“Hellishly riveting...an utterly amazing climax.
...a nail-biting summer read.”

- Kirkus Reviews

“An adrenaline-pumping thriller.”
-- New York Post

“An entertaining tale of gripping non-stop horror”
-- Midwest Book Review

“A fast-paced thriller with many plot twists.”
-- Booklist

“Alten can still write a mean giant prehistoric shark scene. . .
readers will remember with a thrill why they picked up this
novel in the first place.”
-- Publishers Weekly

“Two words: Jurassic Shark!”
-- Los Angeles Times

“Alten draws clever parallels with Mayan myths in this ripping
space-age yarn equipped with a credible love story and
Earth-bound subplots... Star Wars like.”
- Publishers Weekly

“With the storytelling sensibilities of Crichton and Cussler,
Alten sure knows how to write a thriller.”
-- Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling co-author
of Dune: The Butlerian Jihad

“With ‘The Loch,’ Steve Alten combines meticulous research with
riveting storytelling to craft a new genre - the historical
science fiction thriller.”
-- Washington Daily News

“As a teenager growing up on the legend of Loch Ness and its
mysterious inhabitant, I dreamed of going to Scotland to help
hunt for the creature. Reading Steve Alten’s ‘The Loch’ makes
me glad that I never got the chance. You don’t want to meet
Nessie except in the suspense-filled pages of this book!”
-- Michael E. Newman, Washington Examiner

“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 Reviews

“Action packed, intense, and politically probing, ‘The Shell Game’
is an intriguing blend of fiction and nonfiction that will cetainly
disturb the practioners of the game, because it will make
reader stop and think about American foreign policy in the
oil-rich Middle East.”
-- Richard Folsom, Washington Daily News

Steve Alten
New York Times Bestselling Author

Steve Alten grew up in Philadelphia, earning his Bachelors degree in Physical Education at Penn State University, a Masters Degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Delaware, and a Doctorate of Education at Temple University. Struggling to support his family of five, he decided to pen a novel. Working late nights and on weekends, he eventually finished MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror. Four days later, his agent had a two-book, seven figure deal with Bantam Doubleday.

MEG would go on to become the book of the 1996 Frankfurt book fair, where it sold to more than twenty countries. MEG hit every major best-selling list, including #19 on the New York Times list (#7 audio) and became a popular radio series in Japan. Alten then wrote The Trench and MEG: Primal Waters (both MEG sequels).

St. Martin’s Press/Tor Books then published his fourth book Domain and its sequel Resurrection, both runaway bestsellers in Spain and Mexico. Goliath, an underwater action/thriller, followed with rave review and was a big hit in Germany. His sixth novel, The Loch is a modern-day thriller about the Loch Ness Monster. The book had an astounding 91% sell-thru at Borders and Barnes & Noble. Over 72,000 first editions were sold, the mass market scheduled for 2009. His eighth novel, The Shell Game, a thriller about the end of oil and the next 9/11 event, was released on January 22, 2008 and hit NY Times bestseller status two weeks later. Alten’s ninth novel, MEG: Hell’s Aquarium, debuted in May 2009.





Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror
Domestic sales: 750,000 +
Foreign sales: 675,000 +

#1 on Liberties Books & Music Bestseller List
#4 on the Duane Read and Albertson’’s Chain List
#7 on Publisher’’s Weekly Audio Fiction Bestseller List
#12 on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller List
#13 on Walden Books Bestseller List
#17 on Walmart’’s Bestseller List
#17 on Publisher’’s Weekly Bestseller List
#19 on The New York Times Bestseller List
Also on the Barnes & Noble and USA Today Bestseller List
Published in over 20 countries
Bestseller list in France & Germany, Radio show in Japan
Now being used in over 9,000 middle & high school
The Trench
Domestic sales: 350,000 + Foreign sales: 200,000 +
USA Today Top 60 Hardback Bestseller List
#35 on The New York Times Paperback Bestseller List
Published in over a dozen countries
MEG: Primal Waters
Domestic sales: Sold 145,000 +
copies between 2004-2005
Hell’s Aquarium
Released Summer, 2009
Domestic Sales: 150,000 + Foreign sales: 300,000 +
International best seller in Spain & Mexico
Domestic Sales: 65,000 + Foreign Sales: 95,000 +

The Loch
Domestic sales: 72,000 +
Released in mass market 4/09
Optioned to Spain.

