|Stealing Castro’s Daughter: a memoir is a fascinating story of a man who decides to help a Cuban woman; Adianec, escape from Cuba and join him in the United States. He meets her during an illegal vacation to Cuba and immediately is intrigued by her, her life and family. His interest in her develops over several trips to the island and he becomes increasingly disappointed and angry at the living conditions that Cubans face every day. His interest in Adianec becomes love and obsession and he devotes his life to getting her out of Cuba using any legal and illegal way he can devise.|
Author Lee Brooks is an actor who appeared in several television shows and the movie “Sideways.” His book Stealing Castro’s Daughter: a memoir, depicts Cuba accurately and in a heartfelt way depicts the failure of the Communist government on the island. It is a love story whose antagonist is Fidel Castro’s oppressive regime and its failed political machine. The book introduces us to characters from Castro’s secret police, human smugglers, corrupt politicians and officials in various surrounding islands and good people who just want to see love triumph over every obstacle. I think this book could make a great movie. (I’m sure Lee Brooks knows this already.)
The problem that I have with the book is that it is poorly written and horrendously edited. There are numerous grammatical mistakes in the book and at least two repeated words in a sentence. I felt it was so amateurish that I looked up the publisher’s web site. It turns out that the “publisher” is a self-service publisher that charges to print anyone’s book and distribute it. That explains the lack of professionalism in the book. I think Lee Brooks should have hired a professional to write the book or at least edit it.