Fear of the Tide

The Untold Story of a Cuban Rebel

Non-Fiction - Biography
274 Pages
Reviewed on 10/01/2017
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Author Biography

Analise M. Oliver, the daughter of David Fuentes Martinez, listened to her father tell stories of his involvement in the Cuban Revolution over the years, eventually realizing that he had an amazing story to tell, and began taking the time to write those details down as he told them. Analise soon realized that a novel was unfolding, motivating her to continue to interview her father and finish the story.

Mrs. Oliver is a consultant and trainer in Document Imaging and Management Technology. She has been a business owner since 1994, has authored a trade publication, developed training courses, and teaches others how to start and manage their own successful technology businesses.

Married with four grown sons and seven grandchildren, she enjoys spending time with family. Analise is a breast cancer survivor, an advocate for at-risk youth, and the treasurer of the church she attends.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

Fear of the Tide: The Untold Story of a Cuban Rebel by Analise M. Oliver is a riveting biography that follows the life of one of Cuba’s rebels, David Fuentes Martinez. When he bought a train ticket from his native, underdeveloped rural Las Matinas to Havana, the young David consoled himself with the thought of being with his father. Yes, he was leaving everything he’d ever known behind. Fidel Castro overthrew the government in 1959 and took over power, facing a lot of opposition and resistance from the CIA and anti-revolutionists. David joined the fray in the hopes of stopping a communist regime from overtaking his home town. But this was the beginning of a nightmare for him that would send him through many dangers, tight spots, and eventually find him leaving his native Cuba for good.

Analise M. Oliver has crafted a story that offers readers a splendid political panorama of Cuba in the years of Fidel Castro, a riveting, heartbreaking story of the revolution lived through the eyes of an individual. Readers will be captivated by the stunning social commentaries, the exciting plot and the huge conflict. From the moment the protagonist boards the train from his home town and heads towards Havana, the reader is spellbound, completely pulled into the narrative by the strong and irresistible voice. The setting is done to perfection, allowing readers to perceive the social structures, the economic hardships, and the corruption that swept through Cuba during this historic time. Fear of the Tide: The Untold Story of a Cuban Rebel allows readers to relive the Cuban revolution and to feel its horrors. A well-crafted biography that is as revealing as it is entertaining. I couldn’t put it down.


I have never been an avid reader, having read only a handful of books in my lifetime, but I’m very glad I read this one. It captured my attention after the very first page and held it continuously, page after page after page. Ironically, it’s the writer’s inexperience that contributes to Pepe’s innocence and love of country being revealed so genuinely on each page of the story. Thank you for telling this story!

Jodi Sorem

This book was an amazing true story with so much detail and excitement to the very end! It was written so well I felt like I was right there with Pepe.! Hoping for a sequel to continue his journey!!!!!!