Fear of the Tide: The Untold Story of a Cuban Rebel

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1940s & '50s

Analise M Oliver

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During the time of the Cuban Revolution, David Martinez joined covert operations with the US CIA in attempts to stop Fidel Castro from taking over Cuba. David shares some of the frightening situations that took place which forced him to fear for his life and led to his harrowing escape from Cuba.



Short Summary

Fear of the Tide follows the life of David Martinez, starting when he was 17 years old, where he boards a train to Havana, leaving the rural town he grew up in to meet up with his father in the city. He finds employment, makes friends and experiences Havana during its pre-Castro high-life days.

After the Bay of Pigs, David and his team's whereabouts were compromised and they fled. Half the team was killed by Castro's men and David became hunted. Fearing for his life he went into hiding and was nearly captured before fleeing by boat on a harrowing trip across the Florida Straits to the US.



Based on a True Story


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Main Character Details

Name: David Fuentes Martinez

Age: early 20's

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Charming,Desperate,Patriotic

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Development Pitch

This is the true story of one man’s epic journey from living and thriving in paradise to losing everything he had, but it’s also the tale of a flourishing country left to crumble in despair at the hands of its leader. David, the protagonist joined the anti-revolutionists with support of the US CIA, in hopes of ousting the Castro regime. He describes events and situations of his involvement making this story revealing as much as it is educational. I believe this story as a movie would create a lot of buzz, as it is relevant to the political condition of our country today. Besides the political nature, the story is riveting, captivating and inspiring. After the Bay of Pigs David learns of the hunt for his head and in fearing for his life goes into hiding until his harrowing escape across the Florida Straits by rowboat and making it safely to the US. Readers have stated how they could envision the story because it read like a movie.

About The Author

Analise M. Oliver, the daughter of David Fuentes Martinez, listened to her father tell stories of his involvement in the Cuban Revolution over the years, eventually realizing that he had an amazing story to tell, and began taking the time to write those details down as he told them. Analise soon realized a novel was unfolding, motivating her to continue to interview her father and finish the story. Mrs. Oliver is a consultant and trainer in Document Imaging and Management Technology. She has been a business owner since 1994, has authored a trade publication, developed training courses, and teaches others how to start and manage their own successful technology businesses. Married with four grown sons and seven grandchildren, she enjoys spending time with family. Analise is a breast cancer survivor, an advocate for at-risk youth, and the treasurer of the church she attends.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Xlibris

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available