Bocas by Thomas M. Barron

BocasThe book takes place in Panama with the main character an American working in a Beach Bar – sounds like the perfect beach read for the summer – doesn’t it?

George, the main character, has a strong heart and a dream job except for working for one of the largest drug lords in the area, the pollution and a few issues with the women in his life. I may not have been the target demographic for this book (I’m thinking 20-30’s) but I still enjoyed the naiveté of youth and the sense of chucking it all to have very limited responsibilities. There are a few R rated scenes but they totally work with the story line.

This is well written and edited – something you do not see in all Indie’s first books. Oh, it’s also another find from the Tucson Festival of Books – even though the author lives in California.

So, would I put it in the beach bag? – YES. Best of all – It’s free right now on Kindle Unlimited!


I thought I’d finally escaped Shawna by picking up this easy bartending gig in Bocas del Toro, Panama. With an extra $400/month to edit an online love column keeping me afloat, I spend my days swimming and sinking beers with my roommate PJ. Does the occasional female tourist ever sleep over? Sure. But that’s nothing compared to PJ’s scorecard. He should be registered with the Center for Disease Control. Warm water, cold beers and no Shawna—life couldn’t be better on the island. Until we take a little road trip to Colombia. Raúl, my boss at the bar, offered me a free ride. I always knew Raúl moved a little bit of cocaine, but who doesn’t? But guns? So…I absolutely should not write Shawna. That clever soul-crushing beauty destroyed me. Maybe it would be OK if she came for just a week? Just one week…

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