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Comrades in Miami

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  39 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Only ninety miles of open water separate Florida from Cuba. But after more than forty-five years of Communist rule, the two tropical paradises couldn’t be more different. José Latour, who has been lavishly praised by Martin Cruz Smith, brilliantly brings both worlds to life in Comrades in Miami. In Havana, spymaster Victoria Valiente, head of Cuban Intelligence’s vital Mia ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 15th 2006 by Grove Press (first published 2005)
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James Bruno
Aug 14, 2013 rated it liked it
In a crumbling tropical satrapy peopled by cynics, sycophants, hypocrites and accommodationists; but above all, by a population with its collective eye on the clock, waiting patiently for the regime's aged leader to die, a key intelligence agent and her husband take things into their own hands and plot their escape, greased by looted state financial resources. Into their web fall a cast of business people, Mossad agents, a fashion model and the FBI. Rich ingredients for a plot as involved and tw ...more
Lauren Donoho
While I think the author's frequent, lengthy political asides are kind of unnecessary, Comrades in Miami was thoroughly enjoyable for precisely what it is - a spy thriller. The main characters are all interesting and their actions are believable motivated. The twist at the end - well, the multiple twists, the last third of the book is basically a series of "gotcha!" moments - is actually fairly surprising. I'm usually pretty hard to surprise, but I didn't expect the places the plot went. Rating: ...more
Richard Janzen
Jul 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Standard spy-type fare. Interesting mainly because Cuba-related. Aug 07
Jim Cullison
Jul 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
Pretty boring except for the periodic jabs at the dysfunction and decay of Castro's Cuba.
Bill Thibadeau
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
A good albeit choppy read. The storyline is interesting if you desire to understand the cuban psyche'. Mr Latour does spin a good but somewhat predictable yarn.
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José Latour was born in Havana, Cuba, on April 24, 1940. He started reading at a very tender age, progressing from Hans Christian Andersen and the Grimm brothers as a child to Raymond Chandler and Erle Stanley Gardner in his late teens.

By the time the Cuban Revolution came to power, José, who was 19, had become an ardent supporter. He joined the Ministry of Treasury as a junior financial analyst a
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