I believe I share the enthusiasm of an entire industry in saying I’m thrilled Marine Money is now publishing books. I’m even more thrilled that its titles maintain the high standards and readability of the magazine. They are destined to become shipping classics. These reasons alone should be enough to compel you to purchase the books but, if you still need to be convinced, please note that they are also fun, page-turning, reads. – John Konrad, Author, Fire on the Horizon: The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster and founder, gCaptain.com
Combining a ship finance textbook with a jet setting geopolitical romp, Viking Raid picks up where The Shipping Man left off – on a journey into the famously private world of international shipping tycoons and their financiers.
At the conclusion of The Shipping Man, Robert Fairchild is sipping rosé on the Côte d’Azur with Coco Jacobsen and toasting to the success of their $300 million junk bond offering; six months later the CEO is in the 120-degree engine room of a supertanker discharging two million barrels of Saudi crude oil – afraid for his job and afraid for his life.
Fortunes change quickly in the volatile world of international oil shipping and Fairchild knows that unless he can find another $500 million soon his powerful Norwegian tanker tycoon boss will have little use for him.
When Robert convinces Coco to attempt an Initial Public Offering of Viking Tankers on Wall Street, the desperate American thinks his problems may have been solved – but the former hedge fund manager couldn’t be more wrong.
Instead, Fairchild finds himself stuck between an American shale gas wildcatter and The Peoples’ Republic of China in their competition for clean energy. Combining swashbuckling shipping adventure with corporate finance derring-do, Viking Raid puts Fairchild back at the table in the highest stakes casino in the world – with more than just his deal at risk.
Featuring an insider’s eye for both shipping and corporate finance, The Shipping Man and Viking Raid have received considerable accolades from both Wall Street and international shipping magnates.
Marine Money President Matthew McCleery’s debut novel The Shipping Man is perhaps the first work of ship finance fiction ever written. In his Acknowledgments, McCleery writes, “Over the past 25 years, it has been an honor and a privilege to report on, analyze and support the largely private business of capital formation for ships – and applaud the individuals who make the industry so fascinating and fun. The goal of this book is to capture the unique spirit of the shipping and ship finance business in a way that is, hopefully, both entertaining and educational.”
We are guided through the industry via protagonist Robert Fairchild, who decides to finally pursue his dream of owning a ship – “embarking on an odyssey into the most exclusive, glamorous and high stakes business in the world.”
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