Tropic of Fear
"Tropic of Fear is
written with such a profound sense of place, such compelling authenticity,
the reader starts to feel he's really living the adventure, checking over his
shoulder to see if he's being followed. Or worse.
The best thrillers convince the reader that they could really happen;
going one better, Tropic of Fear makes one
believe it already has, and Terpening is simply reporting what he saw on
the ground. It's an impressive achievement in suspense fiction."
— Jeff Mariotte, author
Season (a series), The
Slab, and 30
Days of Night: Rumors of the Undead (February
"A timely tale of love and adventure with an
exotic locale, rich in detail, and memorable characters. A great read!"
— Rob West, author
Colossus of Richard O'Leary
"With a title alluding to earlier books hot with
suspense and sex, this thriller takes readers deep into the politics of Paraguay.
. . Terpening, whose earlier works have mostly been in the thriller
genre, is a writer to watch. . . . [H]e imbues his main characters with psychological
depth, infuses the book with local color galore, and fashions a deft plot."
— Barbara Conaty,
Moscow, Russia, Library Journal,
vol. 130, no. 19 (November 15, 2005).
"In the story, set in Paraguay, two Americans—a Yale
professor intending to research Mennonite communities and an Arizona hydrologist
expecting to participate in an environmental impact study—wind up involved
in a plot to overthrow Paraguay's reigning dictator.
There have been lots of good pre-publication reviews. "
— J. C. Martin, "Southern
Arizona Authors," Tucson Citizen (January
1, 2006, p. H4.
the professor, has once again done his research. His descriptions of the
country are vivid—from
the city-street delicacies and flower fragrances to the unfolding patterns
and colors of the Paraná River. . . The setting and premise provide
rich fictional lodes."
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Insight. UA prof Ron Terpening's research and timely topic make
'Tropic of Fear' worth a read."
article by Christine Wald-Hopkins. Tucson
Weekly. January 5, 2006, p. 34. [Fair Use fragment cited.]
". . .
The author keeps the action moving at a brisk clip . . ."
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of Fear is a suspenseful novel
following an unlikely pair of researchers visiting Chaco, the "green hell" of
Paraguay, who become immersed in the crossfire between rebel forces fighting
to free their imprisoned leader, the brutal secret police of a power-hungry
government official, and the machinations of a ruthless dictator. As the chaos
of a revolution erupts, the two must struggle to survive and escape amid the
vicious power grabs. Vivid, descriptive, imaginative, and chilling in its presentation
of the lengths human beings will go to dominate one another, Tropic
of Fear is an exciting thrill ride from first page to last."
— Small Press Bookwatch, Midwest
Book Review, Vol. 5, no. 1 (January 2006).