July 25, 2017

Marita: The Spy Who Loved Castro

"Was I close to them? Yes, but I was always on the edge of things." ~ pg. 97

A little bit of history? True life scandal? Spy story featuring well-known people? CIA? A party girl with Mafia ties? This is too much! But count me in for the advanced copy of Marita: The Spy Who Loved Castro. I love a good espionage memoir.

Ilona Marita Lorenz was born in Germany just days before WWII started. It could have been an indication of her rough life to come. She was incarcerated in a Nazi concentration camp as a child. Her father was often on the sea. When Marita got older, she was allowed to join him. It was on one of those voyages that she met and fell in love with thee Fidel Castro at first sight. Fast forward and she fled to the United States, where she was recruited to help assassinate Castro and later testified about JFK's assassination.

"Unreliable witness." ~ pg. 4

Have you ever got the sense that the narrator isn't the most credible? Or that there are mayjah parts of the story that are unsaid? Hmmm, I am not sure if I believe everything Marita "reveals" in this book. At best, I understand there are two sides to every story and hers needs more people for me to believe it all. Too many side-eyes, holes, and outlandish memories.

On the other hand, I was gripped from the first lines. Marita has a way of weaving a tale that will grab readers from the beginning. My jaw permanently dropped by end of chapter two. Whether it was embellished truth or not is not my call. But a page-turner this is!

Happy Early Pub Day! Marita will be available Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

Disclaimer: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are honestly my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.

Title: Marita: The Spy Who Loved Castro
Author: Marita Lorenz
Published: September 2017
Pages: 177
Edition: Galley
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤

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