Missile Paradise
Ron Tanner
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Nov 20, 2018 - 08:03 AM By Ron Tanner

In the Marshall Islands, an island nation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that was once a testing ground for nuclear bombs, American engineers and programmers are making and testing missiles while their hosts, the indigenous Marshallese, sweep their streets and clean their houses It s 2004, the Iraq war is heating up, and 9 11 is fresh in everyone s minds FollowingIn the Marshall Islands, an island nation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that was once a testing ground for nuclear bombs, American engineers and programmers are making and testing missiles while their hosts, the indigenous Marshallese, sweep their streets and clean their houses It s 2004, the Iraq war is heating up, and 9 11 is fresh in everyone s minds Following four interconnected story lines the meltdown of a burned out cultural liaison who has gone native and bitterly resents his role in keeping the Marshallese down a young programmer who has lost his leg in a reckless solo sailing journey the struggles of a young widow with two children whose husband drowned in a mysterious diving accident and the destructive spiral of a Marshallese teenager whose American girlfriend rejects him when she returns to the States Missile Paradise is an epic, heartbreaking, and satirical novel about the clash of cultures between the Americans trying to realize their American Dream in this seeming paradise, and the Marshallese who are both angered and bedazzled by that dream.
  • Title: Missile Paradise
  • Author: Ron Tanner
  • ISBN: 9781632460097
  • Page: 379
  • Format: Paperback

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Tracy Nov 20, 2018 - 08:03 AM
I appreciate each character’s ability to persevere. They experience extreme loss – of love, limb, identify - but Tanner leaves the reader with possibility. No one has life “figured-out,” but each character continues to put in the effort to live. It’s not necessarily the naturalism of John Steinbeck, but echoes the importance of time and place in history (in this case, the Marshall Islands in a post 911 world) that a human can’t control, but must be a part of. A favorite quote: “It [...]
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Michael Downs Nov 20, 2018 - 08:03 AM
This book transported me across the Pacific Ocean like a 19th-century adventure tale, introducing characters and islands far beyond my experience. In that way it's like sailing the seas with Ahab and Ishmael or getting lost with Robinson Crusoe. But MISSILE PARADISE also has a 21st-century sensibility. Its characters are keenly aware of global concerns and politics and the price paid for such adventures. The book pushes characters to their limits -- and sometimes those characters push themselves [...]
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Siobhan Nov 20, 2018 - 08:03 AM
I really really wanted to like this book more, since I had once lived on Kwajalein. However, I had trouble finishing it and when I did, I was disappointed that not all the stories even had a conclusion. One of these made no sense at all, and didn't really relate so much to Kwaj as it did to sailing. At any rate, I am sad to say that I cannot recommend this book to anyone, especially those who have been to Kwaj.
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Rob Tapper Nov 20, 2018 - 08:03 AM
Historically and culturally current and sensitive; probably realistic but lacked integration of the several plots running through it to complete the story line.
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Nancy Nov 20, 2018 - 08:03 AM
Working through a list of possible Pulitzer Prize winners for 2017, I encountered this novel. Glad I did.*MissileParadise* takes place on Kwajalein and Ebeye, islands in the Marshall Islands chain, and intertwines the stories of residents both native Marshallese and American contractors; our sympathy clearly tips toward the natives who, as is so often the case, were poorly treated and disrespected, but continue to happily enjoy their lives. Everybody shares the losses, however: lost boats, bodie [...]
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Amy Hafer Nov 20, 2018 - 08:03 AM
Like other reviewers, I enjoyed the separate characters' stories, but I thought perhaps they would tie together at the end. The last 20 pages were really the most exciting. The individual plots were intriguing and kept me reading, the characters were engaging and identifiable, but the character I found myself most cheering for, didn't even have his story finished up in a satisfying way. It was a well-written book about race and culture conflicts and "is America all that it's cracked up to be?" B [...]
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Katie Nov 20, 2018 - 08:03 AM
Trouble in paradise? Yep. Yet this book was a satisfying read on many levels. I was looking for quirky with a touch of summer-isn't-over-yet. Also, some intellectual stimulation but not non-fiction gravitas. Of course I always want a well-informed author without preachy, soap box diatribes. This book delivers on all counts - no easy feat when taking on global warming, the rights of indigenous people, and a hard look at how the US asserts its (military) culture on/in a small island nation where i [...]
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Missile Paradise By Ron Tanner In the Marshall Islands, an island nation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that was once a testing ground for nuclear bombs, American engineers and programmers are making and testing missiles while their hosts, the indigenous Marshallese, sweep their streets and clean their houses It s 2004, the Iraq war is heating up, and 9 11 is fresh in everyone s minds FollowingIn the Marshall Islands, an island nation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that was once a testing ground for nuclear bombs, American engineers and programmers are making and testing missiles while their hosts, the indigenous Marshallese, sweep their streets and clean their houses It s 2004, the Iraq war is heating up, and 9 11 is fresh in everyone s minds Following four interconnected story lines the meltdown of a burned out cultural liaison who has gone native and bitterly resents his role in keeping the Marshallese down a young programmer who has lost his leg in a reckless solo sailing journey the struggles of a young widow with two children whose husband drowned in a mysterious diving accident and the destructive spiral of a Marshallese teenager whose American girlfriend rejects him when she returns to the States Missile Paradise is an epic, heartbreaking, and satirical novel about the clash of cultures between the Americans trying to realize their American Dream in this seeming paradise, and the Marshallese who are both angered and bedazzled by that dream.

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