"The Shell Game," From New York Times Best Selling Author - Sparks 9/11 Truth Controversy, Lights Fire in Publishing Industry!


“. . . they [the majority of Americans] shall come to realize what I now realize… that the 9/11 Truth Movement are the real patriots in 21st century America!" -- Steve Alten, New York Times Best Selling Novelist (author of “The Shell Game”)

Commercial fiction and 9/11 truth have formed a strange marriage, and a mutually beneficial relationship. The original 40,000 book print run of “The Shell Game” is almost sold out even before the book has even hit the bookstores. A big part of that success may be from the growing support of the 9/11 truth community who has come to largely enthusiastically realize, although for a few some times begrudgingly, that “The Shell Game” will, in the end, help draw a much larger audience to the 9/11 truth movement.

Using fiction to fight for factual truth, was a stretch for some 9/11 activists, but the tide is quickly changing. For example, within one day, one prominent 9/11 truth activist went from condemning use of “The Shell Game” as a 9/11 truth spreading tool, . . . to wholly and enthusiastically endorsing it to help open the public mind to 9/11 truth. This is a growing pattern. The more 9/11 truth activists learn about this upcoming blockbuster book, the more excited they become.

“I’m changing my vote to Thumbs Up on Shell Game . . .” said the above activist.

What had changed his mind was that when he’d only read clips of the novel he saw a neo-con demonization-of-Arabs perspective that he feared because it fell into line with the corporate media propaganda that has deceived Americans into two illegal wars.

HOWEVER, as he learned more about “The Shell Game,” he realized that the author begins the novel from the neo-con perspective, and from the perspective of the average citizen spoon fed a distorted reality by corporate media daily. THEN, the novel proceeds to dis-assemble that “reality” taking the reader on a journey that shows the ugly underbelly of false flag terrorism, diminishing civil and human rights, and the lies that led into past wars, and portend to lead us all into future wars.

Yet, even more brilliant is that the novel is peppered with REAL 9/11 truth research used as chapter introductions, leaving the action fiction reader educated as well as entertained.

Dr. Robert Bowman (rtd. Air Force Colonel), and Director of ThePatriot.us a 9/11 truth seeking organization, was an early advocate of “The Shell Game,” as was renowned 9/11 researcher and author, David Ray Griffin, and Kevin Ryan (a UL NIST report whistleblower), and many other major voices for 9/11 truth. But, there was resistance in some activists of using “fiction” to push “truth.”

So some early 9/11 truth supporters of “The Shell Game,” are now enjoying a breath of relief as the activists out there, are now seeing the potential of “The Shell Game,” and embracing it’s success as a possibility to dramatically expand 9/11 truth. Robert Bowman, after seeing such activist’s turn around, wrote:

“Glad to see a turn-around. Fortunately, I started at the beginning and read through the whole book carefully. It is a riveting page-turner, with characters you can really care about, and plenty of plot twists. Along the way, it educates the reader on all sorts of issues related to the neocon danger to our republic and our people. (9/11 is just one of them.) I wholeheartedly endorse this book. Read it ... and start at the beginning. You'll be glad you did.”

Dr. Bowman gained 9/11 truth notoriety early on, when he analyzed the US Air Force behavior on 9/11 and as a former fighter pilot knew that if standard procedures would have been followed on 9/11 the 2nd WTC tower, the Pentagon, and likely even the first WTC tower would never have been taken down. Dr. Bowman spoke out with a soul force as he said, “Some call it treason!”

In the last week, the ad hoc coalition of 9/11 truth seekers advocating “The Shell Game” has grown more, adding Professor Steven Jones (whose research found the official story of the WTC collapses defies the laws of physics), Pilots for 9/11 Truth, and Visibility911 have also joined into the growing coalition for this edu-tainment novel, and its value to expand the 9/11 truth movement’s audience.

With the original print run of “The Shell Game,” almost sold out already, nearly three weeks before official release . . . the 9/11 truth movement may take a well deserved bow for doing what they could to expand “The Shell Game” out into the public eye. There is more to do. Our sights should be set on “The Shell Game” breaking as many sales records as possible, thereby making it impossible for the corporate media to ignore the novel, its author, or the book’s website which will provide links to 9/11 truth seeking organizations and information.

2008 is beginning to look like a very hopeful year. Thanks to the 9/11 truth movement leaders with the vision to see that a work of fiction could be a jet fuel to in the long run launch facts into the public mind over time, and to Steve Alten, the courageous successful author who laid his career on the line, when he produced, “The Shell Game,” because he cared about truth and justice.

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If by your question

you mean more books like "The Shell Game", then yes, we need much more of this.

Nice review!


thats not what i meant. I meant to ask if we do really need another blog and discussion about a book that very few of us have actually read.
That Bill Douglas thinks it will change the world should be known by now around here, we hardly need another review from that same person.
Wheter we do need more books like 'the Shell Game', now this i dont know, because i have not read it yet. But the hype that is being created around it sure causes some scepticism here...

Some of us want 9/11 truth to break wide open

Those of us who want 9/11 truth to break wide open, work very hard when opportunities arise to do so.

Therefore, the fact that the 9/11 truth community had a hand in creating a phenomenon in the publishing industry, which may open the doors to more truth telling books . . . should be news to those who care about such things.

Also, the fact that a successful popular author has said that "The heroes of the 21st century are the 9/11 truth movement" and that his goal is help mainstream America see that . . . should be, not only news of interest, but actually good news . . . to those who really have an all consuming desire to get 9/11 truth out in a big way.

I'm sorry, I thought this blog was for people who had a burning desire to see 9/11 truth explode out into the mainstream public, and would be interested in news that shows that happening . . . and that the 9/11 truth movement played a role in it, and actually had an opportunity to take an action that might do our cause, and our country alot of good.

I still think most readers here, do have that burning desire to break 9/11 truth wide open, and will not only be interested in this news of "The Shell Game" and 9/11 truth activists success, BUT EXCITED ABOUT IT . . .

