Power and Greed

Power and Greed

By:  Ted  Ongoing
Language: English
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The novel opens in the midst of a world where Sarah Palin has become president during a time of financial ruin for the United States. It is a world for only the extremely rich and extremely poor. All public supports have been taken away, including Social Security, Medicare, and Unemployment. Unions have been outlawed. The streets are ruled by bands of thugs known as The Young Zealots and Sarah’s Soldiers. Chauncey Gibbons and Billy Wild, the one a successful, but ruthless, businessman, the other destitute, homeless and mentally ill, wander through the novel, unaware of each other, slowly working their way toward each other, through a series of unpredictable circumstances, until Billy Wild kidnaps Chauncey and drags him back to an underground hovel he’s dug at an abandoned construction site. The thread linking their destinies is the fact that Billy Wild was once a respectable accountant at Eagles Fly, a private investment company, owned by Chauncey Gibbons. One Christmas Eve, he receives a nasty pink slip from Chauncey Gibbons and his whole world begins to collapse. Soon, the bank seizes his house, all reserves run out, and Billy’s wife leaves him with the kids, only to commit suicide. The timeframe of the novel begins on Christmas Eve and ends on New Year’s Eve, adding a dark sardonic air to the narrative’s atmosphere. In the course of that time, Chauncey and Billy’s lives completely reverse themselves, as if the two men have exchanged roles.

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16 chapters
Christmas Eve
It was Christmas Eve. Billy Wild pushed his shopping cart down the Post Street hill. He wore a faded black cape he found in a Dumpster to hide his rags. The streets were empty, the apartments dark, except for a few Christmas trees in the windows.Billy Wild was familiar with this comfortable district, more than anyone would expect of a middle-aged man with a ratty beard, hunched over a shopping cart, piled with a jumble of unrelated items. The surreal mound was draped with an American flag. The Young Zealots handed them out on the Fourth of July. To refuse might indi- cate a lack of patriotism. Billy accepted the flag with humble appreciation and went on his way.Read more
Meet Chauncey Gibbons
It was Christmas Eve.Chauncey Gibbons walked out of the Olympic Club on Post Street. He attended his first annual Christmas dinner at the club.Chauncey was considered third generation new money.Most members were old money, with a lineage that went back to the gold and silver mines. They owned vast tracks of farming and lumber land. They calculated stock trades in millions of shares. They owned companies whose profits were in the billions. They had feasted on the resources, not only of their own country but of many others as well, for hundreds years.

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Merry Christmas, El Generalissimo.
Chauncey Gibbons drove his new Bentley down the Post Street Hill. He used a driver when socially appropriate, but otherwise, he loved to be behind the wheel. He was waiting for El Presidente toanswer his cell. Only ten people in the world knew the number he was dialing. It was the second time he had made the call.Some of the best deals came to a head at the end of the year. It was like a financial race to the finish line. People gave in more easily. They were emotionally pulled by the distractions of childhood mem- ories and sentimental hopes. Not Chauncey.Chauncey saw it as a time to kill
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Billy Wild
Billy Wild made his way to Montgomery Street and walked through what was once called the Barbary Coast, and now was called the Financial District.The Financial District was always safer for people like him. The homeless were afraid of the world of big finances, a world from which they had been disinherited.Billy had worked here for twenty years.Billy spent more time here than he did with his family. He passed his favorite lunch place and his stomach groaned in agony. He felt miserable. His joints were on fire. His back was aching. His head was throbbing. He had to urinate, but there were no all
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Joe China
Time to secure that slave girl deal for El Presidente. Time to see Joe China.Joe China was a third-generation crime syndicate. His father was a notorious hitman. He bore the honor of a hundred kills. Joe China now controlled the Mongols, the ruling syndicate in Chinatown.Chauncey drove the Bentley toward Joe’s nightclub. Christmas would be a busy day. He had accepted the invitation to visit Ms. Nora Evans and her family for Christmas dinner.

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Granny's arrival
 Be my little baby, be my baby now, tell Isabel I love her, tell the kids I love them, let the good times roll, there were good times, that night in Michigan. The kids up to their knees in the white of it, the snow fall- ing into the tops of their rubber boots, and their faces hidden in parka hoods, with a ball of wool each one of them, and their scarves hiding their faces, red noses peeking out. Beneath the snow-covered branches of the pine forest, the branches bent to the ground since the snow was so heavy.

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China doll
Easy money meant everything to Chauncey. He was one of Joe China’s best customers. He could flip slaves at a profit of five hundred percent to his neighbors in Pacific Heights. Those frat boysdidn’t know anything about this market. References to human traffic or slave trade never passed their lips. He was the only one in his social set who would stoop to such an enterprise.But Chauncey loved watching the looks on their faces when they hurried off in a limo with a few foreign teenagers, headed off to yet another hypocritical escapade at some private party fueled by the best drugs on the planet.

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Christmas Day
In the dream, he was just a boy. He was fishing with his father in the small bay. The fishing wasn’t so important. It was being with his dad. Fishing was what they did together.His father was sitting in the rear, by the small outboard motor. It was not a powerboat. The powerboats raced up and down the channels, displaying their speed and glitter. The powerboats never noticed the humble rowboat with the small motor on the back, still and anchored.Billy and his dad ignored them, lost in some quiet meditation upon the quiet surface of the water and the unseen fish below and the affectionate union they shared, in spite of the fact that they said very little to each other, except for the exci
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Nora Evans
Chauncey took 101 South toward Hillsborough, a wealthy enclave in San Mateo County, where the family of Ms. Nora Evans congregated every year. His mind was abuzz with the events that had befallen him in the last twelve hours.First of all, the little Asian blond had something between her legs, beneath that cute yellow silk skirt, that he never expected to find.But what the fuck, it was four o’clock in the morning. His mind was a mess of tangled wires. By the time he left the opium room at Joe China’s place, he could barely see.He tried to remember his name. He tri
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Billy's Dugout
Billy Wild pushed the shopping cart to the far side of the construction site. He stopped at the foot of the earthen slope that descended into the square-block excavation where the foundations for pharmaceutical companies were about to be built before the world came to a stop for everyone. Only Bill could detect the slight hole, the size of his pinkie fin- ger in the earth, near the bottom of the slope. He took a long look around the site and listened closely for any threatening sounds. He felt safe.He slipped his finger through the small earthen opening, and then slipped it through th
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