Havana Blues: David Pereda

Please welcome David Pereda author of Havana Blues


Havana Blues

by David Pereda


GENRE:  Historical Coming-of-Age novel




The year is 1952 and Ramon Rodriguez’s life as a teenager in fun-loving Havana is filled with typical activities and concerns: girls, education, religion, baseball, parties, and hanging out with friends. The country is enjoying a period of prosperity and happiness–until General Batista stages a coup that topples the government and Ramon’s life is flung into chaos.


In a few short years, the carefree fifties morph into a vicious and repressive dictatorship highlighted by corruption, organized gambling, school closures, student demonstrations, police brutality, and assassinations.


As Ramon experiences the thrills of his first romantic relationship, graduates from school, and struggles to plan for an uncertain future, he is forced to make important decisions that may be dangerous to him, his family, his friends, and his girlfriend – the beautiful Sonia — and could turn deadly.







My room was on fire. Orange tongues licked the crumbling walls

and snaked across the burning floor toward my bed. Thick gray

smoke choked me. My ears throbbed with an insistent and

reverberating sound.


I couldn’t breathe.


I gasped for air. My palms felt sweaty, and my heart thrashed

against my rib cage, as if trying to escape my chest. I opened my eyes.

For a moment, I was in a bright and silent void – then I heard my

parents arguing in the kitchen.


It was a hot and sunny morning. I had been dreaming of hell

again, and the alarm clock was ringing.


I shut it off.


Ever since Brother Santiago had given in Religion class a week

ago a vivid and realistic description of hell as punishment for

masturbation and having sex with prostitutes, I’d had the same dream

over and over. Amid much commotion and speculation, Pacheco, the

frail student with a perennially runny nose who sat behind me in

class, fainted and had to be carted off to the school infirmary, pale

and limp like a noodle in won ton soup. Everyone in class knew

Pacheco was an assiduous masturbator – he bragged about it to other

students often enough – but his blackout generated great speculation

in the school about his frequent visits to brothels. I wondered what

kind of nightmares Pacheco was having.


On second thought, I really didn’t want to know. I had enough

with my own nightmares of hell.


I stretched lazily in bed. Today was a special day. It was my

birthday. I was fifteen years old.


A door slammed somewhere, and once more I was aware of my

parents’ angry voices in the kitchen. I likened their arguments to a

sort of word symphony, the sound of their voices harmonized so

well. My mother’s shrill, piercing sting was a nearly perfect

complement to my father’s placating hum.


Though I couldn’t hear them clearly, I guessed what they were

arguing about – money. Ever since Papa’s broom-making business

started going bad, it seemed money was all they ever talked about.





AUTHOR Bio and Links:


David Pereda was born in Havana, Cuba. The award-winning author of seven previous novels, he enjoys crafting political thrillers and edgy mainstream novels with unique characters placed in exotic settings. He has traveled to more than thirty countries and speaks four languages. Before devoting his time solely to writing and teaching, David had a successful international consulting career with global giant Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked with the governments of Mexico, Venezuela, Peru and Qatar, among others.


A member of MENSA, David earned his MBA from Pepperdine University in California. He earned bachelor degrees in English literature and mathematics at the University of South Florida in Tampa.


He lives in artistic Asheville, North Carolina, with his youngest daughter Sophia, where he teaches mathematics and English at the Asheville-Buncombe Community College. He loves sports and is an accomplished competitor in track and show-jumping equestrian events.








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7 responses to “Havana Blues: David Pereda”

  1. David Pereda says:

    I want to thank you for hosting me in your blog today. I’ll be checking in and out throughout the day — before, in-between and after my classes — to answer questions or respond to comments from your readers about Havana Blues, my next upcoming book to be released in March, or any other topic regarding my writing. I’m looking forward to having a fun day interacting with your readers and with you. Again, my thanks.

  2. David Pereda says:

    I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  3. achristay@aol.com says:

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  4. Victoria says:

    Sounds like a wonderful book!

  5. Nikolina Vukelic says:

    This sounds like a book I’d really enjoy reading, thank you for sharing!

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