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Havana Odyssey -- Stephen E Murphy

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Havana Odyssey: Chasing Ochoa's Ghost - Available by Labor Day.

Havana Odyssey: Chasing Ochoa’s Ghost should be published by IngramSpark, the latter half of August 2020 and by Labor Day on Amazon, ‘si Dios quiere’.

The fundamental question for the protagonist is to "Keep his promise or die trying?"

Professor Luke Shannon gets upbraided by a Cuban exile at Seattle University.  Luke didn’t keep his promise to a high-profile dissident 30 years ago.  He learns that the niece of Cuba’s deceased Hero of the Republic is still alive but in failing health. Ana was also Luke’s former lover. In Miami, Luke catches Cubana Aviacion’s last flight to Havana.

Then Covid-19 hits Cuba in 2020.  All bets are off if Luke will prevail. His odyssey takes him through police interrogations, steamy salsa clubs and tropical storms.  The Inspector, tipped off by the Cuban Embassy in Washington D.C. is intent on locking him up.  Whom can Luke trust? Startling news slaps him in the face.  Now he must escape.

Note:  The demise of General Arnoldo Ochoa is a topic of debate among expatriates and cognoscenti of Cuba. Ochoa’s military campaigns in Africa are still taught at the U.S. and Russian War Colleges. This book is based on 65 interviews of Cubans in-country and from exiles abroad. Its places and names have been changed to protect the innocent.


On The Edge -- Stephen E Murphy


On The Edge: An Odyssey

AS VISITOR TO HAVANA, SHOULD HE FOLLOW THE SAFE ROUTE OR PUSH THE ENVELOPE TO UNCOVER THE TRUTH? Read more in Chapter Eleven, "Issaquah (Mission Havana)"... A memoir of risk-taking, poignancy and redemption, On the Edge recounts University of Washington grad, Stephen Murphy’s odyssey east to Harvard Business School. Feel his pain as hopes come crashing down. Watch him struggle through Vietnam and Pacific typhoons, but find his way to Columbia Business School, later Brazil. How does he live in an infamous favela in Rio de Janeiro, as an international banker, or end up with Hollywood studios, fighting pirates? Run the gauntlet with him inside the Beltway in both Bush administrations, yet find a way to keep his cool. In twelve chapters focused on “turning points of life,” On the Edge: An Odyssey gives inspiration to professionals to land on their feet despite harsh circumstance.

“Murphy's high octane adventures provide fast reading for those keen on showbiz south of the border," writes Steve Solot, author, Brazil Cinema Today, and president, Rio Film Commission.

“Stephen Murphy has indeed taken paths less travelled. This is a frank and personal discussion of success, failure and lessons learned by a Seattle boy who became a global wanderer.” -- Christopher T. Bayley, author, Seattle Justice; chair, Stewardship Partners; former King County Prosecuting Attorney.


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