Retired Congressman (R-Florida’s 21st District)
"Matt Lawrence and Thomas Van Hare have written an important book detailing an infamous chapter in the history of the Castro dictatorship and a weak United States Administration. By documenting the Cuban regime's espionage activities and the calculated, cold-blooded murder of four humanitarian pilots, BETRAYAL: Clinton, Castro & The Cuban Five is a timely reminder that the United States must be vigilant against repeating the mistakes of the past. To anyone interested in gaining insight into the utter malevolence of the Cuban dictatorship and the hazards befalling U.S. Administrations who coddle it, I recommend this book."
SCOTT W. CARMICHAEL
The agent who uncovered Cuban spy, Ana Belen Montes, working in the DIA.
"I wish I was a wealthy man. I would buy 300 million copies of BETRAYAL: Clinton, Castro & The Cuban Five and provide a copy to every single American citizen, by way of warning: The men who murdered, with impunity and arrogance, three American citizens and one Permanent Resident Alien in the Straits of Florida on 24 February 1996, remain in power off the coast of Florida. BETRAYAL: Clinton, Castro & The Cuban Five exposes their crime and holds them accountable. Read it."
LT. JORGE MARTINEZ
Commanding Officer, USCGC Sitkinak (WPB1329).
“Matt recounts the horrors of the Florida Straits with exacting accuracy. It is as if he’s had to undertake the unfortunate task of taking to the seas for the sake of freedom himself.”
Author of Seagull One: The Amazing True Story of Brothers to the Rescue
BETRAYAL: Clinton, Castro & The Cuban Five is the closest anyone has come to the truth of the events surrounding February 24, 1996 and leaves no doubt in readers' minds that officials within the United States government had prior knowledge of the planned shoot down of Brothers to the Rescue. This gripping account is a must read for those interested in the politics of politics."
"BETRAYAL: Clinton, Castro & The Cuban Five tells a stunning story of international intrigue and murder, revealing the truth behind the shootdown and attempted cover up of two Brothers to the Rescue aircraft on February 24, 1996."
CIA Review by Hayden Peake, CIA Intelligence Officer's Bookshelf
"On 24 February 1996, Cuban MiGs shot down two of three unarmed American light aircraft over international waters off the Cuban coast. The four pilots died. The third aircraft escaped and spread the word. The United States government responded with diplomatic gestures. Matt Lawrence and Thomas Van Hare think more should have been done. Betrayal explains why.... Betrayal is a sad story of a humanitarian effort eventually shut down by Castro and international politics."
LT. COLONEL CHRIS SIMMONS
(DIA-Retired), the analyst who debriefed Cuban spy Ana Belen Montes and founder of The Cuban Intelligence Research Center
In gripping detail, BETRAYAL: Clinton, Castro & The Cuban Five reminds readers that Cuba's 1996 shoot down of two civilian aircraft in international airspace was an act of international terrorism. Lawrence and Van Hare's well-researched account highlights the key role of Cuban spies and the Castro brothers in this premeditated murder of four search and rescue pilots. The authors also examine how a high-ranking Cuban spy in the U.S. Government shaped the Clinton administration's timid response and emboldened the Castro regime. The lesson learned by Havana was clear: in dealing with the U.S., you can get away with murder. Anyone looking for insights into the volatile relations between the U.S. and Cuba needs to read BETRAYAL: Clinton, Castro & The Cuban Five."
DR. JAIME SUCHLICKI
University of Miami - Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies
"A major contribution to understanding American policy and U.S. confusion about Cuba's intentions."
Former commanding officer VMFA 321 and author of Red Dragon Rising
"BETRAYAL: Clinton, Castro & The Cuban Five by Matt Lawrence and Thomas Van Hare tells with absolute clarity how Cuban MiGs in an act of cold-blooded murder shot down two humanitarian rescue planes in international airspace killing four Americans."
"I could not put it down as I read page after page of accounts of deception and murder."
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