surges and flood tides regularly attack the coastal barrier islands
of Bangladesh, then surge inland. Tibetan mountain rivers laden
with snow and glacial melt and accelerate downhill. These waters
flood the villages, croplands, and animal habitat in Bangladesh.
They spread death, destruction and disease. This first novel is
about vulnerability to these forces of nature which create loss
of dignity, minimal health care, and economic deprivation for the
story begins on a stage of despair. A veneer of phony opulence covers
the abject poverty of the people. But one person, a medical doctor
from Bangladesh, has seen enough. His skills enable him to diagnose
these problems of his country. His focus is health care yet his
search for solutions and remedies leads him into un-chartered international
waters. There he finds assistance, colleagues, love, faith and success.
Bob Onan has engineering and law degrees from the University of
Wisconsin and lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife Gail. He
is a gardener, bird watcher, and appreciates nature in all of its
splendor. He supports Earth Justice, the Wilderness Society, Greenpeace
and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
pages, 2006, paperbound