The Winds of Revolution


Fiction - Literary
240 Pages
Reviewed on 10/25/2017
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Author Biography


Mark Randolph Conte has published fiction, poetry, articles, interviews and Guest Columns in 67 publications. He has eight books, Walking on Water, poetry, 1986, Delilah and Other Stories, 2001, The Judas Scroll, poetry, 2004 and Five Days to Eternity, 2005. Of Flesh and Stone, 2009, The Ghost 2013, The Easter Lamb 2015, The Death of Sherlock Holmes, 2015, Kathy's Songs, poetry, 2016.. The Winds of revolution august 2017 and A Friend of the Family due December 2017 He had short stories in the anthologies Steps in Time and Love Matters. He won Honorable Mention in the PEN American award in short fiction in 1979 and first prize in poetry in the Barbwire Theater awards. He is a member of the Academy of American Poets and the Authors Guild.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

The Winds of Revolution by Mark Conte is a novel with a strong historical setting against the backdrop of the pre-revolutionary period in Cuba. Follow the story of an unusual, passionate love of an American sailor for a woman older than him, a woman who is embroiled in the revolution in Castro’s army. This could be read as a love story, but it is a powerful document of social consciousness during a difficult and painful period in the history of Cuba, and the author has done a marvelous job in depicting the way of life of the poor in this breathtaking, lyrical narrative. The reader follows the characters through the slums and squalor, compelled to become a witness to the social injustices and political repression that the Cubans suffered.

The writing is gorgeous and readers will enjoy the streams of consciousness that punctuate the vivid descriptions and the author’s poetic gaze that pierces reality with forensic clarity. The writing is balanced and the pace measured, allowing readers to get as much entertainment as possible while looking history in the face. Mark Conte puts a lot of life into his narrative by creating characters that are historically real and unveiling the social conditions of the masses within a specific historic moment. The conflict is monumental and as the reader gets pulled into its turmoil, they immediately understand that this isn’t a story of an individual, but the tale of a nation on its knees, struggling to rise against its oppressors. The Winds of Revolution is well written, absorbing, and hugely entertaining.