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November 22, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In-Person: An Evening with Ivan Luiz Hernandez


November 22, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Books & Books presents…



Isla Vulnerable: A Cuban Farm Boy Transforms Into a US Spy

(Wise Ink, $24.95)

Wednesday, November 22nd, 7:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books is thrilled to present an evening with Ivan Luiz Hernandez discussing his captivating new book: Isla Vulnerable: A Cuban Farm Boy Transforms Into a US Spy (Wise Ink, $24.95).

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

Based on a true story, Isla Vulnerable—an Instant Bestseller, Espionage and Thriller—tells the story of how a poor farm boy named Victor Gomez transforms into a US spy, while falling for the very public Sarita Rodriguez at the height of the Cuban revolution.

Victor wasn’t supposed to be anything more than a farmer. But when he is suddenly orphaned, one of Cuba’s most esteemed judges adopts him at the pivotal moment in history when Fidel Castro is overthrowing President Fulgencio Batista and taking control of the island.

When Castro raids his adoptive family’s estate and arrests his father, Victor narrowly escapes by concealing his identity and fleeing to the US. Determined to rescue his father and liberate his homeland, Victor accepts an unconventional, deadly deal with the CIA that exposes him to some of the most sensational moments in US history.

In a whirlwind twist of events, he reunites with a childhood crush, Sarita Rodriguez, whose newfound fame as an actress in New York puts their opposite lives through unimaginable danger.

A product of 18 years of research and interviews, Isla Vulnerable reveals new historical insights and captivating character point-of-views with a backdrop of true fascinating events, including:

-A vivid history of the individual, real lives affected by the Cuban revolution

-Eyewitness accounts of Cold War events and the Cuban missile crisis

-CIA spy / covert operations in foreign affairs, including Operation Mongoose

-Never disclosed, private conversations surrounding JFK’s assassination

-The 1950’s Cuba de Ayer and “Golden Exile” of Cubans immigrating to the US

A cinematic piece first written as a screenplay, Isla Vulnerable delivers the edge-of-your-seat pacing of Jack Ryan with telenova-style high-stakes drama, perfect for fans of historical and political thrillers, international spy mysteries, biographies and documentaries, government conspiracies, and romantic suspense.


About the Author:

Ivan Luiz Hernandez is a writer, business consultant, and entrepreneur dedicated to bringing unique stories and ideas to life. As a former brand executive and college professor of marketing, he headlined creative campaigns for global lifestyle brands. Through his consultancy practice Sociumship, he has helped executive leadership teams in consumer goods, music, gaming, legal, wellness, and other industries launch, strategize, grow, and sell their businesses.

Ivan began writing as therapy to overcome PTSD and agoraphobia after recovering from a complicated heart surgery. The son of a former US spy, Ivan always felt his family was different. The unusual events he experienced as a child inspired him to finally tell his father’s riveting story in his first book Isla Vulnerable, which originated as a dramatic screenplay. When he’s not writing or consulting, Ivan actively volunteers for cardiac and mental health causes. Follow/visit/contact @ivanluizhernandez.com for more.