BY GORDON ZUCKERMAN
ABOUT THE BOOK:
AN OIL SUPPLY CONTROLLED BY CORRUPT HANDS, MURDEROUS ASSASSINS WHO WILL DO ANYTHING TO KEEP THAT POWER INTACT— AND A GROUP OF FRIENDS WITH A WILD PLAN TO THWART THEM ALL.
Crude Deception is a historical thriller that actually resonates strongly in the present day. It focuses on the increasingly relevant issue of reliance on foreign oil; Zuckerman tells his tale that is set in the wake of WWII.
The Sentinels return in an epic battle against a big oil monopoly. As America's dependence on fossil fuel takes hold in the post-World War Two climate of economic growth, seven major oil companies join forces to control the industry, amassing obscene profits, squeezing tax-payers, and manipulating supplies around the world. In a plotline eerily reminiscent of today’s political climate, the Sentinels fan out across several continents in an intricately plotted mission to bring Big Oil to its knees.
Welcome Home, Jacques Roth
Claudine Demaureux-Roth was sitting on the couch in front of the fireplace of her New York apartment. With the aid of a warm fire, her second glass of wine, and a good book, she was trying not to think about Jacques. She had not heard from him in four days. His last call had been the night before his trip to Wyoming. Why hasn't he called me? she thought. Has something gone wrong?
The sudden sound of the ringing phone jarred her out of her thoughts. Who would be calling at this hour other than Jacques? Claudine was relieved to hear his voice, but she barely had time to speak; he delivered a short message: "My train arrives late tomorrow night. Please don't meet me at the station. I'll grab a cab and come to the apartment. Once I get there, I'll explain everything. Right now, I've got to go." And with that the line went dead.
Claudine knew something must be very wrong. It wasn't like Jacques not to call for four days and then be so brief.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Gordon Zuckerman is the author of the acclaimed historical fiction series, The Sentinels. The first two books in The Sentinels series, "Fortunes of War" and "Crude Deception", are set in climates of military turmoil where government and greed collide in high-stakes drama with entire nations hanging in the balance.
Zuckerman’s first book, Fortunes of War, delves heavily into how money played a key role in building up Hitler’s attempt of world domination and how the loss of that money helped bring him down. In the financial devastation of the 1930s, a greedy, power-hungry group of German industrialists plot to usher in the National Socialist Party in order to rearm Germany and reap the financial rewards. With Hitler in power, the Six Sentinels, graduates of an elite American doctoral program, uncover the industrialists' plan to hoard hundreds of millions of dollars in illegal war profits and put their lives on the line to serve justice.
In the second installment of The Sentinels series, Crude Deception, our heroes return in an epic battle against a big oil monopoly. As America's dependence on fossil fuel takes hold in the post-World War Two climate of economic growth, seven major oil companies join forces to control the industry, amassing obscene profits, squeezing tax-payers, and manipulating supplies around the world. In a plot line eerily reminiscent of today’s political climate, the Sentinels fan out across several continents in an intricately plotted mission to bring Big Oil to its knees.
Author Gordon Zuckerman has traveled extensively and is a life-long history buff. Having been made aware of the potential corrupting influence of concentrated wealth and power, he devoted the last 10years of his life to studying some of history’s most important events. He’s developed an understanding of how concentrated industrial and financial influence, given the support of government, can pursue agendas of self-interest that can conflict with the public’s best interests.
Zuckerman, the founder of the nationally recognized resort hotel company Resort Suites of Scottsdale, calls upon his exposure to finance, banking, marketing, and business development to support the plot of his books.
For 30 years he owned and operated his own real estate development company until he sold it to a major investment company in 2004. Prior to that, he worked on Wall Street for Kaiser-Aetna for a decade.
Born and raised in Stockton, California, Zuckerman earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Now retired, he is the director of The Brubeck Institute and several private companies.
He resides with his wife, Anne, of 48 years, on their ranch in Northern Nevada. They have two children and four grandchildren.
ABOUT THE SERIES:
In case you want to know more about THE SENTINELS' Series, here is some information about the first book in the series, FORTUNES OF WAR.
IN THIS RIVETING AMALGAM OF POLITICAL INTRIGUE, POIGNANT ROMANCE, AND BARE-KNUCKLED ACTION, SIX FRIENDS RISK EVERYTHING TO THWART AN INTERNATIONAL NAZI CONSPIRACY.
A gripping story that escalates at every turn, The Sentinels: Fortunes of War is the first in a series that follows the Six Sentinels as they continue to alter the course of history.
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