Image of Havana Lost

HAVANA LOST

Image of Havana Lost

Less of a thriller and more of a cautionary tale and historical novel involving violence, power and some mystery, this is an interesting story. The time periods and the settings — Cuba at the time of the revolution, Angola at the time of Cuban involvement and a Chicago crime family in current times — are not typical and provide great historical detail. The novel is not really long enough to effectively capture the multigenerational family saga, but it’s an ambitious attempt and enjoyable read.

On the eve of the Cuban revolution, pregnant teenager Frankie is forcibly removed from her beloved Havana by her mob boss father and relocated to Chicago. Frankie leaves behind her young revolutionary lover, Luis. Thirty years later, Luis is a soldier in Angola with his childhood companion, Ramon. When Ramon is captured and tortured by rebel soldiers, it sets off a chain of events that will affect Luis and Frankie and their families for years, and involves the CIA, a Chicago crime family and ruthless businessmen. (RED HERRING, Aug., 282 pp., $16.99)
Reviewed by: 
Joyce Morgan