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Review : Ghosts Of Havana by Todd Moss

***ARC in exchange for honest review***

Dirty politicians, secret spies, and corrupt governments are what you will find in Ghosts of Havanna by Todd Moss.  This is book 3 of the Judd Ryker series and if you haven’t read the first two, you will be a little bit confused on the back story of Judd and his wife Jessica.  I am one of those that haven’t read the first two books, but with little details, I did pick up on past events which was enough to give me an idea of the situation.

Judd Ryker and his wife Jessica both work for the government in one form or another.  Jessica works with the CIA, even though she doesn’t let anyone know she does, not even her husband knew until recently.  Judd works for the Crisis Reaction Unit S/CRU and usually does a lot of undercover missions, as does his wife.  Both of them are sent on missions within this book, but only one of them knows the other is actually on a mission.  Secret spies in full effect!

Four men go on a fishing trip, and are taken hostage by the Cuban military and have no idea why.  The US government is trying to get involved with getting them back, but in the scheme of things, there is a lot of secrets and corrupt business going on.  Cuba just wants to have a free government back and the US wants to be able to side with them to help them get it.  A lot of wheeling and dealing is going on and the two people sent on the mission to extract the prisoners have no clue what they are getting into.

To be able to understand this book, you need to have an open mind and be able to tolerate jumping back and forth between scenes and characters.  This book has a lot of characters within it, with a lot of different scenes, time, and places.  Keeping up is a definite key to the book because if you don’t catch little details, you will miss important information as into what is happening.

Todd does an amazing job of talking about actual historical events.  I honestly had no clue a lot of this happened, or as to why it happened.  It was basically like having a history lesson, with an actual story behind it to not make it boring.  He uses a lot of detail into places and scenes which is good because you can picture the backdrop for the scene you are reading.  The details on the cars, ships, and aircrafts shows that Todd has a vast knowledge for those items.

I am giving this book 3.5 stars.  It had a great plot and story, but I would have loved to see more information or background on the characters.  Maybe that background information comes from one and two, which I haven’t read, but more of them would have been easier to connect with them.  I love the historical facts that he inserts and develops them into a story.  Go into it with an open mind and remember to focus on the movement from people because key factors help you to realize what is going on.

Reviewed by Jodi N.