Not quite ready for Paradise.,
This review is from: The Guns of Eden: A Novel of Hawaii When the White Man Came (Hardcover)
After coming to Hawaii I thought I would try to read some of the local history, and while looking for Michener's tome, I came across this work. It is a wonderful introduction to the Hawaiian Islands. It is best accompanied by a map of the islands for place references. The story is quite good. The plot is credible, and the characters are also, for the most part. Stone, Kamo'i, Kahu, Manu, Tweed, and the other players in this intercultural tribal setting are most interesting. The quick dismissal of the royal ali'i at the end is a mistake. Kamo'i has such a prominent role. Some of the sexual encounters unfortunately border on porn. What is most unfortunate is the increasing number of typographical errors as the story moves towards its ending. Proofreading is missing, even for a first edition. I am still all the better for taking the time to read Ed Sheehan's work.
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