You have no right to say this

"I still think most readers here, do have that burning desire to break 9/11 truth wide open"

Once again, you borrow from Bush's "you're either with us or against us." Shame on you.

You of course can ask people to promote a book, sight unseen. But you can't accuse them of not wanting 9/11 truth and not wanting to do their country good.

I'm interested in the news, and have hope the book will do good. I'm not interested in being browbeaten for being cautious.

You attempt to incorporate concerns about demonization of Muslims by quoting an unnamed activist that supposedly had the same concerns but changed his mind once he read the book. That attempt fails. I still want to read the book for myself, which is only prudent.

Officially boycotting this book.

"I'm sorry, I thought this blog was for people who had a burning desire to see 9/11 truth explode out into the mainstream public, and would be interested in news that shows that happening ."

Jesus you have some nerve.

I'm officially boycotting this fucking book because of Bill Douglas.

Can't Stop 9/11 Fever

boycotting this book

get a grip dude. what's your problem.

Why do something that may harm the Truth movement?

No one needs to understand Bill's methods nor his madness...but to boycott something you haven't read just because you don't like the package t was delivered in is silly.
Here is my own review of The Shell Game which I have read:
I urge all of you to read it before making up your minds.

I have read it as well and...

here's my own review http://www.mtrnews.com/node/48

Getting Great Reviews at Amazon!


I'll be getting my copy this week.

These hits on "The Shell Game" are STUPID, here's why

These hits on "The Shell Game" are STUPID, here's why
At www.TheShellGame.net are links to most major 9/11 truth websites, books, documentaries, etc.

SO ANYONE HITTING THIS BOOK so that it'll get fewer readers, is shooting all those activists in both feet.



Those links are not in the book

The only links he recommends in the list at the back of the book are two peak oil sites and one fear-mongering-against-Muslims website.

Oil Drum
www.Obsessionthe Movie.com

TheShellGame.net was not registered until November 21. Too late to put in the book, perhaps, but in any case, the 9/11 truth links are not in the book.

The only 9/11 readings recommended are Crossing the Rubicon and this:


Neither mention the demolition of the buildings, which is how most people were killed.

Please ask Mr. Alten why the book does not recommend any of the many books, articles, videos, and websites listed at www.TheShellGame.net.

It's sitting in the New Fiction section near the door of my local Barnes & Noble, just waiting to turn on many people to all these new sources of information. Except they're not in the book. Why is that?

According to the Author

I interviewed (story in the works) Steve Alten and according to him, he was not a Truther at all until he nearly finished writing the book. It was his research for the book that tipped him over the edge of 9/11 Truth. If writing it could do it for him, don't ya think reading it could do it for others? I think so. I wrote a review a while back that I feel explains it better or easier then Bill has: http://www.mtrnews.com/node/48


I've suggested this before - go to Amazon (or any other bookstore, for that matter) and pre-order the book. Amazon.com is especially important since they have so much clout.

ANOTHER IDEA: Go to your local library and request it. I was able to request it online, but if it's not in your library's system, you may be able to fill out a card and request that they purchase or request it. This is also useful for other books too -- it gets you a book to read and return, and often it will be a new book for your library that other patrons will find.

FYI: some of the buzz on "The Shell Game"

Some of the buzz on this 9/11 truth telling novel

9/11 Truth Activist Reviews:

"Fortunately, I started at the beginning and read through the whole book carefully. It is a riveting page-turner, with characters you can really care about, and plenty of plot twists. Along the way, it educates the reader on all sorts of issues related to the neocon danger to our republic and our people. (9/11 is just one of them.) I wholeheartedly endorse this book. Read it ... and start at the beginning. You'll be glad you did.”

-- Dr. Robert Bowman (rtd. US Air Force Colonel, and 9/11 truth activist, speaking out on Air Force stand down on 9/11/2001)

"Let me assure you, my friends, this is an incredible page-turner... a fantastic story that pulls you into the personal lives and deaths of the characters, while at the same time incorporating 9/11 truth and world history, especially relating to oil and Saudi Arabia, that most mainstream fiction readers just won't get from any other books. No wonder Steve is a #1 best-selling author--I was not be able to put this novel down -- it definitely kept me up late into the night!"

-- Janice Matthews, 911Truth.org Executive Director

Here are a few clips from real 9/11 truth researcher's quotes, that lead into various chapters in "THE SHELL GAME":

“Where was the military? General Richard Myers [Acting Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff] and Mike Snyder [NORAD spokesperson] both said no military jets were sent up until after the strike on the Pentagon [9:38]. Yet American Airlines Flight 11 had shown two of the standard signs of hijacking at 8:15. This means that procedures that usually result in interception within ten or so minutes had not been carried out in eighty minutes. That enormous delay suggested that a stand-down order, canceling standard procedures, must have been given.”

-- Professor David Ray Griffin,

The 9/11 Commission’s Incredible Tales “Over the course of two years [independent journalist Daniel] Hopsicker not only added information to what was known about [the 9/11 hijackers] military training, he established that some of the hijackers associated with wealthy Floridians had both intelligence and Bush family connections. Hopsicker also confirmed that within hours after the attacks, Florida Governor Jeb Bush had a military C-130 Hercules transport fly into the Venice [Florida] airport where a hastily loaded rental truck, filled with the records of Huffman Aviation – where Atta, Alshehri, and others had trained – was driven directly into the plane. The C-130 immediately took off for parts unknown.”

-- Michael C. Ruppert, from Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil


"Steve Alten proves his versatility in his latest thriller THE SHELL GAME, a tour-de-force thriller tackling oil, politics, and the state of the world. Controversial, shocking, meticulously researched, and sure to raise many eyebrows in Washington, Alten has produced both a dazzling political thriller and a cautionary tale for our times. Anyone interested in the labyrinthine world of politics, international gamesmanship, and the control of oil in society needs to read this book."

--James Rollins, New York Times bestseller of The Judas Strain

“A nerve-wracking thriller about America’s addiction to Middle-Eastern sweet crude and the network of enablers who keep our dependent nation away from detox.”

