Jungle Beat

4 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 54 ratings

Pago Pago Tango Publisher's Summary

Detective Sergeant Apelu Soifua knows firsthand how cops work in the big city; he spent seven years on the beat with the San Francisco PD. There, the job was just a job. But back home on American Samoa, it’s personal. On an island, there are no strangers. Secrets may be commonly known but they’re never discussed, and solving crimes requires a certain…finesse. Here, Apelu walks the line between two cultures: Samoan versus American, native versus new, each with its own unique way of coping when things go wrong. And never is that more evident than when a seemingly random break-in at a white family’s home turns out to be anything but random.

Following a tangled evidence trail that wends between cultures, Apelu must navigate dead bodies, hidden codes, and a string of lies before he can uncover the ugly truth buried at the heart of paradise.

©2012 John Enright (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Pago Pago Tango

    • A Jungle Beat Mystery
    • By: John Enright
    • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 31

    Detective Sergeant Apelu Soifua knows firsthand how cops work in the big city; he spent seven years on the beat with the San Francisco PD. There, the job was just a job. But back home on American Samoa, it’s personal. On an island, there are no strangers. Secrets may be commonly known but they’re never discussed, and solving crimes requires a certain…finesse. Here, Apelu walks the line between two cultures: Samoan versus American, native versus new.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Mystery On Island Time

    • By Robert L. on 11-30-12

    Regular price: $13.99

  • Book 2

    • Fire Knife Dancing

    • Jungle Beat, Book 2
    • By: John Enright
    • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
    • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Looks can be deceiving on American Samoa, a lush tropical hideaway that masks a fierce warrior spirit. No one knows this better than Apelu Soifua, the Samoan-born, American-bred police officer who lives on a knife’s edge, charged with keeping the peace between native and new in the heart of paradise. When a routine patrol on a remote jungle estate uncovers an interisland smuggling ring, it doesn’t take long for Apelu to realize there’s more than just cigarettes and bootleg CDs at stake. Someone is trafficking humans - and they won’t hesitate to set up a cop to take the fall.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Nice story, though no thriller

    • By John S. on 10-05-13

    Regular price: $10.49

  • Book 3

    • The Dead Don't Dance

    • Jungle Beat Mystery, Book 3
    • By: John Enright
    • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
    • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Rumored to hold more spirits than people, the remote tropical paradise To’aga frightens many Samoan locals - but not Detective Apelu Soifua. Reeling from the loss of his young daughter, Apelu retreats to the haunted island for a self-imposed exile. He spends his days drinking, trying to ignore the ghosts in his head, and receives few visitors other than a shamanistic recluse and a pair of dedicated marine biologists conducting research.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Don't start here

    • By John S. on 12-25-14

    Regular price: $6.99

  • Book 4

    • Blood Jungle Ballet

    • Jungle Beat, Book 4
    • By: John Enright
    • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
    • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    A disquieting string of murders terrorizes the remote, lush island of Samoa. Det. Sgt. Apelu Soifua has seen a lot in his time with the police force, but even he is unsettled by the bodies that have started piling up. At first, the murders don't seem connected, but as Apelu works with the hospital's new medical examiner to find out who is behind the rash of killings, a disturbing pattern emerges.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Read the series in order for continuity

    • By John S. on 01-23-16

    Regular price: $10.49