Can the Chinese foil a US oil grab in the Middle East? This topical spy thriller captures the 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.
“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, The Correspondent
“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
“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.” – Reserve Books
“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.” – Blogcritics
Saudi Match Point is considered “absolutely brilliant” at Kowloon Diaries
“In terms of geopolitical value for money, Paul Ulrich’s 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.” – The Curious Diary of Mr Jam