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Cooper's Promise

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  50 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Army sharpshooter and deserter Cooper Chance is trapped. Recruited from Iraq to fight in an African country ravaged by a chronic civil war, Cooper wants nothing more than to go home. Unfortunately, the only thing waiting for him in America is jail, and Cooper is acutely claustrophobic. Whether he likes it or not, he now leads the life of a mercenary, in a gritty world fill ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Owl Canyon Press (first published January 16th 2012)
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Apr 28, 2012 M rated it it was amazing
This is review is going to be a bit serious, I think. But let me preface it by saying that it was fan-fucking-tastic. I really, really enjoyed Cooper's Promise and if Mr Smith doesn't option the movie rights it will be a great tragedy, because I think it would be remarkable, necessary film. That said, it was indeed a remarkable, necessary book and I'm so, so glad I read it.

It's set in a fictitious African country and tells the story of Cooper Chance; a beautiful, broken, runaway US soldier who m
May 19, 2015 Lena♥Ribka rated it really liked it

*** 3,6 stars ***

I know why I added this book to my TBR: because I had read M's review and now after finishing the book and re-reading her review, I'd highly recommend you to read them in the same order: M's review --> then if you'll decide to give Cooper's Promise a go-->the book.

Because it is not an easy read. The author confronts delicate and sensitive subjects. Even though Cooper's Promise takes place in an invented country of Lalanga somewhere in Africa, sadly, but it seems like the
The Book Breeze
May 28, 2013 The Book Breeze rated it really liked it
Cooper Chance was an army sharpshooter in Iraq who became a deserter. Now he is a mercenary in Africa, trading illegal diamonds to survive in a gritty labyrinth of thugs, prostitutes and corrupt cops. He develops a big-brother relationship with a young prostitute caught up in human trafficking, and he falls in love with a Muslim man, Sadiq, who is as lost in this troubled part of the world as Cooper is.

When huge oil reserves are discovered, the CIA offers Cooper a way to go back to the states wi
Apr 20, 2013 PaperMoon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twenty-two year old Cooper Chance is an army deserter who’s somehow found his way to a fictional African country (Lalanga) torn apart by internal political factions, ruthless warlords, armed street-gangs, corrupt police and mercenaries. Cooper doesn’t know who is friend from foe … he just keeps his head down to avoid getting noticed / shot and his spirits up (as best he can) in order to survive another day. He’s worked out the only way to make any cash is to trade in illegal diamonds (stolen fro ...more
Michael Honegger
Mar 07, 2012 Michael Honegger rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in an interesting read
If you are interested in a compelling action-packed adventure written intelligently and with verve, "Cooper's Promise" is for you. The plot concerns an Army sharpshooter and deserter from the Iraq war who is faced with multiple physical and emotional obstacles as he attempts to redeem himself in order to return home. He is adrift as an unwilling mercenary in an undisclosed African nation where he encounters a variety of characters who prove to be complex and multi-faceted. The book addresses dee ...more
Jun 13, 2012 Nithu rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The story was compelling and the setting incredibly vivid. Life in Lulanga is a relentless struggle for survival. It is a grim place, ruled by corruption that permeates the whole of society. There are corrupt policemen, rebels armed to the teeth and a mysterious CIA man who offers redemption to Cooper - at a price. Like an oasis in the desert, there is also Sadiq. Cooper's past is gradually revealed and by the end, we understand why he feels so driven to save Lulay, a teenage ...more
Elizabeth Stewart
Mar 31, 2012 Elizabeth Stewart rated it it was amazing
Cooper's Promise is a classic, but thoroughly contemporary, action-packed suspense thriller. Set in the fictitious African country, Lalanga, it puts a human face to serious geopolitical issues including mercenary warfare and espionage, and human-rights violations. Blood diamonds, human/sex trafficking and multicultural homophobia are battles that our soldier hero takes on personally. Author Timothy Jay Smith skillfully fleshes out a complex title character, Cooper Chance, a protagonist possessed ...more
Romancing the Book
Jan 17, 2013 Romancing the Book rated it really liked it
Reviewed by: Marissa
Book provided by: Publisher
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Cooper’s Promise is an extremely well-written story. From the very first page I was drawn to Cooper’s life in Lalanga, a fictional Middle Eastern country where he is stranded thanks to some unknown trouble. That trouble is never explained in the story, only that while his Blackwing buddies are allowed to fly home, he opts to remain for fear of being thrown in jail upon his arrival stateside.

