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Veto [Kindle Edition]

Ed Griffin
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Book Description

A woman as Secretary General of the UN? Diplomats laugh at the idea. But Pilar Marti rises above her limitations and takes on the job.
The big five, the security council – Russia, France, Britain, the US and China -- veto a proposal to help starving people in Somalia. Pilar responds by proposing to get rid of the big five. Logic is on her side – rule by five is undemocratic. However, power and money stand against her. The Washington elite react to her ideas with intrigue, diplomatic maneuvers, and ultimately attempts on her life.

Product Details

  • File Size: 410 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Cordillera North Publications (April 11, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ZIT5DK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,830,730 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The UN needs to be reformed December 1, 2009
"Veto" by Ed Griffin ISBN 9781425114398 Published by Trafford Publishing 2009.
Review by Chris Phillips
Within this book, Griffin takes a subject he has some definite ideas about. This is political thriller at its best. The subject is the UN and the first female Secretary-General has been elected with the backing of the US. The story begins as she starts taking initiative by becoming a true world leader.
Griffin's purpose with the book is obvious; he wants the UN to be a true world government rather than just a debating organization. Pilar Marti, the first female Secretary-General, finds herself in the middle of international politics from her first day in office. Representatives are asking for help and support. Sometimes the help is from need, but other times it is from political ambition and favors being called in. Marti and the UN are effectively blackmailed into doing things that the member governments want. The most powerful player is the US, of course.
The plot twists around the active intervention of the US to coerce Marti, and thus the UN, into condoning and actually supporting US foreign policy. The hotbed of Somalia is the centerpiece. The story line keeps coming back to Somalia frequently. This works very well and is a good catalyst for the tensions within the plot.
After several attempts to stop Marti from making a real difference, she finally determines that she has to take on the project of converting the UN to a true government for the world. Then the efforts of those opposing her become more dangerous and lethal, even threatening those around her.
The characters are very well-developed and filled with a balance of reality and idealism that is seen in real people everyday.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Behind the Scenes June 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Reading Veto, I felt as if I had gained access not only to the "back rooms" of the United Nations where deals are made, but into the personal life of its first woman Secretary General. Pilar Marti has worked her bureaucratic way to the top and now must face not only a crisis, but jealous opposition, political bullying and ambitious private agendas from those who are working against her. Pilar is such a believable heroine as she deals with self-doubt, personal tragedy, and isolation.
During a visit to a mentor / hero from her past, (my favorite scene in the book) we gain tremendous insight into not only her character, but how great minds work, and sacrifice.
Relying on her small staff, she tackles seemingly insurmountable problems. imminent dangers. and endures personal tragedy while the author is subtly making us aware of the deepening bond between Pilar and her handsome body guard--without distracting us from the story.
"Veto" is a satisfying read on every level.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read May 21, 2012
Veto kept me glued to the page. I couldn't put it down until I got to the end. Ed Griffin turns political intrigue in the UN into a fun subject that questions America's role in the world. Now, whenever I see a world map, I immediately try to find Burkina Faso and Ouagadougou.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking and exciting July 23, 2007
"Veto" is thought-provoking and exciting. I was at the world map looking up different places and I found myself really thinking about the United Nations and what it means to the world. I couldn't put it down until it was finished. Ed Griffin's third book is a must read. I love a book that doesn't just criticize, but gives a plan to help promote world peace. I wish Pilar Marti existed! The world could use her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't "veto" this book! September 8, 2007
I love reading a novel that makes you think. "Veto" is the best of Ed Griffin's novels. It is a thought-provoking story about an important topic - the United Nations and the United States' role in it. It made me question many of my preconceptions about the UN and certainly made me more aware of politic machinations at the global level. Griffin's obvious concern for justice and equity in the world and his sympathy for the underdog come through in all three novels, but most clearly in this one. Good book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Current Issues galore October 1, 2007
Veto by Ed Griffin deals with current global issues, a deep probing into the dilemma of the U.N., and also offers a "can't put it down" plot. My thought after reading was that it would make an excellent film. I learned ore about the U.N in this book than I had ever before. Good strong characters, and Griffin shows a rare ability to write from a woman's point of view. Not a lot of people can pull that off! Great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Behind the Bushes February 26, 2013
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Ed Griffin takes us behind the scenes and the bushes that make up the UN Pilar Marti is the first Secretary General of the UN and needless to say she has men all around her. They have their agenda and she's not part of it, so she gets up and proves her way might create a wave rolling into the future. She does and goes where she's told not to go and solves issues that were considered unsolvable. She speaks her mind and you come away wondering why we don't have more women in politics that say, to hell with the old way, the men's club, and move nations into a new and bold world. She speaks from her heart, makes sense of her opinion and slowly drags others to her side. It's like watching a mother drag an argumentative child to an ice cream party. I enjoyed the read very much and look forward to reading more from Ed Griffin
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's an ok read
Not a bad read, but not an outstanding one. The characters do verge on being stereotypes, but overall a solid story lies behind it all.
Published 5 months ago by That Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars A Vision of What Might Be
The infighting and politics that involve the UN felt authentic, and the issues are important. The book kept my interest all the way through, but I felt that the resolution of many... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Catana
4.0 out of 5 stars Veto
"Veto", by Ed Griffin, is a page-turner set in the labyrinthine behind-the-scenes world of the United Nations. Griffin has a direct style that lends itself well to the genre.
Published on September 11, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Page Turner
Ed Griffin has done it again. Veto goes behind the scenes of the UN, allowing the reader an insight into the manoeuvering and scheming that goes on in the political arena. Read more
Published on September 4, 2012 by Tutormom
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story Beautifully Written
I thoroughly enjoyed Ed Griffin's VETO--lots of drama and personal conflict. His Veto concept of a woman filling the position of UN Secretary General has got to be a first in the... Read more
Published on August 25, 2012 by Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Just one more chapter and then I'll put the book down.
Once again, reading one of Ed Griffin's books takes me into a world I know little about. The characters are compelling and true, the story has a point to make and never becomes... Read more
Published on August 22, 2012 by Vanessa Collins
4.0 out of 5 stars Veto by Ed Griffin
Veto is a political drama/thriller about the United Nations. Pilar Marti is the first woman to have the title of Secretary-General to the UN. Read more
Published on August 20, 2012 by Kathleen Kelly
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Ed Griffin teaches creative writing at Matsqui Prison, a medium security prison in Western Canada. He taught the same subject at Waupun prison, a maximum security prison in Wisconsin.

He began his professional life in 1962 as a Roman Catholic priest in Cleveland, Ohio. There he became active in the civil rights movement and marched in Selma with Doctor Martin Luther King. Removed from a suburban parish for his activities, he served for three years in Cleveland's central city. His years in the Roman Catholic Priesthood are the subject of his next novel.

After leaving the priesthood in 1968 he earned a masters degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was elected to Milwaukee's city council in 1972.

Griffin and his wife, Kathy, opened a commercial greenhouse in suburban Milwaukee in 1976. They lived where they worked and shared the joys of raising children and growing flowers. In 1988 the family, Ed and Kathy, Kevin and Kerry, moved to British Columbia, Canada, where Griffin helped establish a dynamic writing community in the city of Surrey. He is the founder of Western Canada's largest writer's conference, the Surrey Writers' Conference.

He has published poetry, plays, short stories and a newspaper column. His writing has won several awards and the American Humanist Society has honored him as the teacher of a prize-winning inmate writer. Griffin believes that all the arts, including writing, should be encouraged in prison. "As Aristotle said, 'art releases unconscious tensions and purges the soul.'"

Ed improves his craft with the Rainwriters' Critique Group. Visit their site

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