This is the story of Stephen Owens, after a rough childhood, finds himself at home with a pirate crew. The story follows Stephen as he interacts with historical figures in situations they could have possibly been in. Unlike a lot of tales of pirates this historical has been thoroughly researched and does not portray pirates as swashbucklers from the Errol Flynn era of Hollywood films.
Stephen uses piracy to fight the ills of the British and Spanish empires chief among them slavery, and gets rich in the process through both skill and luck. The people he meets in the course of his adventures all have different motives than he for their piracy but they all have one thing in common. They are criminals in the eyes of the law and the realisation that they could be killed, either by the noose or in combat, does not deter them from their lifestyle of choice.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
To correct the stereotypes and myths around pirates of the early 1700s and to tell an entertaining story in the process.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The fictional characters are based on composites of people I know including myslef. The actual pirates referenced are based on extensive research.
I now realised I was aboard a pyrate ship, based on the tales Gareth had told me and the gossip I had heard along the wharves of Liverpool. I wondered how they could be so openly docked in New York. Then I realised that I noticed no national flag, nor a black or red flag when I came on board. They are entirely anonymous here and probably do not ply their trade here except to sell stolen cargoes.
“Pyrates,” I said casually.
“Yes,” said Captain Duncan. “If you wish to get off now, I understand and trust you will keep your silence."
“I have no such desire.” Pyracy, though a crime to some, seemed liberating to me. “I have no loyalties to crown or country,” I said. “I escaped indentured servitude, which was to satisfy the debts of my parents, not mine.”
Honestly, I had never given any thought to becoming a pyrate. Now faced with the prospect, it seemed a natural one to take, as if I were deciding to breathe.
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