Mojito! is fictional, so none of the plot is based on reality. Many of the personalities in Mojito! really exist - but not in their Mojito forms. There is no mafia in Havana - and if there is, I didn't meet it's chief. I modeled the Manuel (not his real name) character's personality around a friend there who speaks excellent English so I reinvented him as a main character who drives much of the plot. But he's not a criminal and not dangerous. Since Mojito! was written CNN has opened a news bureau there, so Kate really wouldn't need to go down to Cuba to do a story. Joel is based on a real character I met over a decade ago that I did help out with milk. A couple of years ago I ran into him again; he was body guarding a foreign rich guy and has grown to be fully able to look after himself and his family. There is no CIA guy (that I know of) in Cuba, but Hadrian Felix is based upon a buddy's father who was with the Latin Section of the CIA for many years. Damian Merrarro died a few years ago of an infection he got from an operation. Ronaldo the helicopter pilot is based on a boxer I met.
Call me a skeptic (and a cynic)... In Cuba, nothing is ever as it appears. When I look at this, here's what might I see. 1) The Castros are keen on reducing its population of dissidents 2) Fewer people means less in allowances 3) There will be fees collected from travellers 4) Fidel is out of the picture (dead or dying) 5) Raul knows that he is not popular enough to hold things together by himself, he needs to change or be changed.
Tamiami Park, Miami, Florida: Each cross bears the name of a victim of Castro's genocide against the Cuban people
Colonel Cornelio Rojas in Guevara's prison in Santa Clara.
Prior to his political execution: January 7, 1959
Brian Lloyd French
I am a great admirer of the strength and talents of Cuban people and will share some of my experiences here.