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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501101724
Branch Call Number: DEMILLE
Characteristics: 433 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm

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captbligh
Mar 21, 2018

A thriller for mindless entertainment; sticklers for plausibility stay away. A Florida charter boat captain is hired for a run to Cuba to recover expat pre-Castro money and property deeds. Against hopeless odds it takes a dues ex machina to lift the hapless heros to an ambivalent
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KatherineHere
Mar 11, 2018

Everything "harrybosh" says in the comment below is true; however, I really enjoyed the descriptions of the tours, food, and accommodations available to tourists in Cuba.

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harrybosch
Feb 06, 2018

Its sad to see how far Nelson DeMille has sunk as a writer. The once great writer who gave us The Gold Coast, The Gatehouse, Plum Island and others is long gone. Much like his previous offering, this is all about how many smart-ass comments he can come up with, Its boring at first, then becomes irritating, as it is the sole point of his writing. Its a pity, because this could have been a very good story line but it is spoiled by his adolescent wise-guy crap. The primary focus of the main character was "getting laid". I said before that his last book would be my last, but a friend said this one was better, so I decided to give it a try. I have been to Cuba three times, and wanted to read what he had to say about it. It was a mistake. I skipped through a lot of it. Don't waste your time. Its totally forgettable.

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swheeler89
Jan 30, 2018

How was this a best seller. Total garbage... don't waste your time on this fake James Bond want-to-be story.

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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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