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A vacationing soldier in Hawaii... Earth's most active volcano, anxious to repeat itself... Two murders involving love, madness, friendship, hippies, tsunamis, and the great hereafter... DEATH BY FACEBOOK by Everett Peacock Be careful what you say online (republished January 13, 2012)


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A vacationing soldier in Hawaii... Earth's most active volcano, anxious to repeat itself... Two murders involving love, madness, friendship, hippies, tsunamis, and the great hereafter... DEATH BY FACEBOOK by Everett Peacock Be careful what you say online (republished January 13, 2012)

30 review for Death by Facebook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This was a book that I won from a Goodreads giveaway. I had tried to win it a few times, actually, because the premise really interested me. What better subject is there than Facebook to entice today's reader? That said, I'm not even sure where to begin. There were so many different tales woven into one here, and unfortunately, I don't mean that in a good way. At first, it appeared to be a story about a girlfriend murdering her significant other. Then it became about incest (EW - thank you, NO). F This was a book that I won from a Goodreads giveaway. I had tried to win it a few times, actually, because the premise really interested me. What better subject is there than Facebook to entice today's reader? That said, I'm not even sure where to begin. There were so many different tales woven into one here, and unfortunately, I don't mean that in a good way. At first, it appeared to be a story about a girlfriend murdering her significant other. Then it became about incest (EW - thank you, NO). Follow that up with a little volcano-chasing. What do you get? A whole mish-mash of...'stuff'. That's precisely what I found here. I think the author could've had a great story -several, in fact. But, I don't think they all necessarily belonged together. Instead of being one cohesive piece, it felt like I was reading several different stories that were pasted together. In one chapter,I'd be on the edge of my seat, eager to see what the next page held. Conversely, in the next chapter, I'd be snoring - reading the same sentence over and over again and still not comprehending its meaning. One last thing - the poor editing had me going batty by the time I reached the end. The whole "your vs. you're" and "its vs. it's" thing just gets under my skin. It certainly wasn't the worst thing I've read this year. Sadly, though, I can't say that I would recommend it, either.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn Groves

    This book ($4.99 for Kindle) is impossible to classify. Yes, a bit of facebook (and correct even!) A bit of murder (one of the main characters is dead by the second page & still narrates). More than a bit of new ageism. A bit of love and a bit of hate. A lot of Hawaii. Very very different... and if you hang in there during this unusual book until about 2/3 of the way through you are treated with an exciting, tense extremely well written part of folks dealing with a natural disaster. Very dif This book ($4.99 for Kindle) is impossible to classify. Yes, a bit of facebook (and correct even!) A bit of murder (one of the main characters is dead by the second page & still narrates). More than a bit of new ageism. A bit of love and a bit of hate. A lot of Hawaii. Very very different... and if you hang in there during this unusual book until about 2/3 of the way through you are treated with an exciting, tense extremely well written part of folks dealing with a natural disaster. Very different, but I'm glad I read it. Sorry I'm so general, but i hate spoilers :)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    I'm required by the terms and conditions of the Goodreads book giveaway in which I won this novel to state in the review that that is how I acquired my copy of this book. This want a bad book at all. I read it in 24 hours if that tells you anything. Very islandish. Maybe a little too new age for me, but then again I don't run on island time myself so i'm biased there. This book is in fact less about Facebook than you would think from the cover and the title. More about . . . I don't know . . . th I'm required by the terms and conditions of the Goodreads book giveaway in which I won this novel to state in the review that that is how I acquired my copy of this book. This want a bad book at all. I read it in 24 hours if that tells you anything. Very islandish. Maybe a little too new age for me, but then again I don't run on island time myself so i'm biased there. This book is in fact less about Facebook than you would think from the cover and the title. More about . . . I don't know . . . the interconnectedness of all life, nature, and the universe? Maybe Facebook is a good modern day representation of how interconnected we all are now that I think about it. I would recommend this book to a certain group of friends, it's definitely not for everyone.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jeni

