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Set on the eve of the Cuban revolution's fortieth anniversary celebration, Sins of the Fathers adds a chilling coda to the Cuban missile crisis as an American historian finds himself caught in a race against the clock between the Cold War past he's studying and a catastrophic act of urban terrorism whose seeds were planted almost four decades earlier. A purely academic project swiftly turns personal as subtle hints concerning dual mysteries accumulate at the edge of Professor McLemore's consciousness. As the sins...
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Set on the eve of the Cuban revolution's fortieth anniversary celebration, Sins of the Fathers adds a chilling coda to the Cuban missile crisis as an American historian finds himself caught in a race against the clock between the Cold War past he's studying and a catastrophic act of urban terrorism whose seeds were planted almost four decades earlier. A purely academic project swiftly turns personal as subtle hints concerning dual mysteries accumulate at the edge of Professor McLemore's consciousness. As the sins of their fathers are visited on the sons and daughters of Cuban missile crisis veterans, McLemore discovers the missing piece of a deadly thirty-seven-year-old puzzle in Cuba's dusty archives. But he doesn't know where that crucial piece fits, and those who might be able to tell him have too many state secrets to conceal.
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On January 1, 1999, Cubans celebrated the 40th anniversary of their beloved revolution -- the day dictator Fulgencio Batista was forced from power, marking the triumph of the Castro-led coup. In John Blackthorne's tense debut, Sins of the Fathers, this day will mark a new anniversary for a psychotic terrorist faction, that of the death of Castro. The lunatic plan: Detonate a nuclear bomb over Havana on Cuba's anticipated day of remembrance.
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In his debut, espionage novelist Blackthorn ("the pseudonym of a political figure," according to the publisher) turns to Cuba, the vestigial remaining turf of the Cold War, to try to cook up some credible spy suspense. As Jan. 1, 1999, approaches, the 40th anniversary of the Cuban revolution, a group of exiled terrorists plots to blow up Castro and his attendant public masses with a thermonuclear warhead--one conveniently left over from 1962's Cuban missile crisis. Two warheads were stashed away by a rogue Russian, whose son is now peddling them. American scholar McLemore stumbles across the scheme while doing historical research. His local guide, Trinidad, "a disdainfully attractive woman," is an undercover intelligence operative who will eventually help him save the day. The plot is stretched pretty thin, especially in its abridged audio incarnation, and lacks any pull of real suspense. Reader Perez, while bringing Latin flavor to his character voices, strains with the overbaked material. Based on the 1998 Morrow hardcover. (Feb.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Castro-haters plot to nuke Fidel in this less-than-explosive suspenser. They also plan to pulverize along with him hundreds of thousands of others, employing as their weapon a lost nuclear warhead left behind by the Russians in 1962. Self-styled 'Bravos,' the terrorists are Cuban exiles fixated on revenge. The plan is to detonate the bomb in mid-Havana on January 1, 1999, the 40th anniversary of the Cuban revolution. And the fact that a good many of those blown to bits with Castro will be babies doesn't rate a Bravo eye blink. For a while, only one man stands in their way. The unlikely stopgap is an American historian named McLemore, in Cuba on a research grant. In a desultory way he's re-examining the Cuban missile crisis, hoping for an overlooked nugget to revive an academic career in decline. Enter the beautiful and enigmatic Trinidad. Ostensibly, she's a government guide. Actually, she's a highly placed member of Cuban intelligence. In ways ever available to the beautiful and enigmatic heroines of suspense fiction, she galvanizes McLemore, converting him from a burnt-out case to a live-wire. It's McLemore who works it out that the Bravos have latched onto the nuke. It's McLemore who locates the whereabouts of the missing warhead. And it's McLemore who manages to convince the CIA and Cuban intelligence that after years of double-crossing one another, they have much to gain from playing it straight. When at length McLemore and Trinidad yield to their mutual passion, few readers will be surprised. Nor will they be taken unawares when in the last nanosecond of countdown, the good guys catch up with the bad guys and neutralize the nuke. Blackthorn, we're told, is the pseudonym for "aninternationally known political figure." And he does seem comfortable with his backgrounds. What he lacks is the savvy storyteller's abililty to invent people who can make the backgrounds come alive.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559352925
  • Publisher: Soundelux
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged, 2 Cassettes
  • Product dimensions: 4.21 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2002

    Thrilling and exciting, very intelligent

    This book is very well written and leaves not wanting to put it down. John Blackthorn paints the pictures in your head with his detailed information.

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