Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre

Book - 1998
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He came to Cuba to make a killing. She came to find a purpose.   And on an island overrun with passion and violence, they each found something to live for. On a hot night in Havana Harbor, U.S.  marines sleep on the deck of the USS Maine as the sound of rumba music drifts across the water.  Then, in a flash, the Maine is blown to pieces.  Now a bloody carnaval of war, nations, and schemers is exploding on the dusty, sugar-rich island some dared call--Cuba Libre. Welcome to Cuba, 1898--where the insurrectos are in the hills, the rich are partying in Havana, and Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders are about to come ashore.  Into the melee an American cowboy arrives with a scheme to sell horses and run guns, earning himself a date with a firing squad--until a rich man's mistress saves his skin.  Now Amelia Brown and Ben Tyler are riding for their lives, fighting side by side--for revenge, for love, and honor. This rip-roaring jaunt into history sizzles with the passion of lovers, the violence of nations, and the wild courage of freedom fighters crying out to their firing squads: "Viva Cuba Libre!"
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c1998
ISBN: 9780440225591
Branch Call Number: F LEO NVD


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Aug 02, 2014

"We're here to protect American citizens and their property."
"Protect them from what?"
"Unenlightened people with anti-American aims."
An enjoyable Leonard novel with the usual crime plot and colorful characters set against the backdrop of the Spanish-American War.

hania4987 Oct 09, 2013

I became intrigued with Elmore Leonard's books after watching "Justified", especially his interview in one of the bonus features. This is the first book I have read. It has a very interesting style, almost a shorthand that allows you to fill the gaps.
This story begins with 2 American cowboys contracted to deliver a shipment of horses (and some other stuff), who arrive in Cuba 3 days after the Maine is blown up in Havana's harbor. It's filled with a multitude of disreputable characters who each seem to have their own code of honor. Leonard switches the attention from character to the next making sharp plot twists.
My overall impression is of a mostly complaisant society corrupted by colonialism.

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