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“The Old Corsair” by Michael Destefano is a compelling blend of historical fiction and contemporary mystery. Set against the backdrop of Federal Hall in 1785 and later shifting to present-day events, the novel intricately weaves together a tale of piracy, political intrigue, and personal vendettas. Destefano’s prose effectively captures the chaos and tension of the assembly debates, immersing readers in the heated discussions surrounding piracy plaguing American merchant vessels. The introduction of Vernon Tunney as a witness to piracy adds depth to the narrative, setting the stage for the overarching conflict of the novel. The subsequent transition to Terrie Murphy’s modern-day investigation seamlessly connects past and present, engaging readers in a captivating mystery that spans centuries. It is just a riveting read that expertly combines historical fact with inventive fiction, leaving readers eager to uncover the secrets hidden within its pages.

The beginning pages sets the stage for the novel’s central conflict, focusing on a heated debate among delegates regarding piracy in international waters. Vernon Tunney’s testimony as a survivor of a pirate attack sparks action from the Congress, leading to the dispatch of a vessel to capture the pirates responsible. The story then shifts to Terrie Murphy, a Naval Intelligence Officer tasked with uncovering the truth behind a centuries-old mystery. As Terrie delves into colonial-era newspapers, classified Navy archives, and hidden history, she becomes entangled in a dangerous web of political intrigue and personal vendettas. “The Old Corsair” explores themes of justice, betrayal, and the pursuit of truth, weaving together past and present to create a thrilling narrative that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.

Michael DeStefano is an award-winning author, retired Air Force veteran, and composer. His book “The Composer’s Legacy” won the Independent Press Award in 2018. After 24 years in the Air Force, he pursued writing and composition. A University of Maryland University College graduate, he now lives in New England with his wife and son, continuing to create and inspire.

Purchase ‘The Old Corsair’ now and embark on an unforgettable adventure filled with suspense, secrets, and the thrill of the high seas!

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Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Emily Thomson
Date of Review: April 25, 2024

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