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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
Expat - Costa Rica by J.S. Anon is an interesting and exciting read. Maybe I liked it because I have been an expat for years, though not living in a resort. I have never even been to Costa Rica, but I know a lot about the kind of Americans who become expats and the kind of communities they tend to form. Expat - Costa Rica rings true to me, but with just a little more drama than real life provides in such a short amount of time. The characters read like real Americans and real natives. This is a special lifestyle with special people and is a good microcosm to write about. J.S. Anon writes in a style perfect for his characters and his subject. I read it fast, which is an indication of good, appropriate prose. If you are thinking about a vacation in Costa Rica or even moving or retiring there, you might want to read this book.
J.S. Anon has written a tale about ordinary Americans in an extraordinary environment. The plot, setting, and characters are all on target. At around 200 pages, it made a good weekend read for me. The characters are what most interested me, especially Hunter, an ex-cop who may be a hero or might be an incredibly smart corrupt policeman. With chapter headings like: Voyeur, Christmas Party, Assault, Mardi Gras, Condom Cruise, Swingers, and Sex Slaves, you can guess that you won’t be bored. You would be right about that. Nothing terribly serious here, just a good work of fiction about an interesting lifestyle.