Synopses & Reviews
September Eleventh...war in Iraq...turmoil in the Middle East...an impending war with Iran. They have one thing in common: oil. And the world is running out.
The Shell Game is a thrilling novel that faces the end of oil and the next big attack on American soil. This fictional tale resonates with chilling facts from real-life informants in the oil industry and the U.S. government, piecing together the terrifying truth about a nation addicted to oil. The tale opens in 2007 as the CIA plans a nuclear attack on an American city, blaming the deaths of millions of Americans on Iran and inciting a retaliatory strike that will place the U.S. in control of Iran's oil resources. Five years later, petroleum geologist Ashley Ace Futrell discovers that the world's oil supply is rapidly nearing its end. When his wife a former national security advisor is suddenly murdered, Ace finds himself hurtling down a rabbit's hole that leads to the brink of World War III.
"Even die-hard conspiracy theorists will be dubious about the sinister government-led plots that form the shaky foundation of this political thriller. Alten, best-known for his gory novels featuring giant prehistoric sharks (Meg; The Trench), goes well beyond the already far-fetched idea that the Bush administration let the devastating 9/11 attacks happen to further the neoconservative agenda of reshaping the Middle East. In 2012, with 'centrist conservative' David McKuin in the White House, the federal government plots to detonate a nuclear bomb in a U.S. city and blame Iran as a cover to take out that country's radical leadership. Standing in the plotters' way is Ace Futrell, an energy expert whose murdered wife was possibly targeted by U.S. intelligence. An awkward mix of actual and fictional political figures (Hillary Clinton is still in the Senate in 2012, having lost the 2008 election to McKuin) doesn't make this paranoid and superficial book more plausible." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Steve Alten proves his versatility in his latest thriller The Shell Game, a tour-de-force thriller tackling oil, politics, and the state of the world. Controversial, shocking, meticulously researched, and sure to raise many eyebrows in Washington, Alten has produced both a dazzling political thriller and to a cautionary tale for our times. Anyone interested in the labyrinthine world of politics, international gamemanship, and the control of oil in society needs to read this book." James Rollins, New York Times bestseller of The Judas Strain
More than a thriller, The Shell Game is a cautionary tale that exposes the next 9/11 event an attack that will lead to a retaliatory chemical weapons strike on Iran and the terrorist elements the regime supports.
About the Author
A native of Philadelphia, Steve Alten earned his Bachelor s degree from Penn State University, his Masters from the University of Delaware, and his Doctorate from Temple University. He is the author of the best-selling Meg series, Domain series, Goliath, and The Loch. Steve Alten is also founder and director of Adopt-An-Author, a free nationwide teen reading program that is now being used in thousands of secondary school classrooms across the country to excite reluctant readers to read.