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.
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! ----
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