    This book surprised me. Not in a particularly good or bad way, just in a surprising way. As other reviewers have already mentioned, this book just came off as weird for the most part. I'm probably not going to cover any new ground here. The premise for the book was interesting - based on the title it looked to me like something along the lines of "you can't trust everyone you meet on the internet." The book description threw that away before you even open the book, but doesn't really do the true This book surprised me. Not in a particularly good or bad way, just in a surprising way. As other reviewers have already mentioned, this book just came off as weird for the most part. I'm probably not going to cover any new ground here. The premise for the book was interesting - based on the title it looked to me like something along the lines of "you can't trust everyone you meet on the internet." The book description threw that away before you even open the book, but doesn't really do the true plot-line justice either. So... what is this book about? A man and his wife go to Hawaii (was she his wife, or still just his fiancee? I'll admit by the time I got to the end of the book I wasn't entirely sure). Luring him to the rim of the nearby volcano with the promise of a once-in-a-lifetime sexual encounter, she instead pushes him in. The book actually starts with the man already dead and narrating from beyond the grave - we learn how he died a short ways into the book from flashbacks. Apparently spirits can have those... who knew? So the beginning of the book seems intent on three things - watching the wife struggle with what she has done and what she will do, watching the other mortals involved try and solve the mystery of what happened, and exploring the psychological effects of posting a death on facebook. To be honest, I never felt that it handled any of these items very well. It was sometime in the first 1/3 of the book I wondered if I was going to even bother finishing it. But I stuck with it and was rewarded by an interesting story (to say the least). I won't give away much additional information regarding the plot. The further I stayed with the story the more I felt pulled in. I did feel strange about the way the story lost the narrator about half way through, but still was able to continue on, bringing him back occasionally for an update. I have to admit there were parts of the story I actually found very touching, and some of the writing was very well done. All in all, this was a strange book with a stranger premise, probably not something I will read again, but good for a short diversion.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Based on the title, Death by Facebook, I envisioned something about...well, death by Facebook. Someone wasting away, starving to death, because they couldn't get off Facebook, or maybe a Facebook killer. Facebook is mentioned in the first few pages...and then never again. Death by Facebook is a very poorly chosen title for this book, and made me, as a reader, feel like I'd been misled. As far as the story itself, I found it rather choppy. Numerous characters that all seemed to be unrelated, as t Based on the title, Death by Facebook, I envisioned something about...well, death by Facebook. Someone wasting away, starving to death, because they couldn't get off Facebook, or maybe a Facebook killer. Facebook is mentioned in the first few pages...and then never again. Death by Facebook is a very poorly chosen title for this book, and made me, as a reader, feel like I'd been misled. As far as the story itself, I found it rather choppy. Numerous characters that all seemed to be unrelated, as though I was reading several different books at once. Some characters were introduced and then abandoned (Jimmy's mother and her boyfriend/friend, for example), and their roles seemed to be ones that should be there. Jimmy's mother, for example, didn't seem to serve any real purpose except maybe as proof that he had a mother, and her behavior never really seemed to fit with how she should be behaving in the given circumstances. She should have been more developed, with her learning what happened, her reaction to it, etc. Other characters did seem to be more central to the story, but they weren't developed all that well. Many of them seemed rather flat and one-dimensional. Then there were a few characters that seemed completely pointless. Wally's son, the headlamp guys, and at least one of the front desk clerks come to mind for this. They seemed to have no purpose other than just as filler - as though the author had set a number of characters that needed to be in the book, and had empty spaces to fill. There were glimmers of a good story here and there, so I believe the author is probably pretty good in general, but this book is not a shining example of his work.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lenore Kosinski

    This was just not for me. Wasn't into the whole "magical realism" thing....way too many loosely connected storylines that weren't all resolved. Kept meeting new characters, but didn't end up really caring about any of them. Thought it was going to be more of a mystery, but wasn't a mystery at all. It definitely did get better as it went along, but not enough for me to recommend it. :(

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tomos Bowen

    weird at first but gets better.. glad i only bought it cheap otherwise i would have been disappointed

  8. 4 out of 5

    La Toya

    Not my favorite but it was interesting enough.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bettie

