Genre: Historical Fiction | Crime
My Rating: ☆☆☆☆/5
A huge thanks to Emma at DampPebbles Blog Tours for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for this review.
Blurb: Would you work with the devil to build a paradise on Earth?
Jewish gangster, Alex Cohen joins long-time friend and business partner, Meyer Lansky to recreate
Las Vegas in 1950s Havana. When dictator President Batista gives them the opportunity to build
their dream casino complexes, Alex must choose between dancing with this devil or being in debt to
the Italian mob.
If he takes the mafia money then he will be tied to the men who planned his earlier downfall and
removed his mentor, Lucky Luciano from the syndicate. If he refuses their investment then he will be
beholden to the tinpot generalissimo and his bloated ego. But Alex knows that there is more at stake
than mere gelt–now he has his family surrounding him and they will suffer the ultimate price if he
makes a bad decision.
The fifth book in the Alex Cohen series is an historical thriller novel, which tears at the heart of the
Jewish mob’s role in pre-revolution Cuba. Leopold Borstinski’s piercing crime fiction gives each
reader the shocking skinny into the building of modern America.
My thoughts: This is the fifth book in the Alex Cohen series I’ve read and I’ve really loved the way the series has progressed. The series follows the life of Alex Cohen throughout the decades of his life (from the 1910s in book 1 to the 1950s in book 5) and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the series! The books are easy to read and follow but packed full of so much drama that I found myself turning the pages faster than any other book I’ve read! Alex is a character that I really can’t decide whether I love or hate. In the earlier decades of his life I felt sorry for him because he’d been dragged into a criminal world, but he chose to stay in that life (I know it was probably hard to leave a criminal organisation without getting shot).
As anyone who’s been reading my reviews for a while will know, I’m a huge fan of historical fiction. Something I’ve really enjoyed about these books is how it’s covered so many different periods through time, all of which have come with their own quirks. Alex is such a complex character; he’s been well thought through by Leopold Borstinski and Borstinski certainly knows how to write an incredible series of books!
You can read my review on books 1-3 by clicking here
Published by Sobriety Press on 30 th April 2021