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However Long the Night by [Pereda, David ]
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  • File Size: 783 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Eternal Press (a division of Damnation Books LLC) (February 7, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 7, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00770C59K
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I could not put down, David Pereda’s, However Long the Night.
Historical fiction at its best! Beginning with the 1980 mass exodus from the port of Mariel, Cuba; where the term, “Marielito” was coined to refer to those emigrating.
This is a story of love & loss as the Milan family faces the challenges & struggles adapting to life in a new country. Cuba is seen through the eyes of everyday Cubans, who love their beautiful country, which has been stripped, ravaged & raped by a failed system of government. Once magnificent national treasures confiscated by that same government & access denied to Cubans.
Cid Milan, the main character a wildly successful Miami architect, is haunted by the piece of himself left in Cuba. However Long the Night is one man’s journey to find himself, takes the reader along with much suspense and a beautiful love story! However Long the Night has something for every audience.
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David Pereda's - However Long the Night. A great read.
I was somewhat nervous of doing a professional review, what if I don't like the book? However, as I had the opportunity to choose the books that interest me on this tour, I was delighted to settle down with David Pereda's book 'However Long the Night' and discover myself pleasantly transported to another country, namely Cuba, and a different world.

During my research I discovered the book was the Winner of the Lighthouse Book Award for fiction and the Royal Palm Award for fiction,. The book in short is a sweeping romance with a depth of suspense and political and historical intrigue. This gives the book weight.

The main character Cid, is a man who discovers that the whole edifice of his success is a lie perpetrated by his own father. Much of the book is set in Cuba and the writing which is sweeping and descriptive evokes the warm sensuality of the country. I have been to Cuba myself and so it was a secondary pleasure to be transported to a living breathing Cuba, rather than the one portrayed for the consumption of holiday makers. It will certainly make me appreciate my experience there all the more.

The story is exotically sumptuous. The account transports us on the journey of a Cuban family forced to leave Cuba during the boatlift of 1980. The story is focused on Cid who arrives as a teenager in the United States. He goes on to become successful as an architect in Miami with all the accoutrement of the role. The book however avoids predictability by launching us into a world of intrigue surrounding his father's past in Cuba. I will not go into the details as it will spoil the story. Suffice to say Cid's journey risks danger and intrigue.
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However Long the Night was a gritty, incredibly realistic portayal of life for Cid Milan, a Cuban who came to America more than twenty years prior to the story's real beginning. Cid wasn't always the most heroic of heroes, at least not at the start. I admit I struggled to like him for the first several chapters. He's arrogant, selfish and I wasn't overly impressed with his moral compass (especially about what caused an estrangement between him and his brother, Manny). Still, as time and pages passed, it became clear that Cid was molded by his past and that underneath the outer layer was a man with a good heart and a sense of right and wrong. I may not have always agreed with his behavior or choices, but I understood the reason why he acted the way he did.

This story is layered with conflict over conflict, from the discovery of a family secret and Cid's decision to return to Cuba and the things he learns there, to the internal machinations of people looking to betray Cid within Cid's own company. There's so much going on sometimes, it leaves the reader breathless.

I thorougly enjoyed reading about Cuba. For most of us here in America, Cuba is a land of mystery. We know little about it, and Mr. Pereda certainly embued his story with loads of information about the country: its sights, sounds and people -- the good and the bad.

I think the story really gained traction once it entered Cuba. More questions were posed, intrigues about Cid's father's past there and the hunt for Sandra, the love of Cid's young life and mother of the son he never knew. The author writes with flavor and sensual detail. Occasionally, it slowed the story, but the reader is never truly bored.
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Okay, let's be honest here. A romance novel....from a GUY? Yeppers. And let me tell you this. David Pereda really KNOWS how to capture the reader instantly with his characters, and a twistful plot line that will knock you down....and keep you hooked until the end.

Combing history with fiction, Pereda takes a dive into the Cuban world in the 1980s. He takes his plot line and adds the characters to the mix in such a way that the reader will not be let go. You become the characters and feel every emotion that they do. He adds lies to the story that will leave the reader wondering how anyone could do that.

Cid left Cuba in the 1980's with his father, to land in America. He left behind his ways of life and the people that were important to him, only to live a life that was based on lies,hurt and anger. But, once in America, he embraces it, and moves on. Little did he know, that back in Cuba....there's the answer to a long lived lie, waiting for him.

Cid's father, Colonel Milan is sick. On his deathbed, he tells Cid just what he wants. To return to Cuba and bring back his grandson, and Cid's former love, to meet him. Cid, shocked at the revelation and not sure what to think of that, dives into his past and returns to the land of his youth. What ensues there, will leave the reader on a fabulous ride of romance and suspense as lies turn into truth,betrayal into trust and forgiveness is pursued.

This is an interesting twist on a romance novel, and it's one that I am glad that I had the pleasure of reading. It grips the reader so wholly that before they know, it's over, and you're left with a feeling of needing more. This is most definitely a 5 Book worthy novel, and I am so pleased to say that I am a new fan of this highly talented author!
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