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Maine author tackles maritime history in ‘Sea of Liberty’

Posted July 07, 2014, at 3:37 p.m.
Sea of Liberty is the latest historical novel by award-winning journalist and author Kevin C. Mills
Kevin C. Mills
Sea of Liberty is the latest historical novel by award-winning journalist and author Kevin C. Mills

LEWISTON, Maine — Award-winning journalist and author Kevin C. Mills writes about the age of privateers and one man’s quest for liberty in his latest historical novel.

“Sea of Liberty” is the third book in a trilogy based on the storied maritime history of Mills’ ancestors. It is the result of years of research on a family heritage that includes shipbuilders, merchant mariners and lighthouse keepers. Family legend states that one ancestor, Eligood Mills, sailed on the privateer vessel Grand Turk and was captured by the British.

The other books in the series include novels “Sons and Daughters of the Ocean” and “Breakwater.” “Sons and Daughters of the Ocean” reached No. 13 on Amazon Kindle for Historical Fiction while “Breakwater” ranked fourth in Maritime Fiction and 22nd in Historical Fiction.

In “Sea of Liberty,” merchant mariner Eli Miller returns home to discover a strong British presence along the Eastern Seaboard.

On the verge of revolution, Miller must choose between serving the cause of liberty and serving his family. Despite a past that still haunts him, Miller agrees to captain a privateer and hauls out to wage war against the British.

When he is captured, his life and liberty are in peril. He vows to escape or die trying. Sea of Liberty is a story of good and evil, war and peace, love and loss, faith and freedom.

Nautical issues were at the root of rebellion in the colonies, long before any military engagement on land. The role of privateers proved crucial in the fight against Great Britain, creating the kind of resistance to England shipping that the Continental Navy could not do itself.

Mills will be discussing the role of privateers and the writing of Sea of Liberty at the Beyond the Sea Book Festival in Lincolnville and at the Penobscot Bay Marine Museum on Saturday, July 26. He will also be appearing at the 10th Annual Books in Boothbay event Saturday, July 12, as well as the Maine Lobster Festival Saturday and Sunday, August 2 and 3.

Mills, a Lewiston Sun Journal sportswriter, has written for some of New England’s top newspapers, including the Boston Globe, Lynn Daily Evening Item and the Portland Newspapers. Voted Best Author in the Portland Phoenix online reader’s poll in 2011, Mills has been recognized on numerous occasions by the Maine Press Association and the New England Press Association. He had two features honored by the Maine Press Association in 2012 and one recognized in 2013 by both Maine and New England.

A graduate of Gorham High School and Gordon College, Mills has also been honored by the Maine Basketball Coaches Association and the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

Mills has also published a nonfiction work, “Sidelined.” It is an off-beat look at the misadventures of two decades in the world of sports journalism.

Sea of Liberty is published by Maine Authors Publishing in Rockland and available in various Maine bookstores. For more information. visit www.kevincmills.com or www.facebook.com/kevin.c.mills2.

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