|Houston, TX, May 26 , 08 -- NY Times best-selling author, Steve Alten, famous in many countries for his thrillers that include MEG and The LOCH, wrote his latest novel, The SHELL GAME as a cautionary tale because he felt compelled to warn the American people to start getting the facts regarding oil , specifically what lies ahead when world reserves finally run out.
Have you ever really thought about what would happen if we do run out of oil? According to Alten, through his extensive contacts and research, the end will begin with higher gasoline prices, fuel shortages at the pump , power failures... but things will get worse... a lot worse.
Alten warns us, “Without oil, we simply can't feed the six billion of us that inhabit this planet and there presently is no substitute for oil. Oil is used in pesticides, fertilizers, industrial farming equipment...transporting goods to market. Without oil, vast numbers of our population will starve. We're looking at martial law...anarchy...a massive die-off . Radical infrastructure and development changes are necessary now because world oil levels peaked several years ago. As recently noted by Thomas Friedman at the New York Times, the 2007 energy bill failed to extend any stimulus for wind and solar, while oil and gas kept all their tax credits despite record profits. The end of oil is looming out there like a giant tidal wave and it is no longer a question of if it will hit us, but when."
Released recently and already on the NY Times best-selling list, The SHELL GAME details this scenario. Although written as a cautionary tale, this fast-paced thriller combines a realistic plot with terrifying facts... including inside information that Alten obtained from contacts in the military, oil industry, and federal government. It is a controversial, political and frightening thriller that is being hailed by some as this generation's 1984. (George Orwell's classic).
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