Keith Staskiewicz
March 09, 2011 AT 05:00 AM EST

Moondogs

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Alexander Yates
publisher
Doubleday
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

A cloud of exasperated doom hangs over the characters in this weird and weirdly affecting Philippines-set novel. The multiple story lines — involving an American businessman, his bumbling kidnappers, his estranged son, an embassy worker having an affair with a Filipino national hero, and an A-Team of supernaturally enhanced soldiers — languorously intertwine, thankfully without the soulless Swiss-watch efficiency that often governs books with such large casts. Yates, who spent part of his youth on the archipelago, caulks the cracks with local detail, but leaves enough room for Moondogs‘ narrative to breathe. B+

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