Pipeline: A Novel of Suspense

Pipeline: A Novel of Suspense

by Peter Schechter
     
 

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“A white-knuckle ride through a…crisis that threatens the world as we know it.”
Newsweek

 

In Peter Schechter’s Pipeline—a riveting follow-up to his widely praised debut Point of Entry—a harsh spotlight illuminates the global race to secure the next generation of energy

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“A white-knuckle ride through a…crisis that threatens the world as we know it.”
Newsweek

 

In Peter Schechter’s Pipeline—a riveting follow-up to his widely praised debut Point of Entry—a harsh spotlight illuminates the global race to secure the next generation of energy sources and the power that goes along with it. A well-connected Washington Beltway insider, Schechter has written a novel ripped from today’s headlines and based on chilling fact—a thriller that blends the intelligence and authenticity of John Le Carrè with the page-turning, adrenaline-pumping velocity of Robert Ludlum and Michael Crichton and which the Washington Times praises as, “entertaining and sobering.”

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061973031
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/06/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
894,043
File size:
704 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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