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High summer in Cuba, 1953, and Havana gleams with possibility. Flush with booming casinos, sex and drugs, Havana is a lucrative paradise for everyone from the Mafia, Domino Sugar, and United Fruit to pimps, porn-makers, and anyone looking to grab a piece of the action - including the Cuban government, which naturally honors the interests of its old ally, Uncle Sam.

Of course, where there's paradise, trouble can't be far behind. Trouble, in this case, makes its entrance in the terrifically charismatic and silver-tongued form of a young revolutionary named Fidel Castro. The Caribbean is fast becoming a strategic Cold War hub, and Soviet intelligence has taken Castro under its wing. The CIA's response is to send the one man capable of eliminating Castro: the legendary gunfighter and ex-Marine hero Earl Swagger, who proved his lethal talent in the national bestsellers Hot Springs and Pale Horse Coming.

In Cuba, Earl finds himself up to his neck in treacherous ambiguity where the old rules about honor and duty don't apply, and where Earl's target seems to have more guts and good luck than anyone else in Cuba.

©2005 Stephen Hunter (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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OK Story; Weak Narration

This is my third Stephen Hunter novel. Although it is the weakest of the three, it is till a good story and kept my attention.

However, the narration detracted substantially form the enjoyment of this book. The narrator frequently "over acts" in a way that is inconsistent with the characters. He also badly mispronounced at least 5 or 6 words. Isn't there an editor who listens to the narration so such mistakes can be avoided? Pay a little more and get someone with talent like Scott B. or George G.

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Another wonderfully crafted work of Stephen Hunter.

While this is another in a long list of great Stephen Hunter novels, something lets it down. I'm not one to often use worlds like "THE best" or "THE worst" - but the let down was THE worst narrator I believe I've ever heard in an Audible book. Maybe it's my ear, perhaps it's the narrators voice. But the two never found a way to meet without causing distraction.

I love Hunter's work, however I hope I never encounter that irritating voice again. At least now I'll be able to recognize the name and see it coming. (shudder)

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  • TG08
  • Texas
  • 08-21-18

great historical references

as in the previous two books in the series the historical and regional references are an amazing twist

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Great story, lack luster narration

loved the story, it took me around 3 days listening when I was driving to finish. I had been meaning to read this book but lacked the time. this was my first Audible book and will likely listen to more

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The change in narrator was unfortunate!

Havana was a disappointment, when compared to Hot Springs, and Pale Horse Coming. I'm not sure if it was only the change in narrator, which definitely was unfortunate, or that the story itself just wasn't the same caliber as books 1 and 2 of the series.

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  • carver
  • WOODSTOCK, GA, United States
  • 03-07-18

Weakest of the 3

Story was OK. Seemed forced with too many fluffy adjectives. I personally liked the performance in the first 2 books.

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  • DZ
  • 07-11-17

Very disappointed

it's a shame that a great trilogy about earl swagger was ruin with a horrible narrator. I don't understand why they changed, the first two were great.

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very good

loved it....now off to the kid's story....can't wait to see where that leads us to...

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Narrator- I have listened to many books - this is the WORST narration I have ever listened to. It was all I could do to finish.

The tone of the narrator's voice was HORRIBLE!
It was annoying - it was all I could to finish the story!!! This guy needs to find another profession!!!

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Lesser of the Swagger Novels, still good

Where does Havana rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In this series it is at the bottom. Still, I really like the Swagger novels and William Dufris as narrator. Guilty pleasure

What other book might you compare Havana to and why?

The other Swagger novels by Hunter because they are the only thing in this genre I have read.

What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He makes these books. Got that Arkansas, hillbilly swagger going on.... No pun intended.

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