--Kirkus Review

"Whether you embrace it or refute it, 'The Shell Game' cannot, and should not, be easily dismissed. This is Steve Alten's boldest, bravest book to date. He's fearless, in fact, and his skills as a storyteller have not dulled. 'The Shell Game' leaves you shattered, angry and demanding change."

--Andrew Tallackson, Michigan City (Ind.) News-Dispatch entertainment editor

“Action packed, intense and politically probing, "The Shell Game" is an intriguing blend of fiction and non-fiction that will most certainly disturb the practitioners of the game, because it will make readers stop and think about American foreign policy in the oil-rich Middle East.”

--Richard Folsom, Washington Daily News

“Do we really trust our leaders on how much oil actually remains untapped? Do we want to leave our future, much less our children's future in the hands of power hungry government officials and greedy corporations who care little or nothing about the common individual? After reading this book I think that you will agree that fiction or not; "The Shell Game" is one of the most prolific and important books of our time. Highly recommended.”


More FYI on "The Shell Game"

9/11 Truth Movement Activists and Leaders on "The Shell Game

We, the undersigned, urge everyone seeking truth, peace and justice, to not only purchase this new novel, "The Shell Game," but also to email out this appeal to all you know who seek truth, peace and justice in the form of 9/11 truth coming out. In turn, please urge them to do the same with all their contacts and urge them to do the same. We can break 9/11 truth open if we work together and focus on this project for the next 30 days.

Yours in 9/11 truth, peace and justice,

Bill Douglas, National 911 Visibility Project

Dr. Steven Jones – Physicist who discovered controlled demolition substances in WTC debris

Janice Matthews - 911Truth.org Executive Director

David Ray Griffin - 9/11 Researcher and Author

Kevin Ryan -former UL chemistry laboratory manager & NIST report whistle blower

Dr. Robert Bowman - Rtd. Colonel US Air Force, 9/11 truth leader; thepatriots.us/

Rob Balsamo – Pilots for 9/11 Truth

Carol Brouillet - Organizer of 1st National 9/11 Truth Conference in San Francisco

Mike Berger - "Improbable Collapse" Documentary Producer - 911Truth Spokesman

David Kubiak - 911Truth.org Board member

Kevin Barrett – Muslim/Christian/Jewish Alliance for 9/11 Truth

Michael Wolsey – Visibility911.com

Has he made a deal with Cuban yet?

Mr. Douglass I could care less who supports this book Its a fiction !! and it cant be supported by facts, It might have a good storyline for Hollywood or mass consumption, but I think he would have been better off using a facts based novel with references.
I hope he doesn't blame Moslem's NWO the all mysterious global elites or lucifarians any nonsense like that is a distraction
I want names from Kissinger down

Has he made a deal Cuban yet?

Too bad you haven't read ANYTHING before you attack, because . .

If you had read anything about "The Shell Game," you'd know that as chapter lead ins throughout the book are REAL 9/11 RESEARCH QUOTES, by respected 9/11 researchers like David Ray Griffin, Mike Ruppert, etc. etc.


Come of folks, have just a tiny bit of vision.

Dude, like, chill out, man...like...totally...

Polemics are entirely uncalled for here (or anywhere, for that matter).

As I said before, please don't force me to channel my inner five year-old (and that WOULD be the thumb sucking one, too) and follow you everywhere on Blogger posting this:


Trust me, we'll get there Bill, we'll get there with or without The Shell Game.

No one person, one video or one book makes or breaks the progress of 9/11 truth.

Take some time off and let us get the dadgummit book and read it, already, then ask us to promote the beegeebers out of it if we want to.

I really hope it is as FREAKING FANTASTIC as it is being portrayed, but I will not be driven like live stock to stampede something I have incomplete knowledge of.

"Wouldn't be prudent" - G.H.W. Bush.

Reagan said "trust, but verify". Bush just says "trust me". Me, I always look both ways (twice) before crossing the street, I trust my own judgment and you should encourage a full analysis of the book and allow people to come to it based on its merits as they are perceived by each reader without resorting to browbeating or uber hype. Then, when they do support it, they will do so whole-heartedly and without reservation, which is what you want, yes?


The truth (and only 100% truth) shall set us free. Love is the only way forward.

Well, I'm willing to contest what you say

because I happen to know many people (myself included) who learn a ton about the politics and science of the world around them through Michael Crichton and Tom Clancy. And we all know those two primarily write fiction.

As for calling the library, I already did. Two, in fact. in my area, and a representative from one of them (who seemed interested in what the book was about) said he would order a copy of "The Shell Game" in about a week or so (for the other, I just left a message on the library's machine).

So I concur that it is a good idea for 9/11 truthers to call their local library about this book -- even if it IS a work of fiction. ;)

Need fiction readers too.

I'm not here to defend Bill Douglas or anyone else, nor to start a fight with you but I do agree that a book of fiction by a best selling author can only be good for our cause. I agree that using a fact based novel using references would be more credible, but one demographic we need to penetrate is the fiction reading public. I can't quote actual figures, but I'm sure that fiction readers outnumber fact based readers by a large factor. Next we need to reach out to the even larger "television only" demographic:o

try this review before you judge negatively

From amazon's Shell Game reviews

"I think that the book also served as sort of a catalyst for me to question what I hear constantly on the evening news and what the men and women in charge want me to hear. It paints a bleak picture of the future, a future that we can change if we find away to remind govt that they work for us."


If the book does that and more to many people, it is worth promoting to the full.

The 9/11 links at the Shell Game website are excellent as well.

hehehe sneaky me...

I donated a new one to the twentynine palms, ca library....as in twentynine palms where the marines and navy call home....

The Shell Game.

If this book helps break the lid off of 9/11 Truth, I will be one happy as hell American.

Thank you

THAT'S the definitive answer.

Nice review, Mr. Douglas

It seems some people chime in on these pages to moan, backbite and otherwise surrender on every front. That's their morale-choking prerogative.

Others, thankfully, see ours as a battle worth fighting, and fighting hard, on those very fronts. Hats off to Mr. Douglas, a sincere (as opposed to a cheap) critic, for being among the latter.