    This needs a fish slap

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I am not really a fan of Facebook. Well actually, I am not a fan of the typical people who use Facebook. Fife has more meaning than to waste it on a single social network (use more than one for crying out loud!) So when I saw the title of the book I had to read it and could hardly wait to get it on my Kindle. (Free of course, because I'm cheap) Ha! I said to myself. I knew you could die from Facebook. What people post is drivel. Really!? I do not care which store you are currently in or how lon I am not really a fan of Facebook. Well actually, I am not a fan of the typical people who use Facebook. Fife has more meaning than to waste it on a single social network (use more than one for crying out loud!) So when I saw the title of the book I had to read it and could hardly wait to get it on my Kindle. (Free of course, because I'm cheap) Ha! I said to myself. I knew you could die from Facebook. What people post is drivel. Really!? I do not care which store you are currently in or how long you are there or what percentage of your paycheck you wasted there. Do you not realize that you are wasting time when you stop to "check in"? There should be a study done about how much time is wasted in a person's life when they "check-in" to every place they go. Do I personally have a Facebook since I obviously know what people do? Yes I have one and this is the very reason why I have stopped using it! I enjoy life offline! Death by Facebook is not what I thought it would be. I thought people would die because of Facebook. No they died because of murder and suicide. the book itself is a great book. Good story line. It was a little troublesome trying to remember the different character couples when the book switches back and forth. The setting is in Hawaii. It starts with two people who are on vacation before they get married. They seem to love each other. That is until Janet pushes Jimmy into the volcano. Then Janet, who is messed up anyway, goes out of control. She does very weird things. I think it is because she has mental issues. The ending of the book is great. Everett wraps things up very nicely and adds a bow on top. It was a complete ending, with no loose ends or leaving me unfulfilled. I wonder if his other books wrap up so nicely. So even though the title should be different (in my most humble opinion) The book is great.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Valentina

    This is an unusual book. Not really what I was expecting, but not in a disappointing fashion, quite the opposite. I was expecting a crime novel, fast paced but rather shallow, not at all what I was given in these pages. The beginning is intriguing, with a sense of lurking darkness amid its seemingly light banter. As the story progresses , the gloom grows along with the impending danger posed by a suddenly active volcano. That’s another unusual aspect of this novel, the atmosphere. It takes place This is an unusual book. Not really what I was expecting, but not in a disappointing fashion, quite the opposite. I was expecting a crime novel, fast paced but rather shallow, not at all what I was given in these pages. The beginning is intriguing, with a sense of lurking darkness amid its seemingly light banter. As the story progresses , the gloom grows along with the impending danger posed by a suddenly active volcano. That’s another unusual aspect of this novel, the atmosphere. It takes place in an idyllic Hawaiian island, full of all the images we’ve grown so used to: the coconuts, the gleaming ocean, the tropical heat. We follow Janet, the unstable heroine, or villain, as you choose. We watch her come in and out of sanity until her actions lead her to a terrifying decision. The novel’s action takes a while to get started but once it does, around the second half of the book, it doesn’t stop. It is cunningly paced, leaving the reader breathless at just the right moments. Of course, there are faults, grammatical errors, missing punctuations, etc. There is also a bit of a strange shift of perspectives, especially in the second half, where Jimmy, the main male character and the catalyst to the whole story, is no longer included in the narrative and yet we’ve seen everything through his eyes up to that point. He reappears at the final scenes, but it seemed a bit forced. We’d followed Janet for so long without mention of Jimmy, that we’d kind of forgotten about him. That said, I found myself sad when I ran out of pages and I can easily recommend the novel to pretty much anyone.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    PROS: 1. Very visual sort of book. 2. Surprising, on two counts. One is that you expect it to be plot-thin, and that's certainly not the case. Two, the twists are nicely done. 3. It's set in Hawaii (with a volcano!). 4. Its messages weren't forced. 5. Well paced. 6. One you can pass around, as I did. Since my sister is a Facebook fanatic, I borrowed it out to her. She loved it. CONS: 1. The dialogue sometimes got cliche and unrealistic. 2. The narrative jumping was odd. 3. I expected more depth on Jimmy' PROS: 1. Very visual sort of book. 2. Surprising, on two counts. One is that you expect it to be plot-thin, and that's certainly not the case. Two, the twists are nicely done. 3. It's set in Hawaii (with a volcano!). 4. Its messages weren't forced. 5. Well paced. 6. One you can pass around, as I did. Since my sister is a Facebook fanatic, I borrowed it out to her. She loved it. CONS: 1. The dialogue sometimes got cliche and unrealistic. 2. The narrative jumping was odd. 3. I expected more depth on Jimmy's part. He didn't seem to be bothered by being dead, whereas most would have a little more angst over the fact. You can tell there's more pros than cons, even if this is a very short and undetailed review--also my first. Overall, the book was charming. There's room for improvement, but even so.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    This book was not what I expected. There was too many plot lines and sometimes it was hard to follow. It was an interesting and unique story. But overall I was not impressed with this book. My biggest issue with this book was the characters. There are too many characters and you don't get a chance to connect with most of them. There are just too many other characters in this book it's hard to keep track of them all.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Drew

