The Shell Game

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599550947
  • Publisher: Sweetwater Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Pages: 507
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2008

    Don't know much about history

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2011

    Very good Book!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

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    This is the greatest conspiracy thiller ever written!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2008

    A reviewer

    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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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    Fantastic book . . .

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    I love this book loaned to a friend and it seems he lost it. Wi

    I love this book loaned to a friend and it seems he lost it.
    Will you please send me another one.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Politics politics

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    Black Figure

    He walks in a large black dragon pads out to greet him and he puts his hand up and walks into the cave.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2008

    Thought Provoking

    A departure from the author's previous work. Is this the same guy? A must read for all conspiracy theorists.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2008

    AMERICANS NEED FICTION WITH THEIR TRUTH

    Great read it would be great fiction if it wasn't so true.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2008

    Truly magnificent book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2008

    Just plain bad

    This is a stunningly bad book. The dialog is stilted, the plot is forced, the writing is trite and the subject, a paranoid fantasy. The author displays an amazing lack of knowlege. Don't waste your time with this nonsense.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2008

    The Shell Game is a GREAT READ - Spellbinding, Thoughtful !!

    What I love about 'The Shell Game,' by Steve Alten, is that its not only a thoroughly entertaining pulse pounding adventure . . . BUT, it also is filled with real research and real media quotes that give a whole new take on news of the day. You feel like you're really learning some things, while your being entertained. Double value for your money !! Can't give it enough stars. Any action fiction fan, or anyone who cares about issues in the news, will LOVE THIS BOOK!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2008

    Hooked

    I've read only a few pages of this book, but already I am hooked. Although I am an avid reader, I had not heard of this writer before. Hopefully, I'll be able to list him as one of my favorites in future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2008

    Awesome and Disturbing!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2008

    READS LIKE A SCARY, FIRST-RATE NOVEL . . . AUTHENTIC LIKE A GREAT NONFICTION EXPOSE!

    All eight of Steve Alten's novels have a fascinating air of authenticity, and The Shell Game is no exception. By now, most everyone across America 'and the planet' has heard the various hypotheses about the forces that dragged the US into the war in Iraq. The most compelling, though, is thoroughly considered in The Shell Game, which pits a rogue band of government neoconservatives against those who seek to do the right thing. This time, though, it seems that evil will prevail. . . . Right up to very end, the neocons are pushing their dangerous agenda, and continually do whatever it takes to ensure its success. Mr. Alten captures the deep spirit of both good and evil, both in character development and the action of each character, and weaves a fascinating and frightening tale, many parts of which have already played out in real life. The compelling question becomes: Will Mr. Alten's hypothesis about our near future play out further and end in nuclear war?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2008

    Steve has another hit on his hands

    This book like his other seven is a hit, the only reason I haven't finished it one or two days is because I work 'graveyard shift' and trying to read a book at four in the morning is not exactly easy but I always manage to read for at least an hour or so when I get home and the book is a real page turner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2008

    A Masterpiece

    If you've never read a book or are an avid reader - - The Shell Game by Steve Alten is the one book to choose. This timely page turner will keep you up at night. His indepth research and documentation of the known facts of 9/11, oil and the industrial complex will stun you. A masterful alchemy of fact and fiction. He has exposed the hypocrisy of Washington and the lust for power and lucre by those who use fear and pseudo patriotism for personal gain. A MUST READ!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2008

    More than *just* a story

    There's a long history of introducing people to facts encouched in *safe* storytelling (aka fiction - remember Syriana?). THERE IS NOTHING SAFE ABOUT THIS ONE! With real quotes at the start of every chapter prefacing just how this story could come about, a definite wake-up call to our citizens. There is nothing new about false flag operations of every government on the planet, including ours. Clear and well written, impossible to put down once you've started.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A reviewer

    In 2012, 'centrist conservative' David McKuin is the President of the United States. However, much of the secretive centralize controls gained after 9/11 are gone following the excesses of his predecessor President Bush. Thus they cannot do what they feel is needed to keep Americans safe take out Iran and its radical fundamentalist leadership and insure reelection of an at war president. --- However, some of his Neocon advisors believe a 9/11 sting needs to occur so once again they can centralize power and provide security to the American people. They concoct a plan to have the Feds nuke an American city and hold Iran culpable. Energy guru Ace Futrell wants to know who killed his wife as he thinks it was government agents. He soon uncovers the scheme to use a nuclear strike to attack Iran and to strengthen their power he plans to expose this horrific American tragedy. --- Except for those who believe President Bush directed the 9/11 attack, this thriller is over the stratosphere of plausibility sinister Feds planning to nuke an American city and believing they can not only hide the attack but blame Iran seems unreal in spite of some recent slam dunk CIA revelations. Still conspiracy buffs will appreciate the exciting action-packed thriller especially those on the extreme right as Hilary was the latest Democrat to lose to a sound bite conservative while the Middle East country building contingent find neo con work with reengineering Iran starting with blowing up an American city. --- Harriet Klausner

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