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 A tight and twisting plot with the action kinda like a roller coaster ride, peppered with historical references; people, places, events, well lubricated with rum and Cohiba-smoking and that irrepressible vitality that endears Cuba and it's people to our imagination and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.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.