Author Name: Kevin Charles Smith
Book Title: Bilge Rat - Pirate Adventurer, Book Two: Black Tarantula
Book Synopsis: The series centers on a young lad and his lifelong trials and tribulations. Orphaned as a youth, our hero is forced to flee his beloved homeland due to the evil machinations of a despicable bully. Highly educated by a cleric uncle and fluent in a slew of foreign languages, the youth is forced to quickly adapt to the rigorous and unmerciful life as a sailor. By fate 's grace, the burgeoning tar has been gifted with a special ability to duplicate all manner of sounds and voices, which enables him to outwit contemptible adversaries and avoid mortal dangers throughout his travels.
Harken back to the Golden Age of Piracy, an exceedingly brief but highly memorable epoch. Launched at the beginning of the 1700 's, this unforgettable twinkling in time spawned such notorious and celebrated reprobates as Blackbeard, Calico Jack and Black Bart to name but a few.
Glamorized and sensationalized by novels and the silver screen to an unrealistic and surreal level, these nautical hooligans have been cast in the roles of noble, gallant, misguided or misunderstood daredevils and protagonists. These erroneous portrayals could not be any further from the truth. In reality, pirates were notorious criminals and despicable cowards responsible for wonton acts of savagery, barbarity and bloodthirstiness.
Bilge Rat Pirate Adventurer paints a vastly different and much more realistic picture of the harsh and brutal world of pirates. Expunged are the orchestrated swashbuckling duels amongst rivals, the storied histrionics of saving damsels from unspeakable defilement, the Hollywood-created fantasy of innocents walking the plank to their eternal doom and the ridiculous folly of these fiends actually burying hard-fought booty on some deserted atoll. Rather, this unique and action-packed series depicts a realistic and genuine account of life amongst these sea vultures, while providing a highly powerful and entertaining reading experience.
The series centers on a young lad and his lifelong trials and tribulations. Orphaned as a youth, our hero is forced to flee his beloved homeland due to the evil machinations of a despicable bully. Highly educated by a cleric uncle and fluent in a slew of foreign languages, the youth is forced to quickly adapt to the rigorous and unmerciful life as a sailor. By fate 's grace, the burgeoning tar has been gifted with a special ability to duplicate all manner of sounds and voices, which enables him to outwit contemptible adversaries and avoid mortal dangers throughout his travels.
This raw recruit is sea-seasoned by a host of highly memorable, charismatic and fascinating rascals and rogues. At the same time, our hero is tormented and bedeviled by an abundance of malignant, malicious and lethal enemies. Only his well-honed quick thinking and cunning can keep him out of harms way.
The star-crossed adventurer is eventually captured and forced into a life of piracy by a mangy and noxious band of sea wolves. Caught up in a world of nautical psychopaths, miscreants and scalawags, the series paints a realistic account of everyday life aboard a pirate ship, along with documenting a myriad of insidious and malevolent depredations wrought by these sea devils.
This refreshing and novel series also introduces an appalling pirate scourge “The Black Tarantula. This pirate demon is nothing more than evil personified. He is a lethal threat to all humanity as he treats his numerous victims with utmost malice, torment and hideous annihilation. This diabolical archfiend takes a particular interest in our young hero and spends considerable effort persecuting and vexing his well being and livelihood.
Chocked full of rollicking and captivating sea tales and sailor 's yarns, this novel and exciting series is a must read for every pirate aficionado!
Author Bio: Kevin Charles Smith, the oldest of seven children, was born in Chicago (1950) and never outgrew his fascination with Peter Pan and exploring the timeless subject matter of pirates and the high seas in all manner of books, magazine articles and internet websites over his span of years. While his professional life took him to the peak of success with the nations top companies, beginning with Carnation (now Nestle) in 1995 and ending with Kellogg, as his inner-child matured, he was quite taken by Hollywood 's swashbucklers (Errol Flynn, Burt Lancaster, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Tyrone Powers) who graced the silver screen with their daring, resourceful and exciting exploits.
After a 35 year accomplished professional career, culminating as Senior Vice-President of Marketing Services to Kellogg Company, Kevin set sail on his second passion to finally place the book that had been developing in subconscious onto paper.
Realizing there is very little information on the subject of pirates in general, he made it a personal goal to craft a fictional story about pirates, capturing their unique way of life. It was no surprise when he was closing in on 1,000 pages after everything he had been saving up in his mind spilled onto paper. Kevin teamed up with an amazing editor, Ali Bothwell-Mancini, who immersed herself into the project and period of time, as they worked to break Bilge-Rat the saga into three exciting books. œBilge Rat, Pirate Adventurer was be the first of that series.
Kevin 's creative career served him well, as he understands the entertainment industry inside and out. Over the years he has worked with some of world 's greatest performers, and tied in with blockbuster movies. Bilge Rat, Pirate Adventurer recognizes the vacuum that exists in entertainment and he built a team of marketing experts and his literary representatives who would make things happen. Response to this debut work was astounding as Hollywood Reporter identified his book as a œTop Five Deal within six weeks of the first œreader copies becoming available in the entertainment capital.
With a keen sense of what young adults and mature readers would enjoy, he ventured to fill in the major gaps he found woefully missing in his intensive research of life on the high seas. At the same time, he endeavored to create an interesting and fanciful tale complete with intrigue, romance and suspense that is timeless and ageless. Kevin never lost his sense of humor through the arduous process, nor his allegiance to the breakfast table. As his literary team laid out their marketing plan, one of the agents mentioned how well the tale would adapt for the sale of serial rights. Kevin said, œCereal rights would be grrrreat! .
Kevin is married to his high school sweetheart, Patricia. Together, they are the proud parents of Kari and Shannon, and even prouder grandparents of Rowan and Lia. Kevin and Pat now reside in Florida, where Kevin can be closer to the sea.
Publisher Name: Journey Publications, LLP