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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Heart of a Cuban: Refugee to American Hero by NJ Perez is the inspirational story of a brave young man who rose above it all to save his family and the lives of countless others. I truly enjoyed this story for obvious reasons, but I also loved it for how the story flowed and brought me pure joy just by reading it. I enjoyed how the author handled the flow of the story and brought the characters to life on the pages. I swear I could hear the characters' voices and imagine their looks in my brain and be satisfied with what I pictured.
This is the story of Andres, a young guy who was living the good life in Cuba with his family. He was studying, enjoying the company of his friends and life at home when all hell broke loose. Fidel Castro came into power and suddenly it looked like Andres and his family would lose everything they had amassed over the years. But his family is not new to struggle and fighting for freedom and Andres is ready to fight for the freedom of his family and his people. Survival can be achieved if they move from Cuba to America, but if they get caught, there will be hell to pay. Can they escape from the clutches of Castro and his men?
This is an action filled, emotional and adventurous journey of survival and the author did justice to it. Andres is a great lead for many reasons, but the fact that he was young and seeing everything through innocent eyes gave the story a very emotional theme. Everything felt almost too real at times and I had to stop a moment before continuing reading. His fresh eyes saw everything and understood everything with a mind that had to grow up a little too fast. The characters felt real and alive, the events continued to be interesting and the story kept on moving. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Brilliant!