October 19, 2016

Book Review (LIX) Panama by C.S. Boyack

Ethan and Coop are sent to the construction zone along the Panama Canal. They have some experience with strange phenomenon, but nothing prepared them for this.

They are faced with civil war, Carlist pretenders to the thrones of France and Spain, an invading Spanish army, and another from Hell itself. They'll be lucky to survive, let alone take care of anything while they're down there.

This story is based upon the construction of the canal, Panamanian independence, international cooperation, and a few celebrity cameos. Even the magic takes on an international flavor.

Ghosts and Voodoo are one thing, but they have no idea what waits along the isthmus.

 My Review

Ethan Stafford - former Rough Rider now freighting out to the mines- can see and talk with ghosts. This information was enough to get my attention and  urge me to read on.

The story started with Ethan’s card game interrupted by the arrival of strangers. This will change the life course for him in an amazing way.

"Panama" demands your attention from the first paragraph and holds it through the many unexpected plot twists and turns.

 Quirky characters - Coop, Jinx, Bento - with their well developed personalities and the feisty, sometimes cantankerous, dialogue make this book an intriguing read.

One of the main reasons I loved the book so much was the author’s attention to detail, describing vividly all the locations the story takes place in. I felt the places and people come to life in front of my eyes , making me feel part of the story.

Political conspiracy during the construction of the Panama canal,  legends, ghosts, voodoo, wise humor, action make Panama a highly entertaining book. I laughed out loud reading that  “the French can't even take care of themselves. You can't get two Frenchmen to agree on anything."

                That’s all I reveal from the book. I won’t spoil the pleasure of reading it with more details.

All in all, a cracking read. I know it's a cliché to say it but I honestly couldn't put it down.  S.C.Boyack’s book, Panama, had me gripped. What are you waiting for? Get the book and be captivated!



  1. Replies
    1. I did. Thoroughly!
      Congratulations for such a highly entertaining adventure!

  2. That's a great review for Craig. I read this one a while back and enjoyed it as well....such an intriguing and original blend of elements to keep readers turnig the pages!

    1. Yes, I enjoyed it and I think it's like Wilbur Smith or Jeffrey Archer.

  3. Panama is a unique locale for a novel. The ghost tie in is right down my alley too, Carmen. Thank you for letting us know of the book through the review. Best of luck to the author!

    1. Hi, Flossy. Thanks for checking the review.

    2. It was a bit of a change, a good bit, from what I've been reading lately.
      Back,years ago I read many adventure books. This one is even better as it has paranormal elements. You know I'm a big fan of this. Thank you for checking the post and supporting the author! I must even ask him where did he get the name of one character -Ion. This is one of the most popular names around here.

    3. Carmen, There are a lot of Basque people where I'm from. I can see Ion and his sister travelling through the Basque country. That is also a popular Basque name.

    4. Oh, I had no idea. Thanks for explaining. Ion- feminine Ioana - are, as I said very popular names in Romania. The most frequent one.