- 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 LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005ZIT5DK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,309,554 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author
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 http://www.rainwriters.com/
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Review by Kathleen Kelly
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Capturing the political machinations in a world organisation, and strategizing to save it from redundancy, aren't easy even to a fertile mind! But Ed Griffin does it in style. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rajuda
I read the Kindle version of this book. The plot is well thought out and character development is well done. Read morePublished 7 months ago by phoenix rising
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 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
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. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Worduser
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 morePublished on February 19, 2013 by Catana
"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
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 morePublished on September 4, 2012 by Tutormom
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 morePublished on August 25, 2012 by Reader