Havana Blues

Havana Blues

by David Pereda


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ISBN-13: 9781979237932
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/08/2017
Pages: 316
Sales rank: 1,143,026
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

David Pereda was born in Havana, Cuba. The award-winning author of seven previous novels, he enjoys crafting political thrillers and edgy mainstream novels with unique characters placed in exotic settings. He has traveled to more than thirty countries and speaks four languages. Before devoting his time solely to writing and teaching, David had a successful international consulting career with global giant Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked with the governments of Mexico, Venezuela, Peru and Qatar, among others.
A member of MENSA, David earned his MBA from Pepperdine University in California. He earned bachelor degrees in English literature and mathematics at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
He lives in artistic Asheville, North Carolina, with his youngest daughter Sophia, where he teaches mathematics and English at the Asheville-Buncombe Community College. He loves sports and is an accomplished competitor in track and show-jumping equestrian events.



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Havana Blues 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This historical fiction novel I found interesting and takes place in the 1950s.. Ramon Rodriguez is coming of age in a very turbulent Cuba. Ramon and his three good friends, Pepe, Joaquin, and Hermes are about to be thrust into life changing events. His life, and the lives of those around him, turn upside down as uncertainty reigns in what was mostly pleasant lives. A threatening danger hangs over Ramon's head as his life progresses.and he makes decisions. The author did a great job of making you feel as if you were there experiencing these tumultuous moments. The book really came across as authentic. While I do not normally read this style of book I was drawn into the story.Although it is a book that covers some tough moments do not let that detur you from reading it. This is a read that will tansport you to a different place and time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If there was ever a book about the mundane life of a teenage boy this is it! I did not like this book at all, when I picked it up, I thought it was going to be fun, exciting, revolutionary, and historical about the life of a boy and the dramatic events that happen in Cuba once Fidel Castro took over in the 1950s. After the revolution and brief taken over is discusses it goes into the life of Ramon Rodriquez called Ramoncito. This a coming of age tale for Ramon and his friends, leading a carefree lifestyle, arguing with his mother, hanging with friends playing baseball, and a strong sex drive. He falls in love at first sight with a young blonde Sonia who is selling Raffle tickets to a carnival at her school. One thing I did like about this book is when she told him, “You don’t have privileges to my body” just because he grabbed her and kissed her on their first outing at the school carnival/fair! Again it goes into details of every aspect of his thought process never explaining or talking of any of the going on around him as his country was taken over by the Counter-Revolution! At 100 pages in, I am still waiting when is the good part!
Naomi Overstreet More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting take on the life during a change of presidency in Cuba in the 1900's. It was interesting to follow the protagonist's life, and quickly draws the reader in with the first chapter. The pace is comfortable, and the read is easy to keep up with. It's easy to relate and sympathize with the protagonist as he comes of age and struggles with his relationships with others. A fair warning though, it was written in first person, which has become the increasing norm in novels. If this style isn't a personal favorite, then I don't recommend the read. A major gripe of mine is the flow of the story. The transitions between scenes are choppy at best.
CrossroadReviews More than 1 year ago
Havana Blues by David Pereda is set in the 1950’s ad is about the life of a young Ramon Rodriguez. This book follows him though his life of girls, education, religion, and more. It pretty much covers as much as I think it could. Even talking about baseball and friends. The cover of this one gives a good prediction on what you will find in this one. I don’t see this book as something for everyone but if you like these kinds of books then check this out. This story about old Cuba was pretty interesting but as I said it won’t be for everyone. I did enjoy it though and you can see how much the author put into it. This book goes from carefree days into chaos as a General takes over. The characters were pretty good and they kept the book going. This is another one that if I say to much I will start giving things away. But it would be a great book for someone who wants to look into old Cuba without having to turn to a text book. I am not sure how much of the history in this book or the illusions in this story are taken from real life. But it did make me want to learn more. I also think that the author did a very good job with this story. If your looking for a book about old Cuba