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Dark Seeds:
Hemingway Out of Havana
by D. J. Herda

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Historical Fiction
Political Intrigue

When Ernest Hemingway falls under F.B.I. suspicion for not fleeing Cuba as Fidel Castrol marches triumphantly into Havana, the author decides to take matters into his own hands to redeem himself and rid the country of yet one more in a long line of island-nation despots.

As Ernest Hemingway comes increasingly under J. Edgar Hoover scrutiny for not fleeing Cuba when Fidel Castro marches triumphantly into Havana, the author decides to take matters into his own hands to redeem himself and rid the island nation of one more political tyrant.  Working out of the seedy Hotel Ambos Mundos, Hemingway maneuvers behind the scenes to help bring Batista-regime liberator Fidel Castro to power.  On his third wife and fourth mistress--and well into a life of failing health and alcohol addiction--the author decides there might be one more story unfolding before him, one more novel to help seal his reputation in greatness.  But, as Hemingway welcomes the Cuban dictator into Havana, rumblings from the United States--pro-Batista to the bitter end--threaten the author's very reasons for living ... and nearly threaten the very existence of life on earth.


Working from a run-down two-room "suite" in the Hotel Ambos Mundos overlooking downtown Havana, Ernest Hemingway struggles with his first great novel nearly as much as with his next.  For Whom the Bell Tolls has made him famous.  Yet, at the same time, it leaves him dry, depleted, and terrified.  What if the Great American Hope fails to live up to literary expectations?  What if he fails to live up to his own?


With a disenchanted third wife in the next room--and his most recent mistress and one "true love" less than three blocks down the street--Hemingway learns of unrest in the hills overlooking the city.  Batista brushes it off as "troublemakers" and dispatches a cadre to destroy them.  At the same time, the author toys with the idea of documenting the coming overthrow of the corrupt Batista regime in a new war novel.  When Castro bursts into power in 1959 and most Americans flee the beleaguered city, Hemingway elects to stay on.  He has no reason to doubt Castro's sincerity and even wishes the new leader "good luck." 


But for Hemingway, luck runs out when he comes to odds with FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, who has been "watching" the author ever since his show-boating sub-hunting adventures of 1942-43.  Hemingway's mounting paranoia and his fear of being branded anti-American frighten him into undertaking the overthrow of the infant Castro regime.  As intrigue and betrayal line the streets of Havana, the author finally implements his very own plan--a plan actually deviously spawned in Washington, D.C., and placed in the author's by now delusional mind by F.B.I. operatives--that backfires on both Hemingway and Hoover and threatens to engulf the world in a nuclear holocaust.


D. J. Herda is an award-winning, full-time professional writer/journalist with more than 40 years of writing and editing experience.  He is author of more than 80 published books and several hundred thousand short pieces, in addition to several screen plays, stage plays, and audio and video scripts.  He currently serves as president of the American Society of Authors and Writers, is a member of The Author's Guild, and is a former member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Washington Press Club.

Former ghost writer for Ronnie Schell, Lawrence Welk, Art Linkletter, etc.  Former ghost writer/photographer for Sammy Davis Jr.  Scriptwriter for educational and consumer cable television, in-flight airline, etc. 

This story was written visually, with strong character and scene elements and naturally occurring dramatic breaks.  Its dialogue is hip, pointed, quirky, and humorous, and the scenes contain good descriptive passages for visualization purposes.  Several producers have expressed interest in seeing the book. 

Herda is one of the best fiction writers working today.

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