Many people, many Americans especially, read popular fiction, and Mr. Alten IS a New York Times bestselling author. It sounds as if, along with Bill Douglas, we may justly anticipate that Alten's contribution to 9/11 truth will turn out to be a genuine and effective one.

An informed author writing in a popular genre will soon reach many thousands of people, many of whom will be exposed for the first time to a truly critical vision of 9/11. If this obvious and laudable contribution to the Truth Movement's reaching critical mass doesn't quite stack up to the thumb-sucking defeatism, despair and jadedness expressed on a website ostensibly dedicated to educating people about what happened on 9/11, well, whose problem is that?

Many thanks Tom. Well said.

One thing I'd like to do is honor the work of 911Blogger for creating a place where I can touch in daily and stay up to date on relevant 9/11 truth issues.

Their publications are excellent, and it is not their fault that trolls attend to distract, and destroy.

I just hope that readers like Tom Breidenbach will continue to read here, and to post their rational cogent comments.

Together we will win. Truth will out.


Wow, its never been easier on this site to get called a 'troll' .
All you have to do is express some scepticism about the totally obvious uber hype created by BillDouglas who goes from blog to blog to post the same advertising for a fictional novel that will bring 911 justice if only we buy a couple dozen copies and tell everybody that it is the greatest thing happening to 911 truth ever.
Want to read the book first before engaging in any pushing of it ?? You troll !! Everybody who wants 911 justice pushes this book! period! yada yada

The Truth

The 9/11 Truthers here are disgusted with the actions of Bill Douglas and others who have pimped this book and almost literally forced others to get behind it....or else be labeled a bad truther!

People have spoken very strongly and the results don't look good for Bill Douglas and those who stand by and allow this to continue...no matter what else he has in his marketing bag.

This whole thing has been really fucking lame and if you don't see that (even if the book is awesome!) then YOU are a bad 9/11 Truther.

This entire Shell Game has been a disappointment to me and many others in the 9/11 truth movement.

It's not the book. I salute the author for addressing the issues I think are important..oh wait...i haven't read it...so I can't say if the book is good...am I bad?

It's the way in which the book is being crammed down my throat...and infused with my DNA before I can even read page one!

Am I being a troll yet?

Married with 9/11 Truth? Give me a break.

The way I see it....Bill Douglas owes 9/11 Truth an apology for being such a dick over the past week.

But then again, that could be me...just another bad truther who doesn't really want the truth t come out...what do you think Bill?

What disappoints me more then Bill Douglas and his seriously smelly method of marketing this book?

The fact that 9/11 Blogger has endorsed Bill Douglas and his methods of pimping this book and chastising anyone who doesn't fall in line.

It's a frightening precedent that I expect to see again on 9/11Blogger.com

To stand by and allow this guy to chastise 911 Truthers one after another...and then allow him to continue pimping his shit?

What gives?

Can't Stop 9/11 Fever

ok look...

Maybe instead of saying you WANT to read it first before pushing it, maybe you SHOULD READ IT before downing it? That would make all the difference in the world dontchya think? ;)



Lets not forget Steve Alten

Lets not forget Steve Alten will be on Oprah later this month discussing this book!!

This is just one more inroad to our collective conscience, Oprah was never gonna talk, this is a big opportunity! Hopefully we will be adding Steve Alten to the list of names, along with Charlie and Rosie, who drove these issues further and further into the mainstream...

Gage Griffin or Jones on Oprah with Alten

Big Guy don't you think It would be better for this truth movement if Steve Alten Asked Griffin Jones or Gage to accompany him on the Oprah show. ( Then we will Know he is serious) I don't Know if he is truly believe in this truth movement or if he is just using us to promote a book , Because what better way to really promote his book then have the 911 truth movement behind it. The people in this movement are not sheep (I hope) and should be very cautious to promote something as gospel before they even read it.

I don't like Douglas opinion your either with us, or against us mentality. or calling people trolls, very childish

Oh yea is he beng paid( Douglas) for his promotional efforts he is all over the internet promoting this book ((he should be paid)

The thing about Alten is

The thing about Alten is he's very approachable. I'll ask him.

Also, I agree that we have to be very cautious with everything, the disinfo clowns are everywhere, and we've been had more than once. Thankfully, this movement seems pretty good at washing our hands of co-intel when necessary.

For what its worth, I have read the book, and it is jam packed with 9/11 Truth tidbits. There are also a few parts in the book that I don't agree with, but I do believe that getting all the verifiable 9/11 facts that are in his book into the hands of (potentially millions???) of unsuspecting readers is a great opportunity for us.

SBG - Since you've read the book,

and I have a great deal of respect for you and your work, I'll ask you this simple question straight up.

Have you evaluated the book from a limited hangout perspective? Meaning, does it carefully leave out any significant element or "actor" in the events of 9/11, most specifically the Mossad and/or any Israeli elements?

I hope that you and yours are well.

Happy Truth Year!

The truth (and only 100% truth) shall set us free. Love is the only way forward.

Hey LeftWright, I haven't

Hey LeftWright, I haven't specifically evaluated the book from that perspective, and I've already passed it along so I can't crack it open now to confirm, but I can tell you that the CIA and Mossad are front and center. The main characters are CIA. I don't recall how much Israel is mentioned, sorry.

A few limited hangout things that do come to mind regarding this book are that controlled demolition isn't even hinted at and it takes mostly a LIHOP stance, but that doesn't bother me too much, there is plenty of other information in there. Too much credit is given to the media and the liberals, I know that neither of those two groups would step up to the plate in real life like they do in the book. It also doesn't get into groups like the CFR or North American Competitiveness Council either I don't believe.

That being said, it went into some topics that I didn't see coming and could be beneficial, mainly super-flus and population reduction (all of which is documented in the book), as well as suggests why the scientists that have created these things are being killed off.

As you can see it went into several directions that I don't agree with, however, I don't necessarily feel that I'm 100% right and everyone who disagrees is wrong, so I don't let that cloud my judgement of the book. In fact, if I did agree 100% with the author, then I would be concerned because anytime you do agree 100% with someone, you are not thinking for yourself. There is always another perspective.

