Overview

A new Cold War has arrived, posing deep threats to our national security. Country after country is bending to the will of a newly resurgent Russia willing to use its vast natural gas reserves as a foreign policy sword. Suddenly the United States also finds itself needing energy from an increasingly hostile Russia. And only a handful of unsuspecting insiders can save America from ruthless Moscow oligarchs who seek to ensnare our country in ever-deeper energy dependence.

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Overview

A new Cold War has arrived, posing deep threats to our national security. Country after country is bending to the will of a newly resurgent Russia willing to use its vast natural gas reserves as a foreign policy sword. Suddenly the United States also finds itself needing energy from an increasingly hostile Russia. And only a handful of unsuspecting insiders can save America from ruthless Moscow oligarchs who seek to ensnare our country in ever-deeper energy dependence.

  • In a small apartment, in the middle of a damp D.C. summer night, Tony Ruiz, special assistant to the president, gets a phone call from the White House. Blackouts in California are causing panic, the electric fences at the prison in Sacramento have powered down and prisoners are escaping, California is being plunged into a hellish nightmare. . .
  • In a hotel room in Germany, the brilliant and feared American environmental activist Blaise Ryan is relieved to be away from the steady deterioration in her home state of California. A heated dinner argument with a powerful Russian energy executive lays bare the new alignments of world power. . .
  • On an ordinary evening in an upscale neighborhood in Lima, a powerful Peruvian senator has a backseat conversation with managers from one of the world's most powerful natural gas companies. The senator's conversation could change the balance of power in the Western Hemisphere, and threaten the national security of the United States. . .

With a master's touch for capturing the essence of the day's more dangerous scenarios, Peter Schechter's Pipeline will leave readers questioning the possibilities of what our future holds, and who has the true power to harm the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

A 20-day electrical blackout in California results in 2,000 deaths and nationwide demand for a resolution to the energy crisis in this uneven near-future thriller from Washington, D.C., consultant Schechter, his second novel after Point of Entry. The Russians are secretly attempting to take over Latin America's natural gas fields, and at the same time are negotiating a gas pipeline to be built across the Bering Strait to Alaska. The point of these machinations? A complete stranglehold on America's energy resources. Numerous exhaustively drawn characters are part of the complicated proceedings, including Tony Ruiz, the U.S. president's "special advisor for domestic affairs," and assorted bad-guy Russian officials. Despite the ripped from the headlines premise, each time interest begins to build, clunky writing ("His bloodshot eyes spat fury") brings the reader crashing back to reality. A confusing ending points to a return for Tony Ruiz in a sequel. (Mar.)

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Kirkus Reviews
When the lights start going out in America, power brokers around the world start maneuvering to control the remaining energy sources. Life's a gas. For his sophomore outing, Washington political consultant Schechter (Point of Entry, 2006) digs deep into the details of American energy policies-too deep, judging by the sluggish pace and stiff dialogue that characterizes this contemporary polemic. In a plot ripped-almost literally-from T. Boone Pickens's real-life energy-policy proposals, the book finds America backed into a corner over its overconsumption and dependence on foreign energy sources. California is going dark due to a sudden natural gas shortage, and the White House is scrambling to find alternative sources from which to import more. "We can't pretend any longer," says President Gene Laurence. "There are Americans dying today because we can't get them electricity. We just can't keep hoping the market is going to take care of the problem." Schechter adequately portrays the urgency of the crisis but fails to fold the facts smoothly into the thriller mold. The plot pits Tony Ruiz, an ex-cop and presidential advisor prone to Jack Bauer-esque bursts of action-hero antics, and Blaise Ryan, a wildly improbable environmental activist, against the machinations of Viktor Zhironovsky, a Russian energy baron scheming to control America's sources of go-go juice. "History won't give a damn how we got there," boasts Zhironovsky. "What the books will write about is the audacity that suddenly put Russia in control of a huge percentage of the liquefied gas needs of the United States of America." Added in are the futuristic concept of a pipeline linking Russia and Alaska across the Bering Strait;a conspiracy to control the gas fields of Latin America; and the odd assassination. The thriller as position paper, with too much explication and not enough suspense. Washington, D.C., regional author appearances
Chicago Tribune
“A frighteningly believable look at a possible near-future scenario.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Let’s hope Schecter has more thrillers to come. “Point of Entry” is a dandy start.”
Washington Post
“Thoroughly entertaining.”
Newsweek
“What happens when you cross “The West Wing,” “Commander in Chief,” and “24”? You end up with a rip roaring novel about terrorists, nuclear plots and presidential dating.”
Vanity Fair
“Peter Schechter’s new novel sniffs out a terrorist group’s Point of Entry (HarperCollins)...”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061973031
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 756,880
  • File size: 671 KB

Meet the Author

Peter Schechter is the author of Point of Entry, and an international political and communications consultant. A founder of one of Washington's premier strategic communications consulting firms, he has spent twenty years advising presidents, writing advertising for political parties, ghost-writing columns for CEOs, and counseling international organizations out of crises. He also owns a winery, farms goats, and is a partner in a number of successful restaurants. Schechter has lived in Europe and Latin America and is fully fluent in six languages. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Pipeline

Chapter One

United States

Washington, D.C.
June 14, 1:25 A.M.
Foggy Bottom

Anthony Ruiz heard the phone ring. But at this hour, he was simply not able to translate the shrill tone into the usual reflexive actions that required opening his eyes and stretching out his arms to pick up the receiver.

