Monday, July 11, 2022

Elysium Tide By James R. Hannibal

Elysium Tide
by James R. Hannibal
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 9780800738518

Having read my first James R. Hannibal book last year, as soon as I saw this book was available for review I knew I wanted to grab it. Revell sent me his book for review.


Dr. Peter Chesterfield is the top neurosurgeon at the Royal London Hospital. He's also a workaholic, and after a blow-up with a colleague, his boss orders him to attend a medical symposium at the luxurious Elysium Grand on the island of Maui. During a midnight walk on the beach, Peter pulls a woman with a skull fracture from the water. Despite all his skill, she dies in his arms, leaving him with only one clue to what happened to her: the word "honu."

Obsessed with finding the cause of his patient's death--discovering what or who ripped the power over life and death from his surgeon's hands--Peter becomes entangled in an ongoing investigation. He also becomes a source of deep irritation to detective Lisa Kealoha, who has jurisdiction over the case.

The reluctant pair join forces, diving deep into Maui's evolving gang culture, and unearth a conspiracy that runs deeper than either could have imagined. Knowing too much is deadly--and they must catch the killer before the killer catches them.

My Review:

Holy smokes, Elysium Tide was SUCH a good story! I'm glad I was introduced to this author last year! He does suspense so well! So many elements that come into play that make this story so exciting!

I felt like this story was a mix between Doctor Strange and Hawaii Five-O, and I loved it. Dr. Peter Chesterfield reminded me of Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange at the beginning of his first movie. He was very full of himself and he wasn't exactly easy to like.

His forced trip to Hawaii drops him in the middle of danger that unfolds throughout the story. We also meet Lisa Kealoha who I liked for her tenacity and go get 'em attitude. She takes her job seriously and she's not messing around! When she and the good doctor meet you just knew they were going to play off each other well.

Through the author I loved seeing Peter's mind work and put pieces of the puzzle together! Also, the research the author must've done on so many things like the lifestyle of those who live in Hawaii, gang activity, surgical topics, and so much more! There was also an unexpected humor that really gave levity. Have no fear, I'll be adding quotes to Goodreads because they were "gold"!

Of course, I appreciated the faith that comes through not only in Lisa's life, but the lives of some of the secondary characters. They live it out in front of Peter for him to see it first hand. I love it when characters make their faith a visible part of their lives.

I'll admit that I didn't see the end coming. It gave me the "ahhhhh," and head nod when it all unfolded. And then the VERY end... I definitely have questions! hahaha

About the Author:

James R. Hannibal is no stranger to secrets and adventure. This former stealth pilot from Houston, Texas, has been shot at, locked up with surface-to-air missiles, and chased down a winding German road by an armed terrorist. He is a three-time Silver Falchion Award winner for his children's mysteries, and a Carol and Selah Award winner for The Gryphon Heist and Chasing the White Lion. His latest spy thriller is The Paris Betrayal. James is a rare multisense synesthete, meaning all of his senses intersect. He sees and feels sounds and smells, and hears flashes of light. If he tells you the chocolate cake you offered smells blue and sticky, take it as a compliment. Connect with James at


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