Pirates of Pensacola
By Keith Thomson
(Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, 9780312334994, 320pp.)
Publication Date: March 10, 2005
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The Cooke and Hood families have been at each other's throats since the Spanish Main days. The latest chapter in their piratic rivalry takes place in 2004, when an old treasure map turns up. None of this seems to matter to Morgan Cooke, a cowardly, landlubbing accountant entirely ignorant of his heritage until his estranged father, Isaac, in need of crewmen, kidnaps him and thrusts him into the fray. When Morgan wakes up on a boat in the middle of the Caribbean, he learns that piracy still flourishes, albeit with far more discretion than in the old days--pirates disguise their fast boats as shrimpers or tugs--but with no less bloodshed. Judging even a shot at riches vastly preferable to a return to his lonely, fluorescent-lit work station existence, Morgan pierces his ear, dons the eye patch and peg leg, and set sail for glorious adventure.
Keith Thomson wrote and directed the short film, Cupidity, which won the Napor Award. He has since written feature films for Tri-Star, Paramount and Disney. This is his first novel. He lives in Palo Alto, California.