Rod, at the age of seventeen, vacations in Havana, Cuba, where he meets Conchita Quesada, the headstrong, young and winsome black-eyed Latin beauty. She sets a fire in Rod's blood that would not be quenched. Her determination to help rid her country of the tyrant, Batista, leads Rod to the realization that he will lose her if he refuses to become involved. Not even the practiced charms of the sensuous temptress, Ethel Sanders, nor the seemly innocent charms of Doreen Cartwright, the blue eyed blond from England, can sway him from his course.
Duped by agents of Fidel Castro into believing they are true freedom fighters, Rod agrees to covertly ship arms into Cuba to help in the overthrow of the Batista dictatorship. He later agrees to get involved in the trafficking of drugs into South Florida to provide the funds necessary for the continued purchase of weapons. Rod establishes dairy farms in Cuba and Nassau, Bahamas to provide the necessary cover for his illegal operations. Arms and ammunition are shipped to Cuba, on a regular basis, hidden in the many hundreds of bags of feed required by a large dairy operation. Pot makes the return journey very profitable when hundreds of bales of the weed are hidden behind thousands of empty feed bags in the large ship containers. Dried citrus pulp, in liberal amounts, is spread over the bales of pot in order to disguise that pungent odor. Cocaine arrives in Nassau in the stomachs of cattle being air freighted from Cuba. Upon completing the required wait, the drug is collected, and placed in a hidden compartment under the floor of the now filthy aircraft. The airplane then completes its journey to Miami. No customs agent or self-respecting dog would care to inspect such a plane too closely.
Chet Kline, a Korean War hero and Rod's cousin, becomes the chief pilot of the freight plane Rod now owns, and is in charge of hauling cattle, equipment and drugs to and from Nassau and Cuba.
Hans Schmidt, the executive officer aboard the German submarine on which Rod was held captive for five days, returns from the dead, and contacts him after several years. Schmidt is now living in Uruguay, where he has acquired a military position in the government. He reveals information to Rod about his long missing brother, Mike.
Pig O'Conner is an arms procurement officer for the IRA, selling drugs to finance the purchase of weapons. Castro agents arrange a meeting between Pig and Rod, that marks the beginning of a years long relationship whereby Rod supplies drugs to Pig and Pig provides Rod with a variety of U.S. and Israeli made arms, that he promptly smuggles into Cuba. Both men become extremely wealthy in the process.
The operation runs smoothly considering the dangers involved, and in 1959 Fidel Castro assumes power in Cuba. Rod is required to continue his clandestine activities, much to his surprise, ostensibly to procure arms for the expanding Cuban armed forces. He finds out soon, however, that most of the weaponry is being channeled into Central and South America, where so called "freedom fighters" are engaged in their own revolutions. This disturbing news, coupled with Rod's growing suspicion that Castro is, in reality, turning Cuba into an armed communist state, devastates the young man. Vowing his revenge, Rod embarks on a program of subterfuge that he hopes will somewhat rectify the wrong he has unwittingly helped to commit.
The final climactic scenes will come as a surprise to the reader. Rod extracts a portion of his revenge when he places several time bombs in various crates of ammunition being delivered to Cuba. These hidden explosives are timed to detonate only after being placed in the main storage magazine. The ensuing explosions cause a chain reaction that destroys most of the Cuban army's weapons reserve. Rod immediately goes into hiding, assuming that Castro agents will conclude that he performed the act of sabotage and order his murder. When he finds that this is not to be the case, he decides to continue supplying weapons to the Cuban government. He uses this as a cover and source of income, while devoting much of his time and considerable resources, to the fight against the rising tide of communism in Central America and the Caribbean Basin, with a hint of the dangers involved.ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Melvin Weaver was born in Boynton Beach, Florida, the fourth son of a pioneer southeast Florida family. He was educated in the local public school system and attended the University of Florida where he received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree. Upon completion of his studies, he entered the dairy farming business and, eventually, along with his brothers and sister, operated farms in Palm Beach County, Florida and Nassau, Bahamas. In 1970, the Weaver Development Corporation purchased Cypress Creek Country Club, a golf course/subdivision located in Palm Beach County and Melvin Weaver was appointed to the office of President of the Corporation and General Manager of the golf course. He remained at those duties until he retired in 1998. Mr. Weaver is married and the father of four children, three daughters and a son. He is also the grandfather of seven, five boys and two girls.
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"My name is Conchita Quesada," she whispered, as her sensual body seemed to melt against him. Never having experienced such an overwhelming physical sensation before in his young life, Rod was hard put to remember his own.
Warm hands encircled his body from behind as he stood and pondered his situation. He could feel the tension slowly draining away, as nimble fingers unbuttoned his shirt.
"Don't be frightened, Chico, Conchita is here. Why don't you take off your clothes and relax on the bed while I prepare myself. I want to be extra special for you tonight."
"I'll be okay, Rod said as he turned and smiled down at her, "Just a little nervous, I guess."
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Rod Serling is a 'man's man' who will also appeal to women! His small town charm coupled with his love for action, romance and business makes this WWII story a page turner! Great characters and a wonderful look back on South Fla in the 40's.
Couldn't put this one down. It's a fast-moving, action-packed thriller with war-stories, mysterious disappearances, smuggling skermishes, civil unrest, gun-battles, country-hopping from Florida, Cuba, Mexico and the Bahamas, plus lots of sex, sex, sex.