Havana: An Earl Swagger Novel

By Stephen Hunter

NEW YORK occasions BESTSELLER

Outgunning all others within the enviornment of razor-edged motion and sheer guts, New York instances bestselling writer Stephen Hunter plunges Earl Swagger deep right into a steamy underworld of strength, politics, and blood. . . .

Cuba, 1953: The island is on hearth.

The Mafia-run casinos are rolling, and it’s only a 30-minute flight from Miami to an international of vice, playing, intercourse, and medicine. the cash is there for a person who is familiar with the right way to get it, together with the Cuban govt and the police, who are looking to retain their best friend Uncle Sam satisfied. There’s just one chance to this corrupt utopia: a silver-tongued, bold younger innovative named Fidel Castro. With the chilly battle less than approach, the Soviet Union has despatched a worldly veteran agent to discover and aid the younger upstart. To counter, the CIA has summoned Medal of Honor–winning ex–Marine sergeant Earl Swagger, whose heroic exploits have earned him the attractiveness of a guy who doesn’t understand how to lose. yet he’s not only going to discover Castro. . . .

He’s going to kill him.

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Terrible, determined, darkish males, introduced in to…well, to what? ” “Rob? ” “No. ” “Kill? ” “Yes, you will use such males to deal with killing chores. they'd be expendable, brave, anonymous. excellent. yet who? El Presidente? No, don’t be absurd. He’s too good safe. What approximately a few ambassador? yet for what reason—” It unexpectedly dawned on him. “Of path. after all! ” but when his knowledge illuminated him, it didn't animate him. as an alternative, a negative weariness set over him. He had rather a lot to do, so little time, so few guns. depression seeped via him. “What are you speaking approximately? ” “The American congressman. They’ll kill him and his social gathering for violating the inviolate ideas of the brothel. in fact; it’s pimp’s honor at stake. And from his standpoint, there’s no unfavourable hooked up. It’ll make the govt glance undesirable, it’ll terrify the yankee executive, however it won’t enrage and have interaction the yank crime syndicate. ” “Perhaps it's going to ship a message. ” “Fool. you haven't any instincts in any respect. much more likely it’ll produce invasion. ” “Mother of God,” stated Castro. “And I—” “And you could have long past everywhere city affiliating your self with it. Your venture is now to disaffiliate your self. those tales you have got unfold needs to now be denounced as lies and slander. move even to the police and inform them that El Colorado is the only. ” “I—” “Meanwhile, i need to cease this. Do you've gotten a laptop gun? ” “No, after all no longer. ” “Hmmm, i would like a laptop gun speedy. Now the place does one get a computer gun? ” bankruptcy 21 The sergeant laid his ambush good. He was once now not with out adventure, having fought in Argentina, Peru, Colombia and the Dominican Republic at diverse instances in his profession, sometimes escaping simply sooner than the firing squad. yet that was once one other tale. He didn't decide upon the 1st, or maybe the second one, bend within the street that ran down Ciego de Avila province, approximately 5 miles inland from the ocean, within the unexpected burst of mangrove swamps. He knew that if his goal had any defense, safeguard will be at its maximum at that first bend, and back on the moment bend. through the 3rd bend, they might have settled down and grown used to the closeness of the timber, the unexpected experience of impinging jungle after see you later on sparse scrublands the place livestock fed randomly. He additionally wanted timber, surprisingly tall for the crops. One tree was once no longer sufficient. It was once a question of timing. the auto needed to sluggish to around the bend, and because it cleared the flip, yet earlier than it all started to speed up, the 1st tree needed to be downed. it'll take any driving force 3 seconds to reply. by the point he had braked, and all started to show round, or again up if he have been smart, the second one tree may come down, trapping the automobile. That’s while his gunners might hearth. He had 3 Thompsons, each one with a fifty-round drum, and it used to be vital that every one 3 hearth without delay and they lay down non-stop hearth. the automobile needed to be nonetheless. He didn't imagine those males have been good adequate proficient to successfully have interaction a relocating goal, inspite of the fast-firing Thompsons. He sought after the weapons blazing for an exceptional 3 to 5 seconds.

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