John's Reviews > Storming Las Vegas: How a Cuban-Born, Soviet-Trained Commando Took Down the Strip to the Tune of Five World-Class Hotels, Three Armored Cars, and Millions of Dollars

Storming Las Vegas by John Huddy
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Dec 04, 2011

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3.5 stars would be better. Huddy describes Vigoa's life from the very beginning, his childhood in Cuba, migration to Russia and experience in Russian combat, return to Cuba and eventual flight to the USA.

There Vigoa works his way up to the top of the drug hierarchy before his eventful fall, imprisonment and rebirth as commando bank robber extraordinaire.

The first 2/3 of the book are outstanding, a mix of Scarface (surely Vigoa's preferred doppleganger) and Heat. Think of it as Law and Order with a much more exciting first half.

Once Vigoa is captured, Huddy describes how the prosecution builds their case. The reading is drier, but that's true crime for you, and it's worth finding out what happened.

Huddy doesn't shy away or sugarcoat when talking about just how good and smart Vigoa was during his robberies. That's a plus in my book, and he still gives the necessary deference to the victims.
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