Book Review: Fire and Vengeance by Robert McCaw

What comes to mind when you think of Hawaii? Beautiful scenery? Delicious food? I was the same but after reading this latest book, I’ve seen a more sinister side to the island.

Goodreads Blurb

Fire and Vengeance by Robert McCaw

Having killed his father’s nemesis and gotten away with it, Hilo, Hawai`i Chief Detective Koa Kane, is not your ordinary cop. Estranged from his younger brother who has been convicted of multiple crimes, he is not from a typical law enforcement family. Yet, Koa’s secret demons fuel his unwavering drive to pursue justice. Never has Koa’s motivation been greater than when he learns that an elementary school was placed atop a volcanic vent, which has now exploded. The subsequent murders of the school’s contractor and architect only add urgency to his search for the truth.

As Koa’s investigation heats up, his brother collapses in jail from a previously undiagnosed brain tumor. Using his connections, Koa devises a risky plan to win his brother’s freedom. As Koa gradually unravels the obscure connections between multiple suspects, he uncovers a 40-year-old conspiracy. When he is about to apprehend the perpetrators, his investigation suddenly becomes entwined with his brother’s future, forcing Koa to choose between justice for the victims and his brother’s freedom.

Fire and Vengeance Book Cover


I was a bit apprehensive starting Fire and Vengeance as I had just finished another police drama that was heavy n the procedural side. However, this book offered a new kind of story for me, albeit still a story filled with corruption and coverups.

It’s always hard to experience anything, whether it be real-life or fictional, in which a child dies. In this case, multiple children are dead. Therefore, I was emotionally invested in the perpetrators being caught. Of course, a reader must always take a journey before they reach the conclusion and what a journey this was. In Fire and Vengeance, the author has provided a well-structured plot that wasn’t too outlandish, a good pace to the story, and, most importantly a book that kept me interested. While there weren’t many twists and turns, in my opinion, my nose was kept stuck in the book thanks to its commentary on greed and whether people are born evil or it is driven by outside influences.

And, if that wasn’t enough, there is some great character development in Fire and Vengeance. I specifically enjoyed getting to know Koa more and found the subplot with his brother interesting and in tune with the overall plot. I was actually surprised to learn that Fire and Vengeance is actually the third book in a series;  I didn’t feel like I was missing any important information about Koa at all.

Sounds like your kind of book? Pick up your copy of Fire and Vengeance here.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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