Moondogs is a singularly effervescent novel about the disappearance of an
American businessman in the Philippines and the estranged son, jilted
lover, misguided felon and supernatural saviors who all want a piece
Benicio has not spoken with Howard—his jet-setting father—in five years, but after his mother's death he travels to Manila so the two can heal their broken relationship. When he arrives, Howard is nowhere to be found—leaving an irritated son to conclude that his father has let him down for the umpteenth time. But Howard has actually been kidnapped by a meth-addled cabdriver and his villainous rooster with grand plans to sell him to local terrorists as bait in the country's never-ending power struggle between an Islamist insurgency and "democratic" providences.
Benicio's search for Howard uncovers the truth about his father's womanizing ways and suspicious business deals. Interspersed with Benicio's intense inquiry and his father's calamitous life in captivity are the high-octane interconnecting narratives of Reynato Ocampo, local celebrity-hero policeman charged with rescuing Howard; Ocampo's rag-tag 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 speed, wonderfully bizarre turns and glimpses into both Filipino and ex-pat culture, the novel marches toward a stunning climax, which ultimately challenges our conventional ideas of family and identity. Moondogs introduces Alexander Yates as a powerful new voice in contemporary literature.
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