Sylmar  -     By: Rick Campbell
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Archie Douglas is out for a sea trial with his 14-foot boat, Mira Flores, in Santa Monica Bay when a four-year-old falls overboard from a passing speedboat. Immediately Archie's skills and his boat's seaworthiness are put to the test as he races to fish Shanti Jackson from the bay. After delivering her to a hospital, Archie is unable to get the little girl and her troubled mother out of his mind.

When he steps boldly into their lives, he's swept into the seamy, perilous world of drug dealers, porn hustlers, gamblers, and kidnappers. Archie must not only find a way to rescue Shanti and her mom, but also to deal with the secret pain that shadows everything he does.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 268
Vendor: OakTara
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1602900450
ISBN-13: 9781602900455
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Author Bio

RICK CAMPBELL, who has his Ph.D. in psychology, practiced counseling for 32 years. He is the author of- Gaining Spiritual Ground: A Practical Guide to Sanctification. Rick is an avid sailor. For 15 years he has cruised the Pacific Northwest. He and his wife, Anne, spend weeks gunkholing in the Gulf and San Juan Islands. He has passed on this love of sailing to his three daughters and their families.

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Author: Rick Campbell
Located in: Blaine, WA
Submitted: December 12, 2008

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia, a Southern California hippy and a devotee of an Indian guru. After getting saved in 1982, I became an active lay worker in my home church, one not unlike Westside in this story. My wife and I have oversight of the Alpha Program at our church, a course for those who are about to come to faith or who have recently become Christians.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I am an avid sailor. I feel so alive on the water. "God is out there!" For fifteen years my wife and I have cruised the Pacific Northwest, one of the top sailing destinations in the world. We spend our spring, summer and early fall cruising the Gulf and San Juan Islands. I wanted to write a novel about my two favorite subjects sailing and church but the characters took on a life of their own and it turned into a whole lot more. I think setting the book in Los Angeles gave access to a lot of issues very challenging to the Christian characters: drug dealers, porn hustlers, gamblers and kidnappers not to mention the perils of the sea and even the Northridge earthquake.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I think the story captures some of the classic themes of life: Man challenged by nature; good versus evil; worldly people confronted by Christian values. I hope readers will see that ordinary Christians can do extraordinary things when they surrender to God's purposes.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I loved writing Sylmar and am equally enjoying creating the sequel, Rio San Juan. My kids always said I was a good story teller and I found I delight in telling a story in print. I especially like finding meaning and humor in challenging situations.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  On the nautical side I have to admit I am addicted to Patrick O'Brian. His twenty volume series on the 19th century British Navy is unparalleled for adventure and humor. I read the series over and over. On the church side I like the mystics especially Madam Guyon but also George Eldon Ladd's Theology of the New Testament.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Out of the hundreds of copies of Sylmar we have sold personally we have gotten nothing but enthusiastic response. It is a good read.


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