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The Cuban AffairThe Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars!


Norma’s Review:  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 first ¾’s of the book though it was the last ¼ of the book where the action and suspense picked up considerably and then was extremely intense and exciting to read.  What I really loved about this book in a whole though was that it was filled with a lot of witty camaraderie between the characters which was an enjoyable, well-needed, and fun aspect to this novel after reading some really emotional and heavy books lately.

NELSON DEMILLE delivers a well-written and engrossing story here that I thoroughly enjoyed as it was filled with lots of sarcasm and witty narrative from our great characters that had me smiling and chuckling to myself a few times.  The storyline also included quite a knowledgeable an interesting background into Cuba which I thought was very fascinating and easy to understand.

To sum it all up it was an interesting, fun, quick and easy read with an intense and satisfying ending. Would recommend!

Publication date:  September 19, 2017

Thank you so much to my fellow Traveling Sisters for another awesome reading experience!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Nelson DeMille for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!


Lindsay’s Review:  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 head, but DeMille creates an extremely vivid story providing the perfect amount of history and background to keep an uneducated reader (like myself) engaged and following along.

While I did enjoy the storyline, I felt at times it dragged. For the first 65% of the novel, I found myself anxiously waiting for something big to happen. The suspense continued to build throughout the first half of the book, but there was no real action to keep me glued to the pages until close to the end. I was pushing myself to read faster to get to the “good” parts. When the action finally did come, it definitely delivered – it was intense and almost overwhelming at times.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it. It has sparked an interest in me to look into reading DeMille’s other novels.

This was another fantastic read along with my Traveling Sisters Brenda, Norma, Kaceey, Diane S. and Susanne!

A big thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Nelson DeMille for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review!

Kaceey’s review

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 storyline 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 dollars stashed away in Cuba and be set for life. Is it dangerous…yes! Is it illegal….probably! Would he be risking his life…no question! How can he resist!

The author has an extensive knowledge of Cuba and it shows throughout this book. Cuba remains a mystery to the average American (including myself!) but Mr. DeMille lifts that veil to take a peek inside a well-hidden country rich with native culture.
Mac has an incredible sense of humor that he disperses throughout, from beginning to end. Even in the most dire of situations Mac has a perfect one-liner for the occasion.
In a police state, where the walls have ears and your neighbors are all too eager to turn you in to the police/government officials, the main characters sure did a lot of talking out loud and provoking the locals! I would have been too scared to talk above a whisper the entire time I was there! Ok…truthfully I would have been too scared to go there in the first place!
I was left with the feeling that I just read a great movie script….Hollywood you might want to take a close look at this one (if you haven’t already)!
This was a wonderful traveling sister read with Brenda, Norma, Lindsay, Susanne and Diane!

Thank you to NetGalley, Nelson DeMille and Simon & Schuster for an ARC to review.



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