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"...a near-perfect beach read"
"... I haven't quite woken up from the dreamy-state it put me in"
"The vivid descriptions in the book made me feel like I was right there watching the story unfold."
"Perfect blend of magic and humanity, coconuts and tropical cocktails."
"This is a beautiful novel."
"A must read to get you in the mood for a spiritual vacation."
"...a must for the nightstand to free oneself of the realities of life while reading this "bed-time story" for adults."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442160470
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442160477
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* 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 - all in the name of research.
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.
He lives halfway up a dormant volcano flank with his wife, four kids, two dogs, some cats and a nice view. He can sometimes be found hanging out at Tiwaka's Tiki Bar & Grill.

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: Green Bananas (Fall 2015)

A Paradise of One
The Galactics
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)


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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By V. Cano on June 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is a wonder. From the moment I started I was caught in the salt spray of the Hawaiian air, the smell of pineapples and the feel of the sun pulsing against my skin. This is one of those few books where I feel that I want to be inside its pages.
The characters are what make the book what it is, even more than the setting. From the narrator, who is honest and lighthearted, to Tiwaka, the charming, loveable parrot who rules over the Tiki bar, to a waitress who might be more than she looks, the pages are crowded with fabulous personalities.
There is no plot, per se, the book is made of a collection of connected experiences in a paradisiacal island that ripples with Tiki music. It is the perfect story to pick up when feeling down, or stressed. The writing style is so soothing that it lulls you into a sense of well being that mimics the feelings of the many patrons of Tiwaka's.
There's really not enough I can say about how wonderful this book is. All I can tell you is that as soon as I finished it, I began to read the sequel, attempting to remain a little longer amid the wonders of the beautiful Tiki atmosphere.
Highly, highly, recommend it.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Trish Arrowsmith on May 26, 2011
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This book was amazing. It was relatively short but a sweet, light read. You can't help but fall in love with all the characters, both human and animal. It puts into perspective the connection between humans, animals and nature and leaves you feeling happy and appreciative for the little things.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 8, 2012
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You know, sometimes a book comes along which is so profound, so overwhelmingly enjoyable, that to have it end leaves you mind-boggled yet euphoric. For lack of a better analogy...think of really, reeeaaalllllyyyy good sex...catch my drift? Well, this is one of those books. I loved everything about it, the parrot, the protagonist, the setting, the writing and most of all the masterful storytelling by the author. God, it was so perfect...you were right there, experiencing everything, delighting in each moment with a cast of characters who were like your best imaginary friends. This isn't just a surfer story, or one about a Tiki bar, or a parrot, or Hawaii, or friends or...any of the other myriad things which are carefully blended together in this tale; no, it's a story of love and life, joy and heartbreak, and most of all...discovery. You'll find yourself laughing, crying, smitten, delighted, confused, and then completely clear about the meaning of the tale. The author is a genius at the art of creating visual pictures with words, and his skillful development of his characters leaves you feeling you have known them all your life. I could go on and on, espousing the virtues of this book, but I won't. I'll just say in closing that missing your opportunity to read it, regardless of cost, is like missing your child's first words or steps, missing out on the real love of your life, or missing out on the joy that IS life. Don't miss out!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bananas on March 7, 2012
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Once in a while you download a book offered free on Amazon thinking something like "let's try this, I like the cover and the title sounds like it's going to get me pass the time." Then you start reading and quickly find out how wrong you were. In a good way. This book was that kind of book for me. The feeling I got when I was reading it was that of quiet peace and love. The kind of pleasure not at all loud, but immensely satisfying while at the same time making me yearn for that kind of life. I do think I'm not set out to be a bartender at a Tiki bar or any bar for that matter, but I'm determined to win the lotto jackpot and buy a Tiki bar one of these days, and have free drinks on myself when the surf's up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe on March 19, 2012
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I had spent a couple of years in Hawaii serving in the armed forces on the local Marine Corps base on Oahu and have been trying to get back ever since I had to leave. Everett Peacock takes me back to that place. The Parrot Talks in Chocolate brings you in to the island lifestyle of sun, sand, surf, and tiki bars. Peacock's parrot sends us a message that sometimes all we need is little hope and faith in something larger than ourselves. You'll get such a great and uplifting vibe from this book, no matter what situation you may find yourself in during our daily grind with life. I highly encourage all who read this review, to read the book. I'm moving on to part 2 of his "tiki" series. Mahalo.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tasla on February 21, 2012
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Everett Peacock is now on my list of "buy everything he writes" authors. After downloading The Parrot Talks in Chocolate and Death by Facebook for free (lucky me) I devoured both of them and can't wait to read more.

Having visited Hawaii, the beautiful descriptions of the land and the people make me want to go back. But aside from that, the writing is good, the characters interesting and the supernatural is not annoying to this down-to-earth realistic reviewer, but lends just the right touch of magic.

I want to find that Tiki bar and talk to the parrot!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Preacher Lady on November 7, 2009
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Amazon Review, The Parrot Talks in Chocolate
Karen Stroup, November 3, 2009

In the opening pages of his novel, Everett Peacock dedicates it to "all the Parrot Heads," and anyone who has a bit of the Jimmy Buffet-inspired parrothead in him will enjoy this book. It's everything tropical, with an outstanding fabric of real life in small-town Hawaii woven in the many details. It's not the sort of book that mentions the "biggies" in Hawaii - no Diamond Head, no Lahaina whaling village, no Volcano National Park. Instead, this is the way that the locals and the kamaainas live - or as close as they can possibly get to it.

The protagonist, who seems to have no name but, "Boss," lives in a secluded cove and there operates a tiki bar filled with a cast of characters starring Tiwaka, a talking, chocolate-eating, wiser-than-wise parrot and Ococ, a beloved and almost unbelievably ancient dog. There are other denizens of Tiwaka's, but none of the humans are as finely drawn as the parrot. There are plenty of mysterious and intriguing visitors, too. The basic storyline is of Boss's unrequited love for Sand Tiki, who works at the bar, is (of course) beautiful, and offers a memorably erotic dance recital at the bar one night. By the end of the book, it looks as if the two will be a couple, and all will live happily ever after in their remote Hawaiian paradise.

Peacock offers the kind of magical realism one rarely finds in English literature, and he carries it off beautifully. Some mighty strange things and people turn up at the bar and some amazing things happen, but none of it is perceived as bizarre or unlikely within the world of the novel.
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