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Summer Heat Available in Print

3 Feb

We are pleased to announce that Summer Heat is now available in print!

Summer Heat Published

19 Dec

We are happy to announce the publication of Summer Heat, by David P. Hope. The ebook is available now at Amazon and Smashwords; the print version is coