“Hellishly riveting...an utterly amazing climax.
“An adrenaline-pumping thriller.”
“An entertaining tale of gripping non-stop horror”
“A fast-paced thriller with many plot twists.”
“Alten can still write a mean giant prehistoric shark scene. . .
“Two words: Jurassic Shark!”
“Alten draws clever parallels with Mayan myths in this ripping
“With the storytelling sensibilities of Crichton and Cussler,
“With ‘The Loch,’ Steve Alten combines meticulous research with
“As a teenager growing up on the legend of Loch Ness and its
“A nerve-wracking thriller about America’s addiction to Middle
“Action packed, intense, and politically probing, ‘The Shell Game’
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: A Novel of Deep Terror
|#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
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
Released Summer, 2009
Domestic Sales: 150,000 + Foreign sales: 300,000 +
International best seller in Spain & Mexico
Sold in BULGARIA, FRANCE, GERMANY, HUNGARY, ITALY, JAPAN, RUSSIA, CATALAN,
SPAIN & MEXICO
Domestic Sales: 65,000 + Foreign Sales: 95,000 +
Domestic Sales: 175,000 + Foreign Sales: 93,000 +
The Shell Game
|*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
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:
|"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
-- 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