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The Porter/Amundson Trilogy
Book 1 – Agilis Rising Under Sail
Porter, a fellow of action with a sense of humor sails to San Francisco in 1849. He jumps ship for the California gold rush but fails. His ship has no choice of seamen and signs him as a temporary second mate. The ship’s master wagers everything on a Trans-Pacific race to Honolulu. Porter struggles to control his crew, cope with the jealous first mate, save a secret gold shipment from Chinese pirates, combat sabotage—and further contest the rival ship. A sailor, his friend, drowns following his command.
Book 2 – New Viking Gold Mine
Bjorn Amundson is under a curse. It is a thousand years old. Rollo the Viking blames Amundson’s ancestor for a loss. He founds Normandy and forgets the curse. Bjorn’s gold mine in the 1850 rush at Sacramento breaks the curse—or does it? The imposing young man sails from Norway as a good sailor but cannot read. Sam Brannan, ruthless storeowner, swindles the mine away with a paper Amundson does not understand. Thugs force the eviction. Can Bjorn lead a motley crew against Brannan? Who will teach him to read? This is a humorous tale of a modern Viking. He shows bravery and courage to make his future.
Book 3 – Secret Smuggler of the Sea
Best friends Bjorn Amundson and Richard Porter share a bitter conflict. Youthful and ambitious, they watch lascars load wooden chests onto the sailing brig, Agilis. It is 1854 in Calcutta, India. The chests are from the Ghazipur Opium Factory. Amundson opposes the cargo that destroys the lives of his Chinese friends in San Francisco. Porter hopes to own the ship with the obscene profits from the drug trade. But peddling opium in the Guangdong province is criminal, banned, and deadly. The Sino government beheads captured smugglers. Greed, the first force of the sea, exposes the friends to seagoing raids by clans of vicious professional looters. Farmers turned pirates overrun the Strait of Malacca and the sea route to Zhaoqing, China. Warlords plunder passing ships. Porter’s avarice menaces Amundson’s friendship. They fight the forces of tides and winds beside sea bandits, spies, a stowaway, a disruptive crew, and swimming predators with teeth. Exciting encounters jeopardize their exploit at every turn. Can they deliver the secret chests? Remain friends? Survive?