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Three Gorges Dam Target of New Novel

A new novel of international intrigue targets the controversial Three Gorges Dam in China.

Washington, DC, September 30, 2007 --( No manmade structure is immune to man's own destructiveness. And that includes the world's largest hydroelectric project, China's Three Gorges Dam. In addition to creating an ecological catastrophe, it poses a danger to those whose safety it is intended to ensure.

Nevertheless, ruthless ambition has forged the dam to its completion and China's dream dam turns into a military nightmare in the new novel Water Torture, by Fritz Galt and Steve Donaldson. An unlikely college dropout, the story's hero travels from the Rio Grande to the Yangtze to find his love and rescue China's Central Committee from certain death by drowning.

Too Big to Ignore

Fritz Galt has lived in China for seven years and says, "I couldn't resist writing a novel about the dam. It was too huge an engineering feat to resist writing about."

The story treats the dam with awe and includes many statistical and descriptive nuggets about its magnitude. But at the same time, one comes to see the dam as precarious precisely because so much rides on its success.

About the Authors

Fritz Galt is an American novelist and a member of the Foreign Service community. He has lived abroad in Cuba, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, Taiwan, India, and China. He is a world traveler and essayist, and his work has appeared in numerous publications. He lives with his wife and children in Washington. This is his ninth novel.

Galt met his co-author, Steve Donaldson, at the University of Illinois, where both graduated with degrees in English and American Literature. Donaldson is also a graduate of the former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and performed professionally at Disney's Epcot Center. He is a multimedia producer based with his family in Taos, New Mexico. This is his first novel.

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