Steve Alten is a best
selling author and gifted story teller and The Shell Game
is Steve Alten at his best. Exciting and entertaining, and yet so informative,
The Shell Game has the potential to bring 9-11 Truth to a much wider audience.
Please consider purchasing your copy today at your local bookstore, online bookstore,
or directly through The
Shell Game website.
The Shell Game is “…a fictional thriller that deals with very real life
and death issues that affect all of us. These include PEAK OIL (are we running
out?) and the events of 9/11 that led us into a war in Iraq. The plot of the
book extrapolates from both of these issues (and others) in order to show the
reader what a dangerous path the world has been placed upon.”
On Tuesday (1/22) bookstores across the U.S. released N.Y. Times best-selling
author Steve Alten’s THE SHELL GAME, a fictional thriller that deals with the
end of oil and the next 9/11…a false flag event designed to lead us into a war/chemical
attack on Iran.
Can a novel help educate the masses that have avoided the message of 9/11 truth
Ask Carolyn Baker!
THE SHELL GAME
A Review By Carolyn Baker
Change is avalanching upon our heads, and most people are grotesquely unprepared
to cope with it.
When Steve Alten sent me a review copy of The Shell Game, despite glowing reviews
of it from people I know and respect, I sighed and squirmed in my chair. Anyone
who knows me well knows that I don’t DO fiction-or to be more specific, I resist
it because of the difficulty I usually experience with trying to organize the
characters of a novel in my mind. Nevertheless, I emailed Steve and assured
him that I would review the book and began skimming it with dread. Peeking into
the pages with immense caution and aloofness, something completely astounding
happened: I found myself inexplicably riveted. That someone like me could not
put the book down speaks volumes, and no one was more surprised than I was.
As reviewer Bill Douglas points out, Shell Game opens from the perspective of
the neocons “THEN, the novel proceeds to dis-assemble that ‘reality’
taking the reader on a journey that shows the ugly underbelly of false flag
terrorism, diminishing civil and human rights, and the lies that led into past
wars, and portend to lead us all into future wars.”
Early on in the book, we hear protagonist Ace Futrell, a petroleum geologist
and former college football star, testifying before Congress regarding the precariousness
of world oil supplies, his grim report engulfed and lost in a morass of political
posturing by both parties. Futrell is married to Kelli Doyle, who had worked
undercover for the CIA and the neocons, but is now gravely ill with terminal
cancer. In her final days, Doyle is penning an expose entitled “To The
Brink Of Hell: An Apology To The Survivors” in which she is disclosing
the machinations of empire which are driving humanity to the collapse of civilization.
The first sentence reads: “Frankly, I hope this scares the hell out of
you.” In another portion of Doyle’s tell-all memoir she unleashes a litany
of the lies of empire, noting that “All presidents lie.” Roosevelt,
she says, lied about Pearl Harbor, Lyndon Johnson about Vietnam, Reagan about
Iran-Contra, and Clinton about personal affairs in the Oval Office. Yet she
“…it was the lies coming from the Bush-Cheney White House after the events
of September 11, 2001 that led us to the invasion if Iraq and to a crossroads
in western civilization that will affect you and your loved ones and a billion
more innocent people.
Did the U.S. intelligence community know al Qaeda’s attack was coming?
But did we try to stop them?
Yes, but we were prevented from doing so.”(77)
Doyle’s subsequent revelations then echo the exhaustive research of Mike Ruppert
in Crossing The Rubicon and the work of countless other 9/11 truth researchers,
which explains the posting of the Bill Douglas review on 9/11 Blogger. In fact,
Alten’s mesmerizing novel is already being embraced by many in the 9/11 Truth
movement and is likely to take root in its fertile soil-possibly giving birth
to a movie version of Shell Game which would be nothing less than a two-hour
Like any good story, The Shell Game is not linear but rather unfolds in a spiral
of intrigue that culminates in a second 9/11-this time a nuclear one occurring
in Los Angeles. But first and second 9/11’s are not the principal focus of Alten’s
captivating novel. He has painstakingly clarified the corruption, greed, and
power-driven madness that makes such catastrophes possible in the twenty-first
century and intertwines these with the reality of a planet in the throes of
unprecedented resource depletion. One is tempted to ask, “With all we actually
know, how could this happen?” until Ace Futrell in Shell Game is rudely
awakened by a conversation with Kelli’s cousin, Jennifer.
