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Veto by Ed Griffin
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Jun 25, 2012

really liked it
Read on June 25, 2012

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.

Review by Kathleen Kelly

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