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  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Good and Brown (Sept. 2 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976891573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976891574
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 23 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Format: Paperback
Reviewed by: Gary Sorkin, Pacific Book Review
Title: Panama Sushi Coup

The three words used in the title, "Panama Sushi Coup," turn into an engrossing true story; a narrative about friendship, betrayal, foreign business development and sushi, by James D. Evans as he described a part of his life most people couldn't imagine in their wildest dreams. He purchased, along with some of his friends, a fix-it-upper combination brothel and strip club in Panama.

From the comfort of a Southern California "out-to-lunch-bunch" of friends that meet every Wednesday at their favorite sushi bar in Long Beach, the group began traveling to South America as an escape from their frustration with the dating scene in L.A. On multiple and frequent trips to Costa Rica and Panama, they uncover the social acceptability of prostitution in South America as legal and in many ways stimulating. So Jim, our faithful narrator, takes the reader on a candid and quite descriptive adventure assimilating carnal knowledge amongst the local working girls. Caution: This part of the book is a bit shocking; written from a masculine point of view for a male audience or extremely liberated feminine reader, but definitely not for the church-going-Sunday-tea-sipping group. I would classify this as R- rated for this very short portion, although there is a valid reason for Jim's candid writing. He explained within his book as being necessary to provide a true understanding of what goes on during those paid sexual encounters. What impressed me most is when Jim meets Vivian, a soon to be girlfriend, he doesn't reveal a thing ungentlemanly about their relationship, hence the shock value of the prior lustful episodes were just for that sole purpose - to shock.
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Amazon.com: 22 reviews
An outstanding read June 13 2011
By Jeffrey S Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I had the chance to read this book. From the start it was a gripping story of how three friends got together to buy a strip club and then run it. Jim with his Angus were the first two to get involved. They then brought a third friend Jack in who was acted as a pimp and kept the young ladies in line and took care of things if they got out of line.
Jim comes out of this in tact but Jack ( the pimpmaster) and Angus who were both portrayed as two fat (blanks) did not come out so well.

At some time this book could be a Hollywood film, it has all of the makings for one.

Great read.
Corruption at all levels Feb. 23 2011
By Alan J. Palmer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Panama Suchi Coup clearly depicts corruption at all levels, from highly placed government officials, through industry and business, down to individuals and their relationships with business partners and friends. Whenever power and money (and sometimes sex) are in play, what we would like to hope would be honest dealings between honest people disappear. At what point do you disassociated yourself from obviously bad people?
Who Knew? Jan. 5 2011
By Jay S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What a great read. From the prologue I was riveted to the pages and really enjoyed the author's style. The truth really can be stranger than fiction.
Real is more interesting than fiction Jan. 1 2011
By Sheryl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Sex, Scandal, corruption and betrayal- this seems to be the theme of the novel, Panama Sushi Coup. The book is a real life experience of the writer who recounts all events in a slow, clear and concise manner. The beauty of the book is that it gets you hooked right from the very first chapter. There is an eager anticipation to know more; to unveil the secrets and to find out if justice has really prevailed in real life. However, the grip of the book is so strong that it does not let you flip through the pages to know the ending, but to read it slowly and linger on all the little details lying between the sheets. Some of the scenes like the description of the brothel are highly mesmerizing. It gives us more than a peek into forbidden areas so that we as laymen get to know the exact way of their functioning. The author understands that most of his readers may not have gone inside any such colorful place in his real life; hence he gives a very thorough description so that nothing is left to the imagination. One great thing about the story is that it manages to covey a vast range of colors that start from bright sunlight, going on to grey gloominess and then finally painting a black picture. The mood changes from happy anticipation to fearful dread and a threat of staying long years in imprisonment. But, as it is real life not all the bad guys are punished. The justice does prevail but not completely. Corruption continues to reign.
As it is an adult book, there are numerous descriptions of sex. The prostitutes are treated in a humane manner. They are showed in a better light than a majority of books written on them. Prostitutes are just like other human beings living a normal life. The only difference is that they just choose to earn their money in this way making sex as their vocation.
The book shows a darker side of human nature. It shows that In the face of money even your closest pal can do an about-face robbing you of everything- your money, your pride, your trust, and even your freedom. I recommend it as a must read to all the people who wants to get a glimpse of the real corrupt world.
Be prepared... Dec 31 2010
By L. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Talk about honest writing, James D. Evans `Panama Sushi Coup' hit me with a descriptive and bold read. It was tough because I do not back prostitution, nor do I believe it should be legal. Evans novel truthfully descries his feat in the seedy dealings of prostitution and politics in Latin America. He also knowledge's his readers that prostitution is legal in some parts of the USA. Though I am aware of it, it nevertheless remains daunting and upsetting to me. However, as a reader and writer, I am impressed with his writing skill and the use of his evocative voice, especially to note that this is his first book.

Evans scripts on his business partnerships and the betrayal among those partnerships. He also privy's his readers in the ways of drug trafficking, money handling and mafia dealings. It is a real story and one that makes you see what you can be blind to. What got me to continue reading was his willingness to recapitulate his awareness and try to remember his inner truth; that can be stolen or lost when you lose your way. Evans reevaluation of respect, gives his book more value and makes this book's journey worth the read, for me.

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