Friday, 6 May 2016

Prophetic Faithless Elector

The "world" of Faithless Elector seems to become more real every day.  As recently as the last election, Robert M Alexander, reporting for CNN, quoted a 2012 Associated investigation, prior to the election, which revealed that as many as five (5) Republican Electors had expressed uncertainty regarding whether they would actually vote for Mitt Romney if he carried their state.  

What will be the twists and turns in 2016?  What diabolical craziness awaits?  One thing the debate about the fairness and fidelity of the Electoral College system glosses is what happens if the Electoral College fails to make a decision--if there is no Electoral College Vote winner (270 EC votes or more). As is provided in the Constitution the House votes for president, each state having only one (1) vote; and the Senate votes for the vice-president.  Nor are House and Senate bound by any rules to keep the unified ticket.  The House could vote for the Republican and the Senate the Democrat.

My novel, Faithless Elector begins in December, 2016, when everyone thinks the election is over...

An idealistic young researcher uncovers a series of deaths among Electors and must race against time and a secret, deadly efficient conspiracy.

The Electoral College system for electing the president is a Constitutional compromise that is open to potential manipulation and mischief. At precisely the time when no one thought to look at what was going on a nationally organized threat to the integrity of the election of the president—secret and deadly—had struck. When Matthew Yamashita discovers a series of unexplained deaths among Electors, he and his advisor must work to get the information out and stop the plot. They are joined by an FBI agent, who, although initially sceptical, begins to glimpse just how deep the conspiracy goes.

Theirs becomes a race against time to get their information to light before the Electors meet on December 19, 2016. The conspirators always seem one step ahead of them, and it’s unclear who, if anyone, they can trust. The stakes could not be higher. If the plot succeeds, the government itself would no longer derive its "just powers from the consent of the governed."

In an era characterized as cynical and paranoid, Faithless Elector poses a creditable threat to the integrity of the electoral process and the selection of the president. The fights over delegates this spring were just the beginning….

Faithless Elector is a timely, compelling novel for our turbulent times, available at  

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