I want to introduce you to an upcoming author Alexander Yates and his debut novel Moondogs. Mr. Yates will bring you on a wild ride through the Philippines with a cast of crazy characters.
Mourning the recent loss of his mother, twenty something 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.
When I first started to read the novel, I thought it was going to be a typical mystery novel but it was much more. There were four different story lines with an array of characters. In the beginning I found it a bit hard to follow but as I read on, I figured it all out. Most of the characters had super powers and there was even a crazy rooster that taunted a kidnapped American business man. There were surprises and twists throughout the book with magical realism incorporated in the story. Mr. Yates wrote a great debut novel that was full of adventure, magic, was fast paced and entertaining. Would you like to win a copy of the book?
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