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Publisher's Summary

The remarkable new novel in the Doc Ford series by New York Times - best-selling author Randy Wayne White.

Doc Ford's old friend, General Juan Garcia, has gone into the lucrative business of smuggling Cuban baseball players into the US. He is also feasting on profits made by buying historical treasures for pennies on the dollar. He prefers what dealers call HPC items - high-profile collectibles - but when he manages to obtain a collection of letters written by Fidel Castro between 1960 and 1962 to a secret girlfriend, it's not a matter of money anymore. Garcia has stumbled way out of his depth.

First Garcia disappears and then the man to whom he sold the letters. When Doc Ford begins to investigate, he soon becomes convinced that those letters contain a secret that someone, or some powerful agency, cannot allow to be made public.

A lot happened between Cuba and the United States from 1960 to 1962. Many men died. A few more will hardly be noticed.

©2015 Randy Wayne White (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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Not Randy's best book!!!

Just seems like there is too much going on to keep up with it. Thank God for George Guidall's naration.

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Great story, horrible narration in audible version

title says it all, book/story is great. The audible narration made it difficult to stay engaged.

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  • J.
  • Myakka, FL, United States
  • 05-21-15

Good read

Great book as is usual for this author. The characters and story kept me interested & entertained. I live in Sarasota Florida which helps the connection to these books. Maybe I'll actually get to say hi to Mr White some day. The narrator's voice is distinctive, smooth and reminds me of the lazy hot days of florida summers. Perfect for this book

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Not a great story

What disappointed you about Cuba Straits?

It was very difficult to follow the plot. I never understood why Doc went. The ending was VERY confusing. Why were the main "items" brought back? Why were they so valuable? Not a good story, but George Guidall was wonderful as always.

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Disjointed

Who is extremely hard to keep up with the story there were too many crazy things going on but it was a good story after all

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Not White's best

Story was confusing and almost pointless. Saved by George Guidall's narration. Have listened to whole series and this was not his best. For fans of series only.

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Darkly humorous and gritty tale with political overtones

This is the first Randy Wayne White book that I have encountered, although I have been aware of him for a number of years. He's very good, writes well and evocatively, but I confess I was hoping for something a little more humorous and a little less macho, that is, it's rather violent. I adore the novels of Carl Hiassen, and this is a little bit different. A little more serious, perhaps, certainly his hero is a little darker. I did really love all the baseball stuff though, And his descriptions of Captiva and Sanibel were spot on. And I will probably seek another of Whites books. Hopefully one a little less violent. Maybe one where there's a strong intelligent not psychotic woman playing a major role. Maybe.

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Doc ford is back

Great read. The story was very interesting and thought provoking. There were some humorous characters

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Great listening

this intriguing story carried the listener through past memories of history and celebrated rumors never proven.

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Simply way too long to get going

First time with this series , and unimpressed. Characters were mostly caricatures, and the plot moved in multiple directions with little coherence. Marion "Doc" Ford was supposed to be the main character, but seemed a minor player. Had to keep deciding if it was worth continuing to listen. Second half better, more focused, but still a 3-star at best.