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The Cuban Affair

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  26,617 ratings  ·  2,419 reviews
From the legendary #1 New York Times bestselling 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 thirt
Hardcover, 433 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by Simon Schuster
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Ray Brunger You could not be more right. This is EXACTLY the review I would write for this book. DeMille mailed it in. So disappointing, especially since I used t…moreYou could not be more right. This is EXACTLY the review I would write for this book. DeMille mailed it in. So disappointing, especially since I used to really enjoy his books, storytelling, characters. I was hoping for another Gold Coast. What I got leaves me skeptical about wasting time on his next effort.(less)

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Larry H
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I'm about 3.5 stars here.

Why Nelson DeMille, you sly old dog! Where has your sarcastic sense of humor been hiding all these years?

I've read a number of DeMille's books through the years— The Charm School, The Gold Coast, The General's Daughter, Cathedral to name a few—and while I enjoyed all of those, I don't remember them being funny. But in his newest book, The Cuban Affair , he displays a playful side I haven't seen before, and it brought a new dimension to his writing.

"Being captain of
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nelson DeMille has written a rollicking good thriller underpinned with an impressive amount of detailed research on Cuba and its history and relations with the US. Daniel 'Mac' MacCormick is a 35 year old military veteran with tours in Afghanistan that have left their mark on him. He is currently living the good life on Key West running charter boat trips on The Maine which has burdened him with considerable debts. Whilst drinking in the Green Parrot Bar, he meets a slick Cuban-American lawyer, ...more
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars!

This was my very first introduction to this author and this book has definitely enticed me to read more novels by Nelson DeMille in the future.  I loved our main character Mac and his witty sense of humor.

THE CUBAN AFFAIR by NELSON DEMILLE is an amusing, intriguing, fun, and an action-filled adventure suspense novel that had me engaged, entertained, and interested throughout this entire book.  Although, I wouldn’t say there was too much action or suspense for the
This was my first book by the very popular and best-selling author, Nelson DeMille. When I saw the title, my fear was that it was going to be a heavy political/espionage thriller. I still went ahead and requested it due to all the fantastic reviews it had been receiving. No need to worry- the story-line takes the front seat while the politics is kept to a minimum!

Mac, a war veteran now giving boat tours in Key West Florida is offered the deal of a lifetime. Assist in bringing back 60 million dol
The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille is a 2017 Simon & Schuster publication.

Fast paced adventure and international intrigue-

Daniel MacCormick, formerly of Maine, is a military veteran, now residing in Key West, and is the proud part owner, along with the bank, of a boat he has cleverly dubbed ‘The Maine’. When he is approached about a possible job, he knows immediately this is not an ordinary client out for a fishing expedition or romantic cruise.

Sure enough, Daniel is offered the chance to hit
Susanne  Strong
3.5 Stars.

"The Cuban Affair" is a lackluster suspense with lots of laughs.

Daniel "Mac" McCormick runs a charter boat, The Maine, in beautiful Key West, Florida after having been honorably discharged from the Army. Life is quiet and uneventful. Mac can almost convince himself he likes it that way. If only his boat wasn't mortgaged up the hilt. When a man named Carlos approaches him about chartering his boat for a fishing competition to Cuba for a small group, Mac's first thought is to turn him do
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3.5 stars! This was an intriguing story with great characters, a suspenseful plot, intense action and an interesting history lesson.

This was my first book by Nelson DeMille and I really enjoyed his writing. Witty humour flowed throughout the story and had me smiling and giggling to myself. I really loved the main character, Mac.

I enjoyed learning about some of the history of Cuba/USA relations. I had little knowledge of Cuban history and politics so I worried that this novel might be over my he
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
First off, let me confess. I am a huge fan of Nelson DeMille, especially the John Corey series. I love his wit, his sarcastic sense of humor.

Daniel “Mac” MacCormick has the same droll sense of humor as John Corey. Mac runs a charter boat out of a Key West. He's ex-army, having served in Afghanistan. He owes the bank $250,000 against the boat, so he's open to taking on a questionable trip to Cuba to recover $60 million left behind behind by the anti-communists when Castro came to power.

The book
Diane S ☔
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Mac, a veteran of two tours in Afghanistan, now runs a charter boat service in Key West, with his partner Jack. When he is approached by a man asking Mac to commit to a scheme to smuggle something out of Cuba, he at first resists, but when he hears the money on offer he changes his mind. Heavily in debt to the bank for his boat, he sees this as a chance to clear his debt, and more.

