Not wanting to unintentionally steal anything, I resisted reading any of the plethora of novels about Cuba until mine was substantially finished. I did read Margaret Truman's formula work, "Death in Havana" and Martin Cruz Smith's "Havana Bay".
Nathan Thornburgh, in an article in Time Magazine in December is completely on the mark. Here is my email to him:
Brian Lloyd French
I am a great admirer of the strength and talents of Cuban people and will share some of my experiences here.