Excerpts from the new novel by Larry Matthews
(Remember, The Book's Proceeds Go To The Angels' Charity)
'Angels In Panama'
Follow the adventures, and trials and tribulations of Terry Mathis, a retired American expatriot in his travels in Panama. See how his efforts
to assist the dis-advantaged children of Panama involves him, inadvertently, with both international intelligence agencies, and local security
and law enforcement organizations. Share Terry's terror as he narrowly escapes from dangerous situations that he finds himself entangled in.
Excerpts from 'Angels in Panama'
Meet Terry's Angel
... The beautiful 9-year old girl was waving and calling ‘Terry’ as she skipped across the park towards him. Terry explained, “Oh my. That is my little
angel friend, Kathlene. She has been coming to work with her mom at the hotel on Saturdays for the last three or four weeks.”
“God is she gorgeous. I can see where your ‘angel’ designation comes from,” Gus observed.
“She is absolutely precious,” was all Terry could say before Kathlene announced her arrival with a big bear hug. She then perched on Terry’s knee.
“Kathlene, this is my friend, Gus.”
“Mucho gusto,” she said, politely offering Gus her hand. She then turned her attention back to Terry. “Terry no on Hotel balcón,” she chided him with a slight pout.
“ No, no. Not balcón. English word is balcony,” he replied with a finger wag.
She beamed a smile, then giggled as she repeated very slowly and distinctly, “balcony,” looking at Gus.
Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground
... Terry told us that when met Elisa, he bent down ...she let him pick her up ....... And, that there was a minor stir with both the students and the faculty because of their conversation. That was because Elisa had, how did he put it? ‘Some verbal limitations’ or something like that?”
“I think he called it ‘language impaired’,” Shirley offered.
“Whatever,” Marcos suggested. “Language impaired, indeed. Want to guess what Elisa’s impairment or limitation was?...
She had not spoken a word in the month she had been at the school,” Marcos explained. “Not one word … to anyone … ever! They were preparing to run some tests on her. The school nurse had decided that she was a deaf/mute.”
After a few minutes, Shirley suddenly looked up and asked. “And, after weeks of silence, she suddenly decides to talk a blue streak to Terry? That is why he didn’t tell us the whole story? He can’t explain it?”
The Crises Aftermath
... After what seemed like several minutes to her, Terry asked without taking his eyes off the water, “You ever had anyone try to kill you, Nurse Coulter?” He didn’t wait for a response. “Somebody try to shoot you? Aim at you, and try to shoot you? That is God damn personal, Coulter.” He just sat and stared some more.
“Even in ground combat, it is not normally a personal thing,” he speculated. “You are shooting at ‘them’, not at a name and face. On the battlefield it is not like you go by the guy’s house and wait for him to take the garbage out, and then waste the bastard.” He sighed and stared.
“And, hiring a third party to do it is even worse, right?” he said looking at her for the first time. She just shrugged as a response, so he explained. “I mean you can almost understand a wife shooting a philandering husband, but hiring somebody else is really cruel.
“Somebody tried to kill me. And, I can’t even figure out why they figured it was worth the trouble. Why it was even worth the bullet.” He just shook his head. ...
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