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No Way In [Kindle Edition]

Richard Fernandez , Susan Pe
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An obscure academic becomes the last person to talk to a politician who's stolen an election for a corrupt president. When the politician is killed on an airliner before he can double cross his boss, a team of professional killers is told to clean up the last possible loose end. But Alex Francisco proves unexpectedly hard to tie off as he draws on survival skills acquired from years in the anti-Marcos underground. With the help of another underground veteran Alex Francisco evades his pursuers through the Australian Alps in a desperate race to decipher the dead man's secrets and to see if he can give his faded life one last purpose.

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I think the back story was the strongest aspect here. It should exactly what type of person the Professor was. I think when you hear the word Professor or teacher you immediately have an idea of the type of person that carries that title, but the author took the time to show us that perception would be wrong...very wrong. The Professor didn't necessarily do anything, but you could tell that the capacity for violence was there; the knowledge to inflict harm was present if the need to protect himself was there. The author has created a very real and strong character in the Professor, one the reader can have faith in, maybe even admire. Review

There is intrigue and knowledge that you are reading a political/spy novel of some sort. The writing is descriptive but not to the point of droning on. It leaves you with the desire to find out more abut Alex and what he is up to.

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  • File Size: 377 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453892818
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EPZ3KY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #798,850 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book in one day December 4, 2010
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This book holds its own in the fiction action/adventure crime/spy categories.

The book takes place in the present, with flashbacks to the characters' youth (Philippines late 70's / early 80's).

I read this book in a single day. So when you subtract the time I spent sleeping and at work, I guess you'd say I couldn't put it down. When the protagonist makes his breakaway from the assassination team, I noticed my pulse was racing. Of course this could have been because I was running late for work right when the plot was accelerating.

The only other books which fall into the "can't put it down" category for me are the early John Sanford "Prey" novels. "No Way In" takes place in the Philippines and Australia, environs much more exotic than Sanford's upper Midwest, so the American reader gets a glimpse into a most interesting place and time.

In the afterword Fernandez pays tribute to his colleagues from the anti-Marcos underground ([...]). The author's background lends authenticity to the story.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UNUSUAL SUSPENSE December 5, 2010
No Way in is a compulsively readable thriller. It also has a most unusual (if not unique) setting in the exotic and dangerous world of Phillipine politics.
The setting adds a flavour I have not experienced before.
Very hard to put down.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cost of Freedom December 5, 2010
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Alex Francisco earned his Philippine freedom as a young man fighting the Marcos military dictatorship, but he reluctantly realizes at 52 that the cost of that freedom is that he must earn it again in 2010. A mild-mannered forestry professor on a remote Philippine island, he accidentally meets a national politician with whom he has a passing acquaintance in the airport on the way to Australia for a conference. When the politician dies on route, Francisco is drawn into a fight for his life, as Philippine, US, and Australian security forces believe he learned secrets about a presidential scandal from the politician at the airport. Ramon Delgato, an old friend from their on-the-run days now living in Sydney, learns from his sources that Francisco's life is threatened and hatches a scheme to protect Francisco by putting him on the Australian Alps Trail.
An exciting chase through Canberra and on the Trail is matched by recollections by both Francisco and Delgato about their days in Philippine jungles, churches-as-havens in small villages, and a safe house in Manila. These memories are especially beautiful and poignant, as well as a terrific tracing of a troublesome time in Philippine history.
Mr. Fernandez is a software developer and regular contributor of thoughtful essays about security and defense issues on his blog. The book's descriptions of telephone-call tracing, use of GPS, and how killers-for-hire work add depth and believability to the book. Francisco's life and freedom hang in the balance from the first pages and technology, as well as on-the-run experience, are his only advantages against paid killers and desperate goverments.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it highly.
Wayne T. Parman
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good first try at a novel... January 16, 2011
This first novel, by a blogger with a very good reputation for insightful analysis of world political issues, has strengths and weaknesses. It is safe to say that the author is not, by training or temperament, a fiction writer. Instead the author is smart, knowledgeable, and has a good story to tell. What is missing is: a keen sense of who his characters are and the ability to describe them through language.

