Sunday, 4 June 2017 – Finishing Jason Ryan’s Hell Bent (pages 188-254)

Sunday evening I finished Hell Bent by Jason Ryan (pages 188-254). I really enjoyed the view of “the other Hawaii” presented by Ryan – it’s a world populated by gangsters and filled with political nepotism. Hell Bent is typical of nonfiction – “happily ever after” isn’t guaranteed and – indeed – the end of the book leaves many loose ends.


In the last 50 pages, crusading prosecutor Charles Marsland brings those he believes murdered his son to trial. Author Ryan does a good job of discussing the trial, keeping the narrative moving without bogging down in excess detail. The trial includes a great “Perry Mason” moment that makes the reader’s head spin.


Hell Bent is a short, easy read. The 254 pages contain few words. My hard cover is well bound with slick pages. The pictures were a letdown, however, as there are few of them and many are grainy. The publisher “cheaped out” by printing the photos on the same type of paper used to print the pages of text. A final area for improvement – I wish that Ryan had provided a longer update on the Hawaii underworld since the 1980s.

Still, I recommend Hell Bent and give it 9 out of 10.


About mobilemojoman

I have been a Mobile resident for about a decade. Working as a college professor keeps me off the streets and pays the bills. I am married to a woman (the MojoWoman) who is a much better person than I am and we have two beautiful girls who keep us both jumping. My interests are varied - food & drink, sports, politics, exercise, books, travel, Mardi Gras, and all of life's rich pageant. In the future, I'd like to learn more about sailing, photography, Cajun/Creole cooking, making beer and wine, and writing.
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