Two Spies in Caracas By Moisés Naím
Book/Novel Author: Moisés Naím
Book/Novel Title: Two Spies in Caracas
From the New York Times bestselling author of The End of Power comes an edge-of-your-seat political thriller about rival spies, dangerous love, and one of history’s most devastating revolutions.Venezuela, 1992. Unknown colonel Hugo Chávez stages an ill-fated coup against a corrupt government, igniting the passions of Venezuela’s poor and catapulting the oil-rich country to international attention. For two rival spies hurriedly dispatched to Caracas—one from Washington, DC, and the other from Fidel Castro’s Cuba—this is a career-defining mission.Smooth-talking Iván Rincón of Cuba’s Intelligence Directorate needs a rebel ally to secure the future of his own country. His job: support Chávez and the revolution by rallying the militants and neutralizing any opposing agents.Meanwhile, the CIA’s Cristina Garza will do everything in her power to cut Chávez’s influence short. Her priority: stabilize the greatest oil reserves on the planet by ferreting out and eliminating Cuba’s principal operative.As Chávez surges to power, Iván and Cristina are caught in the fallout of a toxic political time bomb: an intrepid female reporter and unwitting informant, a drug lord and key architect in Chávez’s rise, and personal entanglements between the spies themselves. With everything at stake, the adversaries find themselves at the center of a game of espionage, seduction, murder, and shifting alliances playing out against the precarious backdrop of a nation in free fall. A thrilling fictional story based on unimaginable real-life events.
“Mao says power grows out of the barrel of a gun, and he’s right! Democracy is a bourgeois farce,” said Fidel, threateningly. “Power is exercised entirely or lost completely. A true leader does not consult, he commands.”Venezuela, 1992. Unknown colonel Hugo Chávez stages an ill-fated coup against a corrupt government, igniting the passions of Venezuela’s poor and catapulting the oil-rich country to international attention. For two rival spies are hurriedly dispatched to Caracas—one from the CIA and the other from Fidel Castro’s Cuba—this is a career-defining mission. Two Spies in Caracas is a fictionalized account of the coup, the powers that backed it and those that opposed it.Naím’s novel was set during an interesting era in Venezuela’s history that I knew little about. I love historical fiction for that reason, and it’s hard for me to turn down a spy thriller, but this book was nothing special, despite the well-pitched synopsis. The author writes primarily nonfiction books and articles and, in this case anyway, was not a natural fiction writer. The dialogue was clumsy and inauthentic, likely more the fault of the translator than the author. For example, would President Carlos Andrés Pérez have actually said, “You hear what I’m saying” or use the term “gonna” instead of “going to” in 1992 Venezuela? I don’t think so. It sounded more like a Mafia goombah speaking.It was fascinating, however, to learn about Chavez, his Bolivarian Ideology, and his time in the spotlight. The first half of the book was slow, but the pace picked up as it went along. 3.5 stars.
Very well written, translation is well done. Novel is written within a recent South American political evolution.Well worth the time to read.
This book held my attention and was a great experience while I stumbled through grief of my husband’s death .Thank you.
I was amazed at the use of deceitful political ploys that parallel what we see today in the US. Itmade the book all believable but scary
Conocer el contexto histórico, las causas sociales y económicas, que facilitaron el surgimiento de un individuo como Chávez y la nueva clase corrupta de los boliburgueses es fundamental para crear una nueva Venezuela. Y es está la enseñanza que me deja la lectura de esta novela llena de intriga, pasión, pero también de esperanza por un nuevo despertar.
Knowing a little about Venezuela and Chavez, the book opened up more fair facts about struggles of people of small countries to survive the influence of big powers.No surprise of story of presence of Israeli’s Musad around the world.
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