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As Miami journalist Britt Montero probes the bombing murder of a TV commentator, she meets Alex Reyes, an ex-prisoner of Castro, and uncovers a series of mysteriously missing boys and the man responsible for her father's execution by a Cuban firing squad thirty years earlier....

Title : Act of Betrayal
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ISBN : 9780786860982
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 245 Pages
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Act of Betrayal Reviews

  • Anne(Booklady) Molinarolo
    2019-01-04 10:56

    3.5 StarsA gadfly to some in the Cuban Exile Community, Miami reporter Alex Aguirre is killed by a car bomb. Police reporter, Britt Montero is the first one to scene. As she files her report a blonde man walks in carrying a folder and Britt thinks oh oh here comes a crazy fanatic. But MacDonald brings her a story that she can't walk away from: his 13 year old son, Charles, has been missing for four years and the police may never have investigated. Too old and not a pretty young girl for national exposure her friend, Lottie muses.As Britt follows up on the bombing, she quickly discovers other boys missing; all about the same age and looks. Driven, she keeps on searching while forced to write a profile on a prominent Cuban Exile leader, Juan Carlos Reyes. Oddly, she thinks nothing of the fact that this is the third time she has written about him in almost as many days all the while a tropical wave is heading towards South Florida. Charles MacDonald had disappeared on his way to Reyes' home to clean his boat when the teen disappeared and Aguirre was a thorn in his side.Reyes and Jorge Bravo (another major player in the Exile community) both claim to have known her late father and have something that belonged to the young freedom fighter. Desperate to find answers about her father and her missing boys, Britt searches almost frantically for those answers. She has taken the bait.While the bomber's identity is implied, the crime wasn't really solved nor the explanation behind the missing boys' abductor's perversity never quite explained satisfactorily. Nor was her mother's animosity toward her young husband satisfying. Montero's fling with an ax killer was believable. One minute, she is pining away for her on and off again then sleeps with a guy who may have justifiably killed an intruder? Even in Miami, that is somewhat over the top. The hurricane (unnamed) that becomes a major character in the novel is a thin reference to Hurricane Andrew may have been a dramatic denouement to one plot line bugged me because Andrew happened years before the Act of Betrayal storylines happened, a minor flaw but that culminated me to give ACT OF BETRAYAL 3 ½ stars rather than 4 stars.

  • LJ
    2019-01-16 12:43

    ACT OF BETRAYAL - VGBuchanan, Edna - 4th in Britt Montero seriesA fatal bomb blast propels Britt Montero into the story of her life, as deadly secrets and betrayals from the past sweep into Miami on the winds of a killer storm.More serious than some of the others in the series. The hurricane adds good suspense.

  • Beatrice Drury
    2019-01-20 15:43

    I've read a number of the Britt Montero books. I think this is one of the best. Very exciting at the end.

  • G.G.
    2018-12-29 10:41

    Miami. Bold, sizzling and dangerous. Police reporter Britt Montero is front and center when it comes to danger in this breathless slam-bam thriller from author Edna Buchanan.It was no surprise when Alex Aguirre's life was extinguished in a car bombing outside his employer WTOP-TV. His outspoken commentaries put him in disfavor with Castro, Miami's high-ranking politicians, The Miami News, the Mafia, CIA, even the U.S. President. Perhaps most menacing is Juan Carlos Reyes, a rich and powerful anti-Castro revolutionary.A persistent parent grieving his missing son approaches Britt in the newsroom. She reluctantly agrees to do some checking when she remembers another missing boy of similar description. Missing people are nothing new, and rarely news. Most either turn up or don't want to be found. But the age cluster these boys belong to is the most difficult to find. They are too young to be missed immediately by family or day care; not old enough to be easily tracked by Social Security number, driver's license or credit cards.As her investigation evolves, Britt learns that there are other missing boys, all fair-haired, blue-eyed and close in age. The police develop a task force—for political reasons. Parents of the missing boys, encouraged by her inquiries, form a support group. The families revive their hope that the children will be found unharmed.Britt is exasperated when ordered to do a political interview with Juan Carlos Reyes, during one of her busiest seasons—late summer, the high season for violent crime. Although of Cuban descent, she abhors Cuba and its politics preferring to concentrate on making a difference in the here and now. She blames her superior, an incompetent token-type, but then learns that Reyes specifically requested her.Britt approaches Reyes with trepidation. His vehement outbursts against The Miami News are legendary. Surprisingly, he is quite charming and alludes to knowledge of her mother (a relationship?) and long-dead patriot father—assassinated by the Castro regime. He tells her of a diary her father allegedly kept until his death, hinting that he may be able to place it in her hands.When Britt tells her mother about the interview with Reyes, mom promptly pulls a vanishing act leaving Britt alone in a restaurant. Britt's calls remain unanswered along with her attempts at personal contact. Mom's uncharacteristic behavior leaves Britt baffled.Confusion becomes her constant companion when Jorge Bravo, another Cuban insurgent, protests her interview with Reyes claiming him to be a traitor. He scoffs at Reyes statements about her father's journal. Bravo, a man nearly spent by his compulsion to liberate Cuba, does produce a photo of her father as a young man.While Britt sorts through clues to the missing boys and tries to determine who she can trust regarding her father's writings, a hurricane of gigantic proportions rages in from the Atlantic threatening to wipe out the city. When it rains, it pours!The trail of lost sons reaches its apex during the worst hurricane to strike Miami in fifty years. With all emergency help cut off ("Miami, you're on your own.") Britt abandons her storm post to confront the man who knows the truth of her father's execution. Putting her own life at risk, she exposes the work of a heinous killer.In Act of Betrayal Britt Montero establishes that a woman alone is not helpless but can be a powerful force during life-altering events. Britt lives life with resourcefulness and grit, never taking no for an answer, in her quest for a breaking story.

