The Cuban Affair

The Cuban Affair

by Nelson DeMille

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From the legendary #1 New York Times bestselling author of Plum Island and Night Fall, Nelson DeMille’s blistering new novel features an exciting new character—U.S. Army combat veteran Daniel “Mac” MacCormick, now a charter boat captain, who is about to set sail on his most dangerous cruise.

Daniel Graham MacCormick—Mac for short—seems to have a pretty good life. At age thirty-five he’s living in Key West, owner of a forty-two-foot charter fishing boat, The Maine. Mac served five years in the Army as an infantry officer with two tours in Afghanistan. He returned with the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, scars that don’t tan, and a boat with a big bank loan. Truth be told, Mac’s finances are more than a little shaky.

One day, Mac is sitting in the famous Green Parrot Bar in Key West, contemplating his life, and waiting for Carlos, a hotshot Miami lawyer heavily involved with anti-Castro groups. Carlos wants to hire Mac and The Maine for a ten-day fishing tournament to Cuba at the standard rate, but Mac suspects there is more to this and turns it down. The price then goes up to two million dollars, and Mac agrees to hear the deal, and meet Carlos’s clients—a beautiful Cuban-American woman named Sara Ortega, and a mysterious older Cuban exile, Eduardo Valazquez.

What Mac learns is that there is sixty million American dollars hidden in Cuba by Sara’s grandfather when he fled Castro’s revolution. With the “Cuban Thaw” underway between Havana and Washington, Carlos, Eduardo, and Sara know it’s only a matter of time before someone finds the stash—by accident or on purpose. And Mac knows if he accepts this job, he’ll walk away rich...or not at all.

Brilliantly written, with his signature humor, fascinating authenticity from his research trip to Cuba, and heart-pounding pace, Nelson DeMille is a true master of the genre.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501101731
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 11/27/2018
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 128,629
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Nelson DeMille is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty novels, six of which were #1 New York Times bestsellers. His novels include The Deserter, (written with Alex DeMille), The Cuban Affair, Radiant Angel, Plum Island, The Charm School, The Gold Coast, and The General’s Daughter, which was made into a major motion picture, starring John Travolta and Madeleine Stowe. He has written short stories, book reviews, and articles for magazines and newspapers. Nelson DeMille is a combat-decorated U.S. Army veteran, a member of Mensa, Poets & Writers, and the Authors Guild, and a member and past president of the Mystery Writers of America. He is also a member of the International Thriller Writers, who honored him as 2015 ThrillerMaster of the Year. He lives on Long Island with his family.


Long Island, New York

Date of Birth:

August 22, 1943

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A. in political science, Hofstra University, 1974

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The Cuban Affair

I was standing at the bar in the Green Parrot, waiting for a guy named Carlos from Miami who’d called my cell a few days ago and said he might have a job for me.

Carlos did not give me his last name, but he had ID’d himself as a Cuban American. I don’t know why I needed to know that, but I told him I was Scots-Irish-English American, in case he was wondering.

My name is Daniel Graham MacCormick—Mac for short—age thirty-five, and I’ve been described as tall, tan, and ruggedly handsome. This comes from the gay clientele in the Parrot, but I’ll take it. I live here on the island of Key West, and I am the owner and skipper of a 42-foot deep-sea fishing charter boat called The Maine, named for my home state—not for the American battleship that blew up in Havana Harbor, though some people think that.

I usually book my charters by phone, and most of my customers are repeats or referrals, or they checked out my website. The party just shows up fifteen minutes before sailing, and off we go for marlin, sailfish, tuna, sharks, or whatever. Or maybe the customer wants a sightseeing cruise. Now and then I get a fishing tournament or a romantic sunset cruise. Whatever the customer wants. As long as it’s legal.

But this guy, Carlos, wanted to meet first, coming all the way down from Miami, and he sounded a bit cryptic, making me think we weren’t talking about fishing.

The barmaid, Amber, inquired, “Ready for another?”

“Hold the lime.”

Amber popped another Corona and stuck a lime wedge in the neck. “Lime’s on me.”

Amber is pretty but getting a little hard behind the bar. Like nearly everyone here in what we call the Conch Republic, she’s from someplace else, and she has a story.

I, too, am from someplace else—Maine, as I said, specifically Portland, which is directly connected to Key West by U.S. Highway One, or by a cruise up the coast, but Portland is as far from here as Pluto is from the sun. FYI, I spent five years in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer and got blown up in Afghanistan. That’s the short story of how I wound up here. The long story is a long story, and no one in Key West wants to hear long stories.

It was about 5 P.M., give or take an hour. The citizens of the Conch Republic are not into clocks, which is why they’re here. We’re on sun time. Also, we have officially seceded from the United States, so we are all expats. I actually have a rainbow-hued Conch Republic passport, issued by the self-appointed Secretary General of the Republic, a guy named Larry who has a small office over on Angela Street. The passport was a gag gift from my first mate, Jack Colby, who like me is an Army vet. Jack got screwed up in ’Nam, and he’s still screwed up but in an old-guy sort of way, so my customers think he’s just grumpy, not crazy. His favorite T-shirt says: “Guns Don’t Kill People. I Kill People.” Maybe he is crazy.

