Thursday, April 29, 2010

Jean Lafitte and his merry men of pirates

Jean Lafitte, the most famous pirate of New Orleans, had a group of his most trusted men, his lieutenants. Each of these men commanded his own ship and reported to Jean Lafitte, whom they called "bos". These bloodthirsty pirates included Dominique Youx and Renato Beluche, both of whom served in Napoleon's navy. Vincent Gambi was also a lieutenant, and was one of the most bloodthirsty pirates to sail in the Gulf of Mexico. He was known to have carried an axe and was also known to have used it on many bloody occasions. Another was Louis Chighizola known as Nez Coupe, or cut nose. It was said he lost half of his nose in a knife fight.

These pirates are found in my book to give the reader a taste of what these pirates were like. They are found on the high seas and at the pirate colony at Barataria Bay. The colony that Jean Lafitte set up to house the pirates and their familys just off the coast of Louisiana near the mouth of the mighty Mississippi.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Bilgemunky review of Lafitte's Black Box

Here's a recent review of my book. The site is geared towards pirates and very entertaining. The review is not one of the most favorable I've had but it's honost and you have to take some criticism in this business. Please take the time to read the review and explore the site. I'll include the link:

Jean Lafitte, book signing, and more

It's been awhile since I last posted. Looking at doing a book signing in Zachary, LA at The Bookcase. It will be on a Saturday, May the 8th in the afternoon. I'm working on the second book in the series. I'm currently researching the central historical character and the time frame/setting. As with the first book, I want the reader to come away with a taste of history that will enrich the mind as well as entertain. For those interested in reading more on Jean Lafitte, you can read the following:
The Journal of Jean Laffite: The Privateer-Patriot's Own Story by Jean Lafitte
The Pirate Lafitte and the Battle of New Orleans by Robert Tallant and John Chase
Both are available on Amazon.