This fictional dialog could not be more timely than in the non-fiction election
year of 2008, and Jennifer, a former campaign strategist trained under Karl
Rove, enlightens Ace regarding the duplicity of the mainstream political process.
Insisting that Jennifer explain why in the face of all of the evidence regarding
climate change and energy depletion, Congress essentially takes no meaningful
action, he asks:
So, despite all the evidence of climate changes, despite rising gas prices,
despite air pollution and respiratory problems…despite the fact that the world
is running out of oil and we’re ill prepared for what will happen next-nothing
Not in Washington. Ace, it’s not about the problem, it’s all about the message.
Most candidates’ policies run counter to their own voters’ interests. They get
elected on sound bites and staying on message. Repeat the biggest lie often
enough, and the public will accept it as truth. Give me enough money to blitz
the media, and I could get Elmer Fudd elected, assuming he occasionally went
to church and could lose the lisp….You begin with the message, something you
can sell. Doesn’t matter if it’s true. Then you spend a million dollars in ads
hammering it into the American psyche. (133-134)
In my opinion, The Shell Game was worth the read for this particular dialog
alone between Ace and Jennifer of which I have quoted only a small portion.
Without having access to a former campaign strategist’s explanation as Ace has
in the story, I grasped the same realities several years ago which is one of
a plethora of reasons that I personally have no intention of ever again voting
in a federal election in America-at least until the present political system
has thoroughly collapsed.
The Shell Game’s value lies not only in underscoring the catastrophes toward
which the human race is hurtling but in analyzing the mindset of empire that
has made them inevitable. Alten’s novel feels eerily prescient and replete with
tragic scenarios that now seem probable-perhaps unstoppable.
The book ends with the closing comments of Kelli Doyle’s memoir, simply: “Will
we ever learn?”
I sit with that question, and as I do, another question comes: “How do
we learn? What will it take for us to learn?”
Other civilizations have created and maintained natural cultures and lived harmoniously
with each other and the ecosystems for millennia, so we know that such functioning
among humans is possible. It is absolutely possible that humans can once again
create and maintain similar cultures for significant periods of time, but can
we do this without having to experience the collapse of the current civilization?
I think not, yet as one who sincerely believes in miracles, I dare not preclude
the possibility. However, I’m no longer willing to say that “time is running
out” because time has already run out. I must now answer Kelli Doyle’s
question with another question: What will it take to wake us up? What will it
take for us to learn? Shell Game demonstrates some horrifying possible answers
to those questions. It will not offer solutions, but it will take you on a spellbinding
adventure that even a fiction-phobe like me could not resist.
NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT!
1. Call your local bookstore and make sure they have copies.
2. Buy as many as you can afford. Use them as gifts to convince loved ones about
a truth they have, up until now, refused to see. These first editions are special.
Special covers. Special looks. The second editions are already being printed.
3. Send an e-mail to everyone you know to BUY THE BOOK! We GUARANTEE they will
4. Go to www.TheShellGame.net and grab the links to the two 90 second book trailer
videos. POST THEM EVERYWHERE! Spread the word anyway you can. When you read
the book, you’ll realize exactly what’s at stake.
WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO DRIVE THIS BOOK TO THE TOP OF BEST-SELLER
When a book appears on the NY Times best-seller list, a new mainstream machine
kicks in! The books receive better front of store shelf space. More chains buy
the book. Airport stores and grocery chains buy in. Talk shows like Letterman
and Leno wait for a book to hit best-seller status before arranging interviews.
If the 9/11 movement can launch The SHELL GAME onto the list, the mainstream
machine will carry it to a million readers who might otherwise NEVER research
the truth. The success of THE SHELL GAME raises everyone’s boat.
Pre-season’s over! The clock is ticking!