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THE ELECTION: MURDERS…TERRORISM…KIDNAPPING…

GOLD COAST – When racism is allowed to get out of control, it can wreak havoc – even in one of the world’s most politically stable nations.

This book sets a cracking pace from the very beginning when a barbaric act is committed on the Kokoda Track during the Second World War. The incident reverberates down to the next generation on both sides, Australian and Japanese when, in the new Australian republic, Michael Takada wins selection for Queensland and is in the running to be the country’s first president. The trouble is, Takada’s father is Japanese and not everybody is happy about it.

Darryl Greer’s prose vividly illuminates the complex issues when someone who is of Japanese heritage seeks an opportunity in Australia that the previous generation would not have dreamed of. The Election takes the reader from Australia’s Gold Coast to Japan, from the Australian coast to its arid heartland, showing the intricate play of the ancient strictures of Japan and the modern strivings in Australia. Mysteries and murders, breaches and bonds, racial hatred and familial love are all woven into this tapestry of lives with an authenticity that only a writer of Greer’s calibre can accomplish. He has created compelling characters with real issues in vivid settings in a story which is as illuminating as it is absorbing…