The answering machine in the hallway of his one-bedroom Foggy Bottom apartment collected the call. Satisfied that this momentary sleep interruption had disappeared, Anthony Ruiz turned over onto his stomach and relaxed.

Until he heard the voice booming from the answering machine's speakers.

"Tony, it's Tolberg, wake up. Your cell phone is off. Turn on CNN and call me back in the office."

Tony Ruiz's eyes unlocked as his body riveted into an upright position. He looked at the clock and saw that it was 1:27 A.M. Jeezus, what the hell was Isaiah J. Tolberg, the president's imposing chief of staff, doing awake at this hour? thought Ruiz. Notwithstanding his graying hair, folksy mannerisms, and sartorial elegance, the sixty-eight-year-old White House chief of staff ran President Gene Laurence's office with an iron fist. At the White House, everyone, including the president, addressed the former six-term senator from Kansas only as "Senator."

Tony Ruiz reached for the phone and stuck his index finger into the air, ready to jab in the requisite seven numbers that would get him Tolberg's office in the White House's West Wing. But he stopped after the first three digits, remembering the message's admonition to first turn on the television.

Ruiz zapped the remote on his way to the bathroom and punched inCNN. Standing over the toilet, he strained to hear the television's volume over the gurgling of his urine hitting the toilet-cleaner blue of the bowl's water. Within seconds, he understood the urgency of Tolberg's call.

"Shit," Tony Ruiz gasped.

The voice on the tube was that of a female reporter...her voice strained with tension. Tony furrowed his brow, from the bathroom recognizing CNN's Los Angeles correspondent. He knew the voice; her didactic delivery was engraved in his mind. During the campaign, CNN's California correspondent had been the only reporter to ever have successfully rattled President Eugene Laurence's cage with a battery of questions designed to raise doubts about Laurence's easy demeanor. The questions had implied that the candidate suffered from an intellectual laziness that had him floating above tough issues while others did the hard work. The interview had been patently unfair.

Twenty minutes into the exchange, Laurence had interrupted his hour-long interview commitment, gotten up, and walked off the Los Angeles set. "You may be in charge of the questions," the future president had snapped, removing the microphone from his lapel. "But I'm the guy with the answers. And I'm out of here."

Tony Ruiz, the president's special advisor for domestic affairs, had been left to clean up the mess with CNN. To this day, on Laurence's orders, there was only one big exception to the administration's excellent relationship with the press. CNN's Los Angeles correspondent.

Yes, he definitely recognized the reporter's voice.

Ruiz shook himself back to attention and listened to the dialogue between the California-based reporter and CNN's anchor.

"Ryan, in the last two days, the situation here in California has escalated from the occasional neighborhood blackout to a growing panic. We're in the dark here in Los Angeles. The entire city is without any electricity."

Ruiz finished relieving himself and padded back into the bedroom. He took one look at the television and saw CNN's Anna Hardaway's face on the screen. She was standing in front of a hospital; blue emergency lights were flashing around her on the street.

"We're transmitting to you off our truck's generator and we'll keep going as long as we have juice, Ryan. Los Angeles County General, which you can see behind me, is also on a generator. Hospital officials have told me that they can function without electricity for another eight to twelve hours. But that is hardly reassuring to this city's residents who, at ten thirty P.M., are now without air-conditioning and suffering the stifling ninety-degree heat that has overtaken this metropolis."

Ryan Foxman, the New York...based bearded anchor of CNN's Executive Office Hour, interrupted Anna's reporting. Foxman's show was the network's top-ranked business broadcast. Ruiz guessed that Foxman was the only recognizable face the network could find at that hour to anchor the emergency transmission.

"What are city officials saying to the residents of Los Angeles, Anna? Are they being reassured?"

"Well, Ryan, you have to remember that this city's citizens can't turn on their televisions at this time." Anna Hardaway sounded a tad exasperated with her anchor's question. "You and I are being watched everywhere else in the United States, just not here. But I've heard reports that people all over this city are in their driveways and in the streets listening to their car radios."

"Of course, Anna. That was a silly question," said Foxman. Tony Ruiz couldn't remember ever hearing a news anchor admitting to a stupid question. This guy got points for honesty.

"I guess what I'm really asking is what are officials saying? How long will it be before power is restored?" queried Foxman, now posing his question with precision.

"That is the eerie thing, Ryan. Nobody is saying anything. When the rolling blackouts began two mornings ago, city officials and spokespersons at WEPCO, Western Energy Power Company...they are the state's largest and this city's only electricity company...went out of their way to explain that citizens were going to face just a few days of rolling blackouts due to the incredibly hot weather and unusually dry spring. Twenty-four hours ago, it sounded as if they were still in control, with a plan in place to meet the surge in energy demand..."

"And now?" Ryan Foxman's voice interrupted the reporter.

"Now we can't get an answer. The mayor's office will only say that Mayor Steve Villas is in emergency meetings. We've called the governor's office in Sacramento and those calls have not been returned. And CNN's Roger Fenton, standing by at WEPCO's offices, just called my cell phone to tell me that, except for lights on the top floor, the building is locked up, tight and dark."

Pipeline. Copyright © by Peter Schechter. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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