Characters from Arthur Crandon Novels
Senator Enrique Consuelo is the ‘villain’ in the first of Arthur’s novels, ‘Deadly Election’. His guile and cunning are matched only by his ruthlessness and evil and his sociopathic tendencies leave many dead or damaged in his wake. Consuelo will murder, rape, steal and torture with no remorse, if it will get him where he wants to be.
He is an immensely rich man. His inherited wealth has taken him through the governorship of his province to the senate of the Philippines, but he won’t stop there. The Presidency is the only prize left for him. He has loyal and well-trained, well-paid accomplices, including his young and beautiful wife Chloe. She is the latest in a long line of wives and girlfriends, but she has lasted the longest. They have two young children, but no one would describe him as a family man.
He is getting older now and has had some serious health issues, He knows that if he fails in the election this time, he will never do it. His desperation and recklessness become worse as time goes on and eventually are his downfall.
Paul also makes his debut in ’Deadly Election’. He is a retired U.S. Marine who has married a local Philippina and settled in the tropical islands. His military career is well behind him, but is still in his blood. His army years were the best years of his life – he misses them and has had difficulty in adjusting to civilian life. They settled in the Philippines as it is cheaper to live there, and Lucy didn’t really want to leave her family.
Married life has also proved difficult for him and he is hardly the ideal family man Lucy, his long-suffering wife, would want. She is much younger, and pretty. They have a son, Dennis. Paul loves them both, especially Dennis, who adores him, but has difficulty relating to them. He tries to ‘fit in’ but often fails.
Since the army he has tried several business ideas, but nothing has worked out. All his plans fail and he has lost a lot of money, which upsets Lucy as they are trying to live on his meagre army pension.
Simon is Consuelo’s long-time and long-suffering secretary and general fixer. Over the years he has made himself indispensable to the politician. With a somewhat murky background, Simon is loyal and very intelligent. He helps the senator with all his nefarious plans, but keeps himself to himself. As well as his mysterious past, Simon has more secrets to hide.
Tom was Consuelo’s personal body guard. He had an impeccable pedigree, up until a few years ago. He was British and had earlier risen to the rank of Sergeant in the Special Air Service – the British elite special forces. He’d suffered a dishonorable discharge over the death in custody of a detainee, but he was respected in the military community and was sought after despite the blot on his character. He only features in ‘Deadly Election’.
Brian and Tom work together as a team, but he is nominally in charge of Senator Consuelo’s protection and security at home. A former US navy Seal, he is an experienced and well-trained special forces operative. Like Tom, he is devoted to his boss, as long as the money keeps flowing.
Xi features in ‘Parris Island Hotel’. He is a high-ranking Chinese mafia boss in Manila. He runs a large organization running gambling, prostitution and smuggling operations for the ‘family’ based in Hong Kong. His astuteness business sense has helped him to build a large business empire in the Philippines.
He has only one son, Charlie, who is a disappointment to him. The lad has had every opportunity, but does not have the skills his father has and usually messes up.