In the near future, at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, Mexicoâs idealistic president has dared to vote against the U.S. occupation of Colombia and Washingtonâs refusal to pay OPEC prices for oil. Retaliation is swift. Concocting a âglitchâ in a Florida satellite, Americaâs president cuts Mexicoâs communications systemsâno phones, faxes, or e-mailsâand plunges the country into an administrative nightmare of colossal proportions.
Now, despite the motto that âa Mexican politician never puts anything in writing,â people have no choice but to communicate through letters, which Fuentes crafts with a keen understanding of manâs motives and desires. As the blizzard of activity grows more and more complex, political adversaries come out to prey. The ineffectual president, his scheming cabinet secretary, a thuggish and ruthless police chief, and an unscrupulous, sensual kingmaker are just a few of the fascinating characters maneuvering and jockeying for position to achieve the power they all so desperately crave.
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About: In a near future Mexico, a country teetering on the edge of chaos and anarchy in which all communications with the outside world have been cut off, an ambitious president, his scheming cabinet secretary, and an unscrupulous sexual diva all compete for power.
About: In a near future Mexico, a turbulent country teetering on the very edge of utter chaos and anarchy in which all communications with the outside world have been cut off, political adversaries on all sides--an ambitious president, his scheming cabinet secretary, an unscrupulous sexual diva, and others--compete for power.
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