Blog Tour: My First Five Years at Sea

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My First Five Years at Sea: and other tall tales

John Tabor

228 Pages
May 28, 2021
Dreaming Big Publications

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“My First Five Years at Sea” focuses on a coming of age story about a young man from Kansas. Set in the 1930’s his life is full of hope, a rare commodity given that the world is plunged into the Great Depression. He receives a scholarship to MIT and is ready to embark on his great adventure….only thing is no one knows exactly how big an adventure it will be.

Before he can matriculate, he is shanghaied by a female pirate and is forced into indentured servitude aboard a rum runner. His life is first stolen, then over the course of exploits cast upon the ocean, is found again. During his travels, he is accompanied by a man who becomes his friend, guardian, and we learn at the end of the story is in fact a man of a surprisingly different nature.

Throughout the book there are many historical references, some intentionally distorted in order to connect the dots of the storyline in a plausible and entertaining style. Allure of the sea has been an inspiration in the writing of this book, and readers can expect to find numerous references to its many faces and to those who have made it their home.

Excerpt from My First Five Years at Sea

Struggling, Samuel and I drug the trunks down the pier in the direction of the Spirit of Freedom, sweating profusely in tropical heat, stopping every few feet to lift corners caught on uneven boards and catch our breath. Out of the corner of my eye I saw Lady Drusilla marching to her own beat in direction of a sizable yacht, maybe an 80 footer. “Oh Lady Drusilla, pardon, but Spirit of Freedom is over here.” “But I want to go on that boat!” Clearly confused from the anxiety of being separated from her scandalous husband, delicately I offered, “yes, I can appreciate your desire. However, that is not our boat; our boat is over here.” Somewhat defiantly, with hands on her hips, “I don’t understand, that is the boat I wish to sail?” Concerned I might not be communicating effectively I endeavored to make myself clear, “well you see, we don’t own that boat. Someone else owns that boat, and we can not take you on that boat, because it is not ours. We can take you on our boat…which is OVER HERE!” I may have raised my voice, which I immediately regretted, but it seemed to work, as her coarse changed, albeit reluctantly.

Author Bio

John Tabor worked as an executive in the biopharmaceutical industry for 32 years. Scientifically trained, he earned a B.S. degree in Biology from Elizabethtown College and a Ph.D. in Genetic Engineering from Kansas State University. He completed postdoctoral training at the Roche Institute for Molecular Biology and at MIT. During his career he participated in many technical firsts, including the launch of a new class of biotherapeutics for treatment of immune disorders.

Over the course of many years he has authored numerous scientific articles and edited a book on Genetic Engineering in Industrial Pharmacy. Although gratifying, he always found the process of technical writing somewhat unimaginative and promised himself someday this would change. In retirement he has now reinvented himself as a writer, and is free to explore the creative side of authorship.

John Tabor’s first non-technical book is “In My Father’s Shadow”, a series of short stories chronicling the life of his father and time they spent together. “My First Five Years at Sea” is his first book of fiction following the adventures of a young man who is shanghaied from the potential of a brilliant career, only to find he was meant to spend his life at sea. His current book “Letters to Bizzy” is a fictional account of a man exploring letters he found in his dead mother’s attic which takes him on a voyage into the past and to an island rich in culture.

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