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.
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by Stephen Hunter
by John McFetridge
"HAVANA is another installment in the Earl Swagger series. It's 1953, and Earl has returned home to his family and the quiet life, only to be called into service in Cuba, where Fidel Castro is beginning his political career. William Dufris's warm voice and leisurely delivery transport the listener to the steamy tropical setting, never losing the pace of the numerous story lines. The twists and turns hold listener interest and provide many surprises along the way. Swagger fans will not be disappointed. S.K.P. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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