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As a cop, Rick Broca had seen enough human misery to last a lifetime. Which is why he's now living the good life -- playing consultant to a Hollywood producer. Taking care of his employer's boat in the Florida Keys, Rick figures he's finally got it made. That changes when he rescues a mysterious pilot from a downed seaplane, and is intercepted by a fishing boat that happen As a cop, Rick Broca had seen enough human misery to last a lifetime. Which is why he's now living the good life -- playing consultant to a Hollywood producer. Taking care of his employer's boat in the Florida Keys, Rick figures he's finally got it made. That changes when he rescues a mysterious pilot from a downed seaplane, and is intercepted by a fishing boat that happens to be packing heavy artillery. Rick knows enough to shoot first and, if you're still alive, ask questions later -- and finds himself caught in a tropical maelstrom of international power and politics between the U.S. and Cuba. To reach safe waters, he'll have to navigate a violent course of intrigue and betrayal between his code of honor and his well-worn sense of self-preservation....


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As a cop, Rick Broca had seen enough human misery to last a lifetime. Which is why he's now living the good life -- playing consultant to a Hollywood producer. Taking care of his employer's boat in the Florida Keys, Rick figures he's finally got it made. That changes when he rescues a mysterious pilot from a downed seaplane, and is intercepted by a fishing boat that happen As a cop, Rick Broca had seen enough human misery to last a lifetime. Which is why he's now living the good life -- playing consultant to a Hollywood producer. Taking care of his employer's boat in the Florida Keys, Rick figures he's finally got it made. That changes when he rescues a mysterious pilot from a downed seaplane, and is intercepted by a fishing boat that happens to be packing heavy artillery. Rick knows enough to shoot first and, if you're still alive, ask questions later -- and finds himself caught in a tropical maelstrom of international power and politics between the U.S. and Cuba. To reach safe waters, he'll have to navigate a violent course of intrigue and betrayal between his code of honor and his well-worn sense of self-preservation....

30 review for Cuba Strait

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Retired early under a cloud, former state cop Rick Broca is scratching out a living as a scripting consultant for a major Hollywood movie studio, and taking care of his boss' boat in the Florida Keys. Caught one night in a terrifying storm, he witnesses a small seaplane struggling to stay aloft, and soon finds himself pulling the pilot from the sunken wreckage. The aviator is Charlie Kelleher, and despite a clear military background, he's tight-lipped about what he was doing flying out of Cuba in Retired early under a cloud, former state cop Rick Broca is scratching out a living as a scripting consultant for a major Hollywood movie studio, and taking care of his boss' boat in the Florida Keys. Caught one night in a terrifying storm, he witnesses a small seaplane struggling to stay aloft, and soon finds himself pulling the pilot from the sunken wreckage. The aviator is Charlie Kelleher, and despite a clear military background, he's tight-lipped about what he was doing flying out of Cuba in dangerous weather while apparently trying to avoid American radar. Before that conversation can go much further, however, Rick and Charlie are attacked by the men aboard a large boat, and they're suddenly in a firefight. From there, things only spiral further out of control, as Rick's life is turned upside down. There are Cubans hunting him; the FBI, the CIA and naval intelligence all have him in their sights; his girlfriend is attacked; and his boss is taken hostage by Fidel Castro's forces. What's a semi-retired policeman to do? Take matters into his own hands, of course! Carsten Stroud specializes in tightly-plotted, action-packed, ferociously-paced thrillers, and "Cuba Strait" is no exception. It's a slam-bang action tale populated by smart, capable characters; the story is original and will keep the reader turning the pages. Recommended.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carl Brookins