  • Kara Jorges
    2019-01-14 14:03

    Britt Montero is a half-Cuban newspaper reporter living in Miami. Britt claims to resent too much being made of her Cuban heritage, but focuses on little else, and the other half of her heritage doesn't even rate mention. While Britt is onto a big story about missing boys who all look alike and tries to devote her time to gathering information for it, her personal life and Cuban roots keep getting in the way. She finally decides to take the time to delve into the mysteries of her own past when a prominent Cuban figure who has insisted only Britt may interview him reveals that he once knew her father. He also tells Britt about her father's diary, which supposedly still exists, even 30 years after her father was executed by Castro. Britt becomes even more entangled in Cuban exile politics when another of her father's old pals embroils her in his dramas. It all comes to a head with the arrival of a hurricane, which also ties in with the missing boys from Britt's big story, which answers all of Britt's questions, but leaves some of her issues unsolved.The things that I disliked about this book are minor. Britt's best bud is a gullible idiot who gives an obvious liar and cheat way too many chances. Britt's either not too bright herself, or just a lousy friend, because she encourages it every time. Then, too much stuff tied together at the end, kind of a 2-for-1 special that would have been better kept separate. Also, Britt didn't solve her mysteries through deductive reasoning, but rather through dumb luck, which isn't my favorite way to see a suspense draw to a close.While I didn't hate the book, I didn't find much to rave about, either. Britt is likeable enough, but doesn't have anything about her that stands out. She's not incredibly funny or clever, the side characters aren't all that special, and nothing particularly amazing happens. It's just sort of...vanilla. The story was good enough not to bore me, but not compelling enough to make me pick up the book if I had something else I could do instead. It's just another selection from another mystery series with a female lead. Some people who really love books like that will likely love this one, but I like something with a little more oomph. I won't recoil in horror when I see Edna Buchanan books for sale, but I won't be knocking anyone over to get at them, either.

  • Sheila
    2019-01-11 11:55

    This book is number 4 in the Britt Montero series set in Miami, Florida. Britt is the crime beat reporter for the local newspaper. When a man approaches her in desperation to research and write a story about his missing 12 year old son she discovers a pattern of similar disappearances through the years.Another theme in the book was about Cuba and Castro with Britt's father having been executed decades earlier by Castro. The book seemed pretty outdated (written in 1996) considering recent happenings with Cuba.

  • Gramy
    2019-01-21 15:46

    This is the fourth book in the ‘Britt Montero’ mysteries. Britt is the heroine, who is an extremely dedicated reporter covering the police beat for her Miami newspaper. This type she is involved in reporting a Cuban murder, mysteries surrounding her Cuban father, missing boys all about the same age, and a prominent Cuban Exile leader who dangles truths about her past just out of her reach. The content and characters were inspiring light reading and kept interested enough to continue on with the series.

  • Kay
    2019-01-17 11:00

    The best in an interesting series. Note: There is one small spoiler at the end. Fans or newcomers will find the backstory of Britt's Cuban family fascinating and moving. I have often wished that Edna Buchanan would bring in more regarding Britt's colorful family. Everything in this novel is Buchanan at her best. Top off the story with the storm of the century, and well it just doesn't get any better.As usual, Miami dazzles, thrills and scares the pants off the reader.

