Havana Libre In a series of bombs rocked Havana a city already deep in an economic and spiritual depression In Havana Libre the anxiety of the time is palpable Robert Arellano gives us a detailed and precis

  • Title: Havana Libre
  • Author: Robert Arellano
  • ISBN: 9781617755835
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1997, a series of bombs rocked Havana a city already deep in an economic and spiritual depression In Havana Libre, the anxiety of the time is palpable Robert Arellano gives us a detailed and precise portrait of one of the most surreal places on earth A mystery with alluring twists and turns, Havana Libre also poses a deeper question how does one contend with the a In 1997, a series of bombs rocked Havana a city already deep in an economic and spiritual depression In Havana Libre, the anxiety of the time is palpable Robert Arellano gives us a detailed and precise portrait of one of the most surreal places on earth A mystery with alluring twists and turns, Havana Libre also poses a deeper question how does one contend with the anguish of loving a place that can never, ever love you back Compelling and restrained, this is Arellano s best to date Achy Obejas, author of The Tower of the AntillesPraise for the previous works of Robert Arellano Written with passion and vision and with a clear, unflinching eye, Havana Lunar breaks new ground In it the Cuban underworld of chulos and jineteras is revealed and the berworld of political bosses and apparatchiks unmasked I am certain that Havana Lunar will find a wide and enthusiastic readership Pablo Medina, author of The Cigar Roller In this unsettling mix of noir and paranormal obsession, Arellano displays a sly, Hitchcockian touch Publishers Weekly, on Curse the NamesIn this explosive follow up to the Edgar Award finalist, Havana Lunar, Dr Mano Rodriguez takes an undercover assignment to the most dangerous city in Latin America Miami.During the summer of 1997, a series of bombings terrorize Havana hotels The targets are tourists, and the terrorists are exiles seeking to cripple Cuban tourism and kill the Revolution After Mano finds himself helpless to save one of the victims, his nemesis Colonel Emilio Perez of the National Revolutionary Police recruits him for the Wasp network, Havana s top secret spy ring, and an operation that only this doctor can attempt.While two Cubas, capitalist and Communist, are held in a death grip, Mano gets caught in a maelstrom of depravity and deception, and he knows that if he does not complete his mission in time, hundreds of innocent lives will be lost including one he cares for most of all.

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    1. Havana Libre, the sequel to Arellano’s earlier novel Havana Lunar, is a glimpse of decaying socialist Cuba in the late nineties. Despite bombings, secret police, spies, spymasters, imprisonment, and torture, the heart and soul of this novel is how it takes the reader in a journey into the main character’s perceptions and motivations and experiences. It is a Cuba portrayed here of shortages and distrust and governmental control, a place where everyone is scavenging what they can whether throu [...]

    2. HAVANA LIBRE by Robert Arellano is “a detailed and precise portrait of one of the most surreal places on earth….Compelling and restrained, this is Arellano’s best.” (Achy Obejas)“In this explosive follow-up to HAVANA LUNAR, Dr. Mano Rodriguez takes an undercover assignment to the most dangerous city in Latin America: Miami. During the summer of 1997, a series of bombings terrorize Havana hotels. The targets are tourists, and the terrorists are exiles seeking to cripple Cuban tourism an [...]

    3. Havana Libre is the first of Arellano's books I've read, but based on this new one, I need to go back and read his back-list and keep up with his future books. Extremely well written, invoking the atmosphere of Cuba and Little Havana in Miami, but Arellano's strongest talent is character development, and everyone here is fully fleshed out. The central character, Dr. Mano Rodriguez, is especially likeable and brought to life. The basic plot revolves around Dr. Rodriguez being sent to Miami to fin [...]

    4. Havana Libre opens with a tourist going through customs in Havana, a tourist soon revealed to be a terrorist smuggling bomb-making materials into the country, before taking up the story of the main character, Dr. Mano Rodriguez. Mano is a dedicated doctor, though frustrated by the privations and inefficiencies of Cuba’s regime. Much of the focus is on how much harder life has become for Cubans after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of Soviet support. The decades-long blockade impin [...]

    5. What's most engaging about this book is its authenticity in contrasting life in Cuba and the United States just before the turn of the millennium. Arellano tells it primarily from the perspective of a doctor loyal to Castro's government, even while he struggles with the effects on himself and his fellow citizens. The book is political and cultural commentary, and yet it's a worthy spy thriller. My main critique is that it seemed to end quickly and without full resolution. I found myself thinking [...]

    6. A great sequel to Havana Lunar. Cuba is in the grip of terrorist bombings orchestrated by rich exiles in Miami. Manolo Rodriguez experiences the death toll personally, which helps convince him to accede to a request from the police to go to the most dangerous city in Latin America, Miami. A great read.

    7. Authentic voice with a bit of a thriller; more about atmosphere of Cuba / exiles. Didn't read the first, but no problem keeping up.

    8. While well written, Havana Libre takes way too long to get going. Manolo, although our main character, has point of view chapters that seem to drag on endlessly. I assume the writer is trying to show how badly off Cubans are, and it is indeed bleak and horrifying, but endless details of day-to-day life don't create any interest for me. Reading about Manolo and a couple of women he talks too he seems interested in (not necessarily romantically) isn't interesting either. I'll admit that at the poi [...]

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