The bottom line is that tons of info, borrowed from the likes of Michael Ruppert and David Ray Griffin, will be delivered to a large number of book readers that otherwise would remain blissfully unaware. And if he goes on Oprah and starts talking about this stuff, thats even better, and he'll be promoting 911blogger and other Truther sites while he does so, so its up to us to make sure that when these new visitors show up that we have the most effective and damning evidence showcased front and center for the world to see. And thats up to all of us.

I did contact the Author, and he did say he'd be willing to bring on members of the Truth movement if given the opportunity, so we should try to make that happen. I hope this answers your questions and eases your mind, this situation is what we make it I believe.

controlled demolition isn't even hinted at??????

"Hey LeftWright, I haven't specifically evaluated the book from that perspective, and I've already passed it along so I can't crack it open now to confirm, but I can tell you that the CIA and Mossad are front and center. The main characters are CIA. I don't recall how much Israel is mentioned, sorry.

A few limited hangout things that do come to mind regarding this book are that controlled demolition isn't even hinted at and it takes mostly a LIHOP stance, but that doesn't bother me too much, there is plenty of other information in there...."

How discouraging. I don't think i'll be wasting my time reading an exciting thriller action novel that is supposed to center around
the ideas of 9/11 truth written by a "megashark-attack" fiction writer, no matter how best-sellin' he be. nope.

no demolition at core and just
nondescript israel/mossad references are not enough for me.

i'll go back to the research.
Good luck, though, really.

Hi Kate!

Hi Kate,
I believe I am with you. No not because, as you mention, it's discouraging to hear that controlled demolition is not even mentioned, but because of the way it's been marketed by 911Blogger.com and BillDouglas.

Funny thing is we've all been expected this revelation and told to stfu about it.

How can you have 911 without controlled demolition folks?


Oh well, I can't say I'm surprised. More and more we can predict the progression of this entire Shell Game campaigns and others like it.

Did you take notes of all the big 911 Truth names that have been tossed around? Take note and remember to get behind them (or anything they endorse) in the future.

Can't Stop 9/11 Fever

These hits on "The Shell Game" are STUPID, here's why

At www.TheShellGame.net are links to most major 9/11 truth websites, books, documentaries, etc.

SO ANYONE HITTING THIS BOOK so that it'll get fewer readers, is shooting all those activists in both feet.



The book has a list of websites

at the back of the book. It is mostly blank, containing just two peak oil websites, APSO-USA and Oil Drum if I recall correctly, and one site that I consider Islamophobic and myth-mongering:

The book doesn't recommend any of the 9/11 truth websites linked at www.ShellGame.net, and the only book on 9/11 it lists in its list of recommended books is Crossing the Rubicon.

So your CNN article analogy fails, unless your analogy is to an article by CNN which lists only one 9/11 truth book and no websites, and for which CNN has created a website of the same title with links to other books and websites, but has not listed that website in the original article.

Your claim that criticisms of the book here, which are mostly criticisms of your promotional efforts, will lead to fewer readers for these websites also fails, because the book does not lead readers to these websites.

I have no interest in helping refer readers to ObsessiontheMovie.com, because I think it is false and promotes hate and fear.

"Obsession is without exaggeration one of the most important films of our time. "
–Glenn Beck, CNN Headline News

"Obsession is required viewing for everyone."
–Howard Gordon, Executive Producer, 24

Are you aware that the dean of West Point linked "24" with torture of Iraq prisoners?



After interrogators began torturing Iraqi prisoners using methods they saw on Fox TV's popular "24", Army's Brigadier General Patrick Finnegan warned the show's producers "24" is negatively impacting the training and performance of American troops.

Finnegan, dean of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, accompanied by veteran military and FBI interrogators, met with "24's" creative team in Southern California last November to tell them "I'd like them to stop. They should do a show where torture backfires," according to an article in the Feb. 19-26 issue of The New Yorker by Jane Mayer. "24" is said to have a weekly audience of 15-million viewers and reaches millions more through DVD sales.

The general, who said "24" is popular with his students, told Mayer, "The kids see it, and say, 'If torture is wrong, what about '24'?"

we need to look at this from an outside perspective...

we cannot look at this from a Truther perspective...here see this... http://www.mtrnews.com/node/48

Old interview of Steve Alten

In case anyone is interested:


WTC 9-11-2001 was a Neocon-Zionist conspiracy-

The WTC was destroyed by controlled demo-

shark attack, shark attack!

hopefully not on the truth!!!! we'll see...

You said it . . .

"Thankfully, this movement seems pretty good at washing our hands of co-intel when necessary."

Amen to that!

How Much Is Bill Douglas Being Paid to Advocate "The Shell Game"

How Much Is Bill Douglas Being Paid to Advocate "The Shell Game"?

ANSWER: The same I've been paid to be almost a full time 9/11 activist for years. ZERO, ZILCH, NADA!!

Just because you haven't heard of me, doesn't mean I haven't been one of the first people in the trenches, since the beginning. The reason you haven't heard of me because in those years, I've spent most of my energy pushing other people's work. ie Mike Ruppert, David Ray Griffin, Steven Jones, Kevin Ryan, Loose Change, and now Steve Alten's "The Shell Game."

In those years of working nearly full time on this, my wife and I exhausted our life savings, and I was arrested and thrown in jail carrying a sign "Stop the 9/11 Cover Up - What is Bush Hiding About 9/11" back in 2003. I was interrogated in jail by either the Secret Service or Homeland Security, they wouldn't tell me who, and I fought the illegal arrest in court at great expense to finally be found not guilty on both counts. My ordeal was covered by ABCnews.com, as well as the Kansas City Star.
"Behind the Iron Curtain" by Bill Douglas

I organized before Bush went to the United Nations to sell the war, a mass email campaign that was participated in by people all over the world, which was comprised of 9/11 facts I'd gathered, and also the email addresses for all the UN Missions worldwide. When Bush went before the UN, he said, "Don't you believe these wild conspiracy theories." I knew I/we had had an impact.

