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  • File Size: 656 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Cordillera North Publications (April 11, 2007)
  • Publication Date: April 11, 2007
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ZIT5DK
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Phillips on December 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
"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 By Anna Barcos, author on 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 By John Wilson on May 21, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Wilson on July 23, 2007
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"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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By Kathleen Kelly on August 20, 2012
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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. She gets a visit from a representative of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, a small country in the west of Africa, asking for assistance, particularly water and food. Pilar would like to give the aid to these beleaguered countries, especially after she visits Somalia and sees the horrible living conditions of the people. No matter what she wants to do she is not able to because of the unwillingness of other countries to help. She decides along with her staff that something needs to be done and that something is to change UN policies. She wants to see the UN become more of a democracy like the US. The idea is that the world is a much different place than when the UN was founded in 1945. The UN needs to be restructured. The more she tries to make these changes, the more dangerous her life and others around her become. Someone wants her stopped and will do whatever it takes to see that they are successful. After several attempts on her life, and after her assistant is killed instead of her, Pilar is more determined. So with the protection of her bodyguard, Alex, and the advice of a longtime friend and president of Burkina, Faso Anatole Zoungrana, she continues on with her plans.

I felt that the story was very well written; the characters well developed with lots of twists and turns and kept me interested until the end of the book. I felt that the author did a remarkable job telling this story and is very knowledgeable about the UN and foreign policies. I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys reading political type thrillers, especially with a strong female character.

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