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Description of The Kennedy Half-Dollar:
This is a true crime memoir of a murder/mystery that took place in the cane fields of Waimanalo, Hawaii. A young girl, Seely, finds herself involved, not only with the murder, but with Hawaii’s recognized figures of organized crime. The brutal murder of Mark, the night manager of a well-known nightclub in Waikiki where Seely worked, headlined the news. He was the son of a respected official. The Mafia kidnapped, drugged, raped and threatened Seely for months. Finally she was able to escape their tainted web and leave the islands. For years she wondered why they targeted her, until one night she is forced to face the truth of her connection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and thought provoking June 21, 2013
By Betty J Bowen
Format:Paperback|Amazon Verified Purchase
I found the first third of the book to be suspenseful and page turning. After that I wondered how it would keep going, but it did. Knowing that it was a true story added to the emotions that I felt while reading. Well written – I like the extras (music and self-talk). A very courageous story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book easy read June 13, 2013
By Billy J. Mayberry
This book is a must read! The author really captures your imagination as well as your heart. The story takes you on a journey that is both captivating and mysterious. It’s one of those books that you have trouble putting down once you start reading. Great Job!
The Kennedy Half-Dollar currently has an Amazon reader review rating of 4.8 stars from 8 reviews. Read the reviews here.
An excerpt from The Kennedy Half-Dollar:
“Get in, Seel.” Straggly Kimo jumped out from the backseat and motioned for Seely to get in. Leo was driving as usual, and Seely climbed in between Brone and Kimo in the backseat. Her body shook as she sat on the raw leather seat within the pall of their presence. The silence shrieked ominous gloom. They drove for a very short time and turned into the entrance of the Ala Wai Park.
The Ala Wai Canal ran through the park and was a mock drainage system that emptied into the Pacific Ocean. It was built in the 1920’s, mainly for the outflow of the rice patty fields and swamps. Due to the growth of Waikiki and the surrounding areas it became the drainage corridor.
The park seemed like an aphotic zone. There was no other life present. Leo pulled over to the side, close to the canal and stopped the car. The moon hid behind the cumulus clouds that gathered over the ocean in the early morning. A faint glint came from the sparse park lighting. All Seely could focus on was the metal trash can that rested near a tree in front of the car. She envisioned herself bound and crammed inside and then heaved into the Ala Wai, bobbing aimlessly as flotsam toward the ocean, where she would disappear forever. The internal tone within the car pulsated ruin. Her heart was pounding as if fighting to escape her chest. She wondered if they could hear it. Their eyes pierced hers but she held her head up and glared into them. Seely accepted her fate.
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