Havana Run

Havana Run

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by Les Standiford, John Standiford
     
 

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John Deal has spent much of his adult life trying to rebuild the Miami construction firm that his late father ruined. When the possibility of a major project in post-normalized Cuba arises, he cant help but be intrigued. But Deal quickly learns that hes been lured to Havana for another, more dangerous purpose: to help a freedom-fighting group spring an American

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John Deal has spent much of his adult life trying to rebuild the Miami construction firm that his late father ruined. When the possibility of a major project in post-normalized Cuba arises, he cant help but be intrigued. But Deal quickly learns that hes been lured to Havana for another, more dangerous purpose: to help a freedom-fighting group spring an American prisoner from a Castro jail. Of course, Deal wants nothing to do with ituntil he discovers who the prisoner is. That prisoner is also the holder of secrets, highly sensitive information that Deals own government thinks worth killing for. The next chapter in the edge-of-your-seat John Deal series.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This rock-solid novel, number eight in Standiford's line of South Florida crime capers (Deal on Ice; Raw Deal; etc.) is as blunt and powerful as a punch to the head from series hero John Deal himself. Deal is rebuilding the failed Miami construction firm he inherited from his father, dead by suicide. Soon after moving to Key West to oversee a major construction contract, Deal is approached by Antonio Fuentes, a mysterious businessman, who attempts to hire him to oversee a huge rebuilding project in Havana, slated to begin once Castro has departed the scene. Deal has his suspicions, especially after Fuentes offers a check for a million dollars as a retainer. Next to make Deal an offer is Norbert Vines, special agent from the Department of Justice. Vine convinces Deal to go along with Fuentes and report back to the department on what the businessman and his shadowy partners are really up to in Cuba. A few hours later, Deal is on Fuentes's lavish yacht, headed into Cuban waters. Once there, everything goes to hell in short order as it turns out that (surprise!) Fuentes hasn't been entirely on the level. Unsure who is friend and who foe, Deal is blindsided by a bombshell plot twist that will have readers flipping wildly back to the front of the book to see how Standiford pulled it off. From here on in, the action is searing and nonstop, blazing ahead to a satisfyingly violent conclusion. (May 9) Forecast: The murky jacket does the book no favors, but this is above-average Standiford and should keep fans coming back for more. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The world is too much with John Deal, once the very model of a genre swashbuckler (Bone Key, 2002, etc.). He used to deliver his punches and punchlines with maximum panache. But now the Zeitgeist seems to have passed him by. Maybe it's all that white-collar effort put into refurbishing the reputation of the Miami-based construction firm his flamboyant dad founded, then almost ruined. His eighth finds him desultorily finishing up a Key West job, sounding annoyingly Zen-like, when fed-up Fate decides to take a hand. Suddenly, picturesque people are evincing interest in John. Angie Marsh, who sports "matching dimples at her breastbones," kick-starts his libido in a most un-Zen-like way. Then there's the mysterious Antonio Fuentes, dedicated, he insists, to making John a rich man. Impressed by the growing reputation of DealCo, he asks John to travel to Havana with him to research the development possibilities of Cuba-after-Castro-waving about a million-dollar certified check as earnest money. But the entrepreneurial Mr. Fuentes isn't the only mysterious person wanting John to make the Havana run. So does the Department of Justice's enigmatic Norbert Vines, whose pitch turns out to be something akin to patriotism. Are these men precisely as they represent themselves? Is Angie Marsh who she says she is? Will Havana be as welcoming to John as promised? Secret agendas abound, but it all feels so mailed in. Bring back the brio. Agent: Scott Waxman/Waxman Agency
From the Publisher
[A] rock-solid novel...as blunt and powerful as a punch to the head...a bombshell plot twist that will have readers flipping wildly back to the front of the book to see how Standiford pulled it off...the action is searing and nonstop, blazing ahead to a satisfyingly violent conclusion. —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399150593
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
04/14/2003
Series:
John Deal Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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Meet the Author

Les Standiford is the author of ten novels and of the recent nonfiction Last Train to Paradise. He is the director of the creative writing program at Florida International University in Miami.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Miami, Florida
Date of Birth:
October 31, 1945
Place of Birth:
Cambridge, Ohio
Education:
B.A., Muskingum College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Utah

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Havana Run 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Thirteen years ago, police officer John Deal learned that his father committed suicide. His face was so badly damaged that his son couldn¿t recognize him. The police find papers proving John was supplying his father with information that he used in his business dealings. Unable to demonstrate he was set up, the brass allowed him to retire. John took over Deal Co, the construction company his father ran into the ground................. In the present, Deal Co. is breaking even when Antonio Fuentes asks him to accompany him to Cuba. Fuentes represents a consortium who want to rebuild Cuba after Castro is gone and they want Deal to be their point man. Deal is about to turn him down when a government agent asks him to go along with Fuentes and in return they will give him proof that he was framed thirteen years ago. Deal goes to Cuba intending to play the spy but finds someone that has to be smuggled out of the country at any cost, making his deal with the government null & void....................... Readers get an inside look at the Cuba of today in HAVANA RUN and although the country is in a holding pattern different forces are ready to take control once the present leader is gone. Les Stanford raises the bar of the suspense thriller in the latest installment of his John Deal series. Though one must wonder about a government that hides the truth that would exonerate someone, this fits right into the storyline and Justice, American style. Readers will take to the protagonist right away because of the vulnerability that shines above this tough guy persona........................ Harriet Klausner