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The Cemetery Vote by [Silkin, Steve]
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  • File Size: 826 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: June 26, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003U2RSLO
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By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 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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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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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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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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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 frequent allegations. Google "voter fraud statistics" if you're interested. I thought the plot of this book, a conspiracy to fix an election by paying people to vote in place of now-dead, but still registered voters, made for a clever political thriller. The idea isn't overused and seems plausible.

Generally, I found the story entertaining and thought it flowed well. However, there was one glaring exception. This was the introduction of some back-story about the childhood of one of the other major secondary characters, ex-policeman Dan Vienna. It is back-story needed to move one of the plot sub threads to conclusion, but involved taking a long tangent in the middle of a scene, disrupting the flow of the story. As done, it also seemed too convenient. Giving us all or most of this back-story throughout the book would have worked better. That way, when needed, it would have seemed more natural and not required disrupting the narrative.

The main character, Jace Kingman, is a drug dealer who, in the beginning, is also a user, of both drugs and people. Disliking Jace would be easy except he realizes early in the book that he needs to change, which makes him more sympathetic. He falls into the voter fraud conspiracy without fully realizing he's trading one problem for another until it is too late. Whether Jace can turn his life around, despite the situation he finds himself in, is the crux of the story.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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