The Cuban Affair

The Cuban Affair

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"From the legendary #1 New York Times bestselling author of Plum Island and Night Fall, Nelson DeMille's blistering new novel features an exciting new character--US Army combat veteran Daniel "Mac" MacCormick, now a charter boat captain, who is about to set sail on his most dangerous cruise. Daniel Graham MacCormick--Mac for short--seems to have a pretty good life. At age thirty-five he's living in Key West, owner of a forty-two-foot charter fishing boat, The Maine. Mac served five years in the Army as an infantry officer with two tours in Afghanistan. He returned with the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, scars that don't tan, and a boat with a big bank loan. Truth be told, Mac's finances are more than a little shaky. One day, Mac is sitting in the famous Green Parrot Bar in Key West, contemplating his life, and waiting for Carlos, a hotshot Miami lawyer heavily involved with anti-Castro groups. Carlos wants to hire Mac and The Maine for a ten-day fishing tournament to Cuba at the standard rate, but Mac suspects there is more to this and turns it down. The price then goes up to two million dollars, and Mac agrees to hear the deal, and meet Carlos's clients--a beautiful Cuban-American woman named Sara Ortega, and a mysterious older Cuban exile, Eduardo Valazquez. What Mac learns is that there is sixty million American dollars hidden in Cuba by Sara's grandfather when he fled Castro's revolution. With the "Cuban Thaw" underway between Havana and Washington, Carlos, Eduardo, and Sara know it's only a matter of time before someone finds the stash--by accident or on purpose. And Mac knows if he accepts this job, he'll walk away rich"--
Publisher: New York, New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781501101724
Characteristics: 433 pages :,colour map ;,24 cm.


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Nov 30, 2017

Fairly fast paced novel. Enjoyed the one-liners.

Nov 27, 2017

This was a good suspenseful thriller with a bit of humor in it. It had a good pace.

Nov 09, 2017

Pure DeMille, but with some Elmore Leonard flavoring - - I think?
Nice dialog and banter, interesting setup with subtle pacing. [And the author suggests something in this novel which, I believe, may have already come to past with regard to Cuba-America relationship - - as in those within Cuba who wanted to sabotage any thaw?!]
And the female lead reminded me of more than a couple of Cuban-American women I came into contact when I was working for a year in Miami.

Oct 12, 2017

I enjoyed the humor in this book. Somehow I just didn’t find the plot to be as gripping as I am used to with this author. I see that I’m in the minority. I didn’t like the female lead that much, so that is probably most of my problem with the book.

Oct 10, 2017

I am a fan of Nelson DeMille from way back. I enjoy his books and this is no exception. It is a somewhat different kind of story than usual. It deals with the emerging 'thaw' in diplomatic relations between the USA and Cuba - and the myriad of forces that have differing views on the wisdom of such a thaw and its implications either way. The characters are engaged in going to Cuba to recover important things related to the events surrounding the Castro revolution. In doing this, we get a glimpse of what Cuba was before the revolution, since then, and much about where it is today and how the people and the Cuban establishment are reacting to the idea of a 'thaw.' It's all very complicated. The characters are interesting and DeMille has infused his main character with that same form of exquisite sarcasm you see in his other books' main characters and the way they think the truth to himself while saying different things or nothing at all to those around him. I will say there is an edgy side to this novel resulting from his sarcastic and non-politically-correct treatment of a number of prominent American social issues of our time. But he does in it a way that leaves you unsure if he is simply raising issues because they are timely, or because he has an agenda. In other words, you may not want to hear how some of his characters treat these issues, but you are not going to know how DeMille himself feels about them. He does introduce a particular issue regarding events in the Castro period not long after he came to power that I have never seen discussed before, and I read a lot of history - if true, it's a disgrace; and if not, it is an interesting, patriotic fiction that is put to good use in the book. I am not going to say what it is, but it becomes central to the book as you get into the 2nd half of it, and I think it will be obvious to readers. Really good read. Enjoy it.

Oct 07, 2017

Loved this book so much didn't want to put it down so even read the acknowledgements and about the author!

debwalker Sep 14, 2017

Starting in pre-Irma Key West, De Mille kicks off a new story line with a new character. So good while making it look so easy.

Jul 29, 2017

Once again Nelson Demille shows us his mastery of the fast moving, clever thriller.
In a way this book harks back to the old fashioned caper, but goes much deeper in terms of history and modern politics.
Cuba’s exiles and in some cases their descendants have neither forgiven nor forgotten the Castro brothers and the crimes they committed against most of Cuban society. Heartbreak and memory run deep as does a desire for vengeance and reparations.
As this novel is set in the beginning days of the Cuban Thaw, there are just as many if not more Cuban-Americans who are against this idea as those who are for it. Some will do most anything to derail it. Cuban-Americans, politicians, business, and of course the CIA who have yet to have a win in Cuba. All have their own agendas concerning Cuba.
Three Cuban –Americans make an offer he can’t refuse to Daniel McCormick, an army vet still carrying the scars from his times in Afghanistan. He currently runs fishing charters out of Key West on his heavily mortgaged boat.
It’s not that he can’t really refuse this offer to enter than leave Cuba carrying 60 million dollars and documents worth many times that amount; it's just that with an offer of two million on the table and a beautiful woman to accompany him, Mac doesn’t really want to. Mac also hankers after the days of danger and what he might not admit to: making a difference. Little does he know that his trip to Cuba with the beautiful Sara Ortega does make a difference and will honor his background.
It reads as if DeMille did more than visit Cuba and do research, he writes with an assurance of Cuba and her people that make it sound as if he were a citizen. Cuba’s beauty, her decay, her resilient citizens are all rendered in DemiIle’s masterful prose. But not forgotten and even more striking are his reminders of Cuba’s dark history under the Castro brothers’ iron fists.
DeMille hits another home run with this moving yet exciting story. Mac, has Demille’s characters’ signature smart-ass attitude to life, the Universe and everything. The back stories of the characters are sympathetic and make their actions understandable. The action is fast paced. The last quarter of the book will have you hoping you only ever swim or fish in lovely blue waters with nary a storm in sight.

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