Wake of the Perdido Star: A Novel
Academy Award–winning actor Gene Hackman spins a cinematic tale of pirates, shipwrecks, and sea adventure. Co-written with Daniel Lenihan, one of America's leading authorities on shipwrecks and diving, Wake of the Perdido Star is a moving story of a young boy's coming of age on the high seas, full of authentic nautical and historical detail. A 19th-century sea adventure in the spirit of Patrick O'Brian, Wake of the Perdido Star is a captivating tale about friendship, justice, and survival.
About the Author
Gene Hackman has always had a yearning to write. Growing up in Danville, Illinois, he spent time at his grandfather’s small newspaper office and accompanied his uncle, a reporter, on assignments. After service in the Marines, Gene began his acting career in the theater, then went on to star in such movies as Bonnie and Clyde, The French Connection, The Conversation, and Unforgiven. He is the winner of two Academy Awards®.
DANIEL LENIHAN, winner of the George Melendez Wright Award for Excellence in Submerged Resources Research, has been diving as a park ranger and archeologist for the National Park Service since 1972, and founded the Submerged Cultural Resources Unit (SCRU) in 1976 before being appointed the first chief in 1980.
Over the last 25 years, Lenihan and the SCRU team have been the subject of national media stories and many TV documentaries on CBS, ABC, BBC, CNN, PBS, The Discovery and History Channels, and National Geographic. He has written frequently for Natural History and American History, and co-authored, with Gene Hackman, the well-received sea adventure novel Wake of the Perdido Star. A native New Yorker and former schoolteacher, he lives with his family in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Praise for Wake of the Perdido Star: A Novel
“An adventure story that earns its place in the esteemed company of such seafaring sagas as Moby Dick and Mutiny on the Bounty.” — San Diego Union-Tribune
A swashbuckling sea story written like a sea story should be written, with all the legendary action. A fascinating read.” — Clive Cussler
“A swashbuckling sea yarn.” — San Francisco Chronicle
“A swashbuckling sea story of nautical derring-do. ... Salted with plenty of action.” — Stephen Coonts, U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings
“A robust sea-faring yarn. ... A fun-filled adventure...complete with a slam-bang finale.” — Winston-Salem Journal
“Thrilling. ... A swashbuckling tale, full of action.” — Chattanooga Times
“A page-turner, a corker, a cracking good yarn.” — Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers
“The strong plot carries such momentum that it is sure to satisfy readers looking for a good yarn. — Booklist
“An American swashbuckler with satisfying action and rousing derring-do.” — Kirkus Reviews
“A fun, rousing tale. ... Chock full of pirates, sea battles, shipwrecks, and adventure.” — Providence Journal
“Fast-paced and exciting.” — Cleveland Plain Dealer