Rebels on the Mountain is an epic tale of a forbidden romance set in the time of Fidel Castro's insurrection to depose the U.S.-backed dictator, Fulgencio Batista. An interracial couple, a Cuban mulata with African roots and an American soldier/spy, seek a safe haven in a world in which their love is not welcome in either of their native lands. Based on historical events, it reveals men and women fighting and loving amid the chaos and uncertainty of revolutionary Cuba.
The action and adventure flows from the mountain camp of the Fidelistas at the eastern end of the island to the halls of wealth and power in Havana at the western end. Familiar personalities play their roles in Rebels on the Mountain, including Ernesto Che Guevara and Ernest Hemingway. Lesser known though equally important characters such as Camilo Cienfuegos, arguably Fidel's most important lieutenant, and Herbert Matthews, the reporter from the New York Times who introduced America to the Cuban insurrection, influence the revolution as well as the underlying love story in Rebels on the Mountain.
Most know how the revolution ended, but few understand how a band of three hundred outcasts and outlaws defeated a modern, well-equipped and well-trained army of forty thousand, and elevated Fidel Castro to the heights of power in the Caribbean or how the United States lost control of the island nation. That is the surprise that Rebels on the Mountain delivers.
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About the Author
He was raised in Maryland on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay where he began a lifelong love of fishing, swimming, and sailing: avocations that he has practiced in more exotic locales, including Hawaii, California, and Mexico. From rowboats to tall ships, on deck and aloft, he knows the ropes and how to breathe life into saltwater tales.
Throughout his life, Jack has preferred fact to fiction. Real danger has always held greater fascination for him than imagined danger, real acts of valor have seemed more heroic than fabricated ones. His passion for history began in high school when he began studying the American Civil War. After consuming virtually everything written on the subject, he began haunting the National Archives in Washington, as well as any other place where he could get his hands on source material.
Jack studied other periods of American history before branching out into world history. It is no surprise that his first novel, Rebels on the Mountain, is a work of historical fiction, telling a story that begins at sea and then follows the rattle of musketry to the revolution in Cuba that Jack followed from the sidelines of the Cold War.