    An ex-cop, cashiered for doing his duty takes his attitude to Hollywood, Florida and Cuba and is embroiled in a somewhat unbelievable super-hero black ops action. This is a well-written, twice-told tale for our times. Rick Broca, formerly a highly trained cop in a special Swat team is fired for doing his duty as he saw it, but in direct contravention of orders from his lieutenant. He loses his job and his pension, so now he’s reduced to selling his story to Hollywood and being paid as a technical An ex-cop, cashiered for doing his duty takes his attitude to Hollywood, Florida and Cuba and is embroiled in a somewhat unbelievable super-hero black ops action. This is a well-written, twice-told tale for our times. Rick Broca, formerly a highly trained cop in a special Swat team is fired for doing his duty as he saw it, but in direct contravention of orders from his lieutenant. He loses his job and his pension, so now he’s reduced to selling his story to Hollywood and being paid as a technical advisor and, in the Florida Keys, taking care of his boss’s hot cruiser. The book opens with a major tropical storm which Broca, only three months asea, is able to interpret and figure out how best to survive like an old salt with years of experience. This guy is a very quick learner. He’s also a quick healer, but more on that later. There’s lots of Tom-Clancy-like technical stuff larded throughout this novel, but for the most part that doesn’t get in the way of the story which is more than a little exciting. Similarly, we learn Broca’s back story, the reasons for his no longer being a super-cop, in judiciously inserted dribs and drabs. The construction of the novel is almost text-book perfect. Readers learn about equipment from airplanes and boats to armament of various kinds when it either enhances the story or is needed to control the rampant pace of the book. Having survived a near-hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, Broca calls on his personal code of ethics and moral values and slams back into the stormy sea to try to save the pilot of a downed aircraft. In a tense and thrilling and very well-conceived scene, Broca does just that, hauling the injured pilot to the surface from fifty-some feet below the choppy surface of the ocean. When Broca tries to return the injured pilot to land, the guy persuades his rescuer to let him land privately and surreptitiously outside the scrutiny of Florida and Federal authorities. In a way, author Stroud calls attention to one of the great security problems we have along our seacoasts. Now Broca is once again at odds with suspicious law enforcement. Meanwhile, back in Hollywood, other storm clouds are gathering. Broca returns to Hollywood where he is confronted by a representative of the FBI, the State Department and some guy who may or not be a spook. There are a lot of characters in this book. Many, unfortunately, fit the bad-cop, good-cop mold. There are few subtle nuances here. Broca ultimately riding to the rescue of his lady friend, joins forces with the downed pilot, once he resurfaces, and, although grievously wounded in the gut, manages to save the day. There are a few too many gratuitous rants in this one, but they are more intelligently presented than is the usual case. Readers will have to hang their disbelief in a dark closet for the duration. Nevertheless, as a light, rip-roaring adventure story with larger than life politics and characters, this one is a keeper. I say, 3.5 stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kari Gulbrandsen

    Had a hard time following the plot and who all the different factions were. Good action book though.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    Nederlandse titel: Cuba connectie

  5. 5 out of 5

    Checkman

    I "discovered" Carsten Stroud back in the late 80's when I was in college. He was a veteran reporter who transitioned into writing novels. His early novels had a real noir feel to them. He was still looking around for his own voice and he was heavily influenced by James M. Cainand James Crumley. I liked those early books of his. I've reviewed several of them here in Goodreads in case you're curious. Eventually Mr. Stroud was discovered by the "mainstream" and he's enjoyed some well earned succ I "discovered" Carsten Stroud back in the late 80's when I was in college. He was a veteran reporter who transitioned into writing novels. His early novels had a real noir feel to them. He was still looking around for his own voice and he was heavily influenced by James M. Cainand James Crumley. I liked those early books of his. I've reviewed several of them here in Goodreads in case you're curious. Eventually Mr. Stroud was discovered by the "mainstream" and he's enjoyed some well earned success. He also evolved and developed his own style which is obvious here with "Cuba Strait". It's not a bad espionage/crime novel. It's something of an homage to the old Bogart,Audie Murphy, Alan Ladd movies about former soldiers/cops who find themselves sucked into an adventure in the Caribbean or Africa or Southeast Asia. An entertaining read, but I found myself missing the older Carsten Stroud style.He's evolved into a competent crime novelist, but some of that old zing is gone. I know that other reviewers here on GR dislike his long descriptive writing in those earlier books, but I don't.I liked those long descriptive sentences. I guess I sound like some older New York city residents who talk about the older dangerous days of the City. New York City is cleaner and safer now (for the most part), but it's lost some of its "uniqueness". That's how I feel about the more contemporary Carsten Stroud. More commercial,smooth and efficient, but he's lost something in the process. A competently written novel. Commercial and easy to read, but not one that I'll be keeping. Truly a "beach read".

