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Black Bears' Owner Bob Rich signing latest book ‘Looking Through Water’ in W. Va.

Proceeds from highly rated novel goes to wounded veterans’ program

by: Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications

Bob Rich
Photo by Pete Johnson
Photo by Pete Johnson
(Jan 28, 2016 - )

One of the world’s most successful businessmen, avid fishermen, sports team owners and five-time author is making another stop on his book tour, Friday afternoon, January 29, in Morgantown, West Virginia.

    Bob Rich, will talk about and sign his action adventure/love novel Looking Through Water at the Barnes & Noble in the University Town Center from 2 – 4 p.m. The book is available for purchase at Barnes & Noble for $24.99.

    The novel also continues to receive 5-star verified reader ratings on

    Rich, who also owns the local W.Va., Black Bears, a Class “A” minor league baseball team affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the New York-Penn League, is the author of four popular non-fiction books.      

    “I’ve always wanted to do a novel,” he said. “When I started Looking Through Water, I found the best way to begin was to set it against backdrops I’ve always loved; fishing, Manhattan, the Adirondacks and the Florida Keys.”

    The narrative centers on William McKay who finds himself reliving his past to help his troubled grandson, Kyle, deal with the present. The old man wants desperately to discover what is troubling the brooding boy and hopes against hope that sharing his own tortuous journey to self-discovery will lift him from his dark place. William's story starts on an Adirondacks lake and wends its way through Manhattan to the Florida Keys. Interesting characters from the old man's past come to life to help him tell an unforgettable story full of surprises and suspense.   

    “It’s a love story and an adventure story; filled with conflict, emotion and healing. It’s a great coming of age tale.  And it has guns, shooting, dying and of course, since it’s the Florida Keys, fishing too!  It has all the elements for a good story,” Rich said. “I had great fun inventing colorful characters and plot twists and have enjoyed reader’s reactions,” the affable Rich said with a smile.  

    Looking Through Water is also available on, and at  

    Always the philanthropist, the proceeds from Rich’s novel benefits Project Healing Waters, dedicated to helping injured veterans and active duty military heal from physical and emotional wounds through fishing.   Along with helping many other non-profit charities Bob has raised millions for a cure for cystic fibrosis from his annual BassEye celebrity fishing tournaments in Buffalo, N.Y. and Golden Isles Red*Trout events on St. Simons Island, Ga.

     For more on Looking Through Water plus videos of Bob giving insights into the novel, please go to

About Bob Rich
    Whether it’s fishing for trout or tarpon, bass, bonefish or billfish (International Angler recently documented his catch-and-release of a grander black marlin in Australia), marathon swimming or long distance cycling, they’re all favorites of author, entrepreneur, respected global business leader and philanthropist Bob Rich.  

    As chairman of family-owned Rich Products Corporation, Bob has grown the Buffalo, N.Y., based food and seafood (Rich’s SeaPak) companies to 100 locations worldwide.  For nearly three decades he’s been an active participant, sponsor and host of numerous Redbone Celebrity Fishing Tournaments raising millions of dollars to find a cure for cystic fibrosis, along with many other meaningful non-profit charities.

    His four other books include three on fishing: The Right Angle; The Fishing Club: Brothers and Sisters of the Angle; and Fish Fights: A Hall of Fame Quest; plus a motivational book (co-authored with Scott Friedman) Secrets From the Delphi Café: Unlocking the Code to Happiness.