The Cuban Affair

The Cuban Affair

A Novel

eBook - 2017 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition September 2017.
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"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 : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition September 2017.
ISBN: 9781501101748
Branch Call Number: EXPRESS E-BOOK (HOLDS NOT ALLOWED)
Characteristics: 1 online resource (433 pages) : color map
Additional Contributors: 3M Company

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jontalk
Jan 16, 2018

As with most DeMille stories I enjoyed this one especially since he created a Corey-esque character who kept me laughing and often out loud. When compared to others he's written it's not the best, but still a fun read that's paced nicely. The 'cons' are the lackluster ending and fairly predictable outcome which might have been different, aka cliff hanger. Regardless, I'm a fan of the wise ass sense of humor, so for me, its hard NOT to like Mac or his sidekick, Jack.

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MEnstone
Jan 08, 2018

Brilliant story idea, but lackluster delivery. It didn't suck me in, and I ended up "skip reading" just to find out what happened, rather than enjoying the details. I've not read DeMille before, and probably won't try again.

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minnesota007
Dec 31, 2017

The audio book is so good. Scott Brick is the best with all of Nelson DeMille's stories.

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7626dee
Dec 23, 2017

I enjoyed the local color of Cuban society, the author has obviously traveled there recently. When I saw Cuba in the late 80's hauling elderly refugees out on one way visas it was a very sad and decaying society casting out the misfits through the Mariel boat lift and then selling the elderly one way visas. This well written book shows a very similar picture-"we sell ourselves". A very sad society dying slowly as the Castro boys slowly fade into the sunset leaving behind a failed experiment in socialism. Che would be ashamed of what his revolution caused.

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0007548100dmw
Dec 16, 2017

A well written book with "laugh out loud" humor. DeMille never disappoints.

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ALB126
Nov 30, 2017

Fairly fast paced novel. Enjoyed the one-liners.

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axeman
Nov 27, 2017

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

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StarGladiator
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.

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RescueDog
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.

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USAF1969
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.

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