While in Lal
Sep 16, 2013 Jody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could not put this book down! Dark, gritty and touching on truths that are all too frighteningly real in today’s world, ‘Cooper’s Promise’ is an fast-paced, action-packed book that takes you through the dirty underside of politics and day-to-day life of an American mercenary in Lalanga, a small fictional town in Africa. This book is multi-faceted in that it hypnotically combines adventure, danger and attitude while weaving two stories of love throughout - one altruistic, and one decidedly masc ...more
Ms Thraxan
Aug 04, 2012 Ms Thraxan rated it it was amazing
This would not usually be a genre that I would consider, however it is an exceptionally well written book. The plot is balanced and intriguing, the story moves at a steady pace that engages the mind on many levels.
The observations on the cultural differences is a highlight so to speak. Included is a wealth of information on the political upheaval of the country. It creates a rich back drop to Coopers life and relationships. His actions are selfish for a time but he sets forth to redeem himself a
Jerry Hall
Jun 08, 2012 Jerry Hall rated it really liked it
A contemporary and exciting book. The story rattles along and the setting in Africa has an authenticity - the chaos, the anarchy and the unbridled persuit of money,resources and sex - mitigated only by individual acts of compassion. Coopers sexuality was a surprising twist that I have not come across in thriller writing in such an open way - adds a further interesting dimension to the book.
Tucki Bailey
Jul 08, 2012 Tucki Bailey rated it did not like it
Shelves: ho-hum

This book was a huge disappointment. Extremely trite. No story to speak of. The author had to assure us Cooper had deep morals ( he was appalled at the sex in the bath house) before describing his homosexual love affair just in case we are homiophobes. Then his lover dies. Give me a break. Pointless story. Shallow characters. No plot. Ugh.
Jun 04, 2012 Elith rated it really liked it
Shelves: well-written, m-m
Fast paced from the very beginning - I never put it down. Cooper seemed to be the savior of so many that I found myself wanting to read the end - I felt, if I at least knew how it ended, then maybe I could slow down a little. Very well written. I hope there is a second book this this....
Apr 29, 2012 Rosie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
This book drew me in slowly but surely. The writing was compelling and by the end of the book I could almost FEEL the heat, and I was THERE, in Lalanga, with Cooper.
Mar 02, 2013 Alan rated it liked it
Cooper Chance was an army sharpshooter in Iraq who became a deserter. Now he is a mercenary in Africa, trading illegal diamonds to survive in a gritty labyrinth of thugs, prostitutes and corrupt cops. He develops a big-brother relationship with a young prostitute caught up in human trafficking, and he falls in love with a Muslim man, Sadiq, who is as lost in this troubled part of the world as Cooper is.

When huge oil reserves are discovered, the CIA offers Cooper a way to go back to the states wi
Angie Mangino
Jan 02, 2013 Angie Mangino rated it it was amazing
Cooper’s Promise
By Timothy Jay Smith
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 5 stars

For an action thriller to capture this reviewer, it must contain certain essential elements.

First, and foremost, the protagonist must be someone one wants to know. If readers are not drawn to Cooper Chance, the story, no matter how action packed, will fall flat. Cooper Chance pulls in readers immediately, and as readers gradually learn more of him, the attraction increases.

Cooper is an Army sharpshooter who deserted
Dec 03, 2013 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book through Goodreads. I'll be honest, it's probably not a book I would have picked up had I not won it. However, I found it a thought-provoking and engrossing read. Timothy Smith has created such a vivid fictional African country here it's almost impossible to believe that it's not a real place. The characters are well rounded and detailed with good back stories, and the story is well paced. It deals with love, lust, friendship, family and the truly ter ...more
Gabi Coatsworth
May 30, 2012 Gabi Coatsworth rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
I'm not sure I was the intended target audience. I tend to read literary fiction, and this book is a thriller set against an exotic African background. Tim Smith seems to know his stuff, and he writes a convincing plot with several twists, but I think I might have enjoyed it more if I'd been more able to relate to one of the characters. But there are characters aplenty: Cooper,a gay former Marine, Sadiq, his protege, and Lulay the teenage prostitute he'd like to save, among others. And the actio ...more
Jan 20, 2013 Andrei rated it liked it
I expected more after reading reviews which I start to think of is a waste of effort. It is not the worst book I ever read in English and is worth a time to read but its' praise to my opinion is overrated. One who seeks action may start from page 100 and will loose nothing. One who likes hard male nipples may read all before that. But strangely enough overall impression of book is positive - I thought of it few days after finished - not bad.
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Jan 30, 2013 Timothy Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Kirkus Reviews calls Cooper's Promise "literary dynamite" and selects it as one of the Best Books of 2012!

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Nov 03, 2013 Dennis O'Neill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ONe of the best books I've read in a long time - I could not put it down - I felt so involved! I will definitely read more by this author - Dennis
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