Item description for Saudi Match Point by Paul Ulrich...
Can the Chinese foil a US oil grab in the Middle East? This topical spy thriller captures the turmoil of the War on Terror and weaves agents of the Chinese Government into the plot, pulling the reader into a world of subterfuge and shifting alliances which may well mirror tomorrow's headlines. A young China expert at the US embassy in Riyadh learns a shocking secret: the US will use a hostage crisis as a pretext to invade the Saudi kingdom and seize control of its oilfields. Meanwhile, the daughter of a radical cleric is desperate to escape an arranged marriage. As she attempts to flee the country, her half-brother becomes embroiled in an Al-Qaeda plot to drive out the American infidels - a plan the newly assertive Chinese are determined to stop. As the US and China compete for mastery of the Gulf, an American diplomat risks betraying his country and a Saudi woman risks her life - but what price betrayal in a land ruled and divided by harsh Islamic law?
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Studio: Blacksmith Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.8" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.49 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2007
Publisher Blacksmith Books
ISBN 9628673254 ISBN13 9789628673254
Reviews - What do customers think about Saudi Match Point?
Enjoyable and believable thriller Apr 28, 2008
The time of peak oil may be upon us, and it's reasonable to believe that governments and corporations are using all the means at their disposal to secretly secure future oil supplies. In Saudi Match Point, the author does a good job of imagining what might happen if the US came to blows with China over the Gulf oilfields. Despite the setting, the Saudis themselves are often only bit players in this story, but sub-plots involving an Al-Qaeda cell, tennis-playing spies, an arranged marriage and a lingerie store patrolled by religious police bring a human element to the tale. Overall, an enjoyable and believable spy thriller.