Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre

eBook - 2002
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A novel on the Spanish-American War featuring adventurer Ben Tyler, an Arizona horse dealer. Just as he arrives in Cuba with a shipment of guns and horses, war breaks out. To get his money, he is sucked into fighting between Spain, the U.S. and Cuban revolutionaries seeking independence from both.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : PerfectBound, 2002.
ISBN: 9780060769338
0060769335
9780060547486
0060547480
Summary: A novel on the Spanish-American War featuring adventurer Ben Tyler, an Arizona horse dealer. Just as he arrives in Cuba with a shipment of guns and horses, war breaks out. To get his money, he is sucked into fighting between Spain, the U.S. and Cuban revolutionaries seeking independence from both.

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lukasevansherman
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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