Nelson DeMille is one of my favorite authors. The Cuban Affair features U.S. Army combat veteran Daniel “Mac” MacCormick, now a charter boat captain, who is about to set sail on his most dangerous cruise.
Mac has a good life. At thirty-five he’s living in Key West, owner of a forty-two-foot charter fishing boat. After five years in the Army he returned with the Silver Star and two Purple Hearts. Truth be told, Mac’s finances are more than a little shaky.
Mac meets Carlos, a hotshot Miami lawyer heavily involved with anti-Castro groups, in the famous Green Parrot Bar in Key West. Carlos wants to hire Mac for a ten-day fishing tournament to Cuba. Mac suspects there is more to this offer 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— Sara Ortega and Eduardo Valazquez.
Mac learns 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…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.
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