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Hostage in Havana (The Cuban Trilogy) Paperback – June 29, 2011

4.1 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Cuban Trilogy Series

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Noel Hynd has sold more than four million copies of his books throughout the world, including The Enemy Within and Flowers From Berlin.  His most recent novel, Hostage in Havana, is the first book in the Cuban Trilogy starring Alexandria LaDuca.  Hynd lives in Culver City, California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 377 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (June 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310324548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310324546
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #809,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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U.S. Treasury Agent Alexandra LaDuca, the star agent who headlines the Russian Trilogy, also by Noel Hynd, returns in book one of a new series entitled The Cuban Trilogy. Hostage in Havana opens with a threat on Alex's life, one that leads her to make the decision to partner on a questionable mission into Cuba with Paul Guarneri, a Cuban-born exile who has family ties to the Mob. When Alex and Paul's entry into Cuba almost results in their capture, they find themselves on the run from Cuban police and others with a loyalty in opposition to America, and Alex faces the greatest threat to her life yet.

Hostage in Havana is a smart thriller that largely lives up to Hynd's previous novels. I found that much of the book unfolded with superb pacing, capturing my attention with the creepy unknown killer, the exotic locations, the mounting suspense. The book did provide a lot of detail on the history of Cuba and America's interaction with that country , and while the information was interesting, I did find it bogged down the pace somewhat. All in all, however, I greatly enjoyed the return of Alex with her courage and determination to serve her country with loyalty, and I found the conclusion to be perfectly satisfying. Alex also goes deeper in her faith, a journey that has been naturally unfolding through the prior Trilogy and now continues in the next. Hynd is a talented author, one of the best in the Christian action-espionage-suspense genre, and I look forward to book 2 in the series, coming in May 2012.

I strongly recommend this book and give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Book was provided courtesy of the publisher, Zondervan, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
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I have read some of the "low" review with a 3, but I can't figure out where they are coming from. I guess these reviewers are young and don't understand what is really going on down in Cuba. Some of my family fled in 1959 and others had their properties stolen and were put on the boat lifts in 1970's. I do not see Ms. Da Luca as prissy or pretentious. We all have our flaws and aspire to live up to our ideals... in this case Ms. Da Luca mulls over the Judeo Christian ideas and how they apply to life in each book. I kind of like it, as before this series, I was into the Edgar Rice Burroughs, Carter of Mars series and didn't think there were any other good books out there where good people saved the day and bad people were punished. If you are a fan of Burroughs, he always throws in the Victorian values, which again are related to Judeo Christian values. John Carter never got drunk or had a relationship with a woman unless he married them until the last book I think... Ms. Da Luca as well tries to take the high road and believe me like all of us has flaws... Now back to the Cuban adventure... when Fidel goes, I'd like to see if my family can reclaim any property or treasure that may have been left. I think that makes this book a good plot line for me. Well researched, good page turner, the "good" guys tend to win and bad guys punished. I'm going to buy everyone in the series... been reading these on a Kindle.
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A decent suspense thriller, nothing particularly exciting, but passable entertainment. Definitely a step up from other suspense wannabes, which turn you off and sound fake from the first page.

Hostage in Havana opens well and lets you cozy up with the characters enough to make you want to follow them.

I'm not comfortable with the type used: it's not standard, and sticks out as I was reading. It feels too casual and amateurish, like it was for a fun teen book.

The cover is odd, too. There is a girl running away from some evil forces in an ominous car along a dark street, but she appears to be smiling.

I'd recommend this book for a quick weekend read, but fans of Robert Ludlum, W.E.B. Griffin, Lee Child, and other fast-paced thrillers will find this less of a page-turner.
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Noel Hynd brings another great read in Hostage In Havana the first book in the Cuban Trilogy!
Fiesty U.S. Treasury agent, Alexander LaDuca (Alex for short) has found out that "The Dosi family is planning a counterattack....They've been hired to kill you." (p. 72) In the next few pages the action, the adventure and the romance are all spell bounding!
Alex has two missions that she must accomplish: First, she must meet up
with Roland Violette, an exiled agent, who has traded names of undercover spies around the world for money, and bring him back to the United States. Secondly, she'll pose as Paul Guarneri's wife so that he can relocate hundreds of thousands of dollars that were hidden somewhere in Cuba by his father before the family escaped "The Regime."
Then there's that assassin who uses the "a new bullet that was a head of the glass technology used by Mercedes Benz . . . Quite an efficient bit of shooting from a about four hundred meters at a fast-movingcar." (p. 73)
This read is a wonderful mix of smooth talking agents and rough cohorts that creates quite a spicy adventure!
If you've read the Russian Trilogy then you'll be familiar with Alex and the people she met that helped her with her spiritual journey. If you haven't read the Russian Trilogy you won't be lost when you read this book.
This is one of those GREAT suspense novels that are must read for summer!
*This book was provided for review by Zondervan*
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