Why the award-winning Pirate of Panther Bay series should be on your young adult reading list. (Tallahassee Democrat)
"The hero of SR Staley's Calusa Spirits gains depth and stature in the third installment of the Pirate of Panther Bay series." Southern Literary Review
Calusa Spirits brings home silver medals in historical fiction and young adult fiction in the 2019 President's Awards.
Local author launches third installment of series featuring his "tough as nails" heroine and former slave.
"I can't lift up the author high enough for the remarkable work he has done. The reader's attention is grabbed from the first page." Goodreads
Tortuga Bay is a rousing and complex pirate adventure mixed with a Romeo-and-Juliet love affair. Staley brings life into Haiti and its history...." Cindy Vallar, review in Pirates and Privateers
Book I of the series follows Isabella, Jean-Michel, and her pirate crew through the treacherous waters of the Caribbean Sea as she pillages the merchant ships of her former colonial masters. Isabella and Jean-Michel face pitched high seas battles, mutiny, treachery, and relentless pirate hunters in this saga of redemption and revenge in 1781.
Isabella, Jean-Michel, and Juan Carlos have escaped near destruction off Privateer Pointe, but they are now in thick of international intrigue as Spain, France, Britain, and American revolutionaries fight for control of the New World. Isabella and Jean-Michel find themselves in the thick of a budding slave revolution in Port-au-Prince. Will Isabella follow the voodoo prophecy? Are freedom and loyalty in conflict? The fast-paced adventure earned Tortuga Bay accolades, including three first place wins in literary competitions.
Isabella, Jean-Michel, and Juan Carlos find themselves fighting for their lives off the coast of Cuba and in the Florida Everglades as they make their way toward a new life in New Orleans. "The fight scenes, especially the final one with the Calsus [Indians], make readers' heart pound." Calusa Spirits earned 2nd place in the Historical Fiction category of the 2019 President's Awards sponsored by the Florida Authors and Publishers Association.
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