What was I paid for these hundreds of hours of work? ZERO, ZILCH, NADA !!

In March 2004, I organized a speaking tour for Ellen Mariani, a 9/11 widow who with her attorney, former Deputy Atty General of Pennsylvania, Phil Berg, were suing members of the Bush Administration for complicity in the 9/11 attacks. THIS WAS THE FIRST MAJOR PUBLIC 9/11 TRUTH EVENT HELD IN AMERICA, and we had great attendence at 4 churches and were covered by all network affiliates.

At our first event that day, a chilling thing happened. At the church we attended with Ellen and Phil in the morning THE KANSAS CITY POLICE SHOWED UP. They said they'd "been monitoring our website, and saw so much activity, they thought they should shadow us all day just in case . . ." Those were FREAKY times. Read more at Global Research Article: http://www.williambowles.info/911/ground_zero.html

What was I paid for these hundreds of hours of work? ZERO, ZILCH, NADA !!

However we did raise a bit of money that we split with Ellen Mariani. What did I do with our part? I used it to get a matching contribution from a technology millionaire, and we used all the funds to create, with the help of Jan Hoyer, the iconoclastic "Stop the 9/11 Cover Up" signs that you've all seen. The red and white ones, with the words in front of a red American flag.

These signs were then sent to cities across the US to pass out to marchers at the big anti-war rallies. The ones in San Franciso and New York got major publicity, on the front pages of Newsday, the LA Times, etc. Nightline News filled the screen with the "Stop the 9/11 Cover Up" sign on the news that night. My wife and I had flown to San Francisco to personally get the signs out at the protest. The media reported onthe mas anti-war protests, "Marchers gather to stop the war and stop the 9/11 cover up." My wife and I paid our own air fare, lodging etc. All the funds from the events went to produce the signs.

What was I paid for these hundreds of hours of work? ZERO, ZILCH, NADA !!

You can learn more about my work. I was the Founder of National 911Visibility, formed with Emmanuel Sefros from Seattle whom I met, after I paid my own way after being invited to speak on 9/11, at the Seattle Thunder event in Seattle. We launched the website, and created a template for activists all over the country to use. Two current organizations TruthAction and PatriotsQuestion911 were inspired by our early work.

What was I paid for these hundreds of hours of work? ZERO, ZILCH, NADA !!

I eventually was the original National Outreach Director of 911Truth.org, and many other projects.

Most of the original long time 9/11 truth activists, organizers, researchers etc. know of my work . . . it would be nice if they would post something in my defense, since my intergrity is being challenged regularly in these posts . . . but I'll do it myself.

You can view some of the articles I've written, one in particular "Exposing the 9/11 Conspiracy Wingnuts" was read by nearly a million people, and my other OpEds have been published widely.

What was I paid for these hundreds of hours of work? ZERO, ZILCH, NADA !!

Exposing the 9/11 Conspiracy Wingnuts
By Bill Douglas
07/13/06 "Information Clearing House" --

Bill Douglas and Carol Brouillet are interviewed at the 9/11 International Inquiry-Phase 1 in San Francisco, CA at the end of March, 04. KPFA Radio in San Francisco

Just do a google, and you'll find my 9/11 truth articles are endless and posted all over the world. During these years, I've been threatened via email and in person, arrested, spent my life savings so I could work for the truth. I've paid my dues and proven myself.

Read more about me at:

You Say 9/11 Was an Inside Job? There's Nothing I Can Do About It...or Is There? By Bill Douglas

It would be nice, if the many who know what I've done would add their take. But, I'll defend myself, as I have for 7 long years now.

And I'll defend Steve Alten, who is a courageous man who does not deserve to have his motives impugned. The man's courage and talents should be celebrated.

I, without the least bit of shame, will say again and again, "GET EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO READ "THE SHELL GAME" AND POST IT EVERYWHERE.


Bill Douglas

Nobody is challenging your integrity

They are saying they want to read the book before making a decision to promote it. You are the one challenging their integrity for saying that.

Really dwight, no one has accused me of being paid?

Read through the posts again.

I had to write my above defense because of snide little slaps.

Now back to real 9/11 truth work:

Read "The Shell Game" it's filled with 9/11 truth research.

Perhaps someone did so accuse you

I can't read everything. I read the parent comment and saw no such accusation. What I've seen is people concerned about being asked to promote a book without reading, and raising some questions based on what they have seen. And I've seen you respond by calling these attacks on Alten and you, and suggesting that we are not interested in truth.

I don't rule out a work of fiction being an effective way of spreading awareness. I'm looking forward to reading the book.

I don't want to argue any more. I'm not doubting your motives or your integrity. I'm just disagreeing with you.

Then shouldn't they actually READ it before

badmouthing it? Or a fellow Truther for believing in it's power?

I more than many understand what has been said about Bill's pushiness on this and other issues as I have been on the negative receiving end of it, but...really...if you haven't read the book then how can you (anyone) have an opinion on it or it's contents?

Bill and I disagree greatly on approach and perspective, but that doesn't mean his intentions are wrong. Here is a review I did on the book, it may clarify for some and piss others off http://www.mtrnews.com/node/48
we all digest differently.

Thank you

Bill. Despite the fact you do come on a little strong for The Shell Game, and I admit I was suspicious of your motives at first, I want to say that you deserve the respect of the Truth Movement based on the above. This is not an easy mountain to climb and the closer we come to the summit, the more rigorous it will become. I for one wish to add my support and encouragement.

Thank you...

... for your truly commendable efforts, Bill!

It is easy to have one's motives misinterpreted in these times, especially in the absence of background info.

So you are 'ok'...

So you are 'OK' with the way Bill has conducted his little marketing operation?

Let's call it the "Support or Suck Marketing Method" k?

You either support this book or you suck!

Can't Stop 9/11 Fever



The big question is...

How will Alten respond when he is inevitably asked, 'Do you believe 9/11 was an inside job?'

I hope he'll respond more thoughtfully than Naomi Klein did.

