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A Shocked Adrian Changes Course (Chapter 14 of "Pirating Slavery")

Adrian, Trevor and Edward shouldered their way to the front of the mourners. They stood to the right of the bodies individually wrapped in burlap and tied to a weight to ensure that they would not bob up to the water’s surface. (Bronze bas relief of the burial of Sir Francis Drake at Sea in 1596 near Portobelo, Panama. Monument of 1883 in the privateer's birthplace of Tavistock, Devon, England by Joseph Edgar Boehm). Drake began his sea career with three slaver expeditions to Guinea and Sierra Leone. After that, he shifted to attacking the Spanish. A hero to the English, the Spanish had a price on his head.


Pirating Slavery, my novel about buccaneers liberating slave ships, will be published in 16 installments twice a week for four months. The 14th chapter appears here:

Books, published as installments, make the story more manageable while heightening the experience of reading. The book becomes a companion and a commentary on your day-to-day life as you read it over the course of a few months. Between chapters, readers have the time to share, talk and speculate about the book.

Try it!

Book serials first appeared in 1836, when a French newspaper published Honore de Balzac. At the same time, in England, Charles Dickens published The Pickwick Papers and ignited a trend. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin was published in 1851 in 40 installments. Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina was published in Russia from 1873 to 1877.

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