The year is 1560, the Inquisition in Madrid has turned on the conversos in Al-Andalus, and the Benzions must flee to their holdings in Palermo.
Don Miguel Benzion, a former Captain in the employ of the Duke of Sienna, and the son of a wealthy converso family in Granada, Spain must sell the family business before he is trapped by the inquisition and is forced to flee to Cuba.
On the voyage to Cuba, Don Miguel meets the lovely and vivacious Senorita Imelda, who tames this famous swordsman and becomes the love of his life. Once in Cuba, they are forced once again to flee, this time to Mexico. In the Gulf of Mexico, they are captured by pirates, led by the madman Jerusalem, who’s ultimate goal is to recapture Palestine.
To save his friends, his family, and his love, Miguel throws his lot in with the pirates. While the pirates end up defeated by the Spanish on the southern coast of Sicily, Don Miguel manages to escape.
Can Don Miguel make it to Palermo to reunite with his family? Will the local mafiosi be sympathetic to his plight or will they be yet another obstacle? Will Miguel ever find his Imelda, or will he be too late?
|Publisher:||Zimbell House Publishing, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
About the Author
In addition, he has published several short stories as well as a novella about pirates. His story, August Eighteenth, Nineteen-Sixty-Nine, Big Jake and Johnny C and Me appeared in the Green Silk Journal Fall 2016 issue and was nominated for a Pushcart prize. His memoir told in interwoven stories in Tales from Brighton Beach: A Boy Grow in Brooklyn, details growing up in Brighton Beach, a seaside neighborhood on the southern tip of Brooklyn, during the 1950's and 1960's. Brighton Beach was unique and set apart from the rest of New York City, both in character and in time.
Table of Contents
Granada al-Ándalus 1560
The Italian Years 1554-1557
Leaving al- Ándalus 1560
The Mad Pirate Jerusalem
On the Sea with Pirates
Into the Mediterranean
The Quest for Palermo
About the Author