Black Rum & Dynamite
By: Patrick Baird
Genre: Action & Adventure, Thriller
Year published: 2013
Date read: 11/10/13
Recommended by: R2R
Summary: Havana, 1956. Gunner Quinn is back on the CIA payroll, on the track of a mysterious gang of gun runners. Are they funding a communist revolution or something far more sinister and deadly? And who is the beautiful castaway, China Tampico? From the jazz-fueled nightlife of pre-Castro Cuba, to dark backwaters where voodoo lurks, Black Rum & Dynamite sparkles with action, passion and history come to life.
This was my first read of the Beatnik Series and I really enjoyed it. Even though I hadn't read the first two, the story was a fun read and I didn't feel like I was missing anything. I can't wait to pick up more of the series.
It had lots of action, several unexpected twists and one HUGE one that completely through me off and, about halfway through, I was like "Wait!! What?!?! It can't be over yet!!" but seeing where I was on my Kindle, I was relieved to see that there was much more to go. The second part was EVEN BETTER than the first.
I really liked the character of Quinn. The FBI Agent (Fontana) might come off as a real douche at times, but he's endearing in his own special way. El Rey Arana is one MESSED UP dude and ended up being a really great bad guy.