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Saudi Match Point
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ISBN: 978-962-86732-5-4
Paperback, 268 pages
Size: 17.8 x 11 x 1.9 cm
Published: April

Price: HK$80 / US$9.95

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Saudi Match Point

by Paul Ulrich

Can the Chinese foil a US oil grab in the Middle East

This topical spy thriller captures the current turmoil of the 'war on terror' and weaves agents of the Chinese Government into the plot, pulling the reader into a world of subterfuge and shifting alliances which may well mirror tomorrow's headlines. 

The story: A young China expert at the US embassy in Riyadh learns a shocking secret: the US will use a hostage crisis as a pretext to invade the Saudi kingdom and seize control of its oilfields. Meanwhile, the daughter of a radical cleric is desperate to escape an arranged marriage. As she attempts to flee the country, her half-brother becomes embroiled in an Al-Qaeda plot to drive out the American infidels -- a plan the newly assertive Chinese are determined to stop. 

As the US and China compete for mastery of the Gulf, an American diplomat risks betraying his country and a Saudi woman risks her life -- but what price betrayal in a land ruled and divided by harsh Islamic law?

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"Despite the book's problems, its characters pique interest and the plot gains momentum. By the late-going, it's an exciting “page-turner”.
Ulrich, who understands Chinese and Arabic, has rich experiences to inspire fiction. For two decades, he toiled as a consultant (on economics, telecoms and policies), bureaucrat, foreign-aid worker and software entrepreneur. Earlier, he studied at Yale, Harvard and Stanford. His background shows in the story.
Saudi Match Point leaves an impression of promise as vast as the Arabian sands. In some ways, Ulrich excelled – in others, not so much. Do his readers thirst for more? Yes! Will this reviewer watch for his name in future? Absolutely!" -- Cairns Media Magazine

"What I liked most about Saudi Match Point is that readers will probably gain more of an understanding about the Middle East and the problems and vagaries associated with Islamic militancy from these entertaining pages than by wading through reams of copy and endless hours of network news bulletins offered daily by the international media." -- Luke Hunt, former AFP Afghan bureau chief, for The Correspondent

Saudi Match Point is now available as a downloadable audio book. View the details, and listen to an audio sample, here: Saudi Match Point.

"Ulrich's story is clearly woven, possesses all the action of top spy thrillers, and maintains admirable consistency. Further, while the cast includes enough characters to confuse casual readers, the characters are instantly recognizable as the story transports us from location to location and culture to culture. Read this book for enjoyment, and you will take away a new understanding of some of the newest forces affecting the international scene today." -- Bruce Cook, Reserve Books. Read the full review.

Paul Ulrich discussed Saudi Match Point with RTHK's Sarah Passmore on Naked Lunch. Listen in to the programme online by clicking here and moving the slider forwards by 20 minutes.

"Saudi Match Point bears the hallmarks of a promising writer of thrillers and those of a novice novelist in roughly equal measure. Drawing on years of experience overseas as a consultant, technician, foreign-aid worker and (self-admitted) government bureaucrat, author Paul Ulrich economically and effectively conveys the heady atmosphere and multicultural boiling pot of Saudi Arabia. He creates colorful characters about whom the reader comes to care, most especially a sheltered young woman whose plight, in a family that adheres to ultra-strict Wahabbi Muslim teachings, is heartbreaking. And he convincingly mixes real geopolitics into fictional situations." -- Jon Sobel, Blogcritics Magazine. Read the full review.

Saudi Match Point is considered "absolutely brilliant" at Kowloon Diaries.

Literary pundit Nury Vittachi says: "In terms of geopolitical value for money, Paul Ulrich’s new book Saudi Match Point has it all: Al-Qaeda, the Chinese government, oil wars, a high level US conspiracy, a hostage crisis and the battle between radical Islam and modern mores."
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