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Guntis Goncarovs is an analytical chemist by education and a historian by passion. Coupling storytelling of his discoveries of the analysis of the details historical mystery of the demise of the H.L. Hunley has lead to his novel, Convergence of Valor. Havana’s Secret, the culmination of Goncarovs’ research into the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898, is his third historical novel.
Goncarovs and his wife, Joan enjoy the wonders of New Hampshire with their dog, Sasha. Gardening, ice hockey, a beat-up old Saturn, and three grown daughters keep them well occupied.
on April 07, 2012 :
Mr. Goncarovs has a first class piece of work on his hands. Havana’s Secret weaves seemingly unrelated events into a convincing explanation of a century old mystery. The veracity of the narrative is uncanny. The reader becomes convinced that he is reading an eyewitness account of the outbreak of the Spanish American War. If historical fiction is your genre Havana’s Secret is for you.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on Feb. 26, 2012 :
Havana's Secret, like Goncarovs' previous book, Convergence of Valor, is scrupulously well-researched. Complex, rich in detail, steeped in history, the novel brings to vivid life the historic individuals and the drama of events from this turbulent political era. The pacing is excellent, drawing the reader through the intricate threads that pull together to make those critical moments that change the course of nations.
Goncarovs takes the dry facts of history and looks at the mysteries that lie behind what is known, imagining what it would be like to have lived through those times, to know and work with those pivotal personalities. It makes for fascinating reading as intriguing and action-packed as the best political suspense novels.
Highly recommended for history buffs, but also for anyone who enjoys this genre.
(reviewed the day of purchase)