No Way Back
By: Matthew Klein
Wow. Matthew Klein, wow. In his novel No Way Back Matthew Klein has…well that one just about left me speechless. This novel, is a thriller in a class of its own. After reading the book, I sat trying to find something to compare it to, to find some way to describe it to you. The only thing I could liken it to is like a mountain bike ride through western Pennsylvania. Bear with me here. The story maintains a steady progression through the plot’s undulations, a good pace interjected with juicy or exciting details, like a well placed rock garden or stream. Just when you think you get your bearings and know where it is going, the trail twists again and sends you in a whole different direction. As you are nearing the end, climbing uphill to the climax of the plot, you’re expecting a nice leisurely conclusion or a nice short downhill section. Klein throws in a switchback and sends you up one last steep climb. When you reach the end of the trail, at the very top of the hill, it all suddenly becomes clear. You’re left exhausted but completely satiation – to the point where you need a moment to collect yourself, catch your breath and take it all in after one hell of a ride.
Matthew Klein has expertly crafted his novel No Way Back. Centered around a down and out main character who is staring down his last chance to get things right. Jim Thuane is a reformed addict who specializes in turning failing companies around. He recently moves to Florida to take over a software company which is bleeding funds and about one breath away from death. Over the course of the book, things and Jim’s friends are not what they seem. A precarious situation slowly unfolds around him and sends Jim on quest to figure out just what the hell is going on. The book ends, well, let’s just say I never saw this ending coming. All I can say about it is pick up No Way Out and prepare yourself for one hell of a ride. Matthew Klein is brilliant and talented as an author. He has definitely earned the praises which seem to be pouring out of just about every reviewers’ lips. I know, there are a lot of good books to read – and I’m often telling you to go pick one up for yourself. This one is definitely one of those books.