During the cultural revolution of the 1960's and '70's, the war in Vietnam continued, daily casualties calmly reported on the evening news. Shaw, a brilliant ex-Navy Seal, has managed to come home alive after two tours in Vietnam and is now involved in black ops with Naval Intelligence, stationed in the exotic Hawaiian Islands. The revolution had evolved into social and anti-war protests, rock 'n roll, drugs, feminism, burn-your-bras, and casual sex, arriving in Hawaii as tradewinds of change. An unorthodox romance springs up between Shaw and Marie, his boss's daughter. From the moment they meet, sparks fly and the erotic heat between them runs as hot as the lava streaming from Hawaii's volcano, Kilauea. Thus, the first installment of the Sliding into Black trilogy begins.
Sliding Into Black is about a young woman's journey after a tragedy had robbed her of a loved one. The book starts off with that tragedy. Marie just lost her boyfriend Chris in an accident. Her life started looking up when she met Shaw, a man who works for her father. Shaw is as mysterious, good-looking and as attracted to Marie as she was for him.
Against the backdrop of gorgeous Hawaii, Marie and Shaw, started a passionate relationship. But in the midst of America's involvement in the Vietnam War, Marie and Shaw must find it in themselves to hold on to each other as another tragedy threatens to tear them apart.
I like the pacing of this book. The writing is succinct and on point. The setting of the story was very interesting. It was set in the '70s, unfortunately, I was born very late into that decade, so I really had a hard time connecting with the characters and the setting at first. But the story slowly sucked me in and the last 20% of the book was action packed and there's a really big revelation towards the end.
Sliding Into Black is the first book in a trilogy. As is expected, there's a wicked cliffhanger in the end with so many unanswered questions left. I'm definitely looking forward to the second book.