"Three young airmen start their Air Force careers at Howard AFB in the Panama Canal Zone in the 1970s. A fascinating adventure unravels as they become involved with Panama's nightlife during the intense times of the Panama Canal Treaty negotiations. Contains mature subject matter." - That is my thumbnail-teaser/description of the book. The author, like myself, was stationed at Howard AFB in the 1970's, which lends a personal authenticity to his story. But that's not all. Mr. Miller went the extra mile and included the Panamanian and Zonian perspectives (along with the U.S. serviceman's) in the historical background of the narrative. That is vital to an unbiased work, whether it be fiction or nonfiction. His storytelling is so good that it supersedes any of the nostalgic traps that could befall a lesser writer. Yes, those of us who were there will see ourselves on the page, but those who weren't will find that this just breathes more life into the characters. A fascinating story full of surprises!
Bangkok Belle is not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill hardboiled detective story. Indeed, what makes this novel fascinating and engaging is its exotic location and colorful characters. The author, Ron McMillan, who has knocked around Asia for a couple decades, offers much more than a “travel guide” story by dropping in a steady flow of Asian references, […]