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He has travelled extensively around South East Asia and has ended up in Hong Kong partly by accident, but mainly for the fish and chips.
He is great with words (loves crosswords) but no good with figures (hates soduko).
He lives there with his family and pets. When he gets time he goes fishing, and when he has a piano, he plays it. His three greatest loves in life are music, writing and fish. Oh, and Starbucks, where he does most of his writing.
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By Arthur Crandon
283 pp. Acid Publications.
A novel about greed, murder and political intrigue.
Arthur Crandon has produced in “Deadly Election” a nearly unputdownable read about one of the many treasures the withdrawing Japanese were rumored to have hidden in the Philippine countryside over 70 years ago, and its effect on a modern day Pilipino election.
At the promised return of General Douglas MacArthur, one of the fabled General Yamashita treasures is hidden in a cave near the Spanish-style town of Vigan. Pilipino witnesses from a nearby village are raped and murdered by the retreating Japanese, their bodies thrown into the cave just before the entrance is sealed and camouflaged.
Seventy years later, three young men stumble upon the bone filled cave and its treasure of Spanish doubloons. Overwhelmed by their discovery, they seek the assistance of the area's cacique, Senator Enrique Consuelo, the leading candidate in the upcoming presidential election. Not a stranger to the darker arts of deceit, violence, murder and corruption, Consuelo has his men take the youngsters to the cave, murder them and steal the treasure. Unbeknownst to the Senator's thugs, an out of luck expat witnesses the incident from afar while on a hike with his child.
Preparing an intricate fail-safe system, the expat approaches the Senator with the intention of extorting a part of the treasure. Consuelo orders him killed and the order gives way to a chase that ultimately triggers the fail safes, a number of envelopes mailed to the authorities when the expat fails to keep to his contact schedule.Read more ›
Arthur Crandon (a former lawyer turned writer) has used his sweeping knowledge of the islands to pen an impressive panoramic vista of this 3rd world country during an election.
Do you expect to read about murder, rape, adultery, deception, intrigue, greed, robbery, revenge and conspiracy? You will in DEADLY ELECTION with Crandon's narrative drive and sense of urgency pushing hard to compel your attention and combine with an intriguing mix of legalese and compassion.
All of the island's governmental apparatus - Police, Armed Forces, Jurisprudence, Treasury, Prisons, Private Security, Media (Press and T.V.) and the Catholic hierarchy appear like players in a masked ball as the election runs it's course.
Cranndon's role in this drama is not made clear. The stark reality is that he fled the islands for his life after 8 years in residence. He now lives in Hong Kong.
DEADLY ELECTION is a highly reccommended read. It earns it's 5 star status by content and style alone. There is more to come as the Asian Intrigue theme will be repeated.
The Senator will do anything to become President of the Philippines. And since the Senator has made certain of everyone's support, either through choice or by blackmail, it seems inevitable he will win.
Such high stakes require much to resist the urge to simply allow "business as usual." Luckily, a few step forward.
Deadly Election's plot is tight, and its action is riveting. Be prepared, however, for violence and the graphic rape of a child.
The characters jump off the page. You feel like you know them and are in each of the locations.
I am really looking forward to Crandon taking us to other exotic places with layered characters and intricate cultures.
Pick up a copy of Deadly Election. You'll be glad you did.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. The first time through, however, I noticed very significant grammar errors and weaknesses in the plot. I informed the author of my concerns. To his credit, he said he'd heard similar critiques from others. He let me know he was in contact with an editor and would be reworking the novel.I told him I would reserve my review until after reading the new edition.
I'm glad I did.
Deadly Election, in its current form, is a strong novel. It is based on real events and reads like non-fiction. That means it is very believable.
In the rewrite, the character of Chloe was greatly enhanced. She gives us a very human and relatively untainted view of this crime-filled, seedy world.
A word of caution: this is a very adult novel. There are graphic depictions of violence and violations.
I feel very privileged to have seen the novel in both iterations. If Arthur Crandon continues to grow like this, we can expect very good things from him in the future.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was an interesting plot, although I can't really believe that it could happen. But, since the setting is The Phillipines who knows what is possible. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Al J. Conetto
I felt there needed to be more interaction between the characters to personalize their feeling s more. They needed to be more connected. I enjoyed the story and intrigue. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lynda
I read a third of the book and the further I got the less I enjoyed this novel. I thought at first it would be something different but all too soon it turned into the usual... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Annie Athens
This novel is an okay thriller taking place in the Phillippines during an election season, focusing on the corruption of the country's politics.Published 18 months ago by Jeremy Michael Gallen
Exciting through out the book. If this is life in the Philippines, I think we should be glad we gave them their independence. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Larry Olivia
There were no characters that the reader could like. All of them were evil and without morals of any kind. Seemed to be contradictions but I did not go back to confirm. Read morePublished 20 months ago by bob0won
In the early 21st century, three young men find a hidden hoard of Spanish doubloons in a cave in the depths of a Filipino jungle amongst the skeletons of raped and murdered World... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Pamela Mykytowych