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If you enjoy reading historical fiction, this is a smart choice. Not only will you be entertained by a well-written, powerful and complex story, but I have little doubt you'll learn something new.

The descriptions in this book are so vivid, painting a clear picture of the Keys as well as Havana, Cuba. As I read, I stepped back in time and walked the shoes of a fascinating man--Townsend--and felt so many emotions.

There's a bit of romance in this story as well, which is always a plus for me. It gives an element of softness that is needed and welcomed.

It is very evident that substantial research was put into writing this book. I don't know much about the Civil War time, but this story gave me an in depth look at particular aspects of the time. I like how the story incorporated so many emotions of me, heart, empathy, anger, and the list goes on...