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Havana Blues Paperback – November 8, 2017
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About the Author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR David Pereda was born in Havana, Cuba. The award-winning author of seven previous novels, he enjoys crafting political thrillers and edgy mainstream novels with unique characters placed in exotic settings. He has traveled to more than thirty countries and speaks four languages. Before devoting his time solely to writing and teaching, David had a successful international consulting career with global giant Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked with the governments of Mexico, Venezuela, Peru and Qatar, among others. A member of MENSA, David earned his MBA from Pepperdine University in California. He earned bachelor degrees in English literature and mathematics at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He lives in artistic Asheville, North Carolina, with his youngest daughter Sophia, where he teaches mathematics and English at the Asheville-Buncombe Community College. He loves sports and is an accomplished competitor in track and show-jumping equestrian events. .. ..
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Yes, I've promised not to reveal plots and all that here, but this novel does have a mix of sad and joyous scenes through its pages. Apart from the perilous nature of the challenges our young hero must face, his evolution into a young man who must make decisions, not only for himself, but for his friends and family as well, is another journey in his life worth noting here.
I must say I enjoyed this book and all its colorfully dramatic characters. From the political Pepe to the beautiful Sonia, Ramon’s crush, an array of lively folks are vividly represented in Author Pereda’s book set in troubled Cuba of the 50s. The story also captures the daily life of this intoxicating version of Cuba well enough. Its descriptions amaze me sometimes because I never knew Havana had ever been this boisterous and social despite its Christian conservatism in those years before the coup.
The book’s interior and cover designs are top notch. Grammatical errors and typos are absent and yes, I will recommend this to anyone who wants to explore the brighter side of Cuba during the darkest part of its history.
If you are looking for a book about old Cuba look no further than right here.
A fair warning though, it was written in first person, which has become the increasing norm in novels. If this style isn't a personal favorite, then I don't recommend the read. A major gripe of mine is the flow of the story. The transitions between scenes are choppy at best.