Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre

Large Print - 1998
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Set on the eve of the Spanish-American War, Elmore Leonard's electrifying novel is a spellbinding journey into the heart and soul of the Cuban revolution of a hundred years ago. Just three days after the sinking of the battleship Maine in Havana harbour, cowboy Ben Tyler arrives with a string of horses to sell cover for a boatload of guns hes running to Cuban insurgents, risking a firing squad if he's caught. Ben Tylers first day ashore sets the pace for the wild ride to come. He sells the horses, falls in love, makes a powerful enemy, is forced into a gunfight, and is thrown in prison.
Publisher: Rockland, Mass. : Wheeler Publishing, c1998
Edition: Large print ed. --
ISBN: 9781568956008
Branch Call Number: LP FIC Leona 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 368 p. --


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Aug 02, 2014

"We're here to protect American citizens and their property."
"Protect them from what?"
"Unenlightened people with anti-American aims."
An enjoyable Leonard novel with the usual crime plot and colorful characters set against the backdrop of the Spanish-American War.

hania4987 Oct 09, 2013

I became intrigued with Elmore Leonard's books after watching "Justified", especially his interview in one of the bonus features. This is the first book I have read. It has a very interesting style, almost a shorthand that allows you to fill the gaps.
This story begins with 2 American cowboys contracted to deliver a shipment of horses (and some other stuff), who arrive in Cuba 3 days after the Maine is blown up in Havana's harbor. It's filled with a multitude of disreputable characters who each seem to have their own code of honor. Leonard switches the attention from character to the next making sharp plot twists.
My overall impression is of a mostly complaisant society corrupted by colonialism.

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