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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475268130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475268133
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,484,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carsten Stroud - New York Times Best Selling Author of "Niceville"  and "Cuba Strait" says:  This book is not only a powerful read, it's also a perfect shot to the side of the head for all those blissfully unaware folks who go off to Cuba every year for some sun and surf and come back chirping about "how happy and smiley all those Cubans are!" 
This guy knows Cuba the way Hemingway knew it. Compelling and raw and gutsy.


El Rayo (Southern California): An excellent read and a real time insight into modern Cuba. Good description of the culture, music, food, dance, politics, women, nightlife and rum and a sad commentary on the deterioration of this once beautiful island. A good suspense novel with a super twist at the end.

Andrea Whyte (Ontario, California): This is not really my usual type of book but I did enjoy it. It's more actiony and man things than I usually read, but it was a good quick read. I liked the descriptions of places and people in Cuba. I can recommend this.  

Douglass Spillman (Santa Cruz,CA)I'm fascinated with Cuba. I did not have great expectations going in, but was pleasantly surprised to find myself "swept away" in time and place, barrelling along in page-turning frenzy to the end. A tight and twisting plot with the action kinda like a roller coaster ride, peppered with historical references; people, places, events, well lubricated with rum and Cohiba-smoking and that irrepressible vitality that endears Cuba and it's people to our imagination and hearts long after any economic relevance.

bronx52 (Los Angeles CA) 
If you are interested in Cuba and like a good mystery then this book is for you. I read it in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it. Mr French has managed to inject important history lessons without making them burdensome, as well as educating those of us from the US on some interesting points from our friendly neighbor to the North: Canada! (anyone who has attended public school will get the reference!) It is clear the author has a love for Cuba and the Cuban people! The plot is interesting and the story flows....do get this book. A fun read!

From the Author

I set out to write a spy story and decided Cuba would be a good place to serve as a canvas. I had no idea that I would make dozens of life friends, experience so much joy and feel such a responsibility to tell their stories.
I go to fancy cocktail parties in Toronto and chat with lots of "swells" and when Cuba comes up as a topic of conversation, how often these people express their belief that Cubans live in a tropical paradise. Cubans survive by working all day every day so they don't starve the next. They live in a police state in which they are not allowed to express their true opinions. If they are fortunate, they will be allowed to allow the government to sell their services for dollars but get paid in pesos.
It's a story that needs to be better told, and I hope I have done this.
Every Cuban I write about is based on a friend; their stories are all true. 
I hope a lot of people read this book; not to make me money (which I will donate to dissidents in Cuba), but to have more people understand.

More About the Author

I was born in Eastern Canada and studied English Literature at the University of New Brunswick and generally interacted quite well with some much smarter people.
I tried soldiering, but that just proved that I was a bad shot and had a slight problem with authority (since resolved). So I entered the business world and have spent considerable amounts of my own time and other people's money travelling to fascinating places and meeting interesting people.

Writing & Creative Experience
I have always been a writer. I was a columnist for one of Canada's largest dailies and have ghosted or written in my own name dozens of newspaper articles, written God-Only-Knows how many speeches and even drafted correspondence for a Prime Minister of Canada. My work has appeared in the Toronto Sun, the Toronto Star, and the National Post. From a business perspective, I have had pieces in "Real Estate Forum" (New York), "Site Selection" (Atlanta), "Canadian Business" (Toronto) and been a regular contributor to the "The Global Market Report" (Princeton).
My new novel is "Tintamarre" which follows an Acadian family in Nova Scotia from 1749 to 1755 and describes how they lived, their heartbreak and terror and, finally, a triumph. It is a tragic but inspiring thriller with romance in the midst of turmoil with plenty of severe violence.
If I have accomplished anything with Mojito, I hope it is that I have portrayed Cuba and Cubans fairly and as they are and have captured their bravery, culture and sense of humor. I hope this book is as much (or more) a story of the place and the people, and their customs and lifestyles as it is a book about adventure, suspense and politics.

Mojito and Me
My main credentials for writing "Mojito" come from my experience with Cubans. The sights and scenes of the novel are from first hand visits. The characters exist and I know them well, but not necessarily in their Mojito personae.
I've travelled there regularly for the last 10 years and have not spent my time on resorts but with Cubans - most with a story to tell and many with nefarious means of getting around the Castros' rules. Some are dangerous. And my contacts with Cuban exiles in the US have educated me on the complicated politics that exist with the place as well as with some great vignettes to add to the plot. I've even interviewed a Bay of Pigs veteran.

Of Tintamarre
I was born and grew up about 5 miles from where hundreds of French-speaking Acadians were rounded up like cattle and sent to the southern colonies. While I studied history in HS and University, I had no idea of the level of inhumanity that had been exercised. Only recently I learned that the government policy at the time prohibited teaching children this story.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bronx52 on August 27, 2012
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If you are interested in Cuba and like a good mystery then this book is for you. I read it in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it. Mr French has managed to inject important history lessons without making them burdensome, as well as educating those of us from the US on some interesting points from our friendly neighbor to the North: Canada! (anyone who has attended public school will get the reference!) It is clear the author has a love for Cuba and the Cuban people! The plot is interesting and the story flows....do get this book. A fun read!
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By John A. Peterson on July 10, 2012
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Just a great book for summer reading and anytime, held your interest all the time.
Once you started you could not put it down. I would recommend this book to everyone,
that has an interest in Cuba Part true and part fiction, A well written book. Thank you
hope this author does more books.
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By Douglass Spilman on June 23, 2012
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I bought this book because 1) I know the author (but did not know he was one!) and 2) I'm fascinated with Cuba. I did not have great expectations going in, but was pleasantly surprised to find myself "swept away" in time and place, barreling along in page-turning frenzy to the end.

a tight and twisting plot......with the action kinda like a roller coaster ride......peppered with historical references; people, places, events, well lubricated with rum and Cohiba-smoking and that irrepressible vitality that endears Cuba and it's people to our imagination and hearts long after any economic relevance........for me on a par with the lure of Tango and Buenos Aires. Plays nicely with other books I've read about Cuba; notably "Cuba and the Night" and "Havana Nocturne".

All in all very good fun and a nice diversion if you're looking for one.
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This is not really my usual type of book but I must say I did enjoy it. It's more actiony and man things than I usually read, but it was a good quick read. I liked the descriptions of places and people in Cuba. I can recommend this.
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By Kindle Customer on February 16, 2012
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An excellent read. A real time insight into modern day Cuba. Only the canucks go to Cuba for vacation and this author has for sure spent some time there. Good description of the culture, music, food, dance, politics,women, night life and rum. Also a sad commentary on the deterioration of this once beautiful island.

A good suspense novel with a super twist at the end.
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