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Paradise Lost
by Patrick A Lennon   

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Historical Fiction

Publisher:  Old Kings Road Press ISBN-10:  9781880941454 Type: 
Pages: 

246

Copyright:  August 15, 2006
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When an attempted assassination of Fidel Castro in Key West fails, A Key West family becomes involved in the Cuban Revolution.

Patrick Lennon
Paradise Lost

Fidel Castro's 26 July Movement responds to Batista's cruel dictatorship with student protests and guerilla attacks against the Cuban army. Castro is in Key West raising money for his exile army training in Mexico. An assassin sent to Key West by Batista to kill Castro mistakenly murders a young man who resembles Castro. Ramon, the oldest brother of the murdered man, tracks the assassin to Cuba to avenge his brother's death. After seeing conditions in Cuba, Ramon decides to help overthrow Batista and he smuggles guns to Castro's army in Mexico and later in Cuba.
When relations between the United States and Cuba sour after Castro's takeover, the CIA pressures Ramon to run guns to anti-Castro forces. Ramon learns that many Cubans support Castro and advises the CIA that it is doubtful there would be support for an invasion of Cuba.
After the fiasco at the Bay of Pigs, Ramon's life returns to normal until the CIA once again recruits him to take agents into Cuba to document the installation of missiles. When he attempts to bring the agents back to Florida, the Cuban military nearly sink his boat. The information he brings back from Cuba is vital to the Kennedy Administration and their confrontation with the Soviet Union to remove the missiles.
  


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The warm water heats the air above the Gulf of México and spawns trails of cottony clouds. The clouds shadow the Gulf's meandering currents, wending clockwise paths from the Yucatan to the Florida Keys. When the winds are light and the clouds linger over the sultry water, they absorb heat and energy and build to vast heights. Like a brigade of soldiers on parade, they march erect in their white uniforms.
The clouds rise higher and higher. They squeeze against an invisible barrier in the stratosphere and form an anvil top, the signal to change from their parade uniforms to black battle dress. The battle commences when zigzag tracers of lightening crackle between the water and clouds, followed by explosive thunder, unnerving to experienced mariners. Ice-cold winds, plummeting down the sides of the anvil, hammer the ocean with fury, while violent updrafts of warm moist air ram the cloud's muzzle with charges of black powder. Ice-cold rain, driven by the gale, stings bare skin and seamen shiver from the rain and shrink from pitching seas and crushing thunder.
Then, like a nightmare, it ends abruptly, though it seemed to last forever. The seas calm, and a breeze perfumed with fresh rain erases the skirmish from a sailor's memory.




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Reviewed by Tami Brady 9/18/2006
After World War II, the United States were known as the saviors of the free world and entered a period of prosperity. Unbeknownst to the average American citizen, lines and boundaries had been drawn, territory had been claimed and there was an undercurrent of despotism on both sides of the Iron Curtain. The United States government was not above (and still isn’t) lending a little aid of money, weapons and “consultants” to help certain countries with their revolutions, as long it seemed to be in America’s best interest at attempting to slow the spread of communism. Whether or not the support America provided certain countries was in the best interest of the certain countries citizenship is another matter that didn’t seem to be considered.

Paradise Lost is a story about revenge and ramifications. President Batista, dictator of Cuba puts a hit on young Fidel Castro, who is raising money in Key West Florida to support an army to over throw Batista’s tyrannical regime. Carlos Molina, a Castro sympathizer, is mistakenly thought to be Castro and is shot and killed by an assassin Major Garcia. Ramon Molina, Carlos’s older brother decides to seek vengeance for his brother’s murder. In an exciting by the-seat-of-your-pants action scene Ramon tracks Garcia to Cuba. Upon his return from his vengeance quest Ramon is enlisted
as a gun-runner for Castro. Later he is coerced into working for the CIA while trying to balance his business and family life.

Lennon has successfully written from a Cuban American’s point of view which lends a different but important perspective of an average person caught in the waves from Castro’s overthrow of Batista reign, America’s interest in Cuba, the Bay of Pigs Invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Any reader that enjoys a Tom Clancy novel minus the high-tech hardware and gadgetry should read Paradise Lost. It is an espionage thriller with a provincial realism and a human element that tugs at the heart and makes one reexamine their family and patriotic values.

John Milton’s Paradise Lost is an epic poem about original sin, the fall of man and the loss of innocence. Patrick Lennon’s Paradise Lost, shows us a loss of innocence when the blinders of ignorance are removed and we see behind the propaganda, rhetoric, double-speak and their consequences.


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