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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (104 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roland Merullo Narrator: Patrick Egan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2008 ISBN: 9781415961209
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Former CIA agent Carolina Perez has spent five years working deep undercover with a singular goal: to take down Castro and free Cuba from his troubled presence. Recruited by a powerful shadow organization known as the White Orchid, steely and sexy Carolina has passed test after test to prove herself ready for the ultimate assignment.
    
Across the Straits of Florida, Carlos Gutierrez has been lured into playing a pivotal role in the plot to overthrow el Comandante. As his involvement deepens at great risk to himself and those he loves, the doctor who has dedicated his career to saving lives must decide how much blood he is willing to have on his own hands in the name of freedom.

For both Carlos and Carolina, the threat of betrayal looms large. Who can be trusted in a byzantine network of spies, double agents, and informants? Is the plot real or is it an elaborate ruse to expose the underground dissidents in Cuba? From the sizzling opulence of Miami to the paranoid dreamscape of Havana, Fidel’s Last Days is a dizzying ride by a novelist whose genre-crossing talents know no bounds.


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Quotes & Awards

  • For the anti-Castro conspirators in FIDEL'S LAST DAYS, Roland Merullo's darkly fascinating thriller, patriotic zeal is second nature; so is deception. As part of an intricate assassination plot, Cuban-American undercover agent Carolina Perez wears disguises as adeptly as she does her high-heeled shoes, aware that she is 'flying, as always, on faith, on a love of risk, on buried old feelings for Cuba.' A ruthless torturer nicknamed 'the Dentist' embodies the horrors of unchecked power in a land of seductive pleasures and eviscerated dreams. O, The Oprah Magazine
  • In his 11th book, FIDEL'S LAST DAYS, local author Roland Merullo has penned a fast-paced and highly satisfying spy thriller about a conspiracy to assassinate Cuban president Fidel Castro. Merullo seamlessly switches the action from Miami, where a secret organization of Cuban expatriates is plotting to kill Castro, to Havana, where we see Castro's dictatorship in action and watch an internal assassination plot develop among Castro's own advisers. These two plots (and the separate narrative strains) come together at book's end in a dramatic climax…In FIDEL'S LAST DAYS, Roland Merullo takes readers on a fictional thrill ride filled with so much danger and drama that they won't want it to end. The Boston Globe

    “Throughout FIDEL'S LAST DAYS, Merullo portrays Cuba as a country stifled by fear and an oppressive secret police — a nation ripe, even desperate, for revolution.” Perhaps Americans will soon have the chance to find out for themselves if he’s right.
  • Merullo still knows how to construct a good thriller. Associated Press
  • FIDEL'S LAST DAYS is not only a taunt, expertly crafted page-turner, it is also a tender yet unsentimental exploration of the universal yearning to be free, a yearning which sometimes means having to kill one of your own. This is a timely, important, and moving novel, and I urge you to read it! Andre Dubus III

    “FIDEL'S LAST DAYS is a wry, humane, thinking-man’s thriller, Roland Merullo has written a novel that is, in every way, worthy of comparisons to Graham Greene, and only Graham Greene. One of the best books of the year.
  • The suspense is as thick as an authentic café cubano, and the labyrinthine plot appears to point to a successful conclusion, until Merullo jams the knife in one last time and gives this timely thriller a final, chilling twist. Publishers Weekly
  • “Merullo not only constructs a highly suspenseful, believable thriller; he also captures the mood of a country…taking the reader into the minds of ordinary Cubans and revealing an uneasy mix of fear and determination.
    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 1/16/2014

    " A former CIA agent is chosen by a secret organization to assist in killing Fidel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/16/2014

    " Good political thriller. Scared me "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 elizabeth george | 1/15/2014

    " Why did it take so long for me to find this author?!? This was a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judi | 1/5/2014

    " This could be my favorite Roland Merullo book. Good story - interesting look at Cuba and Cuban Americans "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Shiebler | 12/27/2013

    " OK, Roland is my cousin, but it was a wonderful book. I recommend it to anyone who likes a good story and well developed characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Wendel | 12/19/2013

    " Of course, I love a novel set in Cuba. Havana, the people and the country won me over when I was working on Castro's Curveball. This novel gets the everyday life down but flies apart at end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Sandidge | 11/28/2013

