The Boomer who just won't quit



    TORONTO, July 17 /CNW/ - Launching a career at 58 is just another step in
his journey, according to Eric Goldman. Some journey: he retired at 44 to
solo-circumnavigate the earth in a sailboat. Years of research and training
later, he took delivery of his catamaran, Bit-by-Bit. He sailed her across the
Atlantic with one crewmember as a final warm-up. And then, in November 2002,
Hurricane Olga struck. Single-handing from New York to Bermuda, he faced winds
to 80 knots and waves to 50 feet. After 36 seasick hours of fighting to stay
alive, he thought of ending his anguish by falling overboard. But he realised
that he owed it to the people who loved him, to try every trick of seamanship
to survive. He promised that if he survived he would sell the boat and write a
meaningful book.
    He spent four years researching, writing drafts, getting professional
evaluations, revising and submitting again. Finally, the Iowa Book Doctors
said, "Readers grow increasingly interested in literature that addresses
political and cultural concerns of the twenty-first century. Topping this list
are concerns about the ethics of our leaders and the state of our environment.
Napoleon's Gambit throws down a gauntlet, offering a model for action in the
face of the unknown. Our editors found the novel to be fresh and engaging, a
book which appeals not only to readers of nineteenth-century history, but also
to those readers seeking creative solutions to problems facing our world
today."
    But it turns out surviving the hurricane was easy compared to getting
published. 18 months of rejection followed. Early readers seem to love the
book, though, so he's adopted the field of dreams approach: Publish and people
will read it. Here's its blurb: A modern sailor is recruited by the Royal Navy
and finds himself on the deck of Impérieuse in 1813, as she sails into battle
against overwhelming odds. At stake are $5 billion in gold coins, and the fate
of the modern world.
    The novel will be released one chapter a week (PDF and Podcast),
beginning on July 28th, 2008. The first 12 chapters are free; the remaining 8
chapters can be purchased on October 15th, the book's launch date.
Audio-books, podcasts, e-books, PDFs and paperbacks will be available. Please
visit www.napoleonsgambit.com for more details.





For further information:

For further information: Eric Goldman, eric@napoleonsgambit.com, (416)
236-0407, 9 Pheasant Lane, Toronto, M9A 1T1, Canada

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