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4.32  ·  Rating Details ·  28 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
What happens when Fidel dies?

Cuba explodes.

Political turmoil engulfs Cuba. As the Castros’ rendezvous with mortality finally arrives, FBI Agent Nick Castillo is swept up in a maelstrom of espionage, intrigue and guerrilla war. Amazon Kindle Bestselling author James Bruno delivers another knockout thriller!

Cuba roils with political unrest as Fidel and Raul Castro sink deepe
Paperback, First, 404 pages
Published June 30th 2013 by Bittersweet House Press
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Patrice Hoffman
Sep 26, 2013 Patrice Hoffman rated it it was ok
I really hate giving 2-stars to the books I have high hopes for. The first indication is that it isn’t worth anyone’s time and that it’s poorly written. In this case, Havana Queen by James Bruno, is neither. It’s surely worth someone’s time and it definitely isn’t poorly written. Ackwardly written is more like it.

Havana Queen takes place in Cuba. The deteriorating health of the infamous Fidel Castro has put revolution efforts into high gear. There seems not to be a day that goes by that doesn’t
Stephanie Dagg
Sep 28, 2013 Stephanie Dagg rated it it was amazing
In much the same way that the only true means to learn a foreign language is to immerse oneself in that country's culture, the same is true for an author as they weave the atmosphere of their literary works. As a result, some choose to base their novels on more familiar grounds; places and ways of life that the reader can easily relate to, and while adding an element of realism and credibility, this element also leaves the book somewhat washed out, dull, yet another novel amid the masses already ...more
Mark Carolla
Sep 26, 2013 Mark Carolla rated it it was amazing
This novel is James Bruno's best work so far. It is a step above his last outstanding work "Tribe" and a quantum leap beyond his earlier Amazon Best Sellers, "Permanent Interests" and "Chasm." But don't take it only from me; this novel has received wide acclaim and favorable reviews in the Miami Cuban press and community; James has been interviewed on Sirius Radio Christina and featured in other Latin American press reviews. He has apparently bounded across the literary moat from analytical ...more
This book will definitely take you out of your comfort zone and in some places, have you actually questioning the way you live and interact with the world around you. As I read this, I actually found myself stopping at certain places to think about the political upheaval in the world today, and how easily this novel could be an insight into that world we may be heading for.

The Author shows great skill when it comes to writing his characters and developing them to a point where you know just enou
Sep 29, 2013 Nancy rated it it was amazing
It is evident that our author, Mr. Bruno, put all his experiences, his theories and knowledge into the Havana Queen, as far as the government would allow him.
I enjoyed the continuous action. Reading this book was like driving down a road, coming to a fork in the road and thinking you would continue straight on but, instead, you are taken to the left. Not only did the storyline continually surprise me, but the characters thinking also.
We see the FBI inter-agency conflicts, and we see how prevalen
Susan Lulgjuraj
Dec 14, 2014 Susan Lulgjuraj rated it really liked it
I always find spy games interesting whether it is a book, a movie or a TV show. Secrets can be a dangerous thing and the more you know, the more power and leverage you can have. But often, the more dangerous your life can be.

Havana Queen is filled with people who have many secrets as spies from the United States and Cuba try to one up each other. Double agents. Backstabbing. Secret rendezvouses. Clandestine trysts.

Havana Queen has it all.

Knowing a bit of the author’s background on how he used to
Charles Ameringer
Jan 22, 2014 Charles Ameringer rated it it was amazing
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HAVANA QUEEN is one of the best political/espionage novels that I have ever read. James Bruno has combined superb literary skills with a remarkable breadth of knowledge to produce a tale of spy derring-do and political upheaval set in Cuba today and possibly tomorrow. He supports a jam-packed story of adventure and intrigue with vivid descriptions of political and living conditions inside contemporary Cuba, along with a virtual textbook of CIA tradecraft and FBI sleuthing. Weaving multiple story ...more
Dan Santos
Sep 02, 2013 Dan Santos rated it really liked it
OK, Bruno, where's the sequel? Nick Castillo is the new hero in town. What's he going to do next?

