A Hundred Fires in Cuba, John Thorndike

Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literature & Fiction

In the spring of 1956, a young American photographer falls in love with a Cuban line cook in New York. They have a ten-week affair which ends when Immigration arrests and deports him, and by then Clare Miller is pregnant.
Few Americans know the name Camilo Cienfuegos. All Cubans do. He was the most charismatic of Castro’s rebel commanders. But Clare, who never hears from him after he’s deported, believes he has died in Fidel’s invasion of the island. She marries a wealthy Cuban businessman and moves to Cuba with her two-year-old daughter, only to discover that her first love is not only still alive, he’s head of the Cuban Army. Clare knows that Camilo likes to dance and drink. He likes women, and too many women like him. Though his courage is legendary, when he comes to visit at night he’s afraid of his daughter’s moods. He feeds her, he reads to her, he changes her diapers, but for him an all-night march would be easier. Clare worries that he’ll never make a good parent, but she cannot resist him.

A Hundred Fires in Cuba is a captivating, all-consuming novel that grasped and captured my attention from the very first page. A Hundred Fires in Cuba is a novel that I can’t help but be madly in love with; I adore stories about Cuba and a journey so it was no surprise that I would love this book. A Hundred Fires in Cuba has made me fall in love with historical fiction all over again thanks to the enchanting literature courtesy of John Thorndike and the memorable characters the reader meets along the way. A Hundred Fires in Cuba is a read that will keep you engrossed enthralled and enchanted until the very last page; this book was so phenomenal and addictive that I found it unputdownable…in other words I was impatient as I moved to the next page thanks to the novels engrossing literature, riveting plot and let’s not forget, astonishing characters. All of these factors combined A Hundred Fires in Cuba one of my favorite reads of 2018, it is a triumphant piece of fiction from a wordsmith extraordinaire, and you will not be disappointed if you read it!

A Hundred Fires in Cuba is a moving historical fiction novel that will take readers on an incredible journey. The reader’s journey will start in the spring of 1956, and it is here that the reader will meet the young protagonist of the novel, Clare Miller who is an America photographer. Clare, while living in New York falls in love with a ‘Cuban line cook’ however their relationship abruptly ends when he is deported and matters are only worst for Clare because she is pregnant with his baby.

The reader will follow Clare on her journey as a single parent, but soon she meets and marries a wealthy Cuban businessman and moves to Cuba with him and her daughter. However, while there Clare will have the shock of her life when she learns that her ex is still alive and well and when she knows this, they will soon grow closer once more. What happens next is incredibly poignant and will take readers on a memorable journey that should not be missed.

The story of A Hundred Fires in Cuba is an incredibly poignant, unique piece of work that took my breath away on more than one occasion, the pacing of this story was wonderfully written and plotted so that I did not get bored at any given time. I always measure my likeness of a book on whether I find myself looking at the page number; if I do in fact do this I know that the novel is taking its toll… in other words it is dragging, and I want it to end but A Hundred Fires in Cuba was different than this. Never once did I find myself referring to the page number and that is a sure sign that this book is a compelling piece of work that draws the reader in and captivates them to read it quickly.

In the incredible A Hundred Fires in Cuba, John Thorndike perfectly entertains his readers from start to finish. Thorndike places the reader in the midst of the action very early on, and I have to say, I loved this! I love when I am thrown head first into a novel; I adore to be shocked and entertained without a long build up, so I admire and applaud this. What I also adore about Thorndike’s literature is that he has correctly created scenes of the decade, so much so that you feel as if you are right there in Cuba amongst the hustle and bustle.

The objective of any great writer is that of any artist; it is to communicate a message and to delight the recipient whether that be the listener, the viewer or the reader… in this case the reader. John Thorndike has wonderfully delighted me, and this is why I am in such awe of Thorndike; he is a creative genius and a visionary thinker that is also passionate and articulate and this, in my opinion, is a hard balance to find these days in the art of literature.

To summarise my thoughts on the charismatic novel that is A Hundred Fires in Cuba; I would say if you are a reader who is tired of reading the same old books that are lackluster and forgettable then take a chance with this one because I promise you now that you will not be disappointed. It is a novel that has everything the reader would want in a read and so much more; it has spine-tingling good content, dynamic, memorable characters, a charismatic author that writes beautifully and wonderfully so and lastly it is an all-around, enjoyable, unforgettable read that you will not be disappointed if you choose to read it. My rating for this incredible book is five stars!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much, I love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please comment below and let me know your thoughts on A Hundred Fires in Cuba. Do you see yourself reading this book? Do you love the genre? Please let me know your brilliant thoughts below and I will be sure to comment back. Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon U.S.! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for Amazon U.K..

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John Thorndike

I don’t write a book thinking about the reviews to come. I think that would stop me dead in my tracks. The essence of writing is to be aware of nothing else, to be free of this daily world and dive into the world I’m creating. It’s not always easy. Every day I start writing I wonder if I can get the flywheel turning again. I feel distant from the book, from the characters. I may wonder if this is what I should be doing in life. Then, as I read over what I wrote the day before, or months… Read more »

Douglas Gilbert

Great book concept. I am intrigued by historical fiction in this era of Cuban history.

Based on Aimee’s glowing review, I’m motivated to read and review this book myself.

John, if you’re listening, contact me @

Doug Gilbert, Author of The Last Saturday of October

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