"All that is required for evil to fail is for good men and women to do something."


The 9/11 Truth movement is growing exponentially.

The 9/11 Truth movement is growing exponentially, and THE SHELL GAME

may very well open the flood gates for yet another large audience...

educating more American citizens about the brutal reality in regards to

False Flag attacks and the rogue elements in our own government.


I'd like to get my hopes up. Oprah is big. Bestsellers can be good. We need to find out more.

Steve's Personal site: http://www.stevealten.com/
Steve's MySpace site: http://www.myspace.com/stevemeg
Steve's Wikipedia site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Alten

I'd like to see some video of him discussing the book. I'd like to know the date of the Oprah Show Appearance. Don't be afraid to go to the Oprah boards and do a little preliminary publicity of the 9/11 Truth Movement. http://www.Oprah.com either.

Watch for disinfo on Oprah's boards.

I'm sure we can expect disinfo artists to get there first (http://www.oprah.com/) and attempt to make the Truth Movement out to be loonies so we need to counter with the credible and sensible type comments that are common among this blogger community.

I'm there!!!

I've already hashed out the subject of 9/11 truth at the FaceBook message boards (although the discussion is still ongoing a bit; when "The Shell Game" gets published, I'll start up another thread).

I'll be sure to hit the Oprah site by tomorrow!

I have, but this novel will have a better shot at Oprah if

I have, but this novel will have a better shot at Oprah if, and when we all work to make it a blockbuster #1 best seller.

Oprah's not looking for 9/11 truth stuff. I've sent her plenty.


Our BEST shot at getting Alten onto Oprah is to make this book a blockbuster, not by harranging Oprah with more 9/11 truth info. She's gotten plenty of it. I know because I've organized thousands to send her stuff.

I hope it is all that you say and more!

The movement needs a momentum builder. Maybe this will be the key. Could be a Da Vinci Code.

To me it seems that many people are counting on the election to bring justice. Many people I know are somewhat familiar with 9/11 but choose to ignore. Many are just not willing to go out on that limb. Reason being that they intuitively sense the power behind the perpetrators and know alone they stand a good chance of losing all they have worked for in their lives.

It is alot to ask of average individuals to put it all on the line. Years of hard work and sacrifice families etc. It is easy if you have nothing to lose.

They hope to just put it off and wait for the pendulum to swing back to a more just and reasonable society.

How Insulting...

Bill Douglas's antics have been over the top since I first started paying attention to this Shell Game Show.

With this latest headline I can plainly see that the game has played out according to his Marketing Plan.

How long ago did you mail all the 911 Truth heavy weights a copy of the book Bill? That must have been stage one...right before Stage 2: Fabricate A Controversy.

Bill Douglas comes to this web site relatively unknown.
He tell us he has the gospel which will propel 911 Truth to the masses!!!!!!
that we should pre-order it, preach it...but that we can't read it quite yet...but soon if we pre-order now (10 copies for your buddies)!!!
We predictably object and also have reservations about 'fiction' being positive for 911 Truth. (not to mention this creepy guy chastising me because I won't preach his gospel without reading it!)
Those who reject his exclamations are labeled by as bad truthers who don't want the truth to come out and are hell bent on tearing the movement to threads!!!!

This is about as phony as it gets folks.

He created this controversy and is now claiming that the book "The Shell Game", yet to be released, has caused this controversy?

What a scam.

I've been manipulated but....at least Bill Douglas has his controversy.

The reality I've seen played out here is at extreme odds with what Mr. Douglas describes.

The worst part is that www.911blogger.com has made it all possible.

Our skeptical nature has been manipulated and www.911Blogger.com has given Mr. Douglas free reign for his campaign. They've even joined in the fun by posting his pre-fabricated headline:

"The Shell Game," From New York Times Best Selling Author - Sparks 9/11 Truth Controversy, Lights Fire in Publishing Industry!

Can't Stop 9/11 Fever

Sorry your feelings are hurt, BUT

Sorry your feelings are hurt BUT, everything I wrote in this oped is absolutely true. The discussion on "The Shell Game" has been going on for some time now. Perhaps the above poster hasn't been in on all of it. I've been in on much of it.

The only fabrications are in your above post. I come to this relatively unknown is not true. Perhaps to you, but to those who've been fighting for 9/11 truth for years, I've been a known figure.

I was the founder of the National 911Visibility Project, and the original National Outreach Director of 911Truth.org years ago.

My first national media coverage was when ABCnews covered my illegal arrest when I was holding a very large "Stop the 9/11 Cover Up - What's Bush Hiding?" poster at a Bush event.

My years of service to this movement are well known by many. Have you seen those iconoclastic "Stop the 9/11 Cover Up" or "Expose the 9/11 Cover Up" signs that you see everywhere? The black letters on the red and white American flag image?

Those were created by myself and Jan Hoyer right at this computer I'm now typing at years ago, and then thousands were purchased with money I raised and sent to 9/11 activists in New York and San Francisco and elsewhere to be distributed at the major anti-war marches, where they got national media coverage, the first national media coverage for the 9/11 truth movement, in the Los Angeles Times, New York's Newsday covers, Nightline News, etc. The cover photos caption read, "Thousands march to stop the war and stop the 9/11 cover up."

So, if you are ignorant of me, that's fine. But, that doesn't give you the right to accuse me of just now appearing on the scene. I've paid my dues.

Bill Douglas

Oh, by the way, the reason I'm more visible now, is because the 9/11 truth movement has a profound new tool to work with, "The Shell Game" by Steve Alten. It will bring real 9/11 research into every major book store, airport, etc. on Jan. 22, 2008.

"The Shell Game"

if you would like...

I would be happy to send you a copy.

Example of linking reality to fiction

(4 jan 2008)
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Daniel Radcliffe, who has captivated moviegoers as the bespectacled schoolboy wizard in the Harry Potter films, has donated the first pair of glasses he wore as a child to an exhibition marking the horrors of the Holocaust.

