John Laine’s A Kiss for
the President is a bada-bing, electrifying novel set in the
1950s during the rule of Castro.
In 1958, the Mafia had
millions invested in Havana casinos and the bosses were very
happy with the way things were run.
Fidel Castro put a big dent
in the mob’s profits when he closed all the casinos and
organized crime’s assets were seized. Sal Morano was one of
those mob bosses affected and he wasn’t happy.
Morano learns through one of
his contacts, a New York congressman, that the CIA plans to
invade Cuba and restore American property, but they’re in need
of funding in order to put their covert operation into action.
Who better to finance than those who can leave no paper trail
and who have everything to gain?
Morano puts together a team
of the mafia’s most elite and “connected” members to finance the
invasion and the election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
Everything seems to be going according to plan when Kennedy
becomes President. But there’s a glitch in the plan when JFK
fails to oust Castro.
The boys aren’t
happy—Sal, along with other higher powers, are taking JFK’s
failed promise very personally. Everyone knows you don’t renege
on a promise to the mafia—especially to Sal Morano. Sal has
connections all right; some of which are very close to the
Laine takes the reader on a
whirlwind of a ride with an absorbing plotline that moves
seamlessly to the upper echelons of dirty politics to the
mafia’s hard-core tactics.
About the Author
John Laine is a writer and
active military. Mr. Laine is married and has served in the U.S.
Army for over 34 years and wrote A Kiss for the President
during three tours in Iraq. He lives in California.