John Spietz has had a lifetime interest in history and our nautical heritage. Fifteen years in Southeast Alaska, where his closest friends were commercial fishermen, made him qualified to combine the rich Alaska fishing culture with the days of wooden ships. He went to Alaska in 1971, eventually becoming a partner in an architectural firm. As a construction manager, he handled some $300 million in projects. He lives with his wife in San Antonio, Texas.
About Thrill Chase:
Jason, an Alaska commercial fisherman, just returned to Sitka from crabbing in the Bering Sea. He has a pot bust hanging, his girl has left, and he needs more money. For an exorbitant sum—and the thrill—he agrees to crew on a sailing schooner out of Seattle without knowing where they’re going. A high-tech Seattle billionaire, having invented gravity wave time travel, has the boat and crew transported to the Strait of Gibraltar in 1798.
They defend against a pirate attack and aid a Boston merchantman. When a Napoleonic frigate threatens the American, they mangle her rigging with a mini-gun. Attacked again by four Moorish pirates, they blow them up with missiles to impress a British man-o’-war. After dinner aboard the Brit, a mutiny and violent storm threaten their return. To get back, they must be at a certain point at an exact time. Can they make it?