Author Christopher W. Fay’s Debuts with a ‘Storm’

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New novel follows a young man and his exploits on the Great Lakes.

Author Christopher W. Fay gives readers an exceptional reading experience as he pens his debut novel, The Arteries of Commerce: A Story of the Great Lakes. Released through Xlibris, this stirring drama follows a young seaman whose confidence is shaken when he must decide on where his loyalties lie.

Dana Parker knows how the world works, or at least thinks he does. He joins the crew of the Great Lakes ore carrier Herbert C. Hobart under the headship of Eric Erickson. Eric is brave, a masterful seaman, and charming rogue ashore. However, behind a confident pose, he is a drug addict, womanizer, and abusive father and husband. Eric’s friend, Harry, is thoughtful but bland, considerate and modest, but a closet drinker, too. Both are bound by old friendship and animosity, and a shared love for Eric's wife. As Dana grows to know both men, he must come to terms with the truth in ways that affect their lives, and those of their loved ones ashore. Furthermore, human nature is not the only danger that exists. When an early winter storm strikes the ship, Dana Parker must find the will and means to survive, and the courage to meet irrevocable change.

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About the Author
Christopher W. Fay is a licensed merchant marine officer with experience on tankers, tugs, and freighters in addition to Great Lakes ore carriers. He is currently employed as a mechanical engineer for a major aerospace company in the Pacific Northwest.

The Arteries of Commerce * by Christopher W. Fay
A Story of the Great Lakes
Publication Date: October 18, 1999
Trade Paperback; $18.69; 217 pages; 978-0-7388-0475-0
Trade Hardback; $28.79; 217 pages; 978-0-7388-0474-3

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