However Long the Nightby David Pereda
Cuban-born, award-winning Miami Architect and successful real estate developer Cid Milan suddenly faces a dilemma when his dying father reveals to him a shocking twenty-five year old family secret. Cid realizes there is only one thing he can do to unravel the mystery of his own past and right the wrongs committed. He must return to the land he abandoned. In his quest,… See more details below
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Cuban-born, award-winning Miami Architect and successful real estate developer Cid Milan suddenly faces a dilemma when his dying father reveals to him a shocking twenty-five year old family secret. Cid realizes there is only one thing he can do to unravel the mystery of his own past and right the wrongs committed. He must return to the land he abandoned. In his quest, Cid rediscovers himself and his roots as he searches frantically throughout Cuba for his teenage flame, Sandra, and the secret she kept from him all these years. In the process, Cid learns an invaluable lesson about love, forgiveness and redemption which changes his life forever.
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It is great having the grandbabes here. But after several days, I remember that I am old. Well old enough to need a break. Thankfully Dear Hubby took over bath/bed time last night and let me chill for a lil while. So with my glass of wine I curled up and lost myself for a few hours with my personal signed copy of David Pereda's book However Long the Night. Former Latin American government consultant and prolific author, David Pereda, has released his mainstream novel However Long the Night, published by Eternal Press. Winner of the Lighthouse Book Award for fiction and the Royal Palm Award for fiction, However Long the Night is a romantic tale with a major dose of suspense, a tense love triangle, buried family secrets, corporate shenanigans and a historical background. I have to say, reading of his main character, Cid Milan, was a great time out for me. In However Long the Night, Cid is a successful businessman who suddenly finds out that his success has been built on lies told by his dying father twenty-five years ago that have done irreparable damage to the lives of people once dear to him. He returns to Cuba in search of the woman he left behind and the son he never knew. In the process, he learns an invaluable lesson about love, forgiveness and redemption. We all know there are times in our lives we wish could take back or change. It is refreshing to read how Cid was able to follow up on those feelings. David Pereda enjoys writing thrillers and mainstream novels. Before devoting his time solely to writing and teaching, David had a successful international career where he worked with the governments of Mexico, Venezuela, Peru and Qatar. "What I learned then," says David, "has helped me enrich my novels with exotic places and distinctive characters." For a limited time, use code 129BHMVNZH1F for a 25% discount off the ebook! This offer is only valid for an ebook purchase from Eternal Press.
Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite Nineteen year old Cid Milan leaves Cuba with his family in 1980. His father, the Colonel, had fought with Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, but when he turned against their Marxist leanings, he was put in jail for three years. Twenty-five years pass and Cid is a U.S. citizen and college educated, a successful architect, and has just been named "South Florida's Hispanic Man of the Year. "He has not spoken to his father in years, but he is called to Tampa as the Colonel, dying of lung cancer, has a confession to make to Cid. What is on the Colonel's mind? Years before, as the Milans were leaving Cuba, the Colonel knew that Cid's girlfriend, Sandra, was pregnant with their child, but would not let her join them in their escape from Cuba. Can Cid get back into Cuba to find Sandra and their son, now a grown man? "However Long the Night" is a well-written and well-edited story of lovers separated for years by their families. The characters of Cid, Sandra, their son Diego, Cid's brother Manny, and all the other characters both major and minor are well-developed and highly believable. The plot proceeds believably as Cid goes to great lengths to find Sandra and their son. His trip to Mexico to get into Cuba and the people he must find and then interview to reach his long-lost love are quite real and will draw the reader into the story. The build up of suspense as "However Long the Night" comes to its conclusion will keep the reader absorbed until the story's concluding pages. "However Long the Night" is a sure keeper!
David Pereda has been busy. This is his 3rd book with Eternal Press, and his first Romance novel -- although there is plenty of romance scattered through the pages of his Havana Series. However Long the Night details a fabric of lies, which all the liars believe were necessary, but it's time to put them to bed. The Colonel, Cid's father, calls him to his bedside after 25 years of separation to tell him the lies are over, and informs him that it was he who sent Cid's girlfriend away when they caught the Mariela Boat Lift to America to escape Castro's Cuba. Then he drops the bombshell -- she was pregnant with Cid's child at the time, and they were both still alive in Cuba. His dying wish was for Cid to go back to Cuba and bring them back to see him before he passed. Cid had been putting together one of the top architectural firms in Miami, and had to leave a lot of business in bad straits to drop everything and renew his contacts with his boyhood best friend, Joaquin, and leave for Cuba via Mexico, with his brother Manny, to try to rescue his past love and his son. The plot moves deftly along, with Pereda plucking the plotstrings deftly and surely. While I didn't catch a lot of surprises, there is tension enough to keep anyone reading and enough romance and pathos to please discriminating readers. The contrast between the two cultures is explored in depth without slowing the story in the least. This is a story worth your time. Do yourself a favor and take it. Disclaimer: I have been friends with Senor Pereda for a number of years.