ULR Feature: Cuban Grit: A Modern Tale of Revolution by John Phillips



Cuban Grit uses a combination of suspense, action, and romance to tell a captivating story of a future revolution in Cuba, all the while diving into topics such as personal freedoms, the relationship between Cuba and the United States, and the power of the news media. When the oppressive ruler of Cuba stepped down in 2018, the Cuban people led by Javier Hernandez started a revolution to prevent another oppressive ruler from taking power. Javier’s beloved wife Vanessa Hernandez was publicly assassinated by an unidentified sniper while peacefully protesting in December 2018. Her death led to worldwide outrage and ultimately the United States backing the revolution. With the help of the United States military, the rebels were able to overthrow the oppressive government on June 26, 2019. The Cuban people were led to believe that the United States military would only occupy Cuba for a one year reconstruction period in order to maintain peace while a new democratic government was created. Several years have now passed, and the United States military presence has increased to the point of militant rule. It now appears that Cuba traded one oppressive ruler for another, and the Cuban people are growing restless for the freedom they believe they deserve. Meanwhile in the United States, first generation, Cuban-American, Chevita Diaz, is an American news reporter that begins to question the purpose of the United States military in Cuba, and what it may mean for the upcoming 2026 election. Chevita observes that the United States government is becoming more and more powerful, and she is concerned about the future of her country. If Chevita and Javier can keep from letting their feelings for each other stand in the way of their goals, they just may form the perfect partnership to change the world.


Book Review

What an interesting idea for a novel. After reading the description of this book, I decided that I would like to read it. I have always been interested in Cuba’s relationship with the United States. I liked how the author talks a lot about the future of the country and what can be done to stop the country from having another oppressive leader. The story focuses on a strong lead character, Javier Hernandez, who leads his people to find peace. Sadly his wife is assassinated while protesting peacefully. I loved how strong willed the characters were and the story was just fast paced and intense. Hope that the author will continue to write, this book was fantastic.

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