Reviewer: Bill McDonald
President of the Military Writers Society of America
A Suspenseful Story set in Panama
Acclaimed novelist of political intrigue and Army veteran, Timothy G. Davis gives us another suspense thriller; this time it is set in the Central American country of Panama. It is written against the back drop of both real and imaginative situations created by the writer. In his newest book “Copper Penny” he takes a poor street vendor who has the uncanny knack for reading people and situations. His skills become rather well known in the neighborhood he lives and works in. This comes to the worried attention of some unsavory military people.
The story unwinds and unfolds almost poetically as we get to know our main character Sebastian Zuniga; an old man who sells snow cones not far from the presidential residence. Things begin to unravel for Sebastian when he is visited by a man named Bruce Lee who works for a General Herrera. Bruce tells him that he will be watching him and that sets up a chain of events. Sebastian begins to think about all the odd events that have been going on around him and develops some real concerns and feelings that things are not right. When he gets his regular drive-by visit from the president for a snow cone, Sebastian advises him that it might be good for him and his entire family to take a vacation – out of country. The president takes the suggestion seriously; it seems he is gone the next day on an unscheduled family vacation.
The plot gets thicker and as a reader you get anxious and impatient to find out what happens on the next page. Soon, Sebastian is picked-up and taken by car by Bruce to see the General at the Presidential residence. Readers will begin to realize that there are more devious things going on; and Sebastian finds himself on the short list of someone's hit list.
Davis has written kind of a cultural and social portrait of life in Panama as well as a great thriller novel. It is an enjoyable reading experience - full of suspense and some surprises and twists. It makes use of a good narrative and dialog but it is the characters in this story that make it work. He fleshes them out so you can almost feel them standing next to you while you are reading his story.
Reviewer: Thea M. Ryan, Writer
Copper Penny is a great read by Tim Davis, author of Day of the Ranger and The Southern Cross. Sebastian, the main character, is unforgettable. Long after you've closed the book, you'll be thinking about him, his family, and the country of Panama.
Reviewer: Bev Kittelson, a former military wife.
Suspense & Surprise!!
This is a best seller!! Once I started to read it I couldn't put it down. I felt I knew each character due to the descriptions throughout the book. I loved the suspense and surprise ending. Day of the Ranger was one of the best books I have read in many years. Best of Luck and I look forward to future books.
Reviewer: A reader from Panama
I enjoyed this book very much. I especially liked it when Tom, the main guy, had his guard down and was hurting. Very good.< p class="sectionfooter">Read an excerpt from Day of the Ranger or if you have already read it, consider submitting a review!
Reviewer: Argus Leader
Dictators & Drug Lords
Time in Central America weaves espionage novel.
Davis weaves a fight over mineral rights in countries from Mexico to Venezuela by Japan, Russia and Cuba into plots that revolve around Panama in the days it was controlled by General Manual Noriega and then the disappearance and re-emergence of an American expatriate named Jon Croft.
Reviewer: Deb Aden, a lover of books.
His Style is Unique and Realistic. What a great book! His style has you on the edge wondering what is going to happen next...he guides you with seeds of information leaving your comprehension your own. That is a good writer. I am anxious for book two!
Kari, a war history buff
A 5 star must. This is a great, well written and very realistic book. I became enthralled with the book and the very real-life plot.
Reviewer: A war veteran
OUTSTANDING! A well written, vibrant novel. You can see the politics and chaos clearly through Mr. Davis' skill.