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Roger DeBlanck is the author of two novels, The Ramos Brothers Trust Castro and Kennedy and The Sky Buries All Sorrow, and a book of poetry, Empire of the Mind. He has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a master's degree in Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He works as a librarian in a large public library in Las Vegas, Nevada. He and his wife Alison live in Henderson, Nevada. They have a beloved dog named Brody. Roger is currently working on his next novel. Visit the author's website at rogerdeblanck.com to learn more about him and his works.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467937835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467937832
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,932,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roger DeBlanck is the author of two novels, The Ramos Brothers Trust Castro and Kennedy and The Sky Buries All Sorrow, and a book of poetry, Empire of the Mind. He has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a master's degree in Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He works as a librarian in a large public library in Las Vegas, Nevada. He and his wife Alison live in Henderson, Nevada. They have a beloved dog named Brody. Roger is currently working on his next novel. Visit the author's website at www.rogerdeblanck.com to learn more about him and his works.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth G. Wanamaker on February 7, 2012
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I am a poet who has little patience to either read or write novels. Roger Deblanck's novel, however, drew me in with its colorful descriptions of Havana and Miami and the carefully detailed account of the bond of two brothers growing up in the late Fifties and early Sixties. The author created a sense of place that often lingered long after my reading session was completed. Next day, immediately I opened the pages it didn't take long to draw me back into that era. The page turning for me began in earnest after the brothers' move to Miami. Their adventures in Miami, the friends they make, and the suspenseful detailing of one of the boy's illness on the way to a peace rally kept me turning pages long past the time I had planned to read. I think perhaps the best written scene, though, was the 'blow up' with the mother before the boys left Miami. I think it is a mark of good writing when, at the end of a book, one desires for more stories and to learn of the what the future held for the main characters. Did Juan ever find a partner and did the boys ever reunite with their Dad. Leaving these open allows for the imagination of the reader to kick in. Also it leaves it open for a follow up novel. Well done.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Sturak on January 8, 2013
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Juan and Alberto Ramos are brothers, friends, and partners through the ups and downs of the turbulent 1950s and 1960s in Cuba and America. DeBlanck has taken the forty-thousand-foot view we read about in history books and provided us with an intimate view of this time through the lives of the Ramos Brothers.

I read because of characters, and I found myself enthralled in the lives of these boys and their family and friends. Whether it was Lucretia's hypocritical relationship with the boys and the church, Florencio's courage in becoming the father he needed to be only after being separated, or the brothers' trust in the eerie connections they had with Castro and Kennedy, DeBlanck has entranced us with real characters, conflicted and flawed. I wanted Alberto to somehow reunite with Emilia, and I was rooting for Juan to open up about his true identity to Amanda in the living room of that suite. These characters are what made me keep reading, made me stay up late just to see what happened next, made me analyze my own relationship with my family. What if my father was separated from me? What if my mother disagreed with me at a fundamental level? In fact, DeBlanck has humanized Havana, breathing life through its streets with his colorful prose. With Fidel's "La Revolución" and Kennedy's Presidential election, we know what's going to happen, yet we have no idea what's going to happen to these characters.

I loved the sprinkling of Spanish words throughout the story to give it that "auténtico" touch. The details of the settings, the descriptions of events, the interactions between the brothers with their world show DeBlanck's mastery of historical research, plotting, and character development.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Judith A. McFadden on January 16, 2012
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I found The Ramos Brothers enjoyable to the end. The author's ability to describe the sights and sounds of life in Cuba lifted me up and took me there. Readers can identify with the Ramos Brothers and the family dysfunction, love, hope, and inspiration. The author portrayed Fidel Castro and John F. Kennedy fairly and accurately and touched on the Civil Rights era in America. The book provides a historical look into the Cold War and relationship between Cuba and America. I highly recommend The Ramos Brothers Trust Castro and Kennedy to anyone with a love of family and well-researched history.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sus elk on January 8, 2013
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The Ramos Brothers Trust Castro and Kennedy is the story of two Cuban brothers, Juan and Alberto Ramos, and their extended family as they must split up and become exiled to America during the tumultuous era of two political leaders, Fidel Castro and John F. Kennedy. This sharply developed historical novel captures your interest with its many memorable characters and keeps your emotions riveted with suspense as historical events unfold that connect the lives of the two brothers to Castro and JFK. The story will mark a place in your heart.
Vibrant and lively descriptions throughout the book provide compelling images of both Cuba and Miami in the 50s and 60s. From the tension in the opening pages as Juan looks out on the neighborhood in Havana and watches everything turn to bronze to descriptions later in the book of the ocean waves bursting on the shore like bags of sugar, you meet the Ramos family and other unforgettable characters. Interest and curiosity define the Ramos family's epic journey that flows amidst a setting that grips your senses. The novel truly captures a time fifty years ago when Cubans and Americans were likely or unlikely followers of Castro and JFK.

The reader will become enveloped in this intriguing story about how one Cuban family's life intertwines in fascinating ways with both Castro and JFK. Your emotions will be high as you experience the hardships and triumphs of Juan and Alberto and their family. The profound sacrifices and love uniting the brothers brought me to tears of sadness and joy. This is the story of a family's never-ending bond, as they stand forever united, during a look back in history that feels as real as when it happened a half century ago.
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