Ian Brown reviewed Cuba libre by Elmore Leonard 1 month ago Public 4 stars A novel on the Spanish-American War featuring adventurer Ben Tyler, an Arizona horse dealer. Just … Speed run through the Spanish-American War. 4 stars An enjoyable, fast-paced (it is an Elmore Leonard book after all) tour through turn-of-the-century Cuba. A heck of a western, even if it takes place in the Carribean. ACAB, even back then.