Wednesday, August 1, 2012

"Castro's Daughter"

David Hagberg is a former Air Force cryptographer who has traveled extensively in Europe, the Arctic, and the Caribbean and has spoken at CIA functions. He has published more than twenty novels of suspense, including Allah's Scorpion, Dance With the Dragon, The Expediter, and Abyss.

He applied the Page 69 Test to his latest novel, Castro's Daughter, and reported the following:
I guess I’ve been reading the Page 69 Test for too long—or maybe not long enough—because damn if page 69 of Castro's Daughter doesn’t lay out what Kirk McGarvey’s next quest will be.

Louise Horn, the wife of McGarvey’s best friend Otto Rencke, has been kidnapped by agents of the Cuban intelligence service—the DI--and the ransom is Otto showing up in Havana to attend the funeral of Fidel Castro. Of course Otto agrees.

Mac who is hiding out on a Greek island licking his wounds after a particularly hurtful assignment in which his wife, daughter and son in law were brutally assassinated is approached with the news by Marty Bambridge, the CIA’s Deputy Director of Operations.
“Is the Bureau making any progress finding Louise?”

“They’re looking for the Caddy the kidnappers used, but it’s disappeared. No one at the day care got a tag number.”

“Has the White House been informed?”

“No, it was one of Otto’s conditions.”

“Good, and we’re going to keep it that way,” McGarvey said. “Because they’re not interested in Louise or Otto, it’s me the DI wants, and luring Otto to Havana was the only way they could dig me out.”


“I don’t know, but I’m going to find out.”

“Just how do you plan on doing that?” Bambridge asked.

“I’m going to Havana to ask the woman why her dying father’s last wish was to make contact with me. And then I’m bringing Otto home.”
Learn more about the book and author at David Hagberg's website.

Writers Read: David Hagberg (July 2011).

My Book, The Movie: Abyss.

The Page 69 Test: Abyss.

--Marshal Zeringue