The core story is about a young man who breaks out of the shell of his own making and realizes there is a bigger world around him.
The main character, Hans Sauder, is on his way to university on an airship when he gets shanghaied by infamous pirates. He eventually winds up traveling with the pirates all over Europe and beyond as part of the crew.
His life gets complicated when the woman in charge of the gunner-marines decides she’s attracted to him. Things get even more complicated when the ship he is on undertakes a dangerous mission into the territory of the Russian Empire.
I was born just after man landed on the moon. I grew up with New Wave and Friday Night Videos as the soundtrack to my teen years. My first computer was a Commodore 64 that I bought with money I earned from Sea Cadet camp. I was a geek when it wasn’t cool, tapped into an international FidoNet and an Internet no one knew about at 1200 baud.
My Mom was a Navy Wife; my Dad was an Officer and a gentleman. I stole my Dad’s National Geographic and Popular Science magazines. My Mom gave me her wisdom, patience and and enough rope.
The Berlin Wall fell during my first try at University. I served during the Persian Gulf War as the first shocks of the New World Order started rippling outwards.
I was married, had a wonderful son, and divorced. I’ve gotten remarried, to an amazing friend and bright light in my world.
I’m into Steampunk, the Society for Creative Anachronism, table-top Role-Playing Games, and MMORPG gaming. Hal-Con, WolfCon, NovaCon, ConSeption, DraCONis, Steamcon.
I’m a 25-year IT professional that started with NetWare. I’m an entrepreneur, running the JKL-5 Group. I’m an author, writing The Sauder Diaries.
I’ve been around the world in 180 days. I’m thinking about building an Earthship. I still fight with swords.
I’m a bit complicated, a bit hard-nosed and a bit soft-hearted. My friends are my awesome.