From Maine Insights Newsmagazine: Former DOC Maine Commissioner Patrick McGowan writes modern day Robin Hood page-turner with first novel
One Good Thing — A Maine adventure story with purpose
By Ramona du Houx
Patrick McGowan weaves the spirit of adventure and social justice into his first novel in a twenty-first century Robin Hood story—with a twist. Our avengers take to the skies over the wilds of northern Maine and remote Canada risking everything in a mad-caped scheme to kidnap a couple of crooked, greedy billionaires.
McGowan will be on Bill Green's Maine, TV show, on June 23rd at 7pm and the 24th in the morning. Green traveled to Rangeley, Maine to interview the author.
More about the book:
Mac McCabe, the owner of Allagash Air, flies wealthy customers into the wilderness to unforgettable and often life-changing experiences, camping, fishing, and hunting. When the man behind the deal to close the local paper mill forces Mac’s airplane into a deadly spin with his jet, Mac dreams up a plan to get even. He recruits the military discipline of his brother-in-law, the skills of a journalist and a beautiful computer expert to form his band of thieves.
The personal motives of Mac McCabe’s merry band often put them at odds, raising the tension level with nail biting situations. But McCabe never wavers from his goal to do one good thing—correct an injustice to a Maine community and create a universal health care system for America.
Patrick McGowan’s descriptions of flying over the northern woods and fishing are awe-inspiring. His gripping novel is hard to put down. A great summer read.
One Good Thing brings Patrick McGowan’s public service, floatplane adventures, and love of storytelling to the public. McGowan campaigned for single-payer health coverage in a congressional race in 1990 and has never given up on this bold idea for America.
“During the winter of 2014-15 we lost power over the entire Christmas holiday. Luckily I had this story in my head for a book. I started writing," said McGowan. “It’s an adventure story with purpose.”
More about the author:
Patrick K. McGowan was born in Bangor, Maine, and raised in Somerset County. He learned to fly at the age of sixteen and began a lifetime of adventure and backcountry bush flying. Inspired by his home state, a place of magnificent beauty, he began a public service career, which included being a legislator, presidential appointee, and member of a governor’s cabinet.
He has owned and operated many small businesses over four decades.
His drive for continued adventure included ten years as a skydiver, forty years as a floatplane and backcountry airplane pilot and multiple Maine canoe trips.
McGowan is an accomplished conservationist.
Published by Polar Bear & Company, of Maine, an imprint of the Solon Center for Research and Publishing – head office: PO Box 311, Solon, ME 04979. In town location: 20 Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841.
Available online including Barnes&Noble.com, Amazon.com, and at local bookstores by request, or directly from the publisher.