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.