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The Shell Game by Steve Alten
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May 24, 11

bookshelves: fiction
Recommended for: genre readers
Read from May 23 to 24, 2011, read count: 1

I didn't honestly know what to think of this book. It has a running fiction narrative about an oil executive and his wife who works for the CIA. At the beginning of new chapters there are real quotes from varies players in the political world; namely from the second Bush Administration regarding 9/11. There are also quotes from John Lennon and The Bible. The story revolves around America's dependency on oil and how it propels America's direction. The writing isn't terrible and remains in the genre format of a thriller. The story predicts another 9/11 of sorts but with deadlier ramifications. It is over 400 pages and gives references at the end for additional books to read. The character writing is weak, there is no sexual interaction between any of the characters and I really didn't care what happened to the characters. It uses real names of politicians which is odd in a work of fiction. If you are already leery of how government works and hides situations this won't make you feel any better because some of it has happened.

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