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Cuba Libre finds Leonard reaching for a broader audience than those which appreciated either his crime novels or the westerns he once wrote, which he accomplishes by combining elements of both. Ben Tyler is a cowboy who robs banks, but only those that contain money of people who owe but won't pay him--he only takes what they owe. Charlie Burke is a businessman who buys horses cheap in the west, then sells them to exporters, while heroine Amelia Brown is the mistress of one of the truly bad men in the novel and struggles with dilemmas similar to those endured by other cast members.
Begining around the time that the Maine is sunk in Havana Harbor and ending when Teddy and others storm San Juan Hill, the story is at its best when its colorful characters are turned loose in one of the novel's colorful settings. If you like Leonard, you'll love Cuba Libre, and if--for some reason--you haven't yet discovered the author, prepare for a real treat. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
i read "cuba libre" because a friend left it behind after moving away from my city and i'd never read an elmore leonard novel, though i'd heard of him many times... Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2002 by private__
Typical Elmore Leonard's crime genre, set against Spanish American war of 1898. Ben Tyler, a gun runner from Arizona is enticed by his friend Charlie Burke to bring horses to Cuba... Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2002 by Vijay B. Kumar
Just because this novel is mediocre shouldn't discourage Elmore Leonard from settings such as Cuba in 1898. Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2002 by Quickhappy
My motivation for picking up my first Elmore Leonard novel lies with my love for the movies "Out of Sight" and "Get Shorty. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2002
I'm not a huge fan of Mr. Leonard's work, but I like a good historical novel and a good crime novel, so I gave this a whirl. Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2001 by email@example.com
the on you start with. If you have you'll be disappointed. I read the first two hundred pages on a flight to Las Vegas and didn't bother with the other half on the way back. Read morePublished on June 26 2001 by Galwayk
Read All the Pretty Horses and then Cuba Libre and tell me they are not nearly the same story. Nonetheless they both rock. Read morePublished on May 29 2001
It's difficult to say what the worst feature of this book is. But it's probably the uninspired dialogue. Or it might be the superficial and banal characters. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2000