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Francis is a journalist looking for a big story in the tiny Asian kingdom of Panga. He finds himself attempting to liberate child slaves making sex toys for the West. Toss in an African pilgrim named Easter on a quest to find his grandfather’s grave filled with pirate gold, a military regime oppressing the citizens of Panga, and a Bollywood romance — pandemonium ensues.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 20th 2012 by MidnightSun Publishing
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Richard
Review copy kindly provided by author and GR friend, Zanesh Catkin.

Some travel to find themselves-—I was travelling to get lost. Panga seemed a perfect place to start.

Thus begins what could be an idyllic travelogue, an account of travels in an exotic foreign land whose inhabitants have quaint and curious customs.

It could be--but it isn't.

American travelling correspondent Francis Germaine isn't even through customs and he's already in trouble. For an eccentric African by the name of Easter has
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Sue
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
05/08 spent the morning in Panga - not an easy place to leave once you're there!
09/08 still in Panga and coming up for air - this travelogue is action-packed! Think Boys' Own Adventure meets Don Quixote and Gulliver's Travels, with a healthy dash of 21st sensibility and pop culture heritage to add spice. Will they find the hidden treasure? Which one will get the girl? Will the spaz get out of the country alive? Why can't I put all my professional commitments on hold and read on until I find out?
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Tar
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review copy was kindly provided by Author Zanesh Catkin and I can't believe how fortuitous it was for me to join Goodreads at this time!

Now for the review -
After my first glance at the name of the book, I had to start over again, carefully, ticking every letter off in my head to construct a known word. I failed to do that but realized the name itself alluded to some chaos lurking inside the pages. The next eyebrow raise came when I read the writer's biography about hiding in the attics; I read t
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Grady
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
An unusually well crafted tale of Insanity that rings many true bells!

If we are to believe the brief biographical data on this author, then this is what we get: `Zanesh Catkin was horribly disfigured in a childhood accident; as a result he spent his early life hidden in attics. He was taken in by a kind family from Minnesota, who offered a loving home and some plastic surgery. Later, they moved to Australia and the confusion really set in.' Is that true, or is this just another extension of one
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Charming Language
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
It was with an open mind that I descended into the African kingdom of Panga, where our journalist hero Francis is embarking on the adventure of a lifetime. As a foreigner (or a spazokaildehappama in the local language – meaning ‘fortunately not one of my relatives’), Francis attracts suspicion and scrutiny wherever he goes. Border crossings, for foreign journalists, are especially tedious. Getting caught with a suitcase full of vibrators is unlikely to make your immigration interrogation any eas ...more
Mitch
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: just-fiction
If you're in the mood for a fast-paced, clever and crazed novel which includes some sly commentary on a variety of human relations, this might be just what the doctor ordered.

Expect lunacy and don't hold on too tight to sensible plot-lines for best enjoyment. You'll still get character development, roller coaster conflicts and eventual plot resolution, so hang in there.

It's kind of like 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe' without the science fiction...so will amuse and entertain as it rollicks
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Chris Tugwell
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Francis is arrested at the Pangan border, not carrying drugs or weapons, but sex toys. This opening gives you some idea of the comic twists this novel offers. Part spy thriller, part modern-day quest this is a book with a deep heart too. And if you find yourself reading this at an airport; it's OK to laugh out loud. A genuinely good read.
G.d. Brennan
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
"Pangamonium" reminds me of the Bob Hope/Bing Crosby "Road-to" movies. Those were fun little jaunts, heavy on the slapstick, with a fair amount of charm. There was always a plot of sorts, but the plot was little more than scenery, a backdrop, something to keep us distracted between the gags. And there were characters, but always of a type. The good guys were pretty good, but not above a little benign mischief if it got them out of a jam. And the bad guys were really bad, so there was never any d ...more
Jade
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Pangamonium was a very quick read, ended up reading it in under 5 hours. I thought the story was original and hilarious and kept me wanting to read more. Easter was probably my favourite character because he was unpredictable and selfless. Francis was likeable and funny. I also liked how references to Australia were made in the book and how it was set in Panga, it is not often you find a story that isn't set in America or England and so that was refreshing.
Recommend if you are looking for a qui
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