I wasn’t sure of the time, but I was sure of the month—October. End of hurricane season, so business was picking up.

Amber, who was wearing a tank top, was sipping a black coffee, surveying the crowd. The Green Parrot’s regular clientele are eclectic and eccentric and mostly barefoot. The owner, Pat, is a bit crazy himself, and he tells the tourists that the parachute hanging on the ceiling is weighed down with termite turds.

Amber asked, “How’s business?”

“Summer was okay. September sucked. Picking up.”

“You were going to take me for a sail in September.”

“I did a lot of maintenance on the boat.”

“I thought you were going to sail to Maine.”

“I thought so, too.”

“If you ever go, let me know.”

“You’ll need a sweater.”

A customer called for another and Amber moved off.

I’ve never actually slept with Amber, but we did go skinny-dipping once off Fort Zachary Taylor. She has a butterfly tattoo on her butt.

The place was starting to fill up and I exchanged greetings with a few people. Freaks, geeks, loveable weirdos, and a few Hemingway look-alikes. He used to live here, and you can see his house for ten bucks. You can see mine for free. Bring a six-pack. Anyway, Key West’s official motto is “One Human Family.” Well, they haven’t met my family. And they haven’t been to Afghanistan to see the rest of the human family. Or, like Jack, to Vietnam. Or if they have, they’re here, like me and Jack, to float in a sea of alcohol-induced amnesia. I’ve been here four years. Five is enough to forget why you came here. After that, you’re not going home.

But, hey, it could be worse. This is paradise. Better than two tours in Allfuckedupistan. Better than freezing my ass off in Maine. And definitely better than 23 Wall Street, where I worked for a year after graduating from Bowdoin College. If I’d stayed with Hamlin Equities I’d now be dead from boredom.

Instead, I was captain of The Maine, and a former captain of infantry with a fifty percent combat disability and a quarter-million-dollar bank loan on my boat. The fifty percent disability is for pay purposes and I have no physical limitations except for housecleaning. The bank loan is a hundred percent pain in the ass.

But when I’m out there on the sea, especially at night, I am free. I am captain of my own fate.

Which was why I agreed to meet Carlos the Cuban, who was not interested in fishing. That much I understood from our short phone conversation. And I wouldn’t be the first sea captain who got involved with these people.

Well, I’d listen and see if I could make an intelligent decision—like I did when I left Wall Street and joined the Army for adventure. How’d that work out, Mac?

Being captain of your own fate doesn’t mean you always make good decisions.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The writing was superb, the plot suspenseful , and the humor was as good as in the John Corey novels. I hope this character returns in another of DeMlle's novels. My only complaint is we have to wait so long until the next book comes out. Nelson DeMille is a wonderful author and truly my favorite!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Witty & fast paced
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the wit!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know this is the same author of masterpieces like By the Rivers of Babylon, Plum Island and The Gold Coast, but it doesn’t feel the same. Kind of how Radiant Angel was much different. The depth of the novel just wasn’t there for me. Seemed more superficial. There was a lot of repetition as well. Don’t know if that was because of new publisher, but I long for the story telling and depth of dialogue like earlier novels. I read to escape television and dive into another world. Mr. Demille is still my favorite author and we enjoy the same Island to live... I just yearn for different worlds he creates with his printed words.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love ,love sense of humor interwoven into a fascinating story, jokes, sex , drama...all there in ALL of his books. Read them all, love this one as much. Mr. DeMille----never stop writing!!! 81m -
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love his sarcasm
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the plot line and story, but it dragged with too much blather on what was happening. DeMille uncharacteristically was rather verbose in repeating the internal dilemmas of his hero as he drifted through the story. Would’ve been great with 50 less pages I think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great novel from Nelson DeMille. This was so interesting because it gave us a glimpse into Cuba today. The story really had you hooked, and just when you thought you knew what was happening, there was an about turn. Loved it. It kept me me interested right to the end. Now that I've been introduced to Daniel 'Mac' MacCormick, I hope there might be another book about him. He's a lot like John Corey. Job well done Mr. DeMille!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is essentially a travelogue wrapped around a thin adventure yarn.
Anonymous 24 days ago
love nelsons rye sense of humor
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Anonymous 6 months ago
At times entertaining, too many jokes (some good some bad), and smart remarks, did not like the ending, perhaps left the door open for a future book to try to get the money and find the two trunks. EJC
Anonymous 6 months ago
Good combo of content...a little romance, a little action. Enjoyed it
Anonymous 6 months ago
Nothing close to his action packed adventures of the past. It read like a travel guide on Cuba, and the only excitement was in the last chapter.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Witty,exciting and informative regarding Cuba. Highly recommend.
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Anonymous 12 months ago
Loved it! Kept me captivated the whole time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
International intrigue, lies and double crosses multiply. Is the Cold War really over? Treasures and liabilities bound in this tropical adventure. An excellent read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great work Nelson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth the time. Thought provoking
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Souch action. I could not By P put this book down. Loved the characters and the one liners by MAC.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. DeMille once again outdoes himself in this believable tale! It’s edge of the seat reading and “take it to the bank “ dialogue and setting.