From the Introduction:
Hawaii! The very word evokes visions of Paradise – white, sandy beaches; swaying palm trees; silver waterfalls, hula girls; mai tais; and luaus. But all is not paradise in Paradise in the months leading up to World War II. Beneath the glitzy exterior lies a seamy underbelly of sex, drugs, corruption, and violence in a part of Honolulu known as Hotel Street, where lines of servicemen regularly lead into the “hotels,” which feature one form of entertainment, and one form only: sex. Three dollars for three minutes. Nineteen-year-old Sadie MacKenzie finds herself trapped in this bizarrely efficient assembly line of prostitution just prior to the Pearl Harbor attack. Her head once filled with dreams of a singing career, she unknowingly finds herself in an entry-level position she never dreamed awaited her: whore. Isle of Broken Dreams tells of her struggles to escape from this life before she loses her soul.
“With Isle of Broken Dreams, Mike Farris has weaved a colorful and intriguing story set in the brothels of Chinatown in wartime Honolulu, exposing the other side of Paradise. As a fan of history and drama, I was quickly caught up in young Sadie MacKenzie’s fascinating journey of discovery, adventure, betrayal and unexpected redemption.”
– Roy Tjioe, Island Film Group, Honolulu. Producer of Princess Kaiulani and Soul Surfer
“In this riveting new novel, Mike Farris takes you to the dark side of Paradise, and what a trip! Vivid, atmospheric, historically accurate, and alive with interesting characters caught in a powerful, propulsive narrative. It swept me along, and once you've read a few pages, you won't be able to put it down.”
– William Martin, New York Times Bestselling Author of Annapolis and The Lincoln Letter
“Anyone interested in World War II, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii or human nature on the firing line will be riveted by Isle of Broken Dreams. The characters are true and the plot is breathless. This is a terrific read.”
– William Bernhardt, New York Times bestselling author of the Ben Kincaid legal thrillers.
“Looking for a distinct voice, perfectly drawn characters and astonishingly interesting plots? Pick up a Mike Farris novel and prepare for long nights and a wild ride. He'll throw in a few twists and turns just to keep you guessing right up to the very end. I have trouble putting his books down.”
– Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author of The Jury Master
“Storyline mixed with Pearl Harbor background makes this a very good book to read. Mooney makes a great bad guy. Love how all the characters change throughout the storyline. This was an easy, interesting cannot stop reading book. Mike has knocked it out of the ballpark again. Can't wait to read his next book.”
– Aj, 5 Star Amazon Review