The Shell Game

The Shell Game

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by Steve Alten
     
 

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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

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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.

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Real-life political figures pop up alarmingly in a nerve-wracking thriller about America's addiction to Middle-Eastern sweet crude and the network of enablers who keep our dependent nation away from detox. Playing skillfully on the national jitters about terrorism and political administrations that seem entirely too cozy with Big Oil, Alten (Resurrection, 2004, etc.) dreams up an intensely tangled plot that pits Ashley "Ace" Futrell, a valiant, almost-great, collegiate quarterback turned scrupulously and inconveniently honest petroleum geologist, against pretty near the entire post-Bush Republican administration, its petro-plutocratic backers and the neoconservative brain trust that does the administration's thinking. The Bush administration does not get off without a hammering in this cheerfully partisan adventure, since the seeds of all the troubles that beset Futrell and the American nation were sown during the administrations of pere et fils, when shadowy intelligence figures dreamed up and put in motion a plan to frame Iran with fake nuclear crimes. Futrell's brainy neoconservative wife Kelli was part of that scheme, but in the throes of incurable cancer she repents, writes a tell-all expose and charges Ace with her dying breath (she falls to an assassin's bullet before the cancer can do her in) to get in there and clean up the potentially cataclysmic situation which has metastasized into about 15 counterplots. These involve a nuclear physicist with Japanese roots and a grudge left over from World War II; an Islamic sleeper cell that wakes up in Aurora, Ill.; double and triple-dealing heads of the CIA and FBI; and the rotten-to-the-core Saudi royal family. Defusing the situation willrequire Futrell to endure a spell in a Saudi secret political prison where he is tortured. While he's locked up in the desert, a couple of suitcase bombs start moving toward their targets. Great fun for the paranoid amongst us.

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ISBN-13:
9781599550947
Publisher:
Sweetwater Books
Publication date:
12/28/2007
Pages:
507
Sales rank:
1,099,181
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.90(d)

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Shell Game 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is obvious thirty pages in the writer has a political axe to grind. That is his right but wish I knew that before I started. I thought I was reading fiction not someones ideology. For the record I am not affiliated with either political party.
LLashea More than 1 year ago
Really liked this book, read alot of Mr.Alten's previous novels including the Meg series and I'm yet to be let down by his work. Great Book.
Wade1000 More than 1 year ago
Steve Alten is a Da Vinci-level genius! The Shell Game illustrates the definitive reason for 9-11 and the Iraq War: OIL. Readers can discover just how dishonest the American government has been and what great lengths it will take to protect its secrets. It's politics @ it's dirtiest! All the seven deadly sins are committed in this book, yet @ the same time, mortal heroism is truly defined. If you loathe fanatical Neocons, buy this novel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maybe we are running out of oil, maybe we're not. The author makes a compelling conspiracy case for the former, but then proceeds to diminish his case by making a series of factual errors. Case in point, Jimmy Carter was not the president in 1973 who in response to the Arab oil embargo advocated a program of national conservation. (The correct answer is Richard Nixon, but does not fit into the author's ideological bent, so he is content to repeat this particular fallacy over and over). There are other timeline problems as well to wit the Dow did not fall to 7300 before the 09/11 attacks. Once again ideology trumps truth, which curiously is a point the author tries to make over and over in the book. Then there the editing errors, which include a puzzling failure to capitalize the Democratic or Republican parties. For a better prospective political thriller try ALL ENEMIES.
ClarkP More than 1 year ago
This book was a fast paced thriller. It is a must read for anyone who enjoys politics. This book presents a scary hypothetical situation in the near future. This book is perfect for anyone who beleives that the government is lying about the events on 9/11. Overall, a tense and nerve-racking book. I would recommend this to anyone who cares about our future. A+ for The Shell Game.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Shell Game came out the same day that Stephen King's Duma Key came out. While Duma Key was a very good book, I have to say that Steve Alten's The Shell Game is scarier!! Both authors know great character development but very few know how to torment and destroy a good character like SK and SA!! While I might not agree with SA's politics in general, he certainly raises some obvious questions about the past and present events as well as our future. He's taken very historically controversial issues and crafted them into a superb story. Great adrenaline rush!!! Someone else tried to do that not too long ago, it was called The DaVinci Code. For the life of me I still can¿t figure out why so many copies of that dud of a book sold. 'limp predictable storyline' Anyway, great book, I enjoyed The Shell Game very much, it kept me turning the pages into the early morning hours. It deserves more attention and it deserves to be on the top selling lists!! SA, you keep writing them and I¿ll keep buying and reading them!!!
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The storyline is a bit of a streach. I think the author has his tin foil hat on a bit too tight.
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A departure from the author's previous work. Is this the same guy? A must read for all conspiracy theorists.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the finest novels I've read. Exposes a lot of hidden facts surrounding 9/11, the history of mid east oil, and current US and worldwide involvement, and intertwines it all with a fictional account of where it's all heading in an all-too-near future, as we face the inevitable end of oil and rise of radicalism. Probably the first novel that was at times so disturbing, I often had to stop to absorb and accept a lot of factual events that have transpired. Captivating storyline and characters, full of intrigue and suspense. Had me scrutinizing each sentence as to not miss a thing, and looking forward to each turn of the page.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. It's a little slow off the bat because of all the history that is incorporated into politics but really picks up about half way through. This book will make you think. The author uses actual quotes before each chapter that will make you think about the current political system we live in today. The tough thing about this book is that right now it looks like we might be heading down that path already. Great book that should be read by a lot of people. I already bought another copy for my friend and if you like the book as well pick up a copy for a friend as a gift and lets spread the word of this book.