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by Alexander Yates (Author)

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I fell head over heels in love with this novel. A standout debut from emerging author Alexander Yates.

Early on, the reader is introduced to a colorful cast of characters. The list is a long one, but Yates adroitly balances the multiple story lines without a hitch. The nonlinear narrative revolves around the kidnapping of womanizer Howard Bridgewater while he's on business in the Phillipines. We're privy to the seedier side of Manila, bumbling crooks, shallow politicians, duplicitous officials, and temptations within easy reach, all brushing up against a superficial atmosphere of excessive opulence. Nothing is as it seems here. Relationships are turned upside down. Plans spiral out of control. It's a wild ride leading up to a pleasantly unexpected ending.

Note: I received this book via the Goodreads giveaway program. ( )
  diovival | Oct 14, 2013 |
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Although very well written, I had a difficult time getting into this book. Perhaps it was the subject matter. I read a few chapters, put the book down, and never was able to finish reading it. I've read quite a few of the reviews that others have written and found that most everyone really enjoyed it. Perhaps I'll give it another go in the future.
  shelbel100 | Sep 8, 2011 |
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LibraryThing early readers books. Spoilers may abound. The person who objected to the dog being killed is absolutely right. But I read it anyway. I found it surprisingly well-written for an early reviewer book; most of them haven't been very good. And this was a real book, with interesting characters and an intriguing plot. It had problems for sure but it is a real book. So...well the main character goes to the Philippines in search of his father. Other people swirl around. Not all make sense to me. There is a supernatural aspect, some of the characters are witches (brujas), and a major character collects them as a task force to...I'm not sure what...protect the government..."do justice".... The supernatural content isn't logical; he doesn't build a world with some different rules and then apply them; the witches' abilities are random and impossible.
  franoscar | Aug 26, 2011 |
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A very readable but starnge brew of magic realism, fatther-son character study and hard-boiled thriller. A very promising debut that just misses being great. ( )
  knomad | Aug 24, 2011 |
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This book wasn't what I was expecting from the cover description, but was a pretty good read nonetheless. The book takes place in the Philippines, and ties together a number of at first separate tales—a kidnapping, a father-and-son attempt at relationship redemption, political intrigue, and a group of... legal vigilantes? Heroic anti-heroes? ...with mystical powers. The sometimes brutal graphic violence—even by seemingly sympathetic characters—can be shocking and unpleasant, especially if you're not expecting it. So be forewarned.

I found myself wanting to know more about a lot of the characters and stories that were just barely covered, or were interesting at first but had their storylines peter out over time, and less about characters that were more fleshed out, but turned out to be kind of boring. In the end, it seemed like there were too many characters and scenarios for the author to really handle effectively. At times you wonder what these characters are doing in the same book at all.

Illustrated Review: http://bibliovermis.com/archives/2192 ( )
  bibliovermis | Jul 24, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385533780, Hardcover)

A singularly effervescent novel pivoting around the disappearance of an American businessman in the Philippines and the long-suffering son, jilted lover, slick police commissioner, misguided villain, and supernatural saviors who all want a piece of him.

Mourning the recent loss of his mother, twentysome­thing Benicio—aka Benny—travels to Manila to reconnect with his estranged father, Howard. But when he arrives his father is nowhere to be found—leaving an irri­tated son to conclude that Howard has let him down for the umpteenth time. However, his father has actually been kid­napped by a meth-addled cabdriver, with grand plans to sell him to local terrorists as bait in the country’s never-ending power struggle between insurgents, separatists, and “demo­cratic” muscle.

Benicio’s search for Howard reveals more about his father’s womanizing ways and suspicious business deals, reopening the old hurts that he’d hoped to mend. Interspersed with the son’s inquiry and the father’s calamitous life in captivity are the high-octane interconnecting narratives of Reynato Ocampo, the local celebrity-hero policeman charged with rescuing Howard; Ocampo’s ragtag team of wizardry-infused soldiers; and Monique, a novice officer at the American embassy whose family still feels feverishly unmoored in the Philippines.

With blistering forward momentum, crackling dialogue, wonderfully bizarre turns, and glimpses into both Filipino and expat culture, the novel marches toward a stunning cli­max, which ultimately challenges our conventional ideas of family and identity and introduces Yates as a powerful new voice in contemporary literature.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:25:33 -0400)

Mourning the recent loss of his mother, twentysomething Benicio--aka Benny--travels to Manila to reconnect with his estranged father, Howard. But when he arrives his father is nowhere to be found--leaving an irritated son to conclude that Howard has let him down for the umpteenth time. However, his father has actually been kidnapped by a meth-addled cabdriver, with grand plans to sell him to local terrorist as bait in the country's never-ending power struggle between insurgents, separatists, and "democratic" muscle.… (more)

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