Domestic Sales: 175,000 + Foreign Sales: 93,000 +

The Shell Game
Domestic sales: 30,000 +
Released in mass market in 9/09
Optioned in China and Taiwan.

*Apelles Entertainment, Inc. has optioned the rights to MEG, THE LOCH and GOLIATH for theatrical/TV.
*Apelles Publishing, Inc. represents Steve Alten's books for film and television rights.
--- Stephen King

5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. George Shuman breaks all the rules

"18 Seconds moves like a bat out of hell. Even better,
Sherry Moore is remarkably original -- complex and real
despite her strange gift. George D. Shuman has delivered
the goods -- fascinating characters, nonstop storytelling,
and an explosive ending. Bravo!"
-- Robert Crais, author of The Forgotten Man and
The Two Minute Rule

"In twenty-eight years of law enforcement I never believed
in psychics, but then I read George Shuman's 18 Seconds.
This convincing, perfectly paced novel gathers its seem-
ingly unrelated characters and lets them march inexorably
toward a final intersection. Although you'll want to,
you won't be able to look away."
-- Paul Lindsay, author of The Big Scam and The Führer's

"Impressive…Almost unbearable suspense"
-- Washington Post
George Shuman
National Bestselling Author

GEORGE D. SHUMAN is a twenty-year veteran of the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police force, in which he served as an undercover narcotics detective; a sergeant in the Special Assignments Branch, Internal Affairs Division; operations commander of the Metropolitan Police Academy; and lieutenant commander in the Public Integrity Branch, Internal Affairs Division. He lives in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. 18 Seconds was his first novel. The follow up Last Breath novel was released on August 7, 2007. Lost Girls in March 2008. Almost 18 months later, the latest book in the Sherry Moore series, Second Sight, was released on August 4, 2009. The national bestseller 18 Seconds has been translated in 23 languages and is nominated for:
-Best First Novel by the International Thrillers Association
-The Shamus Award




"With a brilliant concept, truly human charac-
ters, and a 'Sixth Sense' sensibility, 18 Seconds
is terrifyingly authentic. Sherry Moore is a
memorable heroine who promises to have many
more adventures ahead of her."

-- Brad Meltzer, author of The Zero Game and
The Tenth Justice

"In this dramatic, highly imaginative first novel,
George D. Shuman delivers an explosive thriller
-- brutally authentic in detail and absorbing
from beginning to end."

-- Robert K. Tanenbaum, author of Absolute Rage and

"Intricate, compelling, and real, 18 Seconds is
suspense at its up-all-night best....Welcome a
new and substantial talent to your bookshelf!"

-- John J. Nance, author of Pandora's Box and Orbit
"This book's crackling sense of menace pulls
you in from the first page and delivers grandly
as the characters come together in an explosive
finale. Fast-paced, compulsively readable, pos-
sessed of an intriguing premise, 18 Seconds is a
slick debut by an ex-cop who knows his way
around police procedure and writes strong
female characters."

-- Denise Hamilton, author of Savage Garden and Last

"One of the best premises to sail down the
thriller pipeline in years. At turns lyrical, horri-
fying, and -- dare I say -- poignant, 18 Seconds
takes an ingenious notion and spins it into a
killer yarn. In Sherry Moore, Shuman has cre-
ated a unique, compelling heroine.
An impressive debut!"

-- Gregg Hurwitz, author of The Program and
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