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gregg Veach

    If one were to rate a book based solely on its ending, then this book would certainly get 0 stars; the ending is just "blah" compared to the fast-pace of the story and the build-up to the end. But, since one doesn't rate a book based just on its ending, I give this 4-stars. The ending is weak for just a magnificent, well-thought-out, and well-written story. An intriguing story, indeed. The dialogue seems natural, something "real" people would say. The action is lightning fast, and Stroud's rapid-f If one were to rate a book based solely on its ending, then this book would certainly get 0 stars; the ending is just "blah" compared to the fast-pace of the story and the build-up to the end. But, since one doesn't rate a book based just on its ending, I give this 4-stars. The ending is weak for just a magnificent, well-thought-out, and well-written story. An intriguing story, indeed. The dialogue seems natural, something "real" people would say. The action is lightning fast, and Stroud's rapid-fire pacing presents this story well... but, the ending falls far short; in fact, it's a big let down.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    This book was really very action packed from the beginning. I found some of the early parts predictable but not at all in a bad way. When an author knows his subjects (In this case, boats) it's a joy to see the well researched plot develop. I'm not going to write a spoiler review but suffice to say that Carsten Stroud has done his research well and it's made for a compelling read. Contains firefights from boats, firefights on land, scuba diving, knife fighting, submarines, aerial combat and a M This book was really very action packed from the beginning. I found some of the early parts predictable but not at all in a bad way. When an author knows his subjects (In this case, boats) it's a joy to see the well researched plot develop. I'm not going to write a spoiler review but suffice to say that Carsten Stroud has done his research well and it's made for a compelling read. Contains firefights from boats, firefights on land, scuba diving, knife fighting, submarines, aerial combat and a Morroccan hottie that can hold her own. You won't be dissappointed.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Maddy

    PROTAGONIST: Rick Broca SETTING: Florida Keys; Cuba RATING:3.5 WHY: Rick Boca is sailing his boss'a, a movie producer, boat in the Florida Keys and rescues a pilot, Charlie Kelleher, whose seaplane has gone down. Later, Rick's boss and his lover are captured by the Cuban authorities and charged with murder. Rick, Charlie and Rick's girlfriend, Zeffi, get involved in a mission to get the pilot’s daughter out of Cuba. A thriller that worked reasonably well until it went over the top at the end. PROTAGONIST: Rick Broca SETTING: Florida Keys; Cuba RATING:3.5 WHY: Rick Boca is sailing his boss'a, a movie producer, boat in the Florida Keys and rescues a pilot, Charlie Kelleher, whose seaplane has gone down. Later, Rick's boss and his lover are captured by the Cuban authorities and charged with murder. Rick, Charlie and Rick's girlfriend, Zeffi, get involved in a mission to get the pilot’s daughter out of Cuba. A thriller that worked reasonably well until it went over the top at the end.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    This was a great fiction read. There was lots of action and description, both technical and environmental. I had a hard time putting it down.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carol Mills

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    Whitney Cowles

  12. 5 out of 5

    Daryl

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    Ron Morris

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mark Jackson

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    Brian

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bill

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dudley

  18. 4 out of 5

    Barry Hammond

  19. 5 out of 5

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  20. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Rink

  21. 5 out of 5

    David

  22. 4 out of 5

    Eric Weisheit

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ronda

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

  25. 4 out of 5

    Me

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michael Kretz

  27. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Lacombe

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennie Van Remmen

  29. 5 out of 5

    Remco Neerhof

  30. 4 out of 5

    Scott Bell

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