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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.
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
The setting adds a flavour I have not experienced before.
Very hard to put down.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wretchard writes wonderfully insightful essays posing as political columns which I always look forward to on Lucianne, so I had to check his longer writings. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert W. Ike
I seldom give five stars, but this book had it all. The editing was superb, the plot flowed seamlessly and the shocking conclusion was sad, but ultimately the author explained... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ted Snedeker
This is not a book for people who like happy endings. It is realistic, hard-edged, fast paced. The bad guys are truly ruthless and nasty, yet believable. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Richard A. Rodman
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 on June 30, 2014 by James Sanders
An outstanding story. Once I started I could not put it down until finished. Now it's two AM and I need sleep. Definitely worthwhilePublished on June 22, 2014 by paul f rinkus
Richard Fernandez has written a compelling novel that is a variant of the espionage genre. It's kind of a 'revolutionary memoir/novel. Read morePublished on February 22, 2014 by dragonlady
Alex Francisco, a 52-year-old professor, is traveling from the Philippines to Australia for a conference. Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by John R. Holmes, Jr.
If you read Richard Fernandez's blog, you have to read this book. It will give you insight into his character. Read morePublished on August 8, 2013 by E. Giese
A fine, suspenseful tale entertainingly told, at times apparently by the author himself in minimal third-person disguise. Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by DickStanley.