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- Book 2 of 4 in Jungle Beat Mystery (4 Book Series)
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In some ways, this book is much like Pago Pago Tango. Fire Knife Dancing is part Samoan cultural study, part mystery, with Apelu and his efforts to solve the crimes serving as the vehicle through which the culture is explored. But, Fire Knife Dancing is a better read because it steps up the pace. The story moves more quickly, cultural conflicts are explored more deeply, and Apelu is a more complex character than in Pago Pago Tango.
If you read and enjoyed Pago Pago Tango, you will like Fire Knife Dancing. If you have not read Pago Pago Tango, you don't need to read it first in order to enjoy Fire Knife Dancing, but both books are fairly quick reads and both are low-key mysteries set in an exotic locale populated by interesting characters. So, if this book sounds interesting to you, you might as well start with Pago Pago Tango, then read this one.
I hope there will be more books in this series because my first thought as I finished the last page was, "Detective Sgt. Apelu, you are *really* getting interesting."
This is labeled under mystery, thriller and suspense.
Yes, there is a mystery but not much to thrill or cause suspense. It's more like laid back, slow going detective work.
This does take place in the Samoans and things are much less pressing there or the author portrays the location as such.
I much prefer more action detecting in a very timely manner. The first half of the book really just introduces the crime; smuggling.
It mostly discusses our detective, Apelu, eating, drinking, smoking and casually getting information about the would be crime.
I was kind of bored during the first half of the book but the second part picked up quite a bit and then wrapped up suddenly. I am not too fond
of the police work or lack thereof but I do find the island life and Apelu interesting so I may read another. If you like his first book, Pago Pago Tango, then you will like this book as well, it's practically set up the same way.
This novel captures the beauty and ease of the island lifestyle. Apelu is likeable and perfectly provides cultural perspective. The tension between the western and island approaches is at times quite humorous. I liked the dogs, Nick and Nora and the role they played. However, the leisurely pace detracted from the suspense. There is so much culture, history and description (I did not read the first book featuring Apelu but did not feel confused.)that the mystery seemed secondary. If you like your novels slow and easy, this one is perfect. But if you want fast paced action and taut suspense, look elsewhere.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the second book of Apelu that I have read. They are enjoyable reads. The authors relays to you the feeling of the islands and wraps a good mystery in there too.Published 3 months ago by pbb
After reading Enright’s first Apelu Soifua novel, I was delighted to discover there are more. His tight plotting and evocative writing continue, and Detective Soifua is a living,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michele R. Kent
After reading Enright's first book in the Jungle Beat series, Pago Pago Tango, I just HAD to go on to the next one, and I was not disappointed! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Muland
I have read all 4 of John Enright's Jungle Beat Mystery series and loved them The writing was poetic, the character of Det. Read morePublished 5 months ago by ANDREA SMITH
I loved the jungle beat mysteries...the only thing that I couldnt get ready for was he downing God and Jesus!!! All 4 books wa truly fascinating the Samoan culture.. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Shunnie
Great picture of another culture that occasionally rubs up against ours.Published 12 months ago by Jeanne W. Gamag
I enjoyed the first in this series and this was even more enjoyable. Detective Apelu is noir in Samoa, complete with crooked cops and a nagging wife. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Judith Favia