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Deadly Election (Asian Intrigue Book 1)

Deadly Election (Asian Intrigue Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Arthur Crandon
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Hidden deep in the dense, humid, jungles of Asia is a shameful secret. For seventy years the barbaric acts of cruelty committed by the Japanese Imperial Army were hidden from the world. Times have changed, but the murders continue—the culprit now a corrupt politician, Senator Enrique Consuelo.
Deadly Election is based on real events. The defeated General Yamashito and his band of cut-throat soldiers retreat, scrambling through the dense Philippine jungle towards the sea and freedom. But the advancing troops of the American General McCarthy are in close pursuit—too close for Yamashito.
Tired and hungry the General’s men bury the treasure and gold—the spoils of war, deep within the jungle in an effort to enable their escape.
Many years pass by, and the jungle guards its secret hoard until the fateful day three youths stumble upon a cache of hidden gold. Their good fortune is short-lived—the boys are brutally murdered and the gold disappears once more. But the murderers were careless. These new atrocities were witnessed by a retired Australian soldier - Paul Rowntree, who seeks his own rewards through blackmail.
Consuelo is unwilling to part with his ill-gotten gains and hatches a plan to murder Paul—no witness, no problem…or so he assumes. But even the best laid plans are apt to fail. A downward spiral of murder, betrayal, intrigue and infidelity transpires that will shake his world to its very core.
A power struggle instigated by Paul to bring the Senator down, ends with Consuelo’s capture. His loyal young wife, Chloe tries to support him but is out of her depth. Paul gets revenge but he is not a man to give up on an opportunity. He finds a way to profit from his efforts.

About the Author

Arthur Crandon is a lawyer, the boring office kind, not the exciting (and much better paid) courtroom type. He worked as a solicitor for a while before embarking on an interesting life overseas. He has spent most of his time in recent years in South East Asia, more recently in Hong Kong. Before that, Arthur lived and worked in the Philippine Islands (particularly Luzon and Mindanao) for a number of years. During these years, the experiences of political life and the realities of doing business and living in the Philippines became all too apparent. These experiences are vividly portrayed during the course of 'Deadly Election' and provide the reader with an accurate insight of what to expect if ever they choose to visit the archipelago. He loves to fish, and play the piano – but spends most of his time writing, eating, drinking and sleeping – usually, but not always, in that order. His first book, Deadly Election, draws on his strange imagination and his experiences, together with those of others, in a land that, beneath a veneer of civilization, operates like the Wild West and is very dangerous to innocent and gullible foreigners.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1755 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Acid Publications (7 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009N90PB8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #426,680 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing Thriller 22 July 2013
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I have recently read `Deadly Election', and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a gripping thriller, guaranteed to keep them intrigued until the very last page. The characters of `Deadly Election' are all multi faceted and excellently portrayed; the bad guys have their human sides, and the good guys their faults. This makes them so much more believable than the squeaky clean hero versus the thoroughly evil villain portrayed in too many books. `Deadly Election' can be brutal in places, but the brutality is essential to the story; it is not glorified or gratuitous. Set in the Philippines, the story centres on the corruption that blights this country, and the lengths people will go to in order to maintain their wealth and power. However, the tables can be turned, and the corrupt can become the persecuted in a blink of an eye.

`Deadly Election' is quite simply an excellent book, and I shall certainly be on the look out for more by Arthur Crandon. My advice would be to make sure you have plenty of free time to read when you pick this one up, as you won't want to put it down in a hurry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of murder spanning sixty years 9 July 2013
This surprising story starts in the steamy jungles of South East Asia towards the end of the second world war. The graphic details of the brutality inflicted by the invading troops sets the scene for a great story - and Deadly Election is a good and solid novel. Surprising plot twists and turns keep you hooked right up to the very end.
Some of the characters are larger than life, and very diverse - we have foreign soldiers, retired special services, an afghan ruler and a lady boy! Their lives are all brought together in a clever and competent way - with a surprising ending.
I can't help thinking that this story would make a great film - let's hope that one day we will see it on the silver screen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Political intrigue and some delicious irony 16 Dec 2013
By jlbwye
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Crandon's debut novel has matured into a creditable thriller, with all the ingredients of sex, blackmail, greed, murder and political intrigue. It is not often that I re-read a book - and I have enjoyed Deadly Election all the better for its improved editing the second time around. It gives a vivid flavour of the Philippines, and has a well constructed, complicated plot, masterfully handled. There is some delicious irony in places, and I especially appreciated Paul, the old stager with a moral purpose - not quite the dirty old man his wife thought - spying on the activities of Consuelo the Senator. A worth while read.
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Arthur Crandon portrays the Philippines in a way that matches what I remember of a most unusual nation. The Philippines is one of the most friendly places I ever visited, yet at the same time, in over 35 years of travel, it is the only country where I ever saw a gun pulled in anger. And that happened within my line of sight twice, on different visits. On the surface the Philippinos are romantic in the extreme, but when things go awry - and it happens distressingly often - the romance goes out the window, to be replaced by seething violence.

Deadly Election captures the romance and the violence and the corruption and the hunger for power in a way that shows the author knows his subject intimately. This is the tale of a politician with his eyes on the nation's highest seat of power (and the untold wealth he will be able to command as soon as the Presidency is his), and is neatly interconnected with the discovery of a fortune in gold that has lain hidden since World War II. The two unconnected elements are quickly entwined, and off we go on a rapid-fire adventure that has all the elements of a good Philippines drama. Romance, infidelity, greed, corruption, bravery in the face of the worst violence imaginable - and even a foreign hero whose flaws almost outweigh his virtues.

Any fan of Asian-based thriller fiction will enjoy Deadly Election.
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I've just finished reading. Without spoiling the plot in any way I can say that hardly a character reaches the end of the book intact or untouched by betrayal and duplicity. The action is like a human train-wreck that just won't stop crashing, with dodgy deals abounding - it's fascinating, and made me quite grateful to be a dull little nobody instead of one of the cast. Having got into the body of the book I felt that I had to continue in order to see just who came to a sticky end and just who wriggled away. The politics and corruption are highly plausible, and thus easy to visualise. Hot, humid and relentless to the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable suspense thriller 13 Oct 2013
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really enjoyed this , just couldn't put it down , free and on kindle couldn't be better. Def will look out for more by this author
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deadly Election 7 Oct 2013
By skimpy
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I did not expect too much from this book as it was free but was pleasantly surprised full of action and twists .
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book that keeps you gripped 4 Oct 2013
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A great read especially if you know Philippine culture and it's foibles. Would be the perfect way to relax on a flight to Ninoy Aquino International Airport as a prelude to a wonderful holiday!
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