Author Henry S. Panian Releases ‘Two Ports in a Storm’

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New book chronicles couple’s valiant flight to survival amidst danger, intrigue

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Upon reading Biosphere2 in Oracle, Arizona, author Henry S. Panian was inspired to paint a gripping story filled with twists and turns, a fitting scene when one is caught between “Two Ports in a Storm” (published by Xlibris).

Air Force personnel Beth Shapur and Jeff Burkiss abandoned their duties during the Vietnam War when an imminent threat to their lives began chasing them. In the course of their escape, they entered a place called ZOAR II, a secret United States government biosphere, where they ended trapped for ten years. They must adjust to the isolation while rearing a child and trying to find the exit code. Upon learning the way out, they are forced to assume new names and move to Seaside, California. There they discover the two men responsible for their decade of imprisonment. Where would this discovery lead them?

With its richly drawn characters and intricate plot, this book takes readers into a difficult journey from North Dakota to California. They will find out how two people learn to adapt to changing conditions in order to survive.

A compelling and fast-paced read, “Two Ports in a Storm” will cater for one’s need of mystery and adventure, imparting to them the importance of perseverance and faith.

“Two Ports in a Storm”
By Henry S. Panian
Hardcover | 6x9in | 148 pages | ISBN 9781503535220
Softcover | 6x9in | 148 pages | ISBN 9781503535237
E-Book | 148 pages | ISBN 9781503535244
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Henry S, Panian is an educator and community activist. He started teaching at Mid Pacific Institute in Honolulu, Hawaii. After acquiring a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley, he taught United States and California history at Orange Coast College, a community college in Costa Mesa, California for 34 years. In 1966, he helped found the Costa Mesa Historical Society and the Newport Mesa Unified School District. In 1977, he was elected to the Mesa Water District Board of Directors, where he served for 21 years, twice being president. In 1997, the Daughters of the American Revolution awarded him their Excellence in Community Service Certificate. And in 2010, the Mesa Water District recognized him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Panian is also the author of “THE CYMERIAN CHAPTER.”

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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