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Death by Facebook [Kindle Edition]

Everett Peacock
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A vacationing soldier in Hawaii...
Earth's most active volcano, anxious to repeat itself...
Two murders involving love, madness, friendship, hippies, tsunamis, and the great hereafter...

DEATH BY FACEBOOK by Everett Peacock
Be careful what you say online

REVIEW:
A wildly inventive story about love, madness, friendship, hippies, tsunamis, murder and the great hereafter all in a vivid tropical setting. It is funny, fascinating and touching. If you have never been to the Big Island, this book will make you want to go. If you have been there, this will make you feel like you have returned.

The perfect book for a hammock and a tall drink.


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Review

"This is an unusual book. Not really what I was expecting, but not in a disappointing fashion, quite the opposite." - V. Cano 


"This book floored me from the first few pages. A very serious and well-presented plot made me realize Peacock had gone in a totally different direction...a ghost story, and a non-conventional one at that." - Christopher Pinto, author of Murder Behind the Closet Door


"I would recommend this book for anyone wanting something fun to read. It also makes you think about how our online presence will live on after we are gone. " - Kathi Kellenberger

From the Author

Like the other half billion or so people using Facebook to keep in touch with friends, family and business I was reading a stream of posts one afternoon. Nothing unusual, just the steady flow of clever statements, complaints about the weather, about being sick, being in love, being lost.

One such person I had added to my "friends" list was a girl from high school I had known, not very well, but enough to say hi on Facebook. She was an active poster with more "friends" than most and you could tell she lived a great deal of her life online, on Facebook. On this particular afternoon she had posted about being sick with the flu and I scanned her last post with the same disinterest that I did about other such complaints.

However, the next day she was posting again, except this time it wasn't her doing the writing. It was her husband using her log-in to tell her friends that she had died during the night. He expressed how much his wife had enjoyed her social life with her Facebook friends, how she would come to bed at night relating all the wild and crazy stories she'd heard there. He signed that last post with his name and I naturally never saw another from her.

Facebook, of course, is just a another tool humans use to communicate. It was this lady's death though, announced online that cemented it in my mind as a tool that had grown up, one that was perfectly suited to announce such a finality. And, it became clear to me that with such maturity it was also a tool that could be expressed with a darker purpose.



Everett Peacock
February 27, 2011
Kula, Maui, Hawaii

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  • File Size: 633 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Hehunakai Books (December 24, 2013)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Q7CK1A
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant surprise! April 11, 2011
By V. Cano
Format:Paperback
This is an unusual book. Not really what I was expecting, but not in a disappointing fashion, quite the opposite.
I was expecting a crime novel, fast paced but rather shallow, not at all what I was given in these pages. The beginning is intriguing, with a sense of lurking darkness amid its seemingly light banter. As the story progresses , the gloom grows along with the impending danger posed by a suddenly active volcano.
That's another unusual aspect of this novel, the atmosphere. It takes place in an idyllic Hawaiian island, full of all the images we've grown so used to: the coconuts, the gleaming ocean, the tropical heat. We follow Janet, the unstable heroine, or villain, as you choose. We watch her come in and out of sanity until her actions lead her to a terrifying decision.
The novel's action takes a while to get started but once it does, around the second half of the book, it doesn't stop. It is cunningly paced, leaving the reader breathless at just the right moments.
Of course, there are faults, grammatical errors, missing punctuations, etc. There is also a bit of a strange shift of perspectives, especially in the second half, where Jimmy, the main male character and the catalyst to the whole story, is no longer included in the narrative and yet we've seen everything through his eyes up to that point. He reappears at the final scenes, but it seemed a bit forced. We'd followed Janet for so long without mention of Jimmy, that we'd kind of forgotten about him.
That said, I found myself sad when I ran out of pages and I can easily recommend the novel to pretty much anyone.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars On the Internet, nobody knows you're dead February 6, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I had several problems with this book, but I think I can sum them all up; the book lacks a coherent plot line. It kind of jerks around like a handheld video of a really exotic vacation that you glimpse only briefly between shots of the ground or the videographer's shoes. The author introduces some characters (like Jimmie's sergeant), only to abandon them, and flings Janet about - from lover to murderer to drunkard to fugitive to friend back to fugitive to lunatic suicide victim pulling a "Thelma-and-Louise" into the vocano crater - with no clear picture of her; no backstory to inform her motivations. Jimmie's mom makes the trip to Hawaii to hunt for him, but it's never clear whether or not she ever got any answers to if he was dead, what happened to him; nothing. Even her story is jumbled up with a rekindled romance that seems to spring to life with no frame of reference. Aaugh! There is too much to say, and I really don't want to be so terribly negative. I think I am upset with this book because I believe, based on hints I saw throughout the book, that this author could have done so much better.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like I expected...even better August 9, 2011
Format:Paperback
This is the third book by Everett Peacock that I've had the pleasure of reading. I went into this one not even reading the synopsis...after the first two books, The Parrot Talks in Chocolate (The Life and Times of a Hawaiian Tiki Bar #1) and In The Middle of the Third Planet's Most Wonderful of Oceans (The Life and Times of a Hawaiian Tiki Bar #2), I knew I'd like anything he wrote.

Well, I was expecting something like the other two books (Even though the word "death" in the title clued me in that it wouldn't be as light-hearted). I suppose I expected it to be something of a dark comedy, perhaps about a person losing themselves in the insanity of FB. Well, I was way off.

