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By John F. Zeugner

Paul Snell, amateur reporter, will get assigned a weekly column on chess, as a rule due to his faux-filial attachment to the Hane Tribune's proprietor Waldo Turner. In go back Snell supplies to take care of, and doubtless marry, Waldo's fragile, unhinged niece Pamela Snow. The not likely couple quickly sufficient latch onto American chess prodigy, Mikey Spendip and his mom Vera, as they ascend the ladder of event chess. in the course of the summer time of 1980 on the Interzonal Finals in Manila, Philippines Spendip is persuaded to assist an rebellion opposed to dictator Ferdinand Marcos by way of intentionally wasting a very important fit. yet that gesture slips right into a gory, comedian fiasco.
The novel is an ironic remark at the nature of chess, probability, and love, in innovative conditions.

"Take Eric Ambler, upload a dollop of Carl Hiassen, and a drop of Graham Greene bitters, and also you get Manila Gambit. John Zeugner retains you giggling (almost) to the breathtaking finish of this story instructed by means of an hedonic journalist who follows the sunlight and a seize of chess masters from Florida to the Philippines less than the Marcos dictatorship. His travels are complex through an addled female friend, her dysfunctional family members, and a band of terrorists."
--Chandler Thompson, translator and journalist

"John Zeugner's most modern novel, a fast-moving chess mystery (!) weirdly entangled in cold-war and guerrilla-war intrigue, brings jointly a humanitarian's love for the 'little gestures that count number' with an historian's realizing of the tremendous geo-political buildings that make us stumble and fall. The writing, additionally, mirrors the popular kind of chess. Punctuated via daring gambits, it advances a fancy plot with rapid-fire discussion that flickers with verve and wit. an excellent read!"
--Joseph P. Lawrence, Professor of Philosophy, university of the Holy Cross

"All authors of fiction are jealous of alternative authors of fiction so I recommend everybody get out their knives in anticipation of John Zeugner's most modern novel, Manila Gambit. He definitely has stolen my dream by way of effectively making a moment existence profession as a novelist, and his paintings simply retains recovering. In Manila Gambit he has moved from his earlier paintings, which used to be seriously established upon his actual existence reviews, to a fiction lighter, and but greater crafted, than whatever he has written prior to. Its feel of position, humans, and time positioned it within the ranks of the simplest of sunshine comedic fiction up there with Peter Maryle and Compton Mackenzie."
--Bruce Stronach, Dean, Temple college, Japan Campus

John Zeugner's accrued tales, Under Hiroshima, (2014), approximately instructing in Japan received the Serena McDonald Kennedy Prize for fiction. He has released a unique, Soldier for Christ, a suite of 3 brief novels, Food for Jackals, (2014), and one other number of tales, Life-Arc educating Tales, (2015). He in brief performed for the Harvard chess crew, after the 1st 3 forums left the varsity for private or educational reasons.

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