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Paperback, 6″x9″
367 pages
ISBN: 978-1-63381-027-3

Hansen_Destinylgby Carl Howe Hansen

Dr. Peter Petersen’s effort to resolve an environmental threat evolves into a global catastrophe, a rescue, and family reconciliation.

Don’t start this book if you have anything urgent to do! You won’t be able to put it down. Dr. Peter Petersen’s discovery of bacteria designed to clean up oil spills promises a solution to environmental disaster, but when it is released prematurely, it threatens to end the world as we know it. Wild adventures at sea, geopolitical crisis, a frantic race to avert calamity—all are made human by the story of two brilliant but estranged brothers, grappling with their past. To top it all, there’s the story of first love in the face of an impending catastrophe. This is a rip-roaring thriller with a heart. —REBECCA PEPPER SINKLER, former editor-in-chief of the New York Times Book Review

Big ideas, rich characters, seamless storytelling, and the scent and heave of the sea—it’s all here in this powerful debut novel by Carl Howe Hansen. With Destiny, Carl starts mapping out his own as one of our best… —RICHARD ADAMS CAREY, author of Against the Tide, Philosopher Fish, and Ravens Children

Carl Howe Hansen’s newest book, Destiny, will make you think. It will make you consider the fundamental building blocks in everything from your clothing and furniture to your electronic gadgets and from your automobile even to the roads it runs on. Meet E07, a molecule that could reduce life to its most basic level, life much as our forefathers knew it. Let’s hope that Carl Howe Hansen’s Destiny is just one man’s abstraction and notDest a preview of our own destiny. —KAREN LARSON, Founding Editor, Good Old Boat magazine


CARL HOWE HANSEN has lived in Port Clyde, Naples, and Bethel, Maine, before returning to his “home” in Sandwich, New Hampshire, but he still keeps his sailboat in Rockland, Maine. He labored as a musician, skier, technician, cabinetmaker, and freelance writer before finishing his first novel, Destiny.

A portion of proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit the Island Institute, a non-profit organization that promotes community sustainability on Maine’s islands.