“A captivating political tale, dramatically gripping and historically enlightening."
About the Author
Most of John Kuhns’ writing is based on his life experiences. When not writing, he has been a financier and industrialist who has created businesses across the United States and around the world with a focus on renewable energy. He was the founder and CEO of Catalyst Energy Corporation, which according to Inc. magazine was the fastest growing public company in the United States from 1982 to 1987. More recently, he also was the founder and CEO of China Hydroelectric Corporation, the largest foreign-owned electric power company in the People’s Republic of China. Both companies were listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Currently, he is the CEO of Bougainville Fund Management, LLC, a company engaged in the gold business in Bougainville, a remote island in the South Pacific.
About the Book
An incorruptible Native of Bougainville and an American investor become unlikely partners in a quest to secure the island's future.
“Many visit Bougainville and—like John Kuhns—become enchanted by its physical beauty and its people. Not so many can use the experience as a setting for a wonderfully readable story. Kuhns frames the vicissitudes of his foreign protagonist within the intense pressures generated by the island’s ethnic distinctiveness and fabulous natural wealth, as well as the geo-political competition that swirls around it. But the core of the novel is the legendary Ishmael. He is the novel’s hero—and with Kuhns’s story calling Conrad to mind, the reader will earnestly hope that in the sequel Ishmael’s apotheosis is not redolent of Nostromo’s.”
—Michael Thawley, former Australian Ambassador to the United States of America, Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and once frequent visitor with fond memories of Papua New Guinea and its people
“A thrilling story of leadership, commitment, and friendship amidst the challenges of building a Pacific Island nation in the swirl of China’s pervasive influence.”
—George W. Casey, Jr., General, U.S. Army (Retired)
“They Call Me Ishmael is a must read for world leaders from remote locations who are forced to teach themselves how to be great statesman in the face of overwhelming adversity.”
—Jason Osborne, Senior advisor on more than ten successful U.S. and international presidential campaigns and the Pacific’s preeminent campaign strategist
“They Call Me Ishmael, John Kuhns’s sweeping novel about Bougainville, brilliantly portrays the epic story of Ishmael, a courageous and visionary leader who rises to power against all odds to overcome a tide of colonial overreach, gold mania, and civil war in a lush and mineral-rich South Pacific paradise.”
—Deborah Goodrich Royce, author of Finding Mrs. Ford and Ruby Falls