An Accidental Cuban

A Russian businessman spots Harry hanging around a busy plaza and asks him to do some translating.
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Harry Cisneros desperately wants to escape moribund Cuba, but he is trapped by circumstances – a wife, a daughter and a lack of money.  A dead ringer for Leonardo Di Caprio, Harry’s three years in New Jersey as a teenager and his perfect English, make him an American at heart.

No longer content to work in a cigar factory, Harry hustles as a translator in the plaza of the colonial city of Cienfuegos. A chance meeting with a young American couple sets Harry off into a dark odyssey. The couple tells Harry about their experience in Havana of changing dollars into CUCs, the Cuban currency used for tourists. Harry decides to travel to the big city of Havana to explore the black market “dollar” business in hopes of making enough money to leave Cuba with his family.

Harry meets the characters involved in the money exchange business that pervades Havana’s underground – a Cuban, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, and a French restaurateur. Headquarters is Kirpan, a bustling, trendy Cuban restaurant whose partners send Harry out into the streets and plazas of Havana to change currencies and add more dollars to their coffers to invest in Cuba’s potential booming future.

A Russian businessman spots Harry hanging around a busy plaza and asks him to do some translating. He sees Harry can be useful to him in other ways and sends him to the government application office to find out how his Russian applications for partnering with the Cuban government measure up against other foreign applications. Harry becomes an unwitting spy,

To survive, Harry has to thread a complicated maze of disappearances and duplicities. In time, he discovers that nothing is what it seems.
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I had no idea what to expect when I started reading Joan Moran's thriller, "An Accidental Cuban". And then I realized I was immersing myself in a complicated world with the lead character, Harry Cisneros, a young man who longs to leave Cuba to seek freedom in America. He is a character full of conflict and emotional ups and downs as he tries to create a new life for his family. When he finds himself in the big city of Havana, he encounters an underground world that draws him toward devious characters and into a life of crime. I couldn't put the book down. Congratulations to Ms. Moran for her descriptive scenes of Havana and Santiago de Cuba as she tells a fascinating story.

-- Charlene Herst

Joan Moran (Author)

Joan Moran is a Creative Thought Leader, and motivational expert on health and wellness. She teaches management, employees and business leaders how to think creatively, implement innovative ideas, adapt to change, achieve work life balance and live a life of optimum wellness. Joan has developed the idea of stretching the mind at any age into an art form. As a keynote speaker, Joan commands the stage with her delightful humor, raw energy and wealth of life experiences. She spreads her knowledge and energy as a Joan also combines 25 years of theater experience as well as over 13 years of experience as a yoga and meditation instructor at UCLA. She spreads her knowledge and energy as a writer and blogger for the Sixty and Me, Huffington Post, Brain Speak, and Finer Minds. Joan’s idea of a happy life is to roam the world dancing Argentine tango. Joan is the author of her humorous and incisive memoir, 60, Sex & Tango: Confessions of a Beatnik Boomer, I’m the Boss of Me! Stay Sexy, Smart & Strong At Any Age, a book of her popular blogs, Women Obsessed, and available now on Amazon, An Accidental Cuban, a thriller that takes place in modern day Cuba. Visit Joan’s website: Follow her on Twitter: @joanfmoran Email:

A Russian businessman spots Harry hanging around a busy plaza and asks him to do some translating.

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