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Rebel Island

By Rick Riordan
Rebel Island by Rick Riordan digital book - Fable

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Triple-crown winner of mystery’s most coveted awards—the Edgar, the Anthony, and the Shamus—Rick Riordan and his Texas-style take on the crime novel have never been bigger or darker than in this latest Tres Navarre thriller. This time Navarre faces a killer as unstoppable as a force of nature.

Tres Navarre had given up private investigation—and with it a violent past that had buried too many friends. Newly married, with a baby on the way, it was time to find a safer line of work. He and Maia had come to Rebel Island to celebrate their honeymoon and a new future. But no sooner had they arrived than a reminder of the past showed up in the form of a corpse shot dead in room 12.

Just like that Tres finds himself flashing back on the memory of a grim childhood summer spent on the island—a summer that changed everything in his life. A summer he could never forget but never entirely remember either. And when a second corpse turns up, it’s clear to Tres that the past is not dead and buried after all, but is stalking Rebel Island with unfinished business of its own.

What really happened that long-ago summer, what dark secrets were kept, and who has come back to avenge them…these are the questions Tres, his brother Garrett, and the very pregnant Maia must answer—and time is running out. For a monster hurricane is about to hit Rebel Island, cutting them off from the mainland and leaving them trapped on a flooding island with the hotel’s remaining guests brutally dying one by one. Tres knows better than anyone that the bloodlines of South Texas are as twisted as barbed wire. This time they’re guarding a revelation that can turn his dreams of happily ever after into the ultimate nightmare.

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“And we have to say goodbye to Tres Navarre! I can't believe the day is already here! Hard to consider that I only started the series at the start of this new year (2023). I found this a fairly satisfying conclusion. It did a good job of keeping my attention as per usual - which is good, because, unlike all the other books, this book only takes place over the course of, like, three days. This book starts off with the wedding of Tres and Maya (yay!), who is heavily pregnant. They then travel with Garrett (in his first appearance since book four) to an island off the coast called Rebel Island for their honeymoon. Of course, trouble follows them wherever they go, and bodies start to pile up. All while a hurricane comes and destroys everything. All in all, a typical weekend for the gang. Before you ask, - yes, of course there's a twist as to who the killer is. What did you expect? Again, this book follows in the footsteps of the previous two books when it comes to all the changes in POV. Tres seems to get a little more screentime than he got in the previous two books. But, again, we still switch from Tres's 1st.-person POV to the 3rd.-person-limited POV of various characters. Only a couple of them are from the POV of the killer without telling you who it is. I liked all the tributes to/mentions of a certain character who will remain unnamed in this book. I can't go into any more detail about that without giving out a major spoiler for the last book :) There are only a couple of nitpicks I have for this book. One is at the beginning, when Tres is running through all the guests at his wedding. I guess I just found it weird that the guest didn't include Erainya Manos and Jem, or his estranged sister he's mentioned a couple of times. But he invited Dan Chef, Jr.? Madeleine White? That producer of Miranda Daniels from book two (but not Miranda herself?)? Oh, and I'm pretty sure the cop who knew his (Tres's) dad, but double-crossed Tres in the last book? Seriously? Was his mother even there? Okay, probably. Maybe I wasn't paying attention. I'll see if I missed anyone on a reread. Again, it just seemed weird. The other nitpick is that I wanted to see the baby born, damn it! A pity I didn't get to see (well, read) that :) Oh, well. This is also the first book since book four where it's specifically mentioned that Tres is still teaching. Good, because I was getting confused. It wasn't mentioned at all in the previous two books. And, since he's supposed to have retired from being a detective, I was curious as to how he was making money! Just a side-note... This book and the last one, as with the first six books were audiobooks reads. Don't have anything much more to say about it. I've enjoyed it this entire time. Again, he does best when narrating Tres's voice/POV, so it's good that we got a little more of it in this book than we have in a bit. I believe this narrator also did it for Rick's adult stand-alone book, "Cold Springs". Even though this book is not related to Tres, I kind of like that. All in all, a fitting conclusion to the series. I just wish there had been an epilogue where Tres and Maya welcome their newborn child! Alas, we cannot have everything :) As for the series in general, it's definitely been a great, wild ride. Is this the most groundbreakingly original thing? No. There really isn't anything in here you haven't seen/read before. But Rick manages to make his mark on the genre. Is this better than Comoran Strike? I have yet to decide :) Besides this series, Rick's only other adult book is a stand-alone book named "Cold Springs", which I mentioned above. It's not related to Tres, although I believe there is something of a murder-mystery to it (just not headed by a detective). I'm probably going to read it next, which means I will have read all his adult works. Goodbye, Tres! Until we meet again...”

About Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the author of six previous Tres Navarre novels—Big Red Tequila, winner of the Shamus and Anthony Awards; The Widower’s Two-Step, winner of the Edgar Award; The Last King of Texas; The Devil Went Down to Austin; Southtown; and Mission Road. He is also the author of the acclaimed thriller Cold Springs and the young adult novel The Lightning Thief. Rick Riordan lives with his family in San Antonio, Texas.

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