This book takes you spiritually out of your environment and places you in a spot so foreign and distinctive that you are compelled to enjoy yourself; the mark of a great writer. He's very imaginative when it comes to character development. There is just enough detail about the good guys and the bad guys. He has the right formula to make the reader imagine the rest, rather than overfeed his imaginatio
Mar 31, 2014 George rated it really liked it
BRUNO SCORES AGAIN! Havana Queen is a fast paced, action filled adventure centered on the never ending battle between intelligence and counterintelligence forces of opposed political ideologies. Immerse yourself in the decades long battle between the United States and Fidel Castro’s Cuba in the persons of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Nick Castillo, the son of Cuban immigrant refugees, Colonel Henrique Marcial Arribe, a Cuban Frontier Brigade commander, Kate Kovalchuk, a US Central ...more
Lois Belliveau
Sep 26, 2013 Lois Belliveau rated it really liked it
This is not just another spy novel - it's much more! It has the requisite male FBI agent, Nick Castillo, who was born in the US to Cuban immigrants, along with the requisite love interests, and a plot where good conquers evil. What differentiates it from the norm is an intricately-woven plot. Characters are introduced in vignettes, then a few chapters later begin the weaving process. Just when you think the story is about to reach its conclusion, another loose thread is brought in. The author's ...more
Dec 05, 2013 Marie rated it it was amazing
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Wow this book is fantastic.

You can tell that James Bruno puts his past experience to good use. With incredible and interesting insights into both the culture and the people of Cuba.

You never know what is going to happen next in the world of Nick Castillo. With more plot twists than the Amazon river has meanders. This political thriller will keep you entertained and on the edge of your seat form the first page to the last.
Josef Hernandez
Oct 03, 2013 Josef Hernandez rated it really liked it
An entertaining and insightful thriller

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Dec 24, 2013 Dale rated it really liked it
What Happens to Cuba When the Castro Brothers Die?

James Bruno was a diplomat and a member of military intelligence. He served in Cuba during his career, a fact that makes his current offering pop with a realistic feel (and has irritated official Cuba since their official newspapers have attacked him for this book).

Havana Queen features a Cuba dealing with the impending deaths of the Castro brothers. Considering that they have been the leaders of Cuba for more than half a century it would not b
Charles Ray
Apr 29, 2015 Charles Ray rated it it was amazing
When I received a free review copy of James Bruno’s Havana Queen, I looked forward to reading it. Already familiar with Bruno’s writing skills from the time he served as head of the political section of the American Embassy in Hanoi in the late 1990s, I knew for sure he would know what he was talking about in a story of international intrigue. The only question in my mind, having not read any of his previous fiction, was whether or not he could translate the skill in drafting compelling ...more
Michael O'Gara
Sep 05, 2013 Michael O'Gara rated it really liked it
Intrigue, assassination, espionage, politics, and civil war are some of the components that make the thriller Havana Queen an entertaining read.

Havana Queen deals with fictional events surrounding the approaching end of the Castro regime. The story deals with conflicts within the Cuban government as senior Cuban officials jockey to assume control and how that affects U.S. interests, Cuban exiles and the Cuban people. I found it to be an entertaining read. The book’s strength is the author’s depi
Jul 22, 2014 Yvonne rated it liked it
Havana Queen kept me engaged. Until the last third that is, when the protagonists' actions become plain unbelievable. The plot is good as is Mr. Bruno’s knowledge of the Cuban situation. However, the characters are so weak and their motives are so unjustified! Mr. Bruno has all the right stuff, a good editor would have tweaked his protagonists.
He CAN write and that is the damn shame.
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James Bruno is the author of four bestselling books. He has been featured on NBC's Today Show, CNN, Fox News, SiriusXM Radio, in The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post, and other national and international media. His spy-mob thriller PERMANENT INTERESTS and CHASM, a thriller about war criminals, have landed simultaneously on three Amazon Kindle Bestseller lists, including ...more
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