    " Great mystery! Loved the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna | 7/10/2013

    " It was an interesting review of Cuban-American sensibilities as well as an insight into Cuba. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taraneh | 3/25/2013

    " I don't normally read books of this genre and for what it was...it was pretty good. Page turning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Torrey | 2/12/2013

    " A fun read, especially after my recent trip to Cuba. Not great lit, but an engaging, fast-paced story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/26/2013

    " Interesting structure. For the number of characters and plot twists it could have been longer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 11/6/2012

    " Spy story with plot to kill Castro. Set in present-day times (post 9/11, pre-Obama). A real page-turner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meghan | 10/31/2012

    " A plot to assassinate Fidel Castro and reclaim Cuba for the Miami Cuban-Americans...has all the makings of a good mystery, except it's a tired story. The writing didn't do much to spice it up - a page turner with a predictable ending and a cast of expected characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hulananni | 10/12/2012

    " I'm not a fan of spy/CIA novels but I've been to Cuba and thought it would be interesting. It was but not my favorite genre. I'm going to read one of the author's other books to see if they are more to my liking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Lou | 6/8/2012

    " Very good espionage thriller based on current events and the aspirations of some. Twists and turns and betrayals make this a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 3/21/2011

    " Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Paranoia and fear are woven together and have become the backdrop of all lives in Cuba. Lots of good twists in the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 2/24/2011

    " I enjoyed this. There were a couple spots were it dragged a bit for ideological speeches, but a good quick read. Great ending "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Magi | 1/28/2011

    " after reading this author's memoir about life in revere,ma...i was surprised to come across this one. good,easy read,great description of havana for someone whose never been. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamara | 10/26/2010

    " Great book gives you a lot of insight about the life people lead in Cuba. An interesting read and worth taking a look at. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 9/10/2010

    " This was a really interesting and engaging novel. I feel like I learned alot about Cuba, though the book is fictional. I also loved the sense that I got, "yeah this could happen". It was really different than his past books though. So don't expect it to resemble "Breakfast with Buddha". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hulananni | 3/20/2010

    " I'm not a fan of spy/CIA novels but I've been to Cuba and thought it would be interesting. It was but not my favorite genre. I'm going to read one of the author's other books to see if they are more to my liking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/23/2010

    " OK, Roland is my cousin, but it was a wonderful book. I recommend it to anyone who likes a good story and well developed characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 1/3/2010

    " Great mystery! Loved the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Magi | 9/8/2009

    " after reading this author's memoir about life in revere,ma...i was surprised to come across this one. good,easy read,great description of havana for someone whose never been. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 8/21/2009

    " Interesting spy story with lots of twists and turns about a plot to kill Fidel Castro. A great summer read.

    I'd recommend another book by the author called 'Revere Beach Boulevard' about growing up in Revere, MA. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 8/16/2009

    " Spy story with plot to kill Castro. Set in present-day times (post 9/11, pre-Obama). A real page-turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 8/1/2009

    " Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Paranoia and fear are woven together and have become the backdrop of all lives in Cuba. Lots of good twists in the plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 7/23/2009

    " Of course, I love a novel set in Cuba. Havana, the people and the country won me over when I was working on Castro's Curveball. This novel gets the everyday life down but flies apart at end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meghan | 5/12/2009

    " A plot to assassinate Fidel Castro and reclaim Cuba for the Miami Cuban-Americans...has all the makings of a good mystery, except it's a tired story. The writing didn't do much to spice it up - a page turner with a predictable ending and a cast of expected characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 3/24/2009

    " A former CIA agent is chosen by a secret organization to assist in killing Fidel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna | 3/10/2009

    " It was an interesting review of Cuban-American sensibilities as well as an insight into Cuba. "

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About the Author
Author Roland Merullo

Roland Merullo is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen books, including Revere Beach Boulevard, Golfing with God, and Breakfast with Buddha. Merullo has won numerous prizes, including the Massachusetts Book Award in both fiction and nonfiction. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two children.

About the Narrator

Patrick Egan is an audiobook narrator whose readings include Miguel Nicolelis’ Beyond Boundaries, Peter Guber’s Tell to Win, Harvey Sachs’ The Ninth, and numerous others.