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An Accidental Cuban takes you into Cuba's gritty underside, where an assortment of Cubans and expatriates, including Russian mobsters and other unsavory characters, are trying to cash in as the island tentatively embraces economic reforms. Backstabbing and corruption are part of the game.
In this milieu, we find Cuban-born Harry Cisneros, who resembles a young Leonardo DiCaprio and longs to return to America, where he lived for many years. Stuck in the seaside colonial city of Cienfuegos, Harry is using his good looks and fluent English to hustle work with tourists. But the pay is paltry, and Harry is ravenously hungry, for both food and for better opportunities. Harry seizes a chance to enter the clandestine money-changing business, and it leads him to Havana and even more opportunities and dangers.
As Harry slips deeper into this world, a "rabbit hole" of illegal activity, he must distinguish friend from foe, and identify a traitor in his outfit's midst.
Fast-paced and dripping with ambience, An Accidental Cuban is cinematic, perhaps no surprise given that author Joan Moran was a Hollywood screenwriter for 15 years. The scenes range from plazas surrounded by crumbling buildings, to restaurants and bars that Humphrey Bogart would have felt at home in, to the ruins of a Spanish-colonial fortress used by drug addicts.

Review by Andrew Selsky, Associated Press correspondent, former AP Caribbean Bureau Chief

Fast-paces, exciting, timely, Cuba intrigues as does Moran's book. An Accidental Cuban is an exciting voyage through the underworld you suspect exists behind the classic cars, lively music, and endemic poverty. Harry Cisneros, the protagonist of this thriller, is the perfect guide. Although a Cuban national, Harry desperately wants to leave a Cuba frozen in time on the surface, but teeming below with crime and corruption.

Review by Emily Chase Smith, Author, Editor, Screenwriter

From the Author

Several years ago, I traveled thought Cuba by bus. I had been a student of Cuba for decades and knew the modern history of the the island since 1959, and even before under the leadership of General Batista.  I was determined to know the Cubans and their world. What I discovered is that the island stands frozen in time, without the opportunity for economic prosperity. Cubans are hard-working people, full of life, and dedicated to their music. 
Most people take a trip to Havana and spent $5000 for a week of sightseeing in the city. The tourists only see the outside of the city and never experience the underground economy that forms the basis of the Cuban government. The taxes that are levied on the worker class who operate businesses in Cuba support the military who govern the island.
A young man told me his story in the Place Marti in the city of Cienfuegos. He was a 27 year old national with a wife and child and desperately wanted to get off the island and find freedom in the States. By the time we met, all paths were closed for escape. That is where fact ended and fiction began. 
What if this Cuban got involved in the underground in order to get enough money to get off the island with his family.  This is the story of An Accidental Cuban, a thriller that takes place in modern day Cuba

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  • File Size: 1850 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Joan Moran; 1 edition (January 21, 2019)
  • Publication Date: January 21, 2019
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,345 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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