    The same as 'Death By Volcano' I love many of Mr. Peacock’s work but this one just wasn’t the same. I was hoping for a fun adventure on the Big Island but it didn’t deliver. Most of the fun characters are fun and entertaining, but the main character, Janet, and her plight just left a bad taste in my mouth that I couldn’t overcome, and because her actions are the starting point for the whole book it’s too hard to overlook it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    This was a free kindle book and for some reason, despite having a reading list as long as my arm, I decided to read it. Set in Hawaii the book follows a couple of interwoven stories all surrounding the eruption of a volcano. It is easy reading and some of the characters are likeable whilst others feel somewhat flat. It was free. It passed some hours. Not a classic, nor worth hunting out.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

    This was a light, breezy and enjoyable read. The story was odd and became more odd as I went on. But the unusual plot only pleased me more. A couple social taboos are mixed into the story that give it an uncomfortable feeling. Which doesn't make the story terrible but keeps things interesting.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    The facebook hook was great and had tremendous potential. However, the author just kept adding "hooks", new age, natural disasters, family disfunction.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    This was a book that I won here on Goodreads from the author and I really liked it. It was a beautiful blend of nature and human nature. Thanks Everett.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    It started out promising but I was disappointed the author never explained what the heck crazy woman was thinking or feeling or what her plan was.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is an odd book. The plot is there, but feels a bit disjointed. The "main" character is largely absent from the last half of the book. But this character is used to develop and pull in plot lines of other characters that end up having little to do with the story and have little to no resolution. The second main character is who I would actually call the primary character since the the book follows her throughout the narrative. However, it follows the story of that one character, but rarely f This is an odd book. The plot is there, but feels a bit disjointed. The "main" character is largely absent from the last half of the book. But this character is used to develop and pull in plot lines of other characters that end up having little to do with the story and have little to no resolution. The second main character is who I would actually call the primary character since the the book follows her throughout the narrative. However, it follows the story of that one character, but rarely from that character's perspective. The writer changes perspective frequently - sometimes in the same paragraph. The narrating "main" character, due to plot mechanics, has an explained reason why he can know what others are thinking or feeling. However, this narrator leaves the story about half way through the book, so the author continues to follow the primary story of the main character, but through the perspectives of her and others. Despite the absence of the narrator with the explained "psychic" abilities, the author still tells the reader what each character is thinking and feeling - even if the character whose perspective the author currently uses has no reason to know that information. In other words, there is no sense of perspective that tethers and grounds the reader. Since that is how humans are used to seeing the world, the floating, mostly omniscient perspective is hard to connect with. The homage to Hawaii and Hawaiian culture, on the other hand, feels very authentic. The description of the locals, how they interact with each other and their environment, the Hawaiian accent (given to characters, not in the writing style) all feels exactly as I remember Hawaii. The main thread of the plot is an interesting an idea, but the execution of it was very odd. Yes, crazy shit happens in this world, but somehow reading fiction that reflects more normal human inspirations is easier to swallow than the crazy - especially when writing about human interactions, relationships, and motivations. The action sequences are compelling and thoroughly believable. --------------------------------------------- <-----------------SPOILERS -----------------> --------------------------------------------- From the incredibly well written second half of the story, in which the characters experience a massive volcanic eruption complete with earthquakes and tsunami, convinces me the reader must have witnessed them himself. At the very least, he did his homework. The details are astounding. The author writes the main character as crazy, but doesn't seem to have any freakin' clue about the inner workings of someone who is mentally ill. Yes, crazy is supposed to be irrational to a non-crazy person, but the actions of a crazy person are usually logical and justifiable to that person (with the exception of compulsive disorders). Squeamish or passionate about the topic of abortion? This book will be uncomfortable regardless of in which direction your sentiments lie. The main woman in the book learns she is pregnant by a man she met, fell in love with, found out was her biological brother (separated by adoption at an early age), and killed because he continued the relationship after discovering he was trying to marry his sister. The first dr she sees refuses to perform an abortion and tries to convince her to keep the pregnancy or give it up for adoption. The "friend" character is shocked anyone would suggest she keep a baby that is the offspring of incest, but cries a lot and looks on the girl with some degree of disgust after she has the abortion. The second doctor who performs the abortion is portrayed as callous and money-grubbing. There's clear belief that the unborn child has a soul. So all-in-all, it portrays a anti-abortion mentality with a tolerance of the right to choose abortion as kind of dirty secret. I respect what felt like an authentic portrayal of the complexity of emotions surrounding abortion, but would have appreciated either a more balanced portrayal or at least a greater respect for the woman's choice.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Tibbels

