters get themselves killed or someone else killed; or both. The people who get the job done by taking risks, take calculated risks. Getting away with risks like that may work once, but for Lei they work two or three times a book. Hopefully now that she is married to Stevens one of those lame... plot lines is history. There is too much that's good about the series to go bad over a couple lazy plot lines.
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Toby Neal writes a terrific crime series with a great cast of characters and a beautiful depiction of the islands. Narrator Sara Malia Hatfield is amazingly talented with a variety of voices, perfect pidgin and Hawaiian pronunciation. The wedding scene was particularly touching. Highly recommend!!
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