  • Ruth
    2019-01-14 16:54

    young teenage boys are missing - for months and years - involved with Miami Cuban revolution. Way too tidy ending with young male serial killer also being influential Miami businessman that wants to take back Cuba. young teenage boys are missing - for months and years - involved with Miami Cuban revolution. Way too tidy ending with young male serial killer also being influential Miami businessman that wants to take back Cuba.

  • LindaBranham Greenwell
    2019-01-02 11:47

    I really liked this book - exactly what I was in the mood for! But I can't say it was one of the "best" books I've ever readIt is a mystery based in Miami - with the heroine (Britt Montero) a newspaper reporter on the police beat. The mystery is coupled with cuban politics and a hurricane. Britt is half Cuban herself - her father was killed in the beginnings of the Castro takeover, so there is a story of her past woven into the ongoing news stories of the dayVery nicely written

  • Ed
    2019-01-01 16:04

    #4 in the Britt Montero series.Britt Montero, Miami newspaper reporter, is drawn into the Miami sub-culture of Cuban intrigue and hopes to obtain the diary of her father, executed by Castro. As she bounces between two opposing factions, she is also trying to trace the fate of missing look-alike young teens over the last few years. All this as a monster hurricane looms.

  • Linda Munro
    2019-01-01 10:59

    Did you ever wonder why we sometimes don't see what lies right before our very eyes? Yet another exploit in reporter Britt Montero's life has her missing the obvious, until it is nearly too late even for her. Written by Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, Edna Buchanan, this book makes me wonder how often we blind ourselves to the obvious, or worse, ignore the facts rather than becoming involved.

  • Larry A. Hovick
    2019-01-01 16:00

    Great read. I enjoy the charactersReally enjoyed will continue reading the seriesI like her style passionate characters and the details she gives the reader of the culture of Miami

  • Brenda Benoit
    2019-01-01 12:00

    I think this was my favorite book of the series so far. Love the Britt/Kendall MacDonald relationship even though it seems to be very off and on. Really enjoyed the interaction Britt had with her landlord's grandson. Great book!

  • Tiffeny
    2019-01-12 11:46

    Loved this book. I totally got into it and was thrilled to realize that it's part of a series based on the same character, Britt Montero. I've already gotten the 1st book in the series from the library and will be tackling it right after Christmas. I hope the rest of her books are as good.

  • Joe O'Connor
    2019-01-21 12:52

    Very Good; Continuing character: Britt Montero; reporter learns about her revolutionary father while tracking a story

  • Mandy Huot
    2019-01-07 16:43

    great book. I was way off on my thoughts of how it would end! a sign of a great mystery writer!

  • Mike Calhoon
    2018-12-24 15:54

    Good story all the way through

  • Carolyn (in SC) C234D
    2018-12-25 08:51

    I read quite a few in the Britt Montero series years ago, and liked them a lot. Can't remember details of this one, too long ago and I didn't write notes.

  • Jackie Simons
    2018-12-31 15:04

    Read 3/98

  • Pat
    2019-01-07 16:50

    Hurricane and exiled Cuban freedom fighters and 12 year old blond boys missing.Britt finds out near end about her father through his diary.

  • Book Concierge
    2019-01-17 14:47

    WOW ... Although I suspected (view spoiler)[the burial ground (hide spoiler)] I didn't expect the ending. A little too neatly wrapped up, but Buchanan is a first-rate story-teller.

  • Katharine Ott
    2018-12-30 10:50

    "Act of Betrayal" - written by Edna Buchana and published in 1996 by Hyperion. A good mystery featuring reporter Britt Montero dealing with seedy Miami, Florida life.

  • Yves Lefevre
    2018-12-22 10:04

    Great!A very good double plot (and several sub-plots). Always keeping the reader. A little less convincing on character building.

  • Karen Cowgill
    2018-12-28 08:59

    Very good book!

  • Joann
    2019-01-01 10:56

    I love Floridian authors and stories as I live in Florida. This author is always interesting.

  • Richard Wahlstrom
    2019-01-12 13:51

    I "read" the audio book. The story is good but the narrator is fabulous. A terrific listening experience.

  • Cathy
    2018-12-27 14:41

    All I can say is, "If you like strong female characters, you will like this series about Miami newspaper reporter Britt Montero!