!!This book is inspired (at least partly) by UsefulNotes/{{Cuba}} before the Revolution.

* El Patron is based on UsefulNotes/FulgencioBatista.
** Think about it; he's poor, had siblings die, and eventually is the dictator of a country controlled by organised crime. Batista was from a poor family, had a brother die from TB, and is notorious for practically handing Havana over to the Mafia. Both seem nice and are backed by the US.