Tales of the Seven Seas: The Escapades of Captain Dynamite Johnny O'Brien [NOOK Book]


Captain Dynamite Johnny O'Brien sailed the seven seas for over sixty years, starting in the late 1860s in India and ending in the early 1930s on the U.S. West Coast. This book tells of sailing over the oceans when danger and adventure coexisted every day, tough times, and courageous men in distant places, from the Hawaiian Islands to the Bering Sea. Smell the salt in the air and hear the ocean's rush as the ship sails with hardened men, leaking seams, and shrieking winds. ...
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Captain Dynamite Johnny O'Brien sailed the seven seas for over sixty years, starting in the late 1860s in India and ending in the early 1930s on the U.S. West Coast. This book tells of sailing over the oceans when danger and adventure coexisted every day, tough times, and courageous men in distant places, from the Hawaiian Islands to the Bering Sea. Smell the salt in the air and hear the ocean's rush as the ship sails with hardened men, leaking seams, and shrieking winds.
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Editorial Reviews

...[a] fascinating portrait of a colorful captain in a last days of sail and the early days of steam. Very entertaining.
...[N]o author is more qualified or more skilled at telling a good seafaring tale. Once they set sail, readers will never forget crossing the seven seas with Captain Dynamite Johnny O’Brien.
Pirates and Privateers
This book is a true treasure that gives those who dare to navigate its perilous waters a satisfying, but secure, peek into the enthralling world of the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth-century mariner.
Tales of the Seven Seas features a larger-than-life hero. Although Capt. O'Brien's exploits sound like fiction, maritime writer Dennis M. Powers has grounded the biography firmly in fact. Dennis Powers...writes with considerable skill.
Michael J. Tougias
Tales of the Seven Seas is a fascinating read about an incredibly colorful Captain, Johnny O'Brien, who seemed to have nine lives, each filled with fun, danger, and excitement. Author Dennis M. Power's meticulous research and fine writing brings to life a seafaring era from clipper ships to ocean liners, with Captain O'Brien at the helm guiding us on a voyage of adventure.
Willie Drye
In Tales of the Seven Seas, Dennis Powers adds to his reputation as a raconteur of high-seas stories with this portrait of “Dynamite Johnny” O’Brien, a five-foot, five-inch seadog who was larger than life despite his diminutive size. Powers chronicles O’Brien’s adventures from the tropics to the rowdy gold fields of Alaska and California, with a brief side trip to the Wild West saloons of Fort Laramie. Along the way, O’Brien dispenses two-fisted justice to surly seamen, pilots his ships through deadly perils, and crosses paths with the likes of Jack London and Buster Keaton. Powers’ latest is a welcome find for anyone seeking a rollicking tale of maritime adventure.
Marc Songini
This is a rare treasure indeed from Davy Jones' mythical locker: an authentic maritime narrative that reads like fiction but is fact. With clear, strong and highly descriptive writing, Powers has painstakingly recreated the exciting life and adventures of a great mariner and master, and the gritty, dangerous, and exciting times he lived in. Old salts and lubbers alike can take pleasure in the vivid descriptions, crisp dialogue, and frightening—and sometimes comical—adventures of his hero, O'Brien. Here is a portrait of a man and his age, for all their flaws and shortcomings. If modern communications, transportation, and maritime technology mean we can no longer recreate in life such iron men in their wooden ships, at least we can enjoy their brief literary resurrection in the pages of books by authors such as Powers.
The Internet Review Of Books
Incredibly detailed and well researched....
Curled Up With A Good Book
History can be a difficult subject for writers to make interesting, but there is nothing dry about this thrilling tale of seafaring life. It’s true that the story of Johnny O’Brien is naturally interesting on its own, but Powers shows how, with skilled writing, historical research can be woven into a fascinating narrative. Stories like this are what turn people into legends, and Powers does so here, escalating the life of Captain Dynamite Johnny O’Brien to that status.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589794481
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/16/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 1,369,332
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Before turning his attentions to writing, Dennis M. Powers was a full-time attorney specializing in business law. He is the author of ten books, including his most recent on a maritime disaster: The Raging Sea, Treasure Ship, Sentinelof the Seas, and Taking the Sea. Dennis Powers has been featured on Hard Copy, Extra!, CNN, NPR, USA Today, The O'Reilly Factor, and other shows. He lives in Ashland, Oregon; more information about the authoris available at his website: dennispowersbooks.com.
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  • Posted April 16, 2010

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    A riveting read of high seas adventure.

    If you enjoy the work of Patrick O'Brian or C. S. Forester you are going to love this book. Plus it has the advantage of being true. It would almost have to be - I am not sure I would accept a captain in fiction going into a dark hold to deal with two bears that have broken loose from their cages and are threading to eat up the cattle that make up the rest of the cargo. But that is just what Captain Johnny O'Brien did. His crew lowered him into the hold in the dark clutching a lantern with two pistols and a knife in his belt.

    Captain Dynamite Johnny O'Brien, the name resulted from his preventing a cargo of explosive from destroying a ship, was a working seaman from 1866 till his death in 1931. Over 60 years of following the sea. Starting as the lowest "boy" before the mast and ending up as a captain of huge steamships. He worked and mastered every type of vessel in service during these years.

    Throughout this fine book which was assembled from his own journals and logbooks by Dennis M. Powers we see the scope of the man himself. A powerful man who believed in doing the right thing and as the author states feared noting but God. The addition by the author of newspaper clippings and writings about the captain by others serves to round out the portrait of the man.

    Through the course of his career he met and influenced many powerful men both in the world of shipbuilding and development and in the general world as well. He was good friends with Jack London and may have provided him with some of the material for The Sea Wolf. At the close of his seafaring days he also served as a technical advisor for Buster Keaton's film The Navigator.

    But the real power and strength of this book does not lie with great deeds or powerful friends. It is with the insight into the day to day work and danger that made up a life at sea during the late 19th and early 20th century.

    This is a stunningly good book and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good yarn.

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  • Posted April 7, 2010

    Another riveting book by Dennis Powers

    Once again, Dennis shows he is a master of research. His enthusiasm for learning a subject, studying that subject and then conveying a great story to his readers is impressive. We've known of the exploits of Capt. Johnny O'Brien for years, a favorite of maritime history buffs but the detailed description Dennis Powers provides breaths new life into the events.Dennis captures the true grit of Capt.O'Brien and all men whose lives were branded by life at sea.

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