A very entertaining read, a madcap caper, adventure story wrapped around a history lesson of Cuba.
Mac is one hum
ANOTHER fast-paced entertaining read from the talented Nelson DeMille!

In THE CUBAN AFFAIR, we meet....for the first time....35 year old Daniel MacCormick "Mac" a former U.S. Army combat veteran, and his crazy old partner in crime, U. S. Army Vietnam veteran, Jack Colby.

Now a Key West Charter Boat Captain with unstable finances and a boatload of debt on The Maine, Mac entertains and accepts....from a beautiful woman....a dangerous and difficult retrieval mission to a hostile environment, and the

Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Nelson DeMille, and Simon & Schuster for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

Returning with another novel full of political commentary and a slice of dry wit, Nelson DeMille shows how he has long been a master storyteller with yet another sensational novel. Daniel ‘Mac’ MacCormick enjoys the quiet life in Key West, Florida. Having traded in his military life for that of a charter
Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3.5 Stars

The Cuban Affair was my first book by Nelson DeMille and I experienced this story along with my Traveling sisters, Norma, Kaceey, Lindsay, Susanne, JanB and Diane.

The Cuban Affair is an entertaining, fun, humorous, political adventure suspense thriller that we all enjoyed reading and discussing our thoughts with each other. This was a first for a couple of us and won’t be our last.

Nelson DeMille does a good job balancing this story with some well researched insight to Cuban/US relati
Elyse  Walters
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook narrated by Scott Brick. many shifts in rhythms. One minute there’s an action and adventure heart-pounding scene-..... then we have a love scene...... then another action scene....then small conversations of dialogue where emotions creep up on you when least expected —-a serious real moment that could make me choke up — then soon I was laughing again.....
This was a very unexpected enjoyable book. An honest to goodness surprise! Part of the enjoyment was not ‘only’ th
Maureen Carden
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once again Nelson Demille shows us his mastery of the fast moving, clever thriller.
In a way this book harks back to the old fashioned caper, but goes much deeper in terms of history and modern politics.
Cuba’s exiles and in some cases their descendants have neither forgiven nor forgotten the Castro brothers and the crimes they committed against most of Cuban society. Heartbreak and memory run deep as does a desire for vengeance and reparations.
As this novel is set in the beginning days of the Cu
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Thriller fans
Recommended to Thomas by: Goodreads giveway
Shelves: giveaways, spy
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It is a very good adventure thriller. Daniel "Mac" MacCormick, a 35 year old Army Afghanistan veteran, and now Key West charter boat captain, is approached by Carlos, a Cuban American lawyer with an unusual proposition. He is offered $2 million to take some people to Cuba who want to retrieve $60 million. He will also be picking up a trunk full of deeds to property confiscated by the Castro government. He initially says no, but then meets Sara Ortega, a s ...more
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Cuba Affair isn't my usual kind of book. I read lots of mysteries and some thrillers, but usually not this type of unabashed commercial action packed macho fare. But I'm a sucker for books set in Cuba and I read a few enthusiastic reviews from GR friends, so I thought I would give it a try. This one involves narrator Mac agreeing to go on a trip from Key West to Cuba to help some Cuban Americans recoup money and papers that were hidden at the time of the revolution. As you can predict, thing ...more
Pamela Small
First and foremost, I'd like to thank NetGalley, Simon and Schuster publishers, and Nelson DeMille for an advanced copy of The Cuban Affair in return for an honest review.

