The Green Room Paperback – Aug 15 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
The title of Atkinson's second book to feature Hawaiian attorney Storm Kayama (after 2002's Primitive Secrets) refers to the tumultuous place beneath the waves where a surfer either gets thrown or dives to escape a potentially dangerous swell. Kayama has spent time in the green room; her nightmarish past keeps her shy of the bigger waves these days, and she's instead focused on building her new law firm with her partner and boyfriend, Ian Hamlin. When a client's son extends an enticing invitation to attend a surf contest in Oahu, Kayama reunites with her long-estranged cousin, Nahoa Pi 'ilani, now a celebrated surfer top-seeded in the contest. After his highest ranked opponent dies under suspicious circumstances, Pi 'ilani receives a mysterious and threatening gift, a Hawaiian war totem known as a lei o man. When her cousin subsequently disappears, Kayama finds herself pulled into a risky search for answers. Peppered throughout with surfing terms, Hawaiian dialect and gorgeous descriptions of Oahu's North Shore, this exotic beach read is quick and fun.
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Oahu provides the tropical setting for this second adventure of Storm Kamaya, whom readers first met in Primitive Secrets (2002). Having recently passed the bar, Storm is setting up shop in Honolulu with her boyfriend, lawyer Ian Hamlin. When a new client turns out to be the mother of a surfer, Storm is drawn into the surfing world and reacquainted with her cousin, famous surfer Nahoa Pi'ilani, who has received a mysterious package containing an ancient Hawaiian weapon--signifying a threat to his life. Atkinson provides an in-depth look into the surprisingly lucrative competitive surfing world. Interesting subplots include Storm's struggle to overcome her fear of the "green room"--how surfers refer to the roiling green water that sometimes traps those who capsize--and her attempts to reconcile with Nahoa's family, some of whom blame Storm for the drowning death of her uncle. Atkinson adds depth by weaving tidbits of ancient Hawaiian lore into the plot and ramps up the action with her descriptions of Storm and others trying to ride the fickle waves. Jenny McLarin
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The romantic tension between Storm and Hamlin escalates in this book as they start their own law practice. A new client's son brings out Storm's love of surfing. Entrants in a surfing contest are dying with ominous Hawaiian lore left in their wake. It becomes personal when Storm's relative is one of the victims.
I live in Hawaii and love the local flavors, dialect and customs the author weaves in her stories. This book gave me the feeling of being right on the beach watching the surfers compete.
The tension was tightly written, and when Storm was caught in the "green room" I was afraid I wouldn't be able to catch my own breath.
I enjoyed this book very much and am already looking forward to reading what happens next to Storm and company.
Michelle from Oahu
Barstow and his partner Steve O'Reilly are putting together a high stakes surfing competition The Intrepid where the surf is so high the only way the contestants can get to waves is by jet skis. The person thought most likely to win is Nahoa but he is killed when he is caught in a cave and then washed out to sea. His molars are missing as were those of another surfer who also drowned a short time ago. The police believe it is a coincidence but Storm, who knows the island legends, believes something about the contest is off kilter. When someone breaks into her home to see what information she has on her computer and discs, she starts her own investigation which puts her in danger and later almost gets Storm and Hamlin killed.
Readers get to see the real Hawaii through the eyes of the heroine, a headstrong, independent and feisty woman who is a good role model because she doesn't let anyone make her feel less than she is. Vivid descriptions of the island, a glimpse into the Hawaiian mythos and an exciting plot makes THE GREEN ROOM the perfect reading experience.
By Deborah Turrell Atkinson
In this the second mystery featuring attorney Storm Kayama , author Deborah Atkinson continues to give the reader a serious look into the "real" Hawaii. Rather than just setting her books in the islands, she has used the mystery format to place the most ordinary of everyday life into a historical and cultural context.
In The Green Room, Ms. Atkinson uses surfing competitions as the backdrop.
The son of Storm Kayama's new client is entered into the same high stakes surfing competition as Storm's cousin. While running the investigation for her client, Storm is able to reconnect with a part of her family that she has not seen in recent years. While the plot contains all of the twists and turns of a good mystery puzzle leaving the reader scrambling to figure out "who did it" before all is revealed, the true strength of the book is in the "extras."
When finished with The Green Room, readers will know a great deal about surfing, surfing competition, Hawaiian history, Hawaiian family traditions and much more Hawaiian folk lore-not all of it pleasant. One of the more interesting ancient folklore details involve gifts representing secret messages being sent to the various characters.
The Green Room is a solid follow up to the first Storm Kayama book Primitive Secrets. Hopefully there are many more in the series yet to come.
Oh, and what is the green room? There readers will know!