    I didn't read the synopsis of this book before actually reading the book--I wish I would have. I expected something altogether different. Even so, I was determined to read the whole thing.... but I wanted to give up a number of times. It wasn't so much the plot-line of the story that made me want to quit. It was the choppy nature of the book. I'm not opposed to stories going back and forth between characters; I just feel like the flow of this particular story was choppy. I had a hard time staying I didn't read the synopsis of this book before actually reading the book--I wish I would have. I expected something altogether different. Even so, I was determined to read the whole thing.... but I wanted to give up a number of times. It wasn't so much the plot-line of the story that made me want to quit. It was the choppy nature of the book. I'm not opposed to stories going back and forth between characters; I just feel like the flow of this particular story was choppy. I had a hard time staying on target, and I had an even harder time staying interested. It would get super exciting, then rush into an ultra-boring portion... I don't feel like it was very well written. I read this on my Kindle Fire, and I'm still new to e-readers, so perhaps that was part of the problem.... I was somewhat pleased with the ending, but to be honest, I don't think I'd recommend this book to anyone. Sorry--it just wasn't for me.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bert

    This is an oddball novel. A soldier awaits redeployment to Afghanistan, his future bride waits with him in Hawaii. He was adopted, so was she, eventually he learns they're actually siblings. Not disclosing that discovery causes her to kill him in a rage, pushing him into an active volcano pit. Then she decompensates, trying to wash away guilt with alcohol, eventually assuming his identity. Meanwhile experts detect movement in the volcano, it prepares to erupt again. The dead soldier reappears as This is an oddball novel. A soldier awaits redeployment to Afghanistan, his future bride waits with him in Hawaii. He was adopted, so was she, eventually he learns they're actually siblings. Not disclosing that discovery causes her to kill him in a rage, pushing him into an active volcano pit. Then she decompensates, trying to wash away guilt with alcohol, eventually assuming his identity. Meanwhile experts detect movement in the volcano, it prepares to erupt again. The dead soldier reappears as a ghost in the story line, waxing winsome about spirituality and life. His unborn child is aborted, the soul joins the soldier. The girl meets an aging hippie, who saves her temporarily, and she refuses to again let the mountain destroy her seaside home. Closure eventually comes to the parties, the community, and to the mountain. Just a little of a stretch to keep all of these parallel plot lines real in your mind. But like the characters, not beyond redemption.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Therese

    $0.0 Pfc. James Madison Turner is on leave from the Army and spending this time with his girlfriend, soon-to-be wife, Janet on the big Island of Hawaii Jimmy Turner tells this story from a unique POV that he is only sorry his mother had to find out via Facebook. You see, Jimmy is dead. Jimmy finally finds the light and the reason why he stayed around even though he was no longer alive. POV changes while the remaining people on the island deal with a volcanic eruption, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Fa $0.0 Pfc. James Madison Turner is on leave from the Army and spending this time with his girlfriend, soon-to-be wife, Janet on the big Island of Hawaii Jimmy Turner tells this story from a unique POV that he is only sorry his mother had to find out via Facebook. You see, Jimmy is dead. Jimmy finally finds the light and the reason why he stayed around even though he was no longer alive. POV changes while the remaining people on the island deal with a volcanic eruption, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Facebook has nothing to do with this book (except to notify others of events), and while I didn't know what I was expecting, this was not it. The last half of the book describes people running for their lives reminding us that life in paradise is not always perfect. I wanted to give this a 2.5 rating (someone really needed an editor...), but it gets a 3 for creativity.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Iain

    Not really my kind of thing. I was sold on the title, thinking it would be quite geeky but facebook itself gets a couple of mentions in the story. There are a few plot strands and a decent cast of characters, but I think the story was trying to appeal to too many audiences at once. Chick-lit, crime, spiritual, thriller... Just too much for one story. The spiritual stuff in particular I found a bit overly mawkish in places and that kind of stuff really isn't my cup of tea in the first place. Withou Not really my kind of thing. I was sold on the title, thinking it would be quite geeky but facebook itself gets a couple of mentions in the story. There are a few plot strands and a decent cast of characters, but I think the story was trying to appeal to too many audiences at once. Chick-lit, crime, spiritual, thriller... Just too much for one story. The spiritual stuff in particular I found a bit overly mawkish in places and that kind of stuff really isn't my cup of tea in the first place. Without giving away any spoilers (I hope!) the vulcanology material seems quite well researched and written. Had the book been a thriller or disaster story set purely around that, I'd likely have enjoyed it from what I read. But, it's just too much of a melting pot for me.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Freya

    You can read the full review here on my blog - Book Review: Death by Facebook by Everett Peacock The book got me thinking about Facebook and just how powerful it could be both to do good and evil. Just how far reaching its messages are and its impact on people. It also questioned good and evil. Janet starts her journey through the book as an evil person who murders her fiancé but as I went along with the story getting to know her better, I started to question if it was she who was evil or her situ You can read the full review here on my blog - Book Review: Death by Facebook by Everett Peacock The book got me thinking about Facebook and just how powerful it could be both to do good and evil. Just how far reaching its messages are and its impact on people. It also questioned good and evil. Janet starts her journey through the book as an evil person who murders her fiancé but as I went along with the story getting to know her better, I started to question if it was she who was evil or her situation. I’d recommend this book to all who are looking for something different to read that is still enjoyable.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Gaudio

    **I received this book as a goodreads giveaway (probably 2 years ago :/ oops) I liked that this book was a fast read. It wasn't what I had expected from the name, but in a good way. The story has a fast pace, but is interesting enough to keep you turning pages. I finished this book in 3 days, but if I had more time to read during the day, I probably would've finished it sooner. My only complaint with it would be that occasionally the writing was a little sloppy, so you weren't exactly sure of what **I received this book as a goodreads giveaway (probably 2 years ago :/ oops) I liked that this book was a fast read. It wasn't what I had expected from the name, but in a good way. The story has a fast pace, but is interesting enough to keep you turning pages. I finished this book in 3 days, but if I had more time to read during the day, I probably would've finished it sooner. My only complaint with it would be that occasionally the writing was a little sloppy, so you weren't exactly sure of what was happening. There were only a couple places where it happened, but a couple of them were relatively important, and I actually went back and reread them later just to make sure that I hadn't missed something. This is the reason for the 3 stars.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Do not be mislead by the title like I was. There is a death and there are Facebook references but that, my friends is about it! Never the twain shall meet. The book was okay, I struggled reading it but I didn't want to give up on it. The plot was well conceived and I did guess what was going to happen. It was frightening in places because it really did seem real and I thought hard about the power of nature. I do not want to spoil the plot in anyway but it was a little bit out there in places but Do not be mislead by the title like I was. There is a death and there are Facebook references but that, my friends is about it! Never the twain shall meet. The book was okay, I struggled reading it but I didn't want to give up on it. The plot was well conceived and I did guess what was going to happen. It was frightening in places because it really did seem real and I thought hard about the power of nature. I do not want to spoil the plot in anyway but it was a little bit out there in places but you know you could believe in it, its hard to explain why I thought that but the concept of the book, it was a decent one. I think maybe the title was all wrong!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    This book was a different! I like the setting on the Big Island, Hawaii because I knew the area. It was a complex story told in an unusual fashion, weaving in a lot of subject areas. I can't say I loved it, but I didn't hate it either. The idea that one announces one's death by Facebook certainly peaks one's interest. Although I would hardly define this a Christian fiction, it does carry with it the concept of afterlife and forgiveness - but not in the traditional sense. the story telling remind This book was a different! I like the setting on the Big Island, Hawaii because I knew the area. It was a complex story told in an unusual fashion, weaving in a lot of subject areas. I can't say I loved it, but I didn't hate it either. The idea that one announces one's death by Facebook certainly peaks one's interest. Although I would hardly define this a Christian fiction, it does carry with it the concept of afterlife and forgiveness - but not in the traditional sense. the story telling reminded be a tiny bit of The Shack in the way the story was told.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ginney Etherton

    Weird. I have to say that it was just okay. The locale, the geology, and the depiction of native beliefs were interesting because I've been to the Big Island. Everett appears to know what he's talking about, and it appears that a lot of work went into bringing the reader in. But there were too many punctuation and syntax conflicts that took me out of the story. I can usually adapt to experimental "voice" in contemporary novels, but not when clarity suffers.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elena

    The title of the book is very misleading, as the FB angle is not paramount to the story. The author clearly wants to write about Hawaii and the volcano. The story of Adam and Agatha is totally dropped at one point and never revisited. It started out fine but then became a story about something else completely. I think the writer has titled it this way to garner more interest in the book than it deserves. Oh and please get a new proofreader, there were a lot of mistakes!

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