Book Review: “Fire and Vengeance” by Robert McCaw

Genre: Thriller / Mystery


This is an ARC sent to me by the publishers. It is due in “stores” July 7, 2020.


Plot 1

Detective Koa Kane was temporarily in charge of the Hilo Hawaii police department when the call came in informing Koa that something terrible has happened at the KonaWili School on Hualalai Mountain.

Grabbing a few officers and a helicopter…..the police team, led by Koa, arrived at the school.

What they saw was horrific.

Bodies of kids and teachers were on the ground. Some injured, many dead. The south side of the school was burning so ferociously that the fire department trucks could not extinguish it.

It looked, and smelled, like a volcanic eruption destroyed the school that, as we learn later, killed 14 kids and 4 teachers.

How can that be?

After things were under control, Koa and Sergeant Basa started an investigation.

What they found was shocking to the core and, even worse, as the investigation unfolded, they found that the KonaWili school disaster was just the tip of the iceberg…..

Plot 2

Koa’s younger brother, Ikaika, has been a troublemaker since he was a kid, and is now in jail.

Koa visits him as much as he can, but, Ikaika is always mean and uncompromisingly hateful of his brother who he blames for keeping him in jail, when, in fact, Koa wants nothing more than Ikaika to be free of jail and his demons.

One day, Ikaika collapses and, in the hospital, the Doctors think they find a possible cause of his behavior…..


The plots combine with the force of a volcanic eruption as “Fire and Vengeance” rockets it’s way to a conclusion while uncovering deceit and greed at the highest levels of Hawaii government…..and a 40 year old unsolved murder.

Ultimately, Koa is forced to…….

Oh, sorry, to find out what happens, you will have to buy the book in July. 😉

Needless to say, this is fun fast read that will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat the whole way.

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