Book Review | Havana Harvest
Title: Havana Harvest
Author: Robert Landori
Based in Part on a True Story… A CIA agent tries to expose a Cuban drug smuggling ring, with ties to Fidel and Raul Castro. It sounded good… I’m sure people with interest in American/Cuban history might find this a good book. It was interesting from the historical standpoint, but I found this book rather hard to read. The author gave back-stories for every character, half of which could have been eliminated or reduced to a couple of sentences. It only picked up in the last few chapters and quite simply put, I’m starting to think that might have been my almost desperate desire for this book to be finished…
There is also the amazing resemblances between the main character, Robert Lonsdale and the author, Robert Landori. Beyond the similar names, both were of European birth, worked in circles that brought them into contact with several countries intelligence communities and both live in Montreal, Canada. To many co-incidences for my tastes. If given a little more action and less endless details of all the planning, this could have been as good as Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon novels or any of Steve Berry’s CIA books. I don’t think I can recommend this book to your average readers… To be honest, if I hadn’t said I’d write a review, I probably would have set it aside and never picked it up again.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*