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The Cemetery Vote [Kindle Edition]

Steve Silkin
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sex, drugs and election fraud: Jace Kingman, a drug dealer, is recruited to round up Latino day laborers and take them to the polls on Election Day. Dan Vienna, a fired police officer on the road to become an internet porn producer, tries to extort a million dollars from a losing candidate for U.S. Senate by claiming he can prove the election was stolen. Jace and Dan will cross paths as both schemes go awry. Can they save themselves? Or will they destroy each other?

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  • File Size: 324 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003U2RSLO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read January 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Growing up I had always heard of the practice of one political party keeping the recently dead on the voting rolls so that they could have someone come in and vote for them in the next few elections. That is what drew me to this book. Silkin's description of the "cemetery vote" being bused to the polls is a variation of the practice that I grew up in.

Silkin does an excellent job of weaving his characters into his story. At first you may wonder what do all of these diverse people and situations have to do with each other, but as you read he brings all of them together and makes you realize that in real life how disparate people and events are tied together. So that a computer hacker can become the leader of new political movement. The reader will find that it is difficult to put the book down because of the interest in seeing how the various stories turns out and how the characters are changed by the common thread that runs through their lives.

A very interesting and entertaining book that is more then just a political mystery. I highly recommend the book to anyone looking for an interesting read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First rate political fiction... or is it fiction? December 20, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Overall: 5 stars

Plot/Storyline: 5 stars

Jace Kingman, a drug dealer in LA, decided one day that he needed a career change. Looking down the barrels of a couple of AK-47s made that decision a no-brainer. Dan Vienna, a cop in a small California city, was seriously injured, and the city had begun the termination process to fire him. As unlikely as it would seem, the two men's paths would soon cross in a tangled web of election fraud, illegal aliens, live internet porn, computer hackers, the Russian Mafia, and white slavery, all played out against a backdrop of Los Angeles and its criminal underworld.

And as improbable and farfetched as that may sound, I have little doubt that most of the fictional elements of the story have actually occurred sometime, somewhere in this country. What linked Jace and Dan in the story was a type of voting fraud using "cemetery voters," that is, having people impersonate registered voters who were dead and buried. As the story progressed, more and more people were involved, and it became almost inevitable that Jace and Dan would meet. How they reacted to each other would determine the outcome in what appeared would be a "zero sum" result in game theory; i.e., one would win at the other's expense.

As convoluted as the plot might sound, the story could have gotten murky and twisted, but it didn't. The story, as involved as it was, was easy to follow, and it was very enjoyable reading as Jace and Dan's lives converged on a collision course.

The story was also a revealing - and probably realistic - look at modern politics and the lengths that candidates will go to in order to win elections.

Character Development: 5 stars

Jace and Dan were the two primary protagonists.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a slice of the real world May 28, 2013
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Particularly enjoyed the nice pacing on a relevant topic, full of plot twists and congruities that amusingly demonstrate how oddly the world works and intersects. Those aspects of divergent worlds colliding seemed very genuine to me. Only thing missing from this story was a genuine BAD guy- everyone seemed pretty nice, in the end...good Job Mr. Silkin
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This was a good read. Especially in light of our chaotic elections that just occurred. The characters are all cohesive and fit well in the storyline.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The grave face of politics October 27, 2010
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An intriguing story told with a witty sideways deadpan. I really enjoyed this one. It's got a bit of everything, including a not-so tacit reminder that living in LA really is just like you are always told it could be - a scary wonderful read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best political books in a long time March 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This pretty much has it all: political suspense, drug runners, dancing girls, gangs, and the violence isn't too graphic. Either side of the aisle a person is politically, the book shows that there are flaws everywhere. The premise and story line were both good, the action was riveting, and I thought he hit it out of the ball park. Highly recommended political drama, with humorous elements kicked in.

The characters are believable and even the really bad guys are sort of likable. Silkin has multiple story lines going on at the same time and he weaves it all together in a way that flows easily without being jumpy or back-and-forth constantly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Timely and thought provoking March 25, 2013
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With the events unfolding after the last election, Silkin's story is entirely too believable. The way the two main character's lives intersected was well written. Tying them together with noticeable events (like the return of the Space Shuttle - an obviously noticeable event) helped demonstrate how many divergent lives can be happening in the same space with no one taking notice.

Good light reading for mystery buffs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars scary politcs
EXploring the worst of doing the wrong things for the right reasons. This was a quick read. I don't want to know how close this comes to truth.
Published 17 months ago by penny's from heaven
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesty mystery with twists
Another great book by an indie author! The plot is something I have not encountered in all my previous reads so I found it interesting. Read more
Published on December 22, 2011 by Bill Thibadeau
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cemetery Vote
They have a saying in Chicago, "vote early and vote often." Whether voter fraud is a significant issue in the United States is a highly contested issue with no statistics, but... Read more
Published on July 9, 2011 by BigAl
5.0 out of 5 stars A review by Free Book Reviews
The Cemetery Vote

A tale that will have you wanting to move to LA just to see if it is true. I could not put it down even to sleep. Read more
Published on April 13, 2011 by Albert Robbins III
5.0 out of 5 stars We need more books like this today
Author Steve Silkin did an amazing job with this--producing a well-told and fast-moving story about life, politics and redemption in 1990s Southern California. Read more
Published on January 11, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars It's got my vote.
Like Silkin's other work, The Cemetery Vote is a wonderful read, almost old-fashioned in that it features interesting characters doing interesting things, the way books used to,... Read more
Published on October 9, 2010 by R Toady
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