Ocracoke’s Curse by Mark R. Duffey
Paperback: 190 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 7, 2011)
On November 22, 1718, Lt. Robert Maynard of the British Royal Navy defeated and beheaded the infamous pirate, Blackbeard, at
Ocracoke Inlet off the coast of North Carolina. Hundreds of years later, it is said that Blackbeard’s spirit haunts the area, searching
for his lost head and seeking revenge for his untimely death.
Mike Callahan, a local store owner in Wilmington, North Carolina, has always been a friendly, dependable, family-man. That is, until
a fishing trip in the Ocracoke area turns his world upside down.
My favorite genre is Thriller/Suspense. Most of the time I read white knuckle books that have me looking over my shoulder. This book, although having a lot of suspense, was calmer than what I’m used to. I wasn’t holding my breath every minute, but there was enough excitement going on to keep me glued to the pages, and I really enjoyed the change.
It was very interesting to read about the changes that being possessed by Blackbeard caused Mike. He grew his hair out, started drinking and was mean to his family and friends. He had trouble sleeping and started yelling out pirate phrases. And through it all his family and friends stuck by him, and tried to figure out was was going on. And before long, they did. What they did with that information wasn’t what I thought they would do, but it sure did make for a more interesting story.
I loved how the characters treated each other. Some of the main characters were family, but even the ones that weren’t treated each other as if they were. Plus, the minor characters all supported each other like the people of a town should. They were there for each other when needed. I really liked that. I also liked the wide range of personalities. The author did a great job of making the characters “real”.
The ending was perfect, and hopefully the author will follow up with a book 2. I know I’d love to read more of this story.
As a side note, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I love… and collect, Lighthouses. As I was reading the book, the name Ocracoke kept sounding familiar to me. So I checked my lighthouses and sure enough, I have an Ocracoke Lighthouse. It even lights up!
Maybe one day I”ll be able to visit Ocracoke Island and see it in person.