From James A. Cox, the Editor-in-Chief with Midwest Book Review March 15, 2012
One push against the rules gives way to a worldwide journey. "Voyages of
Malolo: Secret of the Rongo" is a novel set in the Polynesian islands before
the influence of Europeans, as a craftsman dares to pushes the limits, and
what he leaves behind sets the Hanau-mo-muku to send out some of its own on a voyage to see what lies beyond. "Voyages of Malolo" is an intriguing
delve of historical fiction and the ancient Polynesian peoples, very much
4.0 out of 5 stars - Voyages of malolo, January 17, 2012
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This is a fast pace novel that is great for those who enjoy fact filled fiction along with a...."it could have happened".... adventure plot. Malolo holds your attention,can be put down anytime and picked up later without having to review previous pages. The author did well for a first novel and I look forward to "Malolo...the saga continues"
5.0 out of 5 stars The Voyages of Malolo, The Secret of the Rongo, February 18, 2012
By Rick Vitale - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Voyages of Malolo: "The Secret of the Rongo" (Paperback)
"Voyages of Malolo" is a warm hearted sea adventure that takes place in approximately 1000 AD in the Polynesian islands. The story transports the reader into a time where primitive communities depended on each other, strong relationships, skills, the environment, and the Gods for survival and life direction.
The reader quickly connects with each character, particularly Auka'i, the main character. He is a good man, a born adventurer and a natural leader searching for the "truth" of a tablet he finds (the "Huna of the Rongo") on a 3 year odyssey through multiple pacific islands and associated primitive communities. In his search for the truth of the Rongo, Auka'i actually finds his calling as a true leader, or island "matai." Auka'i finds that his search for truth and adventure ultimately bring him home to his family, where he can best utilize his knowledge from the voyage and great leadership skills to serve his people.
Voyages of Malolo is exciting, fun to read, and teaches the reader about primitive Polynesian culture its language and customs. I couldn't put it down, and feel as though I now personally know the characters of the island Taea, and particularly the crew of Malalo!
5 out of 5 stars - The Voyages of Malolo, The Secret of the Rongo, January 20, 2012
By Diane Vitale - This review is from: Voyages of Malolo: "The Secret of the Rongo" (Paperback)
When I began reading the Voyages of Malolo, I became captivated immediately by this fictional illustration of ancient Polynesian seafaring culture. This book transports the reader to the South Seas nearly 1000 years ago. I simply couldn't put it down. Robert Bonville, through his characters' quest to find the meaning of the Rongo, has created a compelling plot that not only held my interest, but also kept me wondering what escapades the crew of the Malolo would encounter next as they explored islands well beyond known and secure boundaries. As hostilities grew, and combat became eminent, I looked forward with anticipation to discover what ingenious methods Auka'i, Bonville's main character, and leader of the Malolo, along with his seafaring explorers, would use to outmaneuver and ultimately survive the many violent attacks from Islanders the crew encountered during their travels. My husband is now reading it with the same intensity I experienced. I am waiting for a sequel. I hope a one is underway.
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News and Reviews for "Voyages of Malolo: Secret of the Rongo"
4.0 out of 5 stars - Voyages of Malolo, January 12, 2012
By Cinnamon Anselmo - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Voyages of Malolo: "The Secret of the Rongo" (Paperback)
This book was one of the most exciting books I've read in a long time. They should make a movie about it!
From the West Maui Book Club – Bonville expertly captures the required strength and courage the men of Malolo needed to have in order to make this incredible journey a success and return to their people…very much what it must have been like for the earliest of Polynesian sailors and warriors! There’s much to be learned in this story about these remote areas and its history.
5.0 out of 5 stars -This novel made for some pretty fun reading!, April 18, 2012
By Mark - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Voyages of Malolo: "The Secret of the Rongo" (Paperback)
Robert Bonville's debut novel is an epic adventure in historical fiction. The time period of this enthralling novel (1000 AD) covers a tumultuous period in the south pacific and follows the riveting adventures and discoveries of Auka'i and the crew of the Malolo as they search for the meaning of the Rongo. While the character names were initially hard to pronounce the author did terrific at drawing characters that are compelling, dramatic, and very human. I was immediately captivated, finished the book in record time and can hardly wait for the next adventure!
Green Valley News – Book Review “Voyages of Malolo” April 29, 2012
By Robert Bonville
Self published 2011
If you are into historic fiction, and enjoy Polynesian lore, here is a must-read adventure. Set in A.D. 1000, it describes the adventures of Auka’i and his crew of 13 men who sail the Southern Pacific in a double-hulled canoe named “Malolo” (flying fish). They aim to discover the meaning of a wooden tablet containing an undecipherable hieroglyphic script that may be called “Rongo.” The tablet was found in the surf by Auka’i. It turned out to be the impetus for this great adventure.
Malolo was constructed by order of Auka’i’s gods, who demanded the craft be built with great care and superb quality by the most expert craftsman so that it could withstand any occurrences on the ocean. It is a double-hulled, outrigger craft. The journey is perilous — rough seas, including a tsunami, mixed with hazardous adventures on the South Sea Islands, including an escape from Sacrifice Island. The crew battles disease, cannibals and even headhunters.
This is a piece of historical fiction that will hold the reader’s attention throughout the entire story as the heroic crew searches for the answers hidden in the wood tablet.
From the author: “The tale is fiction, but it is based on archaeological and anthropological evidence and widely accepted theory. It is an epic adventure that speaks to the will of ancient man to discover, learn and survive in the face of the harshest of conditions.”
The author lived in Hawaii and studied ancient cultures. He knows of what he speaks, and he is an excellent storyteller
— Ned Lord
Book Signing Event
Green Valley AZ. November 2012 - Pictured here with his map of the Pacific Ocean is author Robert Bonville signing copies of his debut novel, "Voyages of Malolo: Secret of the Rongo." The map depicts not only what is known as the "Polynesian Triangle" but also shows the trek taken by the inrepid crew of the Malolo over 1000 years ago.