The Cuban Af­fair

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - FRONT PAGE - MYLES McWEENEY

Nel­son Demille

Sphere, hard­back, 448 pages, €13.49

Now hit­ting his mid-30s, dec­o­rated US Army vet­eran Daniel ‘Mac’ MacCormick has opted for the quiet life as a char­ter fish­ing boat cap­tain in Key West, Flor­ida.

With his fi­nances in a par­lous state, when he is ap­proached by a Mi­amibased hot-shot lawyer named Car­los to un­der­take a risky and highly il­le­gal in­fil­tra­tion into Cuba to smug­gle out $60m hid­den when Cas­tro marched into Ha­vana, he is tempted. His mind is made up when he meets Sara Ortega, a beau­ti­ful Cuban-Amer­i­can whose grand­fa­ther had stashed the cash.

Mas­querad­ing as cul­tural tourists, Mac and Sara travel to Cuba and a jaunty, wise-crack­ing and ut­terly im­prob­a­ble romp en­sues as Mac and his crew do bat­tle with the bad-ass Com­mies on Amer­ica’s doorstep.

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