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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,206 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Hunter Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Earl Swagger Series Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597103411
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High summer in Cuba, 1953, and Havana gleams with possibility. Flush with booming casinos, sex and drugs, Havana is a lucrative paradise for everyone from the Mafia, Domino Sugar, and United Fruit to pimps, porn-makers, and anyone looking to grab a piece of the action—including the Cuban government, which naturally honors the interests of its old ally, Uncle Sam.

Of course, where there's paradise, trouble can't be far behind. Trouble, in this case, makes its entrance in the terrifically charismatic and silver-tongued form of a young revolutionary named Fidel Castro. The Caribbean is fast becoming a strategic Cold War hub, and Soviet intelligence has taken Castro under its wing. The CIA's response is to send the one man capable of eliminating Castro: the legendary gunfighter and ex-Marine hero Earl Swagger, who proved his lethal talent in the national bestsellers Hot Springs and Pale Horse Coming.

In Cuba, Earl finds himself up to his neck in treacherous ambiguity where the old rules about honor and duty don't apply, and where Earl's target seems to have more guts and good luck than anyone else in Cuba.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gary Willett | 2/12/2014

    " Silly little book with Castro as a character. Again the same story of good Vs evil. Mr. Hunter's hero is superhuman and survives numerous serious injuries but "Keeps on Ticking". The ending really caps the fictional tall tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robbie | 2/9/2014

    " Jim read this one; I haven't yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esther | 1/30/2014

    " The book was fantastic, the characters believable and well developed and the plot was one that I was not able to guess ahead on very often. A great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob Mask | 1/25/2014

    " Nother Swagger adventure. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Walter Straus | 1/19/2014

    " Another labor to read. Too much time describing in detail events and things that do not matter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wesley | 1/15/2014

    " This is one of my favorites, not only that it makes me wish there we're more Earl Swagger books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex Mendiola | 1/12/2014

    " I enjoy the Bob Lee Swagger series a bit more. Still a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 1/7/2014

    " I like this author, but the story wasn't as interesting to me as the first one I read - Pale Horse Coming. The protagonist is still likable, but I didn't like how he left his family to go on a mission he didn't even understand or believe strongly in. Bothered me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Roy | 1/7/2014

    " Not good.....didn't finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyanemi | 12/25/2013

    " Earl in Cuba.? At first I was skeptical but it worked out very well. The book was exciting the whole way through. There was a little bit of actual history and a little bit of conjecture but all quite fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gaye | 11/28/2013

    " I read this on a mission work trip to Cuba and I found that the book contained many historically correct places of interest. Although I don't usually read this type of adventure/intrigue book, I did enjoy this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Edlund | 11/5/2013

    " So Earl is in Cuba tied in with the CIA, the mob and Castro. Lots of people get killed, revenge is served and the dialogue is still pretentiousl. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Navajojim | 10/30/2013

    " ahh fair to good. But not one of his better books. Word. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lawrence Davis | 9/11/2013

    " Couldn't put it down, good historical/thriller, novel great characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Burt | 9/7/2013

    " Earl Swagger is once again the man. He takes care of the bad guys along with keeping his cool and kicking ass all at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 8/23/2013

    " Earl is in Havana and Bob Lee improves his aim. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Casey | 12/28/2012

    " the hero is named "earl swagger." i mean, c'mon, swagger? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Quinn | 11/15/2012

    " I really enjoy the way that Stephen Hunter mixes his Earl Swagger character into a story with non-fictional characters. This time Earl Swagger is sent to Cuba before Fidel Castro has taken control. I liked this book, but compared to Pale Horse Coming this book did not measure up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Underhill | 11/9/2012

    " This is an interesting (fictional) account of pre-revolution days when Castro was just an organizer. One man is sent in to kill Castro, another is sent to protect him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynette | 9/2/2012

    " I really did not enjoy this book as much as some others. It was not my style. It was not bad I am just not a huge fan "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 2/23/2012

    " A good read! Fiction but with historical framework related to Cuba and Castro's capture. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 8/2/2011

    " Borrow it but don't buy. Just so-so and who gives a RA about Castro anyway. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mountaincruiser | 5/19/2011

    " My least favorite of the series. Had a hard time getting through it. So different from the other 2 in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 5/10/2011

    " It's the late fifties and Earl is sent into Cuba to assassinate Castro. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erich Sysak | 3/27/2011

    " Well-written and consistent plotting. Can't understand what the criticism is about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynette | 3/19/2011

    " I really did not enjoy this book as much as some others. It was not my style. It was not bad I am just not a huge fan "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wesley | 3/7/2011

    " This is one of my favorites, not only that it makes me wish there we're more Earl Swagger books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esther | 1/6/2011

    " The book was fantastic, the characters believable and well developed and the plot was one that I was not able to guess ahead on very often. A great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erich | 9/17/2010

    " Well-written and consistent plotting. Can't understand what the criticism is about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 5/27/2010

    " Earl Swagger, A Medal of Honor Winner, finds himself involved with the mob in Havana. He finds friends in unusual places and never knows who to trust. Explores the gangs and US involvement in Cuba prior to Castro. Intrigues and adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 2/24/2010

    " an EARL book.
    a fun take on Castro as a young man.
    yoou have your good guys,
    you have your bad guys
    and then you have therussian
    speshnev - somebodies great grandfater type.
    one of my favorite character books.

    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gary | 2/7/2010

    " Silly little book with Castro as a character. Again the same story of good Vs evil. Mr. Hunter's hero is superhuman and survives numerous serious injuries but "Keeps on Ticking". The ending really caps the fictional tall tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 12/1/2009

    " A good read! Fiction but with historical framework related to Cuba and Castro's capture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 7/23/2009

    " It's the late fifties and Earl is sent into Cuba to assassinate Castro. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Quinn | 3/21/2009

    " I really enjoy the way that Stephen Hunter mixes his Earl Swagger character into a story with non-fictional characters. This time Earl Swagger is sent to Cuba before Fidel Castro has taken control. I liked this book, but compared to Pale Horse Coming this book did not measure up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gaye | 11/19/2008

    " I read this on a mission work trip to Cuba and I found that the book contained many historically correct places of interest. Although I don't usually read this type of adventure/intrigue book, I did enjoy this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sid | 1/5/2008

    " Hunter won a journalism Pulitzer, and decided to use his talents to elevate testosterone fiction. In this case a good ole boy is sent to Cuba to find and kill a young Fidel Castro. Of course things don't quite go according to plan. It's cleverly written and extremely funny in parts. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen Hunter

Stephen Hunter is an author and former Pulitzer Prize–winning film critic for the Washington Post. The author of the Bob Lee Swagger and Earl Swagger series of novels, he has also published several novels, two collections of film criticism, and other nonfiction works. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.