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INCLUDES AN EXTENDED INTERVIEW WITH NELSON DEMILLE AND SCOTT BRICK!

From the legendary number-one New York Times best-selling 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 35 he's living in Key West, owner of a 42-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 10-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 $2 million, 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 60 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...or not at all.

Brilliantly written, with his signature humor, fascinating authenticity from his research trip to Cuba, and heart-pounding pace. Nelson DeMille is a true master of the genre.

©2017 Nelson DeMille (P)2017 S&S Audio

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Fun read with a continuous build, ok finish

This book is an enjoyable listen and classic DeMille style. The intensity steadily builds throughout the book until the really enjoyable penultimate scene. Unfortunately, the ending is typical for a DeMille book that uses geopolitics and real world implications as a plot point, in that it is not very satisfying. There are plenty of twists, unearthing of selfish plots, and good character development through the chapters.
I enjoyed this book, but it felt like a weaker version of Up Country. You can feel Nelson DeMille didn't have as strong a connection to Mac as he did Paul Brenner. I still recommend The Cuban Affair, but try Up Country and definitely the John Corey series if you haven't already.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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cliche

One of the first books on tape that I ever listened to (and subsequently became hooked) was Demille's Upcountry. The Cuban Affair is a poor imitation of that-- an ex-military entering a foreign/hostile country and along the way, reliving some of his post traumatic stress. Upcountry is much, much better.
The story is predictable, contrite, and cliche. It feels like Demille wrote the story until he got bored and then ended it. The story line is ridiculous, the characters not believable, and, though in general I like Scott Brick, he reads the main character in such a bitter and cynical tone that it is impossible to like him (the character, not Brick).

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing

This is the sixth DeMille book I have listened to or read. I loved all of them until this. Most of his books had me hooked quickly but this one did not. This book seemed slow to me. My mind kept wandering as I listened to it so I continually had to replay sections and force myself to pay attention. The end of the book finally had some excitement. This is also the first DeMille book where I just did not find the main characters likable enough to pull for them. I highly recommend Nelson DeMille books. Just not this one.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Definitely worth a credit

Nelson DeMille has been one of my favorites for years and this book did not disappoint. I didn't find it as compelling as The Lion's Game or Spencerville, but it was still well worth the time. I finished it in just two days. He did an excellent job of painting the ambience of modern day Havana and contrasting it with Havana of the late 50's. While he is far from a Communist sympathizer, DeMille makes it clear that Cuba before Castro was no paradise either. The history of the Cuban interrogators in North Vietnam was new to me. I thoroughly enjoyed the way he wove the history into the action, and the reactions of the characters. Mac, the protagonist, and Jack his older alter ego, were both realistic and lifelike. As a Vietnam era vet myself, I especially related to Jack's irreverent attitude.

For me, the love story was the weakest part of the novel. It seemed rushed and contrived. Rather than watching a relationship grow, or seeing a head over heels love at first sight thunderbolt, one minute Mac meets Sarah, and the next they're discussing marriage.

Scott Brick did his usual outstanding job as narrator, though I couldn't help but notice the enormous difference in his "narrator voice" and the regular voice you hear in the post-book interview with DeMille.

All in all, this was a satisfying, interesting, thought provoking listen.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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This story was shockingly poor.. straining credulity from start to finish

Regardless of how much one likes or loathes the Cuban regime, killing ordinary policemen who are merely doing their jobs, makes the book's central character a murderer, not a hero.
Further, that same "hero" appears to suffer from gullibility levels of epic proportions- resulting in him risking his life and livelihood for a mission whose goal turned out to be totally different from what he set out to achieve.
This was a bad bad bad book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Boring and Repetitive

I was really disappointed in this book - for several reasons. First of all, the same questions were asked by the main character over and over and over - should I or shouldn't I? Over and over. I swear half the book could have been deleted and the story not affected at all if the repetition was taken out. I just about quit listening at about 10% in to the book. Everything seemed drawn out...like it was a short story with lots of fluff added to make it in to a book. I love DeMille books - especially ones concerning John Corey - but felt short-changed on this one.

Also, as great as Scott Brick is as a narrator - every new book he does sounds almost exactly like the last one. Our main character here sounded just like John Corey - exactly - voice, inflection, sarcasm, and exaggerated emotion. Scott may need to back down a notch. Almost every character is over dramatized.... Are there no characters who just sound "normal" and talk like you and me?

I'd suggest not wasting your time.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Too long

Should have been way shorter. He tells few things with many words, should be the other way...

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So painful..... like a made for TV movie, so forced....

Nelson DeMille, please stop paying for your trips this way. Hopefully he'll go back to good storylines soon…. It's the same overly arrogant, overly introspective, completely unbelievable character, that is his Hallmark. but this time it's in an unbelievably fast paced story, full of ridiculous contradictions. I had to stop and write the review it with two plus hours of listening left, it is just so painful. I'm going to finish the book just see what kind of bow he puts on this lipstick covered pig…

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Slow Motion

DeMille is the master of dialogue, but he overdoes it in this work. Too much chatting and not enough doing. He treads treacherously close to Dan Brown Guide Book territory in telling us about every square inch of Cuba. All that is interesting for someone who might plan a trip there, but for the rest of us, get on with the story that we want from the guy who has written some seriously excellent books. DeMille eventually gets to the end with bullets flying, but I had to speed up the narration to 1.25 to get there.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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DeMille at his best! Love him!!!

I waited for this book and it did not disappoint! The main character is younger than DeMille's other protagonists. He's a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. His sidekick and his father are Viet Nam vets, lending a perspective on recent history that i found fresh and interesting. So many books feature WW2 issues. This lends a current view of how each generation has their war and it's aftermath. The clandestine mission to Cuba brings up similar humanitarian issues in the post revolutionary political climate. War is hell, but romance prevails. Susoense, romance, adventure, comraderie, humor and some somberly touching moments, told in the first person with DeMille's famous caustic wit in our hero's inner dialogue will have you laughing, crying and pining for justice - and for more!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful