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The Cuban Affair

Lu par : Scott Brick
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INCLUDES AN EXTENDED INTERVIEW WITH NELSON DEMILLE AND SCOTT BRICK!

From the legendary number-one New York Times best-selling author of Plum Island and Night Fall, Nelson DeMille's blistering new novel features an exciting new character - US Army combat veteran Daniel "Mac" MacCormick, now a charter boat captain, who is about to set sail on his most dangerous cruise.

Daniel Graham MacCormick - Mac for short - seems to have a pretty good life. At age 35 he's living in Key West, owner of a 42-foot charter fishing boat, The Maine. Mac served five years in the army as an infantry officer, with two tours in Afghanistan. He returned with the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, scars that don't tan, and a boat with a big bank loan. Truth be told, Mac's finances are more than a little shaky.

One day Mac is sitting in the famous Green Parrot Bar in Key West, contemplating his life and waiting for Carlos, a hotshot Miami lawyer heavily involved with anti-Castro groups. Carlos wants to hire Mac and The Maine for a 10-day fishing tournament to Cuba at the standard rate, but Mac suspects there is more to this and turns it down. The price then goes up to $2 million, and Mac agrees to hear the deal and meet Carlos's clients - a beautiful Cuban American woman named Sara Ortega and a mysterious older Cuban exile, Eduardo Valazquez.

What Mac learns is that there is 60 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 of the genre.

©2017 Nelson DeMille (P)2017 S&S Audio

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  • Lily
  • 22/09/2017

Fun read with a continuous build, ok finish

This book is an enjoyable listen and classic DeMille style. The intensity steadily builds throughout the book until the really enjoyable penultimate scene. Unfortunately, the ending is typical for a DeMille book that uses geopolitics and real world implications as a plot point, in that it is not very satisfying. There are plenty of twists, unearthing of selfish plots, and good character development through the chapters.
I enjoyed this book, but it felt like a weaker version of Up Country. You can feel Nelson DeMille didn't have as strong a connection to Mac as he did Paul Brenner. I still recommend The Cuban Affair, but try Up Country and definitely the John Corey series if you haven't already.

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  • Lloyd
  • 15/10/2017

Disappointing

This is the sixth DeMille book I have listened to or read. I loved all of them until this. Most of his books had me hooked quickly but this one did not. This book seemed slow to me. My mind kept wandering as I listened to it so I continually had to replay sections and force myself to pay attention. The end of the book finally had some excitement. This is also the first DeMille book where I just did not find the main characters likable enough to pull for them. I highly recommend Nelson DeMille books. Just not this one.

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  • Olive
  • 20/10/2017

Slow Motion

DeMille is the master of dialogue, but he overdoes it in this work. Too much chatting and not enough doing. He treads treacherously close to Dan Brown Guide Book territory in telling us about every square inch of Cuba. All that is interesting for someone who might plan a trip there, but for the rest of us, get on with the story that we want from the guy who has written some seriously excellent books. DeMille eventually gets to the end with bullets flying, but I had to speed up the narration to 1.25 to get there.

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  • jmm
  • 04/11/2017

Ugh

This was a bad story from beginning to end. He can do better. Totally predictable and totally unbelievable. Very disappointing.

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  • Jonathan
  • 04/11/2017

cliche

One of the first books on tape that I ever listened to (and subsequently became hooked) was Demille's Upcountry. The Cuban Affair is a poor imitation of that-- an ex-military entering a foreign/hostile country and along the way, reliving some of his post traumatic stress. Upcountry is much, much better.
The story is predictable, contrite, and cliche. It feels like Demille wrote the story until he got bored and then ended it. The story line is ridiculous, the characters not believable, and, though in general I like Scott Brick, he reads the main character in such a bitter and cynical tone that it is impossible to like him (the character, not Brick).

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  • Pattie
  • 18/11/2017

Worst Demille ever!

This book went on and on but never went anywhere. I am acutely disappointed because it never got better.

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  • John
  • 30/10/2017

So painful..... like a made for TV movie, so forced....

Nelson DeMille, please stop paying for your trips this way. Hopefully he'll go back to good storylines soon…. It's the same overly arrogant, overly introspective, completely unbelievable character, that is his Hallmark. but this time it's in an unbelievably fast paced story, full of ridiculous contradictions. I had to stop and write the review it with two plus hours of listening left, it is just so painful. I'm going to finish the book just see what kind of bow he puts on this lipstick covered pig…

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  • Hot Air Ballooner
  • 05/11/2017

Boring and Repetitive

I was really disappointed in this book - for several reasons. First of all, the same questions were asked by the main character over and over and over - should I or shouldn't I? Over and over. I swear half the book could have been deleted and the story not affected at all if the repetition was taken out. I just about quit listening at about 10% in to the book. Everything seemed drawn out...like it was a short story with lots of fluff added to make it in to a book. I love DeMille books - especially ones concerning John Corey - but felt short-changed on this one.

Also, as great as Scott Brick is as a narrator - every new book he does sounds almost exactly like the last one. Our main character here sounded just like John Corey - exactly - voice, inflection, sarcasm, and exaggerated emotion. Scott may need to back down a notch. Almost every character is over dramatized.... Are there no characters who just sound "normal" and talk like you and me?

I'd suggest not wasting your time.

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  • Mel
  • 04/12/2017

Hot Mess...but a Fun hot mess


On that Sunday morning show, I saw DeMille and his wife, remembered seeing this title as a new release, and the neural activity in my brain signaled a marketing success. It's nowhere near *Contemporary Literature.* It's not even a spectacular piece of fiction, but rather a by-the-numbers action/suspense book written by one of the ol' boy's club authors that you may have encountered under the pen names of Jack Cannon, Kurt Ladner, Ellen Kay and Brad Matthews. The book could easily have been shaved down to a pamphlet, (my gosh, I thought the boat chases would never end) but where's the fun in that? DeMille sets this debacle in Cuba, allowing for pages and pages of political hyperbole that takes place over lots of cigar smoke and gallons of cuba libres.

I just have to separate the fact that I used up a credit on this from my rating...because it was okay. Or is that emotional manipulation by the author talking? There is a switcheroo to that undercover *treasure* reclamation job that I found redeeming...but, I still watch Die Hard when I'm flipping through the channels late at night and nothing else is on -- and like it. So, Yippie-Ki-Yay; grab a cigar, a rum and Coke and kill a credit.

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  • Paul H Lehmann
  • 02/11/2017

Good idea.

Struggled to finish. Good story but it dragged, could have been half as long. Author did a great job of describing Cuba and the story had interesting twists and turns but it felt like it took forever to get there.

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