There are two main characters in the story: Alex and Ramon, both middle-aged Philippino men, both old comrades loosely associated with the anti-Marco underground in the years before the collapse of the Marcos dictatorship. Ramon is clearly a stand-in for the author (Ramon and the author are Harvard-educated, married, computer programmers, bloggers who are now living in Australia). Ramon moves in and out of the story but is never clearly in focus. In some extended flash-backs we meet Ramon and learn that he used to be a sort of libertarian free-lance anti-government operative. But we never learn anything about his life, or why he became what he became. What exactly caused him to take up the life we see him leading? I would guess that since Ramon is the author, it is the author's (understandable) reluctance to expose his life which causes the Ramon character to be so elusive.

So, we are left with Alex, as the only real character. But here again, Alex does not come across as believable. The pivotal scene in the book for the Alex character is when (spoilers alert) he kills two police-agents who are trying to arrest him. Alex does this because he is certain that the woman he is helping (Justine) will not be able to escape from their pursuit and he has fallen in love with her.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Fiction December 22, 2010
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After the first few pages, I "adjusted" to the author's style and pace. From then on, this work flowed sublimely. Perhaps it is because I've been reading his blog for years, almost from the beginning, and have picked up hints of the author's incredible past and his experiences here and there, during those years. I stand in awe of his intelligence, his view of the world in politics, and the nitty gritty of resistance fighters, Manila, Australia, and most of all at his authorship of this book.

While some have panned the flashbacks, to me they are perfectly placed, answering questions I'd anticipated, or laying the groundwork for what immediately follows.

This is an important book, perhaps only slowly and over time will it be recognized for its importance.

I salute the author, and hope that he will once again meet some of his friends on the lucky green sofa.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner
Sympathetic characters and a very interesting plot. Background that is rarely seen by the average person. But then again El Gato is always above average err age.
Published 9 months ago by James Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars A good page turner
An outstanding story. Once I started I could not put it down until finished. Now it's two AM and I need sleep. Definitely worthwhile
Published 10 months ago by paul f rinkus
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story about the anti-Marcos revolution
Richard Fernandez has written a compelling novel that is a variant of the espionage genre. It's kind of a 'revolutionary memoir/novel. Read more
Published 14 months ago by dragonlady
1.0 out of 5 stars A Complete Waste of Time
Alex Francisco, a 52-year-old professor, is traveling from the Philippines to Australia for a conference. Read more
Published 16 months ago by John R. Holmes, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
If you read Richard Fernandez's blog, you have to read this book. It will give you insight into his character. Read more
Published 20 months ago by E. Giese
5.0 out of 5 stars Author is the hero of his own suspenseful story
A fine, suspenseful tale entertainingly told, at times apparently by the author himself in minimal third-person disguise. Read more
Published on March 23, 2013 by DickStanley.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Yarn
I have been a reader of Richard Fernandez's Belmont Club blog for many years, so I already knew the quality of his thought and writing before I bought this novel. Read more
Published on January 26, 2013 by Steady Rain
4.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious First Effort, But Tries Too Hard
This book is nominally a thriller, with one of the heroes running for his life and the other trying--covertly--to help him without endangering his own family. Read more
Published on January 12, 2013 by LynchFam
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Fun read and a great first effort. The characters have distinct personalities, the action is gripping and there's a sense of realism without becoming overly technical. Read more
Published on October 23, 2011 by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars running away from the dictator
Many countries in the world today have many citizens being tracked down to be "neutralized" by corrupt governments. Read more
Published on July 18, 2011 by Jclaer
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Richard is an open source information operations analyst. Working with publicly available resources, he specializes in describing political, military and economic situations in terms of information transactions. Richard is best known for his internationally read weblog, the Belmont Club (rated by surveys as the 80th most influential political site in the world). He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Times of London to name just a few reputable publications. He has been interviewed on US radio programs, co-authored articles with military commanders and has been invited to review books, or write forewords and jacket introductions on books varying in subject from cable warfare, military history and resource depletion.

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