When Professor Russell Conrad received a call to fly to Washington, he didn't expect that he would find himself in Saudi Arabia trying to rescue the President and prevent a nuclear war. After Conrad is summoned to Washington he finds himself on Air Force One as part of an American delegation to a secret peace conference in Saudi Arabia. President Omar Sanjar's hopes of forming a lasting Middle East peace are shattered when the American delegation is kidnapped. Their captors' ransom demands present a moral dilemma that threatens to plunge the Middle East into a nuclear war. Conrad's role is transformed from CIA advisor to agent as he tries to rescue Sanjar and warn Israel of the impending missile attack.
About the Author: Allen Mesch drew heavily on this oil industry and academic experience in writing The Analyst. The character Professor Russell Conrad is based on Allen's academic positions at the University of Texas at Dallas, Southern Methodist University, and Texas Woman's University. He was Director of the Maguire Energy Institute at SMU where he managed the Institute's innovative Oil and Gas Education Initiative. This industry outreach program helped educate academics, journalists, and government officials on the primary functions of the oil and gas industry. Allen has extensive experience in both technical and management positions in engineering, economics, and planning with leading multinational petroleum companies. Allen provides consulting, research, and training services through his company. PetroStrategies, Inc. He worked on planning and analysis staffs at Gulf Oil Corporation, Continental Oil Company, and Sun Exploration and Production Company. He is a founder and past-president of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter of the International Association of Energy Economists He was as a member of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Dallas/Ft. Worth and the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce. Allen published papers on trends in the oil and gas industry and innovations in business planning and spoke at numerous professional conferences. He serves as a media expert on oil and gas issues and has appeared on local and national television and been quoted in business publications ranging from The Oil & Gas Journal to Business Week. Allen earned a masters degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. in chemical engineering from Clarkson University. He has extensive course work in business and management from the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Houston. Allen teaches continuing education classes in Collin College's SAIL program. He is an amateur Civil War historian and manages a web site, www.civil-war-journeys.org, that contains over 3,500 battlefield photographs. Allen has written a biography on Union Major General Charles F. Smith called Teacher of Civil War Generals. When not visiting Civil War battlefields or building sand castles on South Padre Island, Allen likes to fly fish and play golf. He is married with two children and six grandchildren.