Garden of No Escape

Fiction - Action
331 Pages
Reviewed on 05/03/2017
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Author Biography

I grew up in New Mexico and West Texas. In 1968, I was an infantry soldier in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division, based at LZ Sally just south of Hue. After coming back to the states, I was a professional journalist in Washington, D.C, for nearly 40 years. All of these things served to inspire me to write Garden of No Escape, an action-adventure, romance, Christian drama. The novel pulls no punches in its focus on big government gone rogue. It offers personal appreciation of the Latino culture, and stresses that the flip-side of God-given free will is atonement for sin.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite

Garden of No Escape by Charles Bailey is a great novel with meaningful symbolic undertones. It’s packed with action and features interesting and likeable characters. The setting is in the future, around 2082, and the problems humanity faces – like the war between the Christian Alliance the Islamic Caliphate, terrorist attacks, the domestic political power struggle and the global economic collapse. All have increased to staggering proportions. After serving ten years fighting against Fedayeen warriors in Algeria, Sergeant Alejandro O'Malley returns home, but what awaits him is nastier than anything he could have imagined. Washington, D.C., is in the grip of a merciless form of disorder – firing squad executions, terrorist bombings, and a lot more. O'Malley doesn’t want to be near any part of the chaos, so he plans to flee with his lover, but can they?

This is a very entertaining novel with gorgeous descriptions. The chaos that runs through the story fuels the conflict, offering readers a warning of what the world could be headed toward should ideological, political, and religious grievances continue to escalate. The novel’s narrative voice is arresting and it comes through the beautiful writing as crisp and confident. Garden of No Escape has great descriptive passages, a complex plot, and characters that readers would want to wake up with.

Rabia Tanveer

Garden of No Escape by Charles Bailey is the story of a soldier who dreams of escaping war and living his life with the woman he loves. The novel is about fighting a war that has become nonsensical, and how things get out of hand just to appease one group of people. Sergeant Alejandro O'Malley has been fighting for 10 years and now he is back home, finally! However, things are not fine, they have not been for years. Living in 2082 was meant to be a time when mankind was finally free, but the war between the Christian Alliance and the Islamic Caliphate has destroyed everything.

The only thing Alejandro O'Malley wants is to settle down in New Mexico with the woman he loves. However, people are dying every day from government cruelty and Islamic terrorist attacks, so how can O'Malley stay out of it for his own happiness? Is it really possible for him to make his dreams come true? Or will he be roped back into the war?

Garden of No Escape by Charles Bailey is gruesomely real and amazingly realistic. I loved Sergeant Alejandro O'Malley’s character. Living with an army man, I can vouch for O’Malley’s character and how he acts. Charles Bailey did an amazing job in portraying the struggle of a soldier and how much he wants out of a life that is so unpredictable. The pace of the novel was fast and the characters were beautifully developed. Garden of No Escape is a truly wonderful novel, one that you will not forget any time soon. Well-paced and well-developed.

Romuald Dzemo

Garden of No Escape by Charles Bailey is action-packed fiction that explores terrorism and political intrigue on a very high scale. It features interesting characters and an international setting that beautifully captures political, cultural, and religious conflicts that threaten the peace of many nations. The novel is set in 2082 when the Christian Alliance is at war against the Islamic Caliphate. Readers are introduced to Sergeant Alejandro O'Malley who is sent home after his stint in Algeria fighting Fedayeen warriors. What awaits O’Malley in Washington is chaos, a brewing power struggle that affects everyone, firing squad executions that are broadcast on channels at night, Islamic terrorist bombings and much more. O'Malley wants to be far away from the fray, far away with the woman he loves; the only problem is that there is no way of escape.

Charles Bailey creates a world that is frightening – but looking at the current political and religious landscape, the reader has no doubt that we may be headed to just the kind of chaos described in this compelling novel. The story opens with powerful action. The reader’s pulse rises with the exchange of tower guards who watch the threatening advance of two figures. From that moment on, intense conflict keeps readers interested in the story. Alejandro O'Malley is a compelling and memorable character whom readers will love to follow. The writing is stellar and I enjoyed the conversations that flowed naturally, at times mimicking the cultural backgrounds of the characters. Garden of No Escape is a captivating story that will grab the interest of fans of fiction driven by conflict.

Sefina Hawke

Garden of No Escape by Charles Bailey is an action adventure novel. This book would appeal most to an audience of adults and mature young adults who enjoy futuristic fiction. The year is 2082 and the Christian Alliance and Islamic Caliphate fight a war of extinction during a global economic collapse. Sergeant Alejandro O'Malley is a man who returns home after fighting fedayeen warriors in Algeria for ten long years. O'Malley may be out of the war, but his dream of heading to New Mexico with the love of his life gets entangled in the country’s socialist-conservative power struggle. Will O'Malley survive to fulfill his dream or will his death just be another footnote in history?

The first thing that attracted me to Garden of No Escape was the cover; it made me wonder what story went with it. I found Charles Bailey’s writing style and use of figurative language to be both well chosen and well balanced. Unlike some novels, this book’s level of violence, swearing, and sexual content was proportionate to the plot line and served to enhance it instead of distracting from it. The socialist-conservative power struggle made the book very interesting as it kept myself and O'Malley on our toes, wondering where the next blow was going to strike. Sergeant Alejandro O'Malley I could not help but love; he was a strong character with strong principles. He became my favorite in the first chapter when he acted decisively to save an Arab woman and her child despite the opinions of the other soldiers. Overall, I found that I greatly enjoyed reading this book and I would love to read more about Sergeant Alejandro O'Malley in the future.

Christian Sia

Garden of No Escape by Charles Bailey is a compelling action read set in 2082, when apocalyptic religious conflict is transformed into outright terrorism. The world is witnessing a devastating war between the Christian Alliance and Islamic Caliphate. Meanwhile, a sergeant who has spent a decade in Algeria fighting Fedayeen warriors returns home to a nefarious political power struggle with firing squad executions broadcast at night. Terrorist bombings are also becoming the order of the day. All the sergeant wants is to flee Washington, DC, but can he find a way out? Can he move on with the love of his life?

I am a person who loves to think that the future of the world is hopeful, but then there are times that one is tempted to lose hope. Charles Bailey’s novel is a prophetic message, a serious warning of what the world could become if humankind continues to lust for power. The writing is beautiful. The vivid descriptions of the settings and the action make the reader feel like the events are true. Bailey is a great storyteller and his paragraphs are emotionally charged; he also has the gift of exploring the psychological conflict in the protagonist through the masterful use of stream of consciousness. The dialogues are well-written and they allow the reader to understand the characters and to connect more with them. Garden of No Escape is very realistic, well imagined, and executed with a powerful conflict, a story that will fascinate fans of action and futuristic fiction.