The British actor joins Yoko Ono, talk show host Jerry Springer, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and other celebrities and members of the public whose spectacles will be linked together in the shape of a railway track — recalling the trains that carried many of the Nazis' victims to concentration camps throughout Europe. An estimated 6 million Jews died.
Everything goes for promotion I guess. Or will Ahmadinejad and many more holo-truthers all over the world now say: "See, all myth!"?

Fiction as an Entry Point

Spreading 9/11 Truth is an entirely psychological endeavor. The main hurdle is initially getting people interested. For getting people to pay attention, fiction is quite acceptable to me.

From what I've seen, a new persons entry point is just that. It is almost guaranteed that if they are capable of thinking clearly they will not stop their own investigation after the first exposure. If there is one thing this movement is adept at it is providing follow up information.

Just a way to make money off 9/11 truth

I still don't see why people are so desperate for "mainstream" (OLD) media approval. The people that own these media outlets are NOT stupid. They know 9/11 was orchestrated to get us into the mid-east wars. They are up to their necks in this plan. So we ABSOLUTELY know they are traitors, why are we still begging for their acceptance? Ignore them. Stop buying the products they advertise. They are lying filth that will NEVER help expose the truth.

The people that matter(we and our children) know what happened and the truth will NEVER be stopped. Anytime someone metions they saw some news on "mainstream" media, laugh in their
face and tell them they can't believe a single WORD from that trash.

makes sense to me

RIght on. As you type this everyone is over looking in the windows of Daily Kos to get a peak at Sibel Edmonds.

What's fucked is that the Daily Kos pissed on 9/11 Truth for the last 4 years or how ever long they've been 'outlawing' 911 truth discussion.

Can't Stop 9/11 Fever

An Apology to the 9/11 Truth Movement, from Bill Douglas -- I ha

An Apology to the 9/11 Truth Movement, from Bill Douglas

I have failed the entire movement, I fear.

I thought that if I pushed and pushed and pushed, that the 9/11 truth movement was large enough and organized enough to push “The Shell Game” to record sales and force the mainstream media to face the issues it puts forth regarding 9/11 truth and the lies that lead a nation to war.

I took a gamble, that I shouldn’t have taken. I stepped across a line I regret.

Now that I’ve pushed this angle out, I may have poisoned the chances “The Shell Game” had to get mainstream media attention.

I believe I may have poisoned something that could have moved this courageous novel out, under the radar, and benefited all the work you have all done, to out the truth about the lies of 9/11.

I sincerely apologize to all for the damage I’ve done.

Bill Douglas

Don't feel too bad, Bill Douglas...

..."The Shell Game" is not going to create much of a sensation for 911 Truth simply because it is a very badly written piece of pulp fiction.

Sure has great cover art, though.

I actually wonder if it's not a very well-written

piece of double-thinking apologetics for the movers and shakers that made a tough decision to "let" (according to the book) 9/11 happen. The book also takes the position that Muslim hijackers caused the buildings to "collapse," taking the movement back over six years. to before articles like "Muslims Suspend the Law of Physics" appeared on the Internet.

Example of doublethink is having characters say that there is no alternative but to reduce world population from 6 billion to 2 billion, then immediately say that this won't be necessary with alternative energy. If the well-intentioned and realistic, if a bit greedy and corrupt, Neocons could just see that, they wouldn't have taken the only other alternative, nuking Los Angeles. The hero is torn between despising his wife and seeing why she might have thought it was necessary to nuke LA before she thought of a better idea.

It all works out in the end, though. Los Angeles is nuked, then Iran is nuked, but just a little, and everybody wakes up and shifts to ethanol.

A bizarre part is when the hero hears what happened to Iran, and all he can say is what about Saudi Arabia, and what about Venezuela, and then gets all mad at the CIA guy for not bombing evildoers like Hugo Chavez.

The whole thing is bizarre, like Fox News meets Daily Kos meets From the Wilderness, all wired together with Promis software, which is how Bin Laden monitored U.S. efforts to track him down, according to Michael Ruppert channeling the Washington Times, which channels the great man himself.


Yep, you heard it here. Promis software caused the Twin Towers to disintegrate.

hey some big guy?

you say in a few posts alten and his book will be on Oprah....when???

My take on The Shell Game

By, Cheri Roberts-Piper MTR News http://www.mtrnews.com/node/48

There has been a lot of controversy within the 9/11 Truth movement about this bold new novel, The Shell Game by, Steve Alten. Some people passionately support it while others chastise the author for not including or coming to the conclusion of Inside Job. While the Author sources and presents evidence of vast criminal activity by the US government in relation to the attacks on September 11th, 2001 he does seem more inclined towards the let it happen theory. This has some within the Truth movement questioning Alten’s agenda for writing the book and why they should support it.

To those that are disappointed or suspicious of this book I can only ask that you set aside your bias for a few hours and read the book with different eyes. Of course this book cannot stack up to the full story some would like to tell, but that is because the eyes of those storytellers are already open. To new eyes, this story and its easy delivery has the potential to raise many questions in many minds that had never questioned before. Imagine the blinds slowly opening upon a darkened room on a bright sunny morning. Rays of truths that splinter behind the minds awakening eye – an undeniable new and unstoppable day has arrived. That's Powerful.

Steve Alten effectively interjects solid facts that relate to many 9/11 crimes (and other crimes) within this administration – as well as other levels of government, while telling what he calls a ‘cautionary tale’. Not only are these facts interspersed in the story, there are also multiple blistering quotes blatantly and heroically featured at the beginning of each chapter. The references to September 11th, 2001 are used as a foundation of ‘background precedents’ to help weave and move the story being told – which is the story of a coming Inside Job by way of a US government manufactured nuclear holocaust in LA. The attack needed in order to begin an attack against Iran as the presented perpetrator of the attack. . Sound familiar?

The Shell Game is an excellent book. Where I would normally describe a book this well formatted as an ‘easy read’, the gravity of the subject and the implications in the story are not easy. With three Heroines and a Hero this important political thriller is laid out in digestible chapters that quickly pull the reader deeper down the rabbit hole leading him/her to some potentially gut wrenching conclusions about what we don’t know.