Books I’ve written and edited are for sale at Amazon.com
Nearly everyone in the Western Hemisphere, and most of Europe know that “in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue,” and “discovered” America. Few, however, know that he made three more voyages of discovery to the “New World.” Of these, the final voyage, 10 years after the first, was the most interesting of all. It has all the elements of fiction; but it all actually happened.
He, and his fleet of four small ships, survived a hurricane that sank an entire Spanish treasure fleet. He constantly battled ferocious storms and contrary currents as he searched for his elusive strait that would allow him access to the Orient. He discovered gold in what is now Panama and then fought fierce battles with the natives when he tried to establish an outpost there. Forced to abandon two of his leaking ships Columbus and his crew attempted to return to Santo Domingo with the ships literally sinking beneath them. With the water in the holds reaching the decks Columbus ran the ships up on a beach in Jamaica. Marooned. Two men and some native Indians made a heroic, open-water ocean passage in dugout canoes to bring news to their countrymen on Hispañola. While waiting for rescue half of the crew mutinied resulting in a final bloody confrontation.
I created a fictional crew member to bring the story to the public. Originally published as “Despair” (No longer available) the book was chosen by two students at the Universidad Latina in David, Panama, to be translated into Spanish to obtain their degrees in translation. I then combined their translation with the original text and produced two dual/language books with unique formatting.
This volume is intended for Spanish-speaking students studying English. The English text is presented in boldface followed by the Spanish translation in italics so the reader can immediately check their comprehension. A reader can also simply read just the boldface text as they would with any regular book.
For English-speaking students studying Spanish there is:
This volume has the Spanish text first.
The books are also available in paperback. Use these links:
https://www.createspace.com/3862699 (Adversity’s Wake)
https://www.createspace.com/3879452 (la Estela)
Sailing Alone To Isla is a short story I wrote about my single-handed trip in a 26′ sailboat from Key West to Isla Mujeres, Mexico in 1992.
In 1992 I bought a lovely small (26′) sailboat and took off for a nine-month single-handed cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, down through the Keys and then to Mexico, Belize and the Rio Dulce in Guatemala. This is a short story about my trip between Key West and Isla Mujeres. http://www.amazon.com/Sailing-Alone-To-Isla-ebook/dp/B006531622/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1328789542&sr=1-2
Books I edited and, essentially, rewrote for the 21st Century audience.
For anyone who loves stories of pirates and nautical fiction this extensively edited and rewritten modernization of Harry Collingwood’s century-old tale of young midshipman Courtenay’s rise to commanding his own ship and battling the Caribbean’s most fearsome pirate, Pedro Morillo, comes alive and reads like it was written in the 21st century rather than at the end of the 19th.
Gone are such archaic and overblown (by today’s tastes) writing such as:
“For pity’s sake,” I ejaculated, “give me something to drink!”
“Ten thousand pounds?” I ejaculated.
“Thanks,” answered I, with alacrity.
But the young man’s battles against hurricanes, kidnapping and intense battles at sea remain as vivid as ever.