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 charis...more
The basic story was kind of interesting; Cuba before Castro took over. At the end of the book are two short articles that Hunter did after researching the area for his book.
For those fans of Bob Lee, we find out why he learned to shoot so well. If you haven't read any other book ...more
Add to that a Swagger-loving Rusky who is getting the young Fidel Castro up and going and you have a great adventure. The duplicity and cruelty of the other charact ...more
I watched 2 seasons of Shooter but cannot approve of the casting becau ...more
"Oh. Well thanks for the truth."
"I didn't plan this world. I only live in it. If I didn't have responsibilities and I saw you at that bar and you smiled at me like that, I'd have fought the pacific all over again for you. But that can't happen. You know it, I know it. Knowing you has been the best thing about this trip by far. I wish there was more, but there ain't ...more
I also got a kick out of reading about Havana in its heyday because it brings to mind stores of my grandparents and mother vacationing there is the 30’s. What a place!
Havana didn't really do it for me at all. All the characters, including the brief and almost gratuitous appearances by a young Bib-Lee are very two-dimensional and wooden; and the use of the Castro character is more a gimmick than a useful part of the plot. It would have been better if the identity of the Castro character had not been revealed until the end so that there was more an element of uncertainly about his survival. As someone else said in another review, all the char ...more
1953, Havana is booming; casinos, sex, drugs, the mafia, big companies & the gov't is allied with Uncle Sam. Then Fidel brings revolution & backing from the Soviets. The US sends Earl to kill Castro. The USSR brings prisoner 4715, old Speshnev from a Siberian gulag to protect Fidel. Th ...more
Thrilling reading from page to page.
All hail, for Stephen Hunter ranks among the best of storytellers! 'Havana' held special interest for me as it was set in 1953 Cuba. I was born in 1951, so the decade of the 1950s was always history book stuff, but Hunter puts a totally different spin on it than any newspaper possibly could! I was amazed to the point of near boredom at Hunter's grasp of detail about greater Havana and Cuba until he pointed out in the Acknowledgements that 1) h ...more
The plot is good and tight, but it took too long to develop it in the story. The characters, some very hard to believe, weren't all that good; the dialogue, maybe it was good, but not throughout the whole story; the scenery was drab, dull and bland. The only thing good about "Havana" was the scene changes.
I felt that Hunter couldn't pull this one together. He meander all over the place and to ...more
Stephen Hunter is the author of fourteen novels, and a chief film critic at The Washington Post, where he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland. ...more