Holy Water

Holy Water

By James P. Othmer; William Dufris (Read by)

Tantor Media Inc, Compact Disc, 9781400146710

Publication Date: June 2010

Henry Tuhoe is the quintessential twenty-first-century man. He has a vague, well-compensated job working for a multinational conglomerate-but everyone around him is getting laid off as the company outsources everything it can to third-world countries. Henry has a beautiful wife-his college sweetheart-and an idyllic new home in the leafy suburbs, complete with pool. But his wife won't let him touch her, even though she demanded he get a vasectomy; he's seriously overleveraged on the mortgage; and no matter what chemicals he tries, the pool remains a corpselike shade of ghastly green. Then Henry's boss offers him a choice: go to the tiny, magical, about-to-be-globalized Kingdom of Galado to oversee the launch of a new customer-service call center for a boutique bottled water company the conglomerate has just acquired, or lose the job with no severance. Henry takes the transfer, more out of fecklessness than a sense of adventure. In Galado, a land both spiritual and corrupt, Henry wrestles with first-world moral conundrums, the life he left behind, the attention of a steroid-abusing, megalomaniacal monarch, and a woman intent on redeeming both his soul and her country. The result is a riveting piece of fiction of and for our times, blackly satirical, moving, and profound.

About the Author
James P. Othmer is an Executive Creative Director at advertising giant Young & Rubicam. His short story, The Futurist, which is an excerpt from this novel, appeared in "The Virginia Quarterly Review" and was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction. He lives in upstate New York with his wife and children.

William Dufris began his audio career in London, England. He co-found the audio production company The Story Circle, Ltd in the UK. In the US, he founded Mind's Eye Productions and co-founded Rocky Coast Radio Theatre in addition to The AudioComics Company, for which he is producer, director, actor and engineer. Durfis was nominated six times as a finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Awards. He garnered eighteen Golden Earphones Awards through "AudioFile" magazine, which honored him as one of The Best Voices at the End of the Century. Of his work, "AudioFile" said, "William Dufris commands a dazzling array of voices that bring to life the dozens of audiobooks he's narrated." His audiobook credits include many of Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen, Ph.D.'s works, such as "Days of Infamy "and "Pearl Harbor", in addition to George McGovern's "Abraham Lincoln", Neal Stephenson's "Cryptonomicon" and John Scalzi's "The Ghost Bridges".

Dufris acted on stage and in television and is best known as the original North American voice of the cartoon character Bob in Nickelodeon's popular children's show, "Bob the Builder". Additionally, he worked with legendary director Dirk Maggs on his audio drama productions of "Spider-Man."

Praise For Holy Water

"Othmer wrings humor from nearly every facet of contemporary culture.... It's well-done satiredark, but not too." ---Publishers Weekly