This book floored me from the first few pages. A very serious and well-presented plot made me realize Peacock had gone in a totally different direction...a ghost story, and a non-conventional one at that. As a long-time lover of mystery ghost stories, I really enjoyed reading this book, discovering the answers to the mysteries, and being engulfed by the incredible imagery of the Hawaiian Islands that Peacock masters so well.

Character development was excellent, I thought, and complex to the point that even after finishing, you won't sure exactly which characters you want to root for. That, to me, made it a really fun book to read and recommend to friends.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed with spoilers August 17, 2012
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This book started out really good with the "spirit", Facebook, searching Mother, murderer, etc. It had a lot going for it and the writing was very, very good. I couldn't wait to read more. Then, the spirit left, the mother we don't know what happened to her and the finality of her search, this weird "Star" character that I just couldn't get into, and Oh yeah the murderer was now supposed to be a heroine? I didn't care how confused and screwed up this Janet/Jimmie character was I had no compassion for her, she was a cold-blooded killer. I think the author has great potential and could do much better. Overall the book was a huge disappointment. Won't read another from this author.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An independently published book, and it shows. February 14, 2012
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EDIT: It is quite clear the the author's family and/or friends are down-voting reviews that are less than stellar. They are also submitting blind 5-Star reviews to boost the overall rating. I've commented on all of the reviews in question.

The title of "Death by Facebook" may lead you to believe that Facebook plays an integral roll in the story, but it doesn't. Other than a few mentions of status updates and people meeting on Facebook, the social networking website has nothing to do with the plot of the book. I'm fine with that, but I feel that using the name Facebook in the title and the image of Facebook on the cover clearly was a cheesy attempt to feed on the popularity of Facebook. The cover and the title made me think more along the lines of the Craigslist killer, as in I was looking for a murder mystery thriller and how Facebook took part, but that is the furthest thing from the truth with this book.

The book itself, which I read for free on my Kindle was a mess. It seemed to be more about the islands of Hawaii than the numerous characters and plot lines the author tried to portray. It seriously reads like Hawaii travel propaganda disguised as a poorly written action thriller. The story is confusing and jumps around far too often and focuses on far to many characters. At one point the "main character" exits, yet the remainder of the book is from his perspective without you actually knowing it. Not until the final pages does the author let you know that the main character is still around, yet I feel you should have known all along. It was baffling really.

As stated, the story has 20-30 characters that play an integral role at some point in the story...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a proper title...
The story was good, the characters were interesting and I liked the poetic justice at the end. However, I have no idea why the author used this title unless it was just to drum up... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Angel
4.0 out of 5 stars Was an interesting read
I thoroughly enjoyed reading his Tiki series and hoped this would be as good. While it is a darker story line, the uplifting messages come through loud and clear. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tootles
1.0 out of 5 stars rating
Too many stories going on at the same time and written at an 8th graders reading level it seemed to me.
Published 6 months ago by KayLee Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars A good start, but in the end, too much story for one book.
To me, the writer tried to do too much. The main element of this story was the idea of announcing your death on FB, but by the middle of the book this element is lost. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Text turns from Black to Gray on Paperwhite
Great Story!! Reading it on my Paperwhite 2nd gen. was annoying since the text turned from black to Gray throughout the book.
Published 8 months ago by kazimier Gawrzyjal
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book by A Favorite Author!
I've been lucky enough to have read a number of books from Everett Peacock and I found this one to be among the best yet! I was kept in suspense which is something I love. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay.
Because it was a Pretty Good Book What this Person went through was something. I think that He needed to be more careful though.
Published 19 months ago by Kevin N.
3.0 out of 5 stars Death by facebook
This was a very unexpected story. I had to finish the book and was quite surprised by the ending. If your looking for a really crazy story I recommend this one!!
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, just not what I expected
I thought it was about how Facebook affected the lives of the characters in the story, but the title was a bit misleading. Plus, I had a difficult time enjoying the story.
Published 21 months ago by Jacquel Chrissy May
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange story
This book is written in the first person by the person who was killed by his girlfriend, who coincidentally turns out to be his sister. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Madelyn's Nina
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More About the Author

~ They're here!... "The Galactics" ~

With over 200,000 copies of his work downloaded, Everett Peacock continues to entertain his readers with a healthy dose of tropical textures, flavors and magic.

* Mr. Peacock was born on an island and continues the tradition living in Maui, Hawaii. Decades were spent living on a secluded O'ahu, Hawai'i beach, surfing, mountain biking, glider flying and throwing beach parties people still talk about.

When he had to work it was stints at the Honolulu airport, as a cargo handler, Air Traffic Control radio, Airline Flight Operations Dispatcher. Part time gigs included computer programmer and an amateur lobster fisherman.

Having traveled extensively to all of the Hawaiian islands, Tahiti, Bali, Australia and a few places he has sworn to keep secret, Mr. Peacock has lived, and continues to do through his writing, a life as colorful as his name.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Series: The Life and Times of a Hawaiian Tiki Bar
book 1: The Parrot Talks in Chocolate
book 2: In the Middle of the Third Planet's Most Wonderful of Oceans
book 3: Tiwaka Goes To Waikiki
book 4: Learning to Fly Rainbows (2014)

Escape from Hanalei
One More Sunset
Escaping the Magnificent (also in Audio)
Death by Facebook (also in Audio)
Jimbo's Last Dive (also in Audio)

Upcoming titles 2014 - 2015
A Paradise of One
Cold Steel Rain
The Last Pirate
A Perfect Analogy
Einstein's Garden
Christmas on Earth
Iguanas and Coffee
Beautiful Imagination

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