International award winning novelist, Dr. Tom Gauthier enlists graphics arts class for cover of new book Code Name Orion’s Eye, a historical novel based on the torpedo sinking of the troopship S.S. Cape San Juan on 11 November, 1943.
Niceville, Florida – 17 May 2012 - International award winning novelist, Dr. Tom Gauthier sought the advice and talent of Graphic Arts Instructor Lori Collier at Lassen Community College in Susanville, California, to design the cover for his latest published novel, Code Name: ORION’S EYE. Collaborating with her students on the project, Owen Johnston, assisted by Tyler Silkwood did extensive research into the main event of the novel—the torpedo sinking of the troopship S.S. Cape San Juan on 11 November, 1943. They transformed their findings into an artistic interpretation and digital graphics that resulted in an outstanding cover, depicting the chaos and suffering the soldiers and sailors endured after the attack.
“This has been a great chance to test myself and my skills as an artist,” said Johnston. “The work … done in completion of this book cover represents, in being published, the validity of my path in the art field. (For me) it’s been a giant step forward in a direction that has until recently, been a dream.”
Instructor Collier said, “These students worked tremendously together, with each other’s ideas giving balance to the composition. Although I prep my students well for the reality of critique in the real world, it was a true test as to how they would handle last minute changes. Ultimately, I was proud as they welcomed and accepted all the technical challenges thrown at them.”
Code Name: ORION’S EYE is an historical novel based on the true story of an American troop ship, S.S. Cape San Juan, and many of its crew and passengers. It is a fast moving and entertaining tale with a challenging plot set in little known locations during World War II. German submarines operating in the South Pacific, Nazi spies and the government’s fear of Japanese incursions in Mexico, and the dramatic event of the largest troopship sinking in the Pacific war are examples of below the fold news that makes an enlightening backdrop for the story.
Dr. Gauthier has authored two other books, Mead’s Trek, published by Patriot Media, Inc. and the international award winning literary novel, A Voyage Beyond, is self published. He is an extensive international traveler, holding an MBA and a Doctorate in Psychology. He served with the U.S. Army Infantry as a combat intelligence analyst and later flew with the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a loadmaster.
Code Name: ORION’S EYE - ISBN 978-0-9846638-5-9, can be purchased online for $17.95, plus shipping at: www.patriotmediainc.com, www.tomgauthier.com, or
www.amazon.com, and will soon be available as an Ebook on Kindle.