A fantastic read - very fascinating. Steve Alten writes very professionally about various problems perceived globally. I am not certain whether he is factually correct in all claims he makes in his books but there are no obvious and painful inconsistencies or fallacies; after all, this is still a fiction book. It makes one think hard about the storyline, eventually becoming fully immersed in it. The pace is fast, not boring, and all facts (or quasi-facts) seem necessary and not overbearing. The Shell Game is a fine example of why Steve Alten is rising high in my private list of my favourite authors.