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  • Writer's picture@ Cynthia Adina Kirkwood

Mysterious Vanishing Slave Ships (Chapter 7 of "Pirating Slavery")

The shipper wondered whether the sailors’ superstitions he had debunked held some truth. Perhaps the African Star had been sucked down into a mysterious whirlpool or attacked by a sinister sea monster. These were possibilities that crept up on MacKenzie late at night when he lay alone in bed, trying to puzzle out the disappearance of his ship.


Pirating Slavery, my novel about buccaneers liberating slave ships, will be published in 16 installments twice a week for four months. The seventh 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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