Paperback - 2005
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Outgunning all others in the arena of razor-edged action and sheer guts, New york Times bestselling author Stephen Hunter plunges Earl Swagger deep into a steamy underworld of power, politics, and blood...
Cuba 1953: The island is on fire.
The Mafia-run casinos are rolling, and it's just a 30-minute flight from Miami to a world of vice, gambling, sex, and drugs. The money is there for anyone who knows how to get it, including the Cuban government and the police, who want to keep their ally Uncle Sam happy. There's only one threat to this corrupt utopia: a silver-tongued, daring young revolutionary named Fidel Castro. With the Cold War underway, the Soviet Union has sent a sophisticated veteran agent to find and support the young upstart. To counter, the CIA has summoned Medal of Honor-winning ex-marine Sergeant Earl Swagger, whose heroic exploits have earned him the reputation of a man who doesn't know how to lose. But he's not just going to find Castro....
He's going to kill him.
Publisher: New York : Pocket, 2005
ISBN: 9780743457972


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Jun 16, 2013

I liked the interweaving of historic events and characters with fictional plotting. Because we already know what happens historically, it puts a nice spin on the unfolding of the novel. It has been noted in other reviews that Mr. Hunter creates few women characters, but I am curous to see what kind of women he would write if he did. Havana offers us Earl Swagger's Arkansas wife, Junie, and Jean-Marie Armstrong, a well-connected sophisticate in Cuba, alongside a huge body count of prostitutes and lonely housewives. I am hoping some of his other novels that I will be reading will improve on this point.

Jul 04, 2011

Havana ----
by Stephen Hunter C-2003 ----

Well Stephen Hunter sure spun quite a story for poor defenseless, easy going Earl Swagger. ---- This story is about Cuba, Based around Castros' early days, the yarn is quite comic. I wonder if the real Castro has read this novel. Should raise his temp a little. ---- He is a self centered wimp in this story and botches everything he tries. ---- Because of other troubles that American companys' are haveing in Cuba, Earl is hired by the Spooks to go down south with an Important U.S. Gov. Official. ----
The bigwig is more interested in partys' and hookers in the Cuba Playland of the day. ---- Earl rescues him and the story line starts to rock and roll. ----It is a fun read and hard to put down. ---- Enjoy! ----

Richard Paul


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