Silver’s Book Reviews – “The Havana Brotherhood,” by Graydon Miller

  • Title:  The Havana Brotherhood
  • Author: Graydon Miller
  • Paperback: 200 pages 
  • Publisher: Grady Miller Books (July 28, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986273422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986273421
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Formats: Paperback
  • Genres: Crime, Thrillers, Mystery, and Suspense

*The author provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review which follows*

The Havana Brotherhood is a collection of eleven short stories penned from the south of the border where love and loss intertwine with revenge, betrayal, and suspense. Each story leads you down a path of exploration into the psyche of humanity full of faults, and always very human.

One of my favorite stories featured in this collection by Graydon Miller was called the “International Bridge.” This story highlights the plight of young Central Americans seeking a better life for themselves and their children while attempting to cross into the United States. Hard lessons are learned when we are young and this story was no exception.

Another favorite story that appealed to me because of the realistic and gritty storytelling was the narrative called, “Angels,” which featured Jed, a regular guy down on his luck and short of ready cash who spends the night trying to find a friend to stay with while visiting his home turf.

One friend, Mike – the Hyperbolic Man, ends up dead, and another just doesn’t have room to accommodate him. Finally, broke and still with no place to stay, Jed stumbles into a bar that he frequented long ago. Lo and behold, the same four down on their luck friends are still sitting there, just as Jed remembers them. Nevertheless, pride stands in the way of Jed asking his old friends for a place to stay.

Desperate and down to his last twenty-dollar bill, which just so happens to be counter-fit, Jed accepts an invitation from Leon, a guy on the street who says he knows a place he can sleep for the night. The lead ends up a bust and now Jed has lost every last shred of his dignity.

Rounding a corner he spies a woman on a street corner with a tear running down her face. The woman named Sheila offers him a place to sleep if he will give up his watch as payment. He stays and loses his watch in the bargain. At long last, the never-ending night has come to a close and the sun rises once again. It was an unforgettable night for Jed.

Years later, while Jed is in rehab coping with his addictions, he just can’t get the death of his friend, Mike out of his head. Things just don’t add up. A newspaper article catches his eye and Jed figures out his friend was “rubbed-out” because he knew too much. Finally, as life sometimes teaches us, Jed realizes that the friend he needed so badly that night long ago is right there with him as his own guardian angel and has been all along.

Recommendation:

I really enjoy the way Graydon Miller portrays his characters. Each story in the Havana Brotherhood is a character study into our own humanity and our own human frailties. This author tells it like it is. His words are gritty and real.

I read these stories sometimes twice because there was so much in them. I’m glad I did. I learned a few things about myself in the meantime.

If you love mysteries, crime novels, and suspense thrillers, you will love the Havana Brotherhood. Just be careful to look over your shoulder while you are reading!

Author, Graydon Miller

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 4
Reader Engagement: 4
Reader Enrichment: 4
Reader Enjoyment: 4.5
Overall Rate: 4 out of 5

About Graydon Miller:

I am Graydon (Grady) Miller the Hollywood humorist and diet guru. When you have done as much and lived as much as I have, you begin to find humor in the most unexpected places. 

When I was working at a movie theater on Sunset Blvd., one morning a pickup plowed into a bus bench on the street corner. There was an old man on that bench, an old man wearing Bermuda shorts. There was a pasty looking leg that looked more like a ham than what had been a part of a man sticking out all day under the hood of the pickup. It took the authorities all day to clear it away.

In the afternoon, when the mess was still there, a very British woman came up to the ticket window, “Ooooh,” she said, “I see they’re making a movie.” I chose to let her believe what she wanted to believe. 

Please check out my “30 Seconds to Change” videos on YouTube and “Lighten up Now,” my funny and effective diet book as well as my Hollywood humor collection, “Late Bloomer.”

Make certain to connect with Graydon through his Twitter @GradyMiller

And Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/gradymillerbooks/?fref=ts

His blog: Grady Miller Books.com

Other books by Graydon Miller:  Amazon.com


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