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Panama Sushi Coup [Paperback]

James Darrell Evans
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pacific Book Review, December 17, 2010 Dec 17 2010
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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1.0 out of 5 stars like myself who were a part of the "Group" July 25 2014
By t. L. johnsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book I read cover to cover, as did several other people, like myself who were a part of the "Group". We agree that a majority is true, down to the painful realities of the personalities and lack of character of all involved. I have read with great interest other reviews about this book, and delayed comment until now because the Human trafficking charges may have been resolved in the last Month. There were many things portrayed as much better, cleaner, and above board than was the case. Many truths were left out in order to make things look OK about the business of selling a humans body. The real truth, in our opinion is that all things mentioned IE: the Sex, Betrayal, Corruption, ect, ect, all existed at a greater level then and even to a greater extent after the fact and NOW. One might ask : where are they now? what other events have taken place? This book was written as true but, please nobody should have a " sugar coated "view of Life Girls or the viciousness/greed/exploitation/degradation these Gringo businessmen had. This book describes the dark side of humans well. Its the truth that we sometimes hate
4.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding read June 13 2011
By Jeffrey S Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4.0 out of 5 stars 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?
4.0 out of 5 stars 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
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