The Panama Laugh is the long-awaited debut novel from Thomas S. Roche. A fast-paced novel of horror, crime, and hoped-for redemption, it has been praised by fans and reviewers alike. It’s been compared to the writing of Jim Thompson, Hunter S. Thompson, Raymond Chandler, Tom Clancy, and to Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim and the Parker series by Donald E. Westlake/Richard Stark.
Ex-mercenary, pirate, and gun-runner Dante Bogart knows he”s screwed the pooch after he hands one of his shady employers a biological weapon that made the dead rise from their graves, laugh like hyenas, and feast upon the living.Dante tried to blow the whistle via a tell-all video that went viral – but that was before the black ops boys deep-sixed him at a secret interrogation site on the Panama-Colombia border. When Dante wakes up in the jungle with the five intervening years missing from his memory, he knows he”s got to do something about the laughing sickness that has caused a world-wide slaughter.
The resulting journey leads him across the nightmare that was the Panama Canal, around Cape Horn in a hijacked nuclear warship, to San Francisco”s mission district, where a crew of survivalist hackers have holed up in the pseudo-Moorish-castle turned porn-studio known as The Armory. This mixed band of anti-social rejects has taken Dante”s whistle blowing video as an underground gospel, leading the fight against the laughing corpses and the corporate stooges who”ve tried to profit from the slaughter.
Can Dante find redemption and save civilization?
What reviewers are saying about The Panama Laugh:
“I’ll guarantee you this: you’ll never read a novel quite like The Panama Laugh. It’s certainly an impressively original take on zombie fiction but that’s just the foundation for this multiple-level story – Roche opens the creative floodgates wide and constructs an insanely readable narrative…”
“The Panama Laugh puts us inside the head of an unlikely hero as he fights (and fights and fights) for answers to a series of questions, from ‘What happened to me?’ to ‘What did I do?’ to ‘Can I save the world?’ If apocalyptic thrillers are your thing, and you have a high tolerance for the anatomically icky, join Dante and his well-armed sidekicks for the ride.”
“The action sequences are unbelievably tight, and fast paced. The creatures, who acquire an evil laugh as they become zombies, are singularly creepy. Thomas Roche’s debut novel is surefooted, and very very fun to read. If you like a little gallows humor, and like your anti-heroes dark as pitch, you’ll love The Panama Laugh.”
“If pulp-fiction Maestro Jim Thompson and gonzo author Hunter S. Thompson had conspired to write a zombie novel, the result would probably have been something like The Panama Laugh…pure badass.”
“The Panama Laugh by Thomas S. Roche grabs you by the throat and punches you in the face from beginning to end, and I mean that in a good way.”