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  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Action & Adventure
  • Language:English
  • Pages:342
  • eBook ISBN:9781098399818
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098399801

Cuba's Nuclear Pinata

Castro's attempt to blackmail America with a stolen nuclear warhead

by Ken Peters

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It's 1992, Clinton has ascended the Presidency, the Cold War is over and the West is offering Aide for democratization and the dismantling of former Soviet Nuclear Arsenals. Fidel Castro is left in a lurch with his former Soviet benefactors now bankrupt and Castro has on last ploy to bring the West to him.
At the end of "the Missiles of October Crisis," the US had demanded that Russia remove all of their missiles that were 90 miles offshore from the United States. However, Fidel Castro had secretly removed six nuclear warheads before the entire thirty-two missiles were sent back to Russia. It was always Fidel's thinking that these warheads might one day be the savior of his nation. While he aligned himself with other communist countries, his inner sense always told him that he and Cuba were geographically an island of political ideology. He always knew Cuba was never more than a pawn for Russia as a threat to the United States during the Cold War. Russia. Fast forward now to 1992, Russia has fallen. Cuba is left in a bankrupt state with its benefactors no longer able to financially support its communist regime. His island country could no longer feed its people or manage its economy with its limited agricultural exports to acquire enough foreign currency to import the Island nation's food stocks, energy, or durable goods. However ineffective the US Government blockade may have been during Russia's time, it would now bring Cuba's economy to a standstill. The US and Western Europe were offering financial aid to former Soviet confederated satellite countries in exchange for denuclearization and free elections turning towards Democracy. Castro had no intent on following the paths of these former Soviet countries and relinquish his regime. Given his financial dilemma, Castro decides his hidden nuclear warheads may just be the leverage he can use with the United States without losing power. His plan was to use his weapons in a ploy to compromise the US. Castro conceives a clandestine plan to move one of his six nuclear warheads and plant it in Miami. His journey begins with shipping a large crate on an old transport ship used since the 1950s going back and forth over the 90 mile stretch between Havana and Miami. A safe ship without suspicion as a nondescript old freighter with whom the US customs agents well knew her captain who was believed to be anti-Castro and usually only assisted ex-pat Cubans seeking to repatriate their property from Havana or help those to escape from Cuba where possible. Upon planting the disguised wooden in a crate in US customs deep storage in Miami, Castros' intermediaries seek through the Cuban UN Mission in NYC to present the situation through American diplomats. As the information moves up the diplomatic bureaucracy, the US Government refuses to commit to blackmail. However, the offers a plan for advanced Agricultural Biotechnology to Cuba in exchange for the warheads in Havana and the one secreted to the US mainland. The US offers Genetically altered agriculture, such as flavor-saving tomatoes and Strawberries, which take on a 20-day hibernation from the ripening process when pulled from their stem. This not only permitted less bruising in transit but also had a shorter growth cycle, allowing annual crop production to increase fourfold. Such improvements could greatly accelerate agricultural production, translating to increased export revenues to solve Castro's financial dilemma. The US Government plan is nothing more than a guise to buy time to allow a covert incursion into Cuba to find the remaining five warheads while simultaneously US-trained bomb personnel pursues finding the warhead planted in Miami.
About the author
Dr. Ken Peters is a PhD Int'l Economist as a senior executive working for several multinational companies worldwide assisting governments with critical analysis on Healthcare Policies, living & working for over 30 years in Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia. In 1997 he founded World Diagnostics Inc. (NASDAQ) focusing on infectious diseases for underdeveloped nations experiencing pandemic and endemic diseases. He has been highlighted in the Wall Street Journal, various healthcare journals, a recipient of Dx Health Care Awards, and noted in "Who's Who in American Entrepreneurs". Since retiring, Dr. Peters has turned to write Biotechnology Thriller Novels, using his personal experiences from his time living overseas in underdeveloped nations where populations were experiencing a wide range of infectious diseases. Using the genre of Biotechnology, his novels are page-turners with the same pace as Michael Crichton uses medical or as John Grisham uses the law. His novels include Off Shore, The Cure, and most recently Cuba's Nuclear Pinata. His fourth biotech thriller The Hajj Intercept is anticipated to be released in mid-2022. Dr. Peters is currently a visiting professor at the Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs at Florida International University (US News & World ranked top 100 Universities) lecturing on Macroeconomic Government Policies and has been a distinguished guest scholar at the University of Shanghai lecturing on International Economic Development.

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A Review from the Heart As you read this book, you might feel a mix of sadness and contemplation. The story holds moments of heartache and reflection. Let the words be your guide through the emotions woven on these pages. Read more
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ADA Cuba's Nuclear Piñata is wonderful book! I recommend it to anyone interested in economics, as well as exploring the history. I highly recommend! Read more
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great book This is an excellent read, blending historical events with a compelling fictional story. The characters are well-developed, and the narrative cleverly weaves in real-world geopolitics, making it a thought-provoking and engaging experience. The book keeps you on the edge throughout, and I highly recommend it! Read more
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