Thursday, September 29, 2016

Book Review: "Ghosts Of Havana" by Todd Moss

"Ghosts Of Havana" by Todd Moss published on September 6, 2016 so it is available for purchase now.

Judd Ryker is a former academic who now works for the American government as a state department crisis manager. His wife Jessica, although ostensibly a soccer mom is actually a covert CIA operative. Although Judd doesn't know it, his wife helps him behind the scenes.

Four friends from Maryland decide to take a fishing vacation off the coast of Florida. When their boat drifts into Cuban waters the Cuban navy promptly arrests all four men and throws them in jail. Judd is sent to negotiate their release. What he finds is that none of the details surrounding the incident make sense. Everyone around Judd is lying, they all have their own agenda regarding the politics that surround Cuban-American relations. Lives are in the balance though and Judd has to win the day to also save his own life and the lives of others.

This book was very well written and succinct. I always find it a great way of understanding what is happening in the world when an informed author writes an exciting story based on what's happing now. Todd Moss is the former deputy assistant secretary of state. Because of his intimate knowledge of the government, he imbues his books with details that feel real. 

Currently, actual US-Cuban relations are improving and changing, basing the book on real events allows for both a spectacular thriller and also lets the reader see behind the scenes so to speak. This is what makes Moss's books great. Beyond his strong characters, tight storyline and terrific grasp of how to keep the reader engaged, we also feel like the story just might be true. I give this book a 4 out of five stars.

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