Could YOU survive a shipwreck of the Atocha in 1622 Florida?

We are thrilled to present, at the next Brown Bag Book Lunch (BBBL), the author of a thrilling historical adventure novel, Henry Duggan.

Henry Diggan, author, presents at the Historical Society of Sarasota County on March 18 2015On Wednesday March 18, from 11:30a to 1:30p, enjoy Mr. Duggan’s tales of historical research and novel writing that havebrought forth Silver’s Odyssey. Bring your lunch and join Mr. Duggan on the Back Porch for a casual lunch after his talk and book signing. Beverages are provided by the Historical Society. BBBLs are free to members and $5 for guests.

Henry Duggan writes of  Silver’s Odyssey: Florida Wilderness Survival From the 1622 Atocha Shipwreck

A howling hurricane in 1622 tosses young Lt. Luis Armador overboard, washing him onto Florida’s savage shores. Meanwhile, his silver-ladened Atocha galleon sinks at sea, with 260 going to a watery grave.
A desperate quest for survival now begins in the wilderness, amongst bold native Americans–a world few Europeans had confronted. Wrenched to have left his betrothed’s pleadings in Seville, he now feels a sense of remorse, but realizes he must gird up for the coming physical challenges.
Indian slavery humbles him, and he becomes obsessed with escape. It comes, but with a price, as his fellow escapees meet misfortune. Pieces of eight, carried from the ship, become resentful reminders of his plight, and a mission to cache them in an underground stream almost takes his life.
Though surrounded by tremendous beauty in the New World, he suffers further grief, both at an Indian mission and  then at St. Augustine.  However, brandishing his sword, he is dauntless in his quest, while maturing in the process.

Duggan’s novel has earned 4.4 stars out of 5 on It has garnered such reviews as

This is one of the most captivating books that I’ve read in a long time. The research that must have gone into this book was most impressive as was the flair that the author had for putting the reader right into the middle of the adventure.

This writer has managed to give us not only an excursion through the history of Ole Florida, but also a fantastic story of a man’s struggle and determination to survive. This is truly one of those “can’t put it down” novels.

Get a look inside Silver’s Odyssey here. You can buy it here, download it to your Kindle reading app here, or even, if you are an Amazon Prime member, borrow it for free here. (But whatever you do, DO NOT loan it to your male companion/ partner/spouse first. I did that, and now I have to wait for him to finish it, he loves it so!)

But whatever you do, don’t miss this chance to meet and discuss historical research and novel writing with Henry Duggan at the next Brown Bag Book Lunch on Wednesday March 18. No reservations needed. See you at 11:30 in the Crocker Memorial Church, and remember to pack a lunch… this will be quite the adventure!

One thought on “Could YOU survive a shipwreck of the Atocha in 1622 Florida?

  1. I’ve read Henry’s captivating novel and now I’ve been selling it like hotcakes down here on Sanibel, while attending the 78th annual Sanibel Sea Shell Show! Y’all come and hear Henry discuss his novel and then take home a copy.. You’ll be glad you did!

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