Marine engineer Michael Ganas' sequel to 'The Girl Who Rode Dolphins.' Artwork: Mark Johnson, Glannant Ty Publishing
Marine engineer Michael Ganas' sequel to 'The Girl Who Rode Dolphins.' Artwork: Mark Johnson, Glannant Ty Publishing

The Girl Who Rode Dolphins has won seven awards since author Michael Ganas, PE, self-published the action-adventure book in 2008.

At the time, the managing director of Boswell Underwater Engineering in South Hackensack, N.J., knew he had at least one more book in him. He just wasn't sure what form it would take.

That mystery has been solved with the release of a sequel: Dolphin Riders.

Ganas was a helicopter crew chief in the Vietnam War, earned his degree in civil engineering from Cornell University, and became a deep-sea commercial diver because he loves the water. He describes his latest novel as "a fantasy/sci-fi action adventure techno thriller with green/environmental issues woven into the plot." The characters from the first book build Aquaria, a first-of-its-kind eco-friendly floating city that harnesses energy directly from the sea via ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC).

Feel free to share Ganas' latest accomplishment with anyone who thinks engineers aren't creative. Or buy your doubter a copy of Dolphin Riders at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, iBooks, and other online retailers.