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It is 1953 and Cuba is at its lush, tropical, and glamorous best. Only one small problem threatens this situation--the rise of a daring revolutionary named Fidel Castro. Now, legendary sniper Earl Swagger has been called in by the CIA to take him out.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2003
ISBN: 9780743238083
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 403 p. ; 25 cm


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Jun 16, 2013

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.

Jul 04, 2011

Havana ----
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! ----

Richard Paul


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