I have read DeMille's books for over 30 years, beginning with Charm School, which was an eye-opening shocker to my young, naive soul. I STILL remember the storyline and its impact on me all these years later! Now THAT'S a credit to the author; he is an impeccable writer of suspense, and I am always thrilled when he pens another
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-again
It was so much fun to read this great story. Even in the very stressful parts author has away insert humor and make you smile. Old enough to live through Cuban missile crises, was afraid it was going to be political. It's very little politics, Vietnam and Afghanistan war and effects on the returned veterans. Really liked the ending, you'll too.
G.H. Eckel
Nelson used to be my favorite author. I guess I've strayed or he's changed. The Cuban Affair is about an ex military boat captain, Mac, who does private cruises out of Key West. That is, until a Miami lawyer and a beautiful, anti-Castro woman, Sara, ask him to sail to Cuba, which is the last place he wants to go until they offer him $2 million. The goal: recover $60 million hidden in a cave by the woman's grandfather when communism and Castro took hold on the island. The obstacles: he's likely t ...more
Andrew Smith
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Daniel ‘Mac’ MacCormack is a 35 year old army veteran who runs a charter fishing boat, The Maine, out of Key West. He's heavily in debt and when he's approached by a group of people looking to recover documents and a huge stash of cash that has been hidden in a Cuban cave since the time of the 1959 revolution he's tempted to throw in his lot. The plan is that he’ll position himself on the island by joining Sara, an alluring Cuban-American, on an educational tour. During their stay, they will mee ...more
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, arc-reviews, fiction
Nelson DeMille’s The Cuban Affair follows Daniel “Mac” MacCormick, an army veteran who owns and operates a fishing boat in Key West, Florida.  Mac spends his days taking out tourists for both sunset cruises and fishing trips, but that all changes when he is approached by a group of Cuban Americans.  With relations normalizing between the US and Cuba for the first time in over fifty years, they want to hire him to assist in retrieving millions owed to Cuban ex-pats who escaped during the Missile ...more
David Putnam
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how I missed doing the review on this one. I read it as soon as it hit the stores. DeMille is one of my favorites. Gold Coast and Plum Island are right up there with the top twenty favorites of all time. I've reread Gold Coast three times and I still laugh so hard I have to put the book down. If you haven't read it give it try.
The Cuban Affair was good enough for four stars. It's not fair to compare him to his other works but that's what I feel I have to do. If compared to the majo
In this latest novel by Nelson DeMille we meet a new protagonist. Daniel “Mac” MacCormick is an Army veteran who after two tours in Afghanistan is now a charter boat captain in Key West, Florida and owner of a forty-two-foot charter fishing boat, The Maine with a big bank loan.

The story opens with Mac sitting in the Green Parrot Bar in Key West contemplating his life and waiting for Carlos who wants to hire Mac and The Maine for a ten-day fishing tournament to Cuba at the standard rate. Mac susp
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Delightful. Entertaining - I loved the ongoing banter of the 2 main characters. Being Daniel McCormick 'Mac' and Sara Ortega. I especially liked Mac's facetiousness. I smiled most if the way through reading the book.
An insight into communist Cuba and what travel in a communist country is like. Terrifying. A near constant fear of the local police and the local prison.
So to reconcile here: humourous conversations but set in a police state while our 'heroes' carry out an illegal plot. The goal - t
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second I finished this book, my husband broke into a happy dance. Why is that, you ask? Well, most of the time when I'm reading I'm sitting across from him as he sits in his recliner watching the idiot box. And most of the time, that works just fine. But along came this character - Daniel Graham "Mac" MacCormick - who triggered giggles, snorts, chuckles and occasionally, outright guffaws from my side of the room. annoying the heck out of my usually sweet sweetie. A for-instance? Much of the ...more
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some disjointed comments:
IMO, Daniel MacCormick is not a new character-he is John Corey (the protagonist of several previous novels)

Really enjoyed John Corey's Mac's many funny one-liners and snarky humor!

Liked learning more about life in Cuba, its history, and ongoing political relationship with America.

Side love story between Mac and Sara was not believable-"too heavy, too quickly" (Diane S.). Almost like-" Hello. I love you beyond reason. Do you love me too? Most excellent! I shall consta
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book
3.5 stars debating on if I should round up or not.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jul-17, 4000-books
I enjoyed Nelson DeMille's latest novel "The Cuban Affair".

Not only was there thrilling action and romance but there was a bonus for me in receiving a history lesson on Cuba/U.S. relations that I wasn't all that familiar with.

I loved the new characters "Mac" and "Jack" and I hope to see them again in future novels.
Kyle Robertson
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Most people probably do not realize the extent that Nelson DeMille exhaustively researches his novels. He visits the novel setting, immerses himself in the culture, and digs into the history through fact finding and interviews. For this novel he took a trip to Cuba. Through his network of friends he got to meet with the American ambassador of the new embassy in Havana. The research he put into this novel adds to the authenticity of the culture and the demeanor of the characters. For his 20th nov ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense
DeMille is back with a new snarky character, Daniel MacCormick, aka Mac. Mac is a thirty-five-year old ex Army, Purple Hearted and Silver Stared veteran living in Key West making a living on his fishing boat. Mac narrates the story, which DeMille does so well with his protagonists.

In this thriller, Mac gets involved in a Cuban caper with exiled Cubans. The purpose of reading any DeMille’s novels is the inner dialogue of his main character. Either you find DeMille hilarious, or tedious. I’m of t
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Nelson Richard DeMille was born in New York City on August 23, 1943 to Huron and Antonia (Panzera) DeMille, then moved with his parents to Long Island. He graduated from Elmont Memorial High School, where he played football and ran track.

DeMille spent three years at Hofstra University, then joined the Army where he attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a Lieutenant in the United S

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