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No Way In by [Fernandez, Richard]
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Length: 274 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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.

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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: 626 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publication Date: December 2, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EPZ3KY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #457,981 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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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