Scourge of Captain Seavey Paperback
THE SCOURGE OF CAPTAIN SEAVEY has all the ear marks of a good movie. It's full of action along with a beautiful love that brought about redemption in an otherwise drunken, thieving, womanizing, brawling, pillaging, plundering pirate.
This novel is a Michigan story that takes place on the Great Lakes during the beginning of the 1900s. After the AGE OF SHAME, I wanted to write a story that would be a little lighter. I recalled a conversation I had a number of years ago with a grandfather. He lived up on the coast of Lake Michigan in the small village of Elberta. He was around 100 years old at that time. Making small talk with him, I asked him,"Gramps, you've lived here most of your life, do you ever remember anything like pirates on the Great Lakes?" I really expected him to chide me about such a dumb question. Instead his whole demeanor changed. His slumped body suddenly went erect with a voice that was nearly in a shouting mode, "Hell Yes! I was the cabin boy for Captain Dan Seavey." To which I said,"Who in the heck is Captain Dan Seavey?" "He's a pirate on Lake Michigan!!" He said this in such a way that it must have been a common name among his generation. Then he added in an almost apologetic tone, "I had to quit though, I couldn't take the high seas."
After remembering this conversation, I began an investigation of his claims, It was verified in a four page article in the Michigan History magazine. It was all I needed to write a 300 page novel depicting the life and character of one of Michigan's more colorful personalities. THE SCOURGE OF CAPTAIN SEAVEY has all the ear marks of a good movie. It's full of action along with a beautiful love that brought about redemption in an otherwise drunken, thieving, womanizing, brawling, pillaging, plundering pirate.