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With a recommendation like that, how could I not begin reading immediately. Two days later, I surfaced red eyed from reading the page tome but totally in agreement with my better half. This is one great read and with the right director and cast would make a phenomenal movie. In the mythical country of Maraguay a dozen or so individuals plan a coup to overthrow the current DeSantos regime. As with most of the banana republics, DeSantos had commandeered power from the previous civilian government.


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In return for turning a blind eye to DeSantos power play and paying him large sums of money, the US is allowed exclusive use of the strategically located Maraguay harbor. By severing all communications, the coup leaders George, Felipe and Daniel are able to oust DeSantos while keeping the US ignorant of their clever scheme. The ensuing re-negotiations for harbor access by the new government involves power players from Cuba, England, France and the US. It should be noted that this novel could serve as an instruction manual on the ease with which foreign countries extract millions in aid from the United States without agreeing with its foreign policy Although Merry has set his novel in the 's it is easy to see that his observations concerning the importance of skillful political maneuvering and negotiation could easily apply to the world situation today; and while he has a field day poking fun at the political scene, he is able to do so while resisting the mean spirited cynicism that abounds in today's media.

Through Merry's three protagonists we are allowed to participate in every aspect of their lives from the hazards of revolution to their amorous encounters. Yep, this is definitely a movie waiting to be made. A thriller set in Cuba in the fifties, the powerful communist regime is just miles from the United States.

The author had some of these experiences and real life historical characters enter into the story. That makes for an exciting, unforgetable read. BookSurge is a pioneer in self-publishing and print-on-demand services. Offering unique publishing opportunities and access for authors, BookSurge boasts an unprecedented number of authors whose work has resulted in book deals with traditional publishers as well as successful authorpreneurs who enhance or build a business from their professional expertise.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Learn more about Amazon Prime. In the late 's, the United States finally started to pay attention to what was happening in Latin America. The revolution in Cuba was gathering steam and very soon, a committed communist regime would be operating less than one hundred miles from its coastline.

It was imperative to keep an eye on this potential menace and as relations with Panama became worse, the US military was anxious to secure a base from which Castro s island could be kept under observation. A Latin country south of Panama with a huge international business presence is under the thumb of a corrupt dictator.

Maraguay has a deep-water harbor and an island air strip which is leased to the United States. The treaty is up for renewal. The dictator stands to collect a huge chunk of the money the US is offering for a new agreement. Officers of the Armed Forces and Daniel Montego, the senior cadet from the military academy, plot a coup. Key to success is cutting all communications to prevent the U. Friends of the cadet leader who work at the country s franchised telegraph company are recruited to help.

By default, they become deeply involved as the Coup succeeds. Death and injury during the battle to take over the military headquarters, find the senior cadet at the head of the junta. When the dust clears, multinational businesses operating in the country demand that the treaty bid open to all comers. The new Junta agrees to their demands and issues invitations to bid to the world s leading powers.

George MacGregor, a young friend of the new leader is named to negotiate the treaty. He deals with Castro, Roa, Rusk and Johnson and these historical figures are resurrected as they meet in Cuba and at the LBJ ranch in Texas where an unusual compromise is reached. The inner workings of a coup, and how it affects both participants and the general population, are revealed.

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Meanwhile, millions stolen by the ex-dictator and his friends are tracked to their secret hiding places and strangely enough, are used by the coup leaders to further their aims of returning the government to a civilian power and establish a trusted relationship with the population. The story is interspersed with the hilarious personal tales of one of the key coup participants. Read more Read less. Prime Book Box for Kids. BookSurge Publishing March 11, Language: Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon.

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This book has several reviewers who loved it, so my viewpoint is just one non-Olympian and personal assessment to go along with theirs, and I present it as just that. I also try to avoid savaging books that I don't like, but I feel that in accepting the book as part of the Amazon Vine program, I really should review it and not simply ignore it. I can't recall coming across such a lifeless novel in years. I really wanted to like it. The plot opportnity is so promising -- an insider view of the overthrow of Panama's Noriega presented as fiction and flavored with the author's wide experience and insights on Venzuela, Cuba and Latin America in general.

But the narrative is so thin and rote. It plods; there is not a single character that comes to life and the whole book reads like a police officer's testimony in court that is shaded to present just the facts, ma'am. The sex stuff is about as erotic as an ad for Viagra.

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The narrative of the coup is soporific, even though it involves murder, blood, and torture. The introduction of such real-world characters as Castro and LBJ is as convincing and interesting as the minutes of a town planner's meeting. The general style is, well styleless. Here are a few random extracts: She moved closer to him.

However, we're in my office in the Presidency right now. That's really not the place to be doing what we were doing One more "He Fidel Castro laughed again. I will show you a little of Havana and I will show you the Cuban people George realized that Castro was right. This was the way to become close to the people and he was resolved to explain this strange morning to Daniel I ate at La Cumbia last night.

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Why, that's probably one of the best, if not the best, restaurant in Maraguay. Who were you with" The delicious Marion? We need books on the largely shameful US role in the undermining of democracy in Latin America, of the personalities of the dictators, the coups, and most of all the lives of the people in coping and finding comfort and safety. I've spent quite a lot time in Chile, where several of my friends were guests of the Pinochet military for a few years and plenty of Guantanamo health spa modifications to their bodies, in DR, Mexico, Brazil and Venezuela.

To understand Latin America, we must understand the rule of the generals. We need novels to help us emphasize and care as well as understand.


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I respect the author's aims in his effort to add understanding and see his book as an honorable failure, but it really is for me a failure. This latter book covers very much the same themes as The Reltant Colonel but is so, so, so much better as measured along the scale of any literary metric. This is from judging from the novel not only by page length but by the story itself. Yet for its six hundred plus page length, The Reluctant Colonel is a fast read and one of the better books I've read during Merry certainly creates a broad canvas to set his novel upon.

Merry creates a fictional yet somehow familiar Latin American country called Maraguay. Merry certainly creates a broad canvas to set his novel upon. Merry creates a fictional yet somehow familiar Latin American country called Maraguay. Unlike many others, Merry actually makes his fictional cou Michael James Merry sets out in The Reluctant Colonel to create an epic story. Unlike many others, Merry actually makes his fictional country seem real to the point one may well go to a map and look for it. It is in the descriptions of Maraguay that The Reluctant Colonel comes alive in the best way.

In particular the section of the novel depicting the coup itself makes for some excellent reading for its action while the stories of Felipe make for some humorous reading at times. In short, Merry puts his years in South America to good use and the novel is all the better for it. Merry also succeeds in creating a rather interesting bunch of characters. It is through them and a few others that Merry plays out the drama unfolding in the novel. They are, for the most part, believable and to a point of course even likeable characters. This isn't to say this is a novel without falws.

The truth of the matter is that The Reluctant Colonel has quite a few flaws in it. The biggest one is the occasional use of clunky dialogue. There are moments but especially in exposition when Merry tends to seem to loose his gift for portraying fiction so close to real life. The biggest example that sticks out in my mind is the whole section of exposition about Sten guns in the lead up to the coup which seemed unnecessary and brought the tension of the novel to a grinding halt but Merry manages to pick up the pace but the effect is still jarring none the less.

There is also the matter of Felipe's stories. While the stories are humorous for the most part, on closer examination they seem to actually get in the way of the story for the most part. Yet for its flawed dialogue and occasional misplacing of humorous stories, there is plenty to like about this novel.

From the epic canvas it plays out on to its characters, this novel sets out to tell an epic story and succeeds for the most part. It is a fictional drama that seems so real at times that one is sometimes left wondering just where Merry draws the line between fact and fiction. In fact The Reluctant Colonel is one of the most under read novels of Jul 15, Sandie rated it it was amazing Shelves: I selected and ordered The Reluctant Colonel. Upon delivery, my husband confiscated the book before I even had a chance to peruse the first page. He began reading, and was not seen or heard from for a day and a half.

Upon completing his read, he said "This is a fantastic book and it would make an incredible movie". WOW, this from a man who is not a reader. With a recommendation like that, how could I not begin reading immediately. Two days later, I surfaced red eyed from reading the page tom I selected and ordered The Reluctant Colonel. Two days later, I surfaced red eyed from reading the page tome but totally in agreement with my better half. This is one great read and with the right director and cast would make a phenomenal movie. In the mythical country of Maraguay a dozen or so individuals plan a coup to overthrow the current DeSantos regime.

As with most of the banana republics, DeSantos had commandeered power from the previous civilian government. In return for turning a blind eye to DeSantos power play and paying him large sums of money, the US is allowed exclusive use of the strategically located Maraguay harbor. By severing all communications, the coup leaders George, Felipe and Daniel are able to oust DeSantos while keeping the US ignorant of their clever scheme.

The ensuing re-negotiations for harbor access by the new government involves power players from Cuba, England, France and the US. It should be noted that this novel could serve as an instruction manual on the ease with which foreign countries extract millions in aid from the United States without agreeing with its foreign policy Although Merry has set his novel in the 's it is easy to see that his observations concerning the importance of skillful political maneuvering and negotiation could easily apply to the world situation today; and while he has a field day poking fun at the political scene, he is able to do so while resisting the mean spirited cynicism that abounds in today's media.

Through Merry's three protagonists we are allowed to participate in every aspect of their lives from the hazards of revolution to their amorous encounters. Yep, this is definitely a movie waiting to be made. Charles rated it it was amazing Apr 30, Mark rated it did not like it Oct 03, Tina marked it as to-read Mar 06, Iroulito91 marked it as to-read Apr 22,