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Sharks in the Time of Saviors is a groundbreaking debut novel that folds the legends of Hawaiian gods into an engrossing family saga; a story of exile and the pursuit of salvation from Kawai Strong Washburn.

In 1995 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on a rare family vacation, 7-year-old Nainoa Flores falls overboard a cruise ship into the Pacific Ocean. When a shiver of sharks appears in the water, everyone fears for the worst. But instead, Noa is gingerly delivered to his mother in the jaws of a shark, marking his story as the stuff of legends.

Nainoa’s family, struggling amidst the collapse of the sugarcane industry, hails his rescue as a sign of favor from ancient Hawaiian gods - a belief that appears validated after he exhibits puzzling new abilities. But as time passes, this supposed divine favor begins to drive the family apart: Nainoa, working now as a paramedic on the streets of Portland, struggles to fathom the full measure of his expanding abilities; further north in Washington, his older brother Dean hurtles into the world of elite college athletics, obsessed with wealth and fame; while in California, risk-obsessed younger sister Kaui navigates an unforgiving academic workload in an attempt to forge her independence from the family’s legacy.

When supernatural events revisit the Flores family in Hawaii - with tragic consequences - they are all forced to reckon with the bonds of family, the meaning of heritage, and the cost of survival. 

©2020 Kawai Strong Washburn (P)2020 Recorded Books

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Glad This Was Free

I really wanted to like this book. The cover art and title are original and intriguing. Sadly, it was all downhill from there. 4 of the 5 main characters are boring. The sister especially. She drones on and on in each of her featured chapters about the same family jealousies and obsession with a college friend. It’s like listening to the least interesting person you’ve ever met talk for hours about nothing. The one bright spot in this book is the “main” character. His chapters are the only ones that try to drive the plot (it moves slower than a 1987 Nissan Sentra). However, he has the smallest amount of chapters and he becomes more of a prop than a person. The family as a whole was a depressing,boring wreck. The one redeeming feature was the setting of Hawaii and gaining some cultural knowledge of its people.

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a must read

loved it, beautiful Hawaii couldn't stop reading, had me crying and laughing. a must read

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Loved it

I found myself transplanted to Hawaii sitting on top of a ridge looking down into the valleys and into the deep blue Pacific. I felt the powers of the ancient ones dancing and drumming around me. Yes, the pace of narration was slow but so is the life of many of the Hawaiians I've met. As far as the characters - they were real to me and portrayed a family I could believe existed.

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Eia ka leo ui

Eia ka leo ui o Hawaii Eia ka mea akua Eia kahi ʻohana Eia ʻo Aloha

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Wanted to like this novel - biut ended up at 1.25 speed

The book starts out as magical realism set in Hawaii but the aithor changed his mind and we have to listen to the carping of 3 Hawaiian kids who go to to the mainland for their education. Never enough.

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Of epic proportion !!!

Could not have chosen a better time to release this novel. A must read for anyone who feels a connection to Hawaii. Aloha @RenoMakani

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A Beautiful Story

I absolutely loved this book. Beautiful storytelling, it's one of my favorites. This is a must-read (or listen) for anyone who enjoys stories about family and culture.