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Author Information: Joseph L. O'Steen

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This native Floridian began life as the son of a commercial fisherman. His father first took him to sea at age four, and he spent his early youth on the shrimping grounds of St. Augustine, Cape Canaveral and Key West, Florida. The happiest times of Joseph's childhood were on those trips to the fishing grounds.

When Joseph’s family broke up, circumstances led to him being abandoned in St. Augustine at age eleven where the O’Steens eventually adopted him. He settled into a life ashore. His love of the sea never died. He visited the local docks and talked to the fishermen almost every day. Joseph read as many nautical books as he could get his hands on and watched every movie about the sea, from pirates and age of sail, to the modern stories of World War 2. His heroes were the great ships and the men who sailed them. Eventually the call of the sea was too strong to resist and Joseph ran away from home in his senior year of high school to join the U. S. Navy.

Joseph spent two enlistments in the Navy where he sailed Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, the Mediterranean and Caribbean Sea. He visited ports steeped in nautical history in France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Scotland, and Jamaica.

When he returned home to St. Augustine he began a career as an Advance Planner at the local aircraft manufacture.

Joseph never lost his love of the sea and sea stories and has read every age of sail book he could get his hands on. Soon books could not be published fast enough to satisfy his need to read. Joseph's wife, Chris, persuaded him to write his own sea stories while waiting for Alexander Kent’s Second to None to be published.

With his books, Joseph provides the reader with a fast paced, action filled, sea story without the great detail to ship and sail handling found in most books of this genre. His style provides new readers an entry to the much more detailed books of the great authors whose works he loves. Forester, Kent, Pope, Lambdin, Stockwin, O'Brian, White, Nelson and so many more have provided him with many hours of reading pleasure as their protagonists waged war in the age of sail.

The author hopes his readers will enjoy the Nathan Beauchamp series as much as he is enjoying writing them.


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