Golden Scroll Finalist 2015 Novel of the Year, Awards presented July 2015 Ambush Road on Mount Tantalus is a mystical place hiding secrets that destroy lives. In the summer of 1965, fourteen-year-old Didi Nakaoka's life changes forever when she moves to the rainforest in the middle of Honolulu. Shadows of the past reach into the present shattering her childhood, and shoving her into realities she's emotionally unprepared for. As she and her two best friends, Benny and Milo, explore the rainforest along with urban legends like the lady with no face and menehune marches, superstition merges with reality. Didi discovers she cannot hide from the ugly truths and consequences of evil and hate. Didi's first love, Benny, is a shy, awkward, handsome sixteen-year-old. His superstar athlete older brother and their dad, bully him. Unable to deal with life, his agoraphobic mom lives in a tool shed. Didi admires sixteen-year-old Milo who lives up the street. The sexy, beautiful, and bold free spirit appears unafraid of crossing moral and legal lines. Until crossing the line leads all three of them to a dangerous point of no return. Amidst a backdrop of multi-ethnic superstition, Didi faces dark truths at a time when revolt simmered among an entire generation of young adults who wanted to find themselves and their own truth. Didi wonders if she can emotionally survive the world she has been cruelly thrust into.
- Paperback | 140 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 8.13mm | 267.62g
- 28 May 2015
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About C W Schutter
I'm an author and screenwriter born and raised in Hawaii- third generation on both my Japanese mother's and my Korean father's side. Although I now live in the mountains of Colorado, Hawaii will always be in my heart. My first book, "The Ohana," (family in Hawaiian) was a trip through three generations of immigrants to Hawaii-the Japanese, the Koreans and the Irish via Boston. The Ambush Road series takes place from the mid sixties to the early seventies, a time when I was coming of age. Hawaii has a rich history of immigrants, mostly from the Asia. Even the Native Hawaiians were immigrants who canoed their way from greater Polynesia. Every group brought their own superstitions and religious beliefs. Ambush Road takes place amidst the ghost stories of Hawaii and the mores and folkways of that era. Many of the stories in my novel are based on experiences anyone who grew up in Hawaii will recognize-the menehune night marchers, the lady with no face, Pele, the volcano goddess, and Mako, the shark god. I hope you enjoy this rare glimpse into Hawaii. Mahalo and Aloha, Carole Other books by CW Schutter- The Ohana, September Dawn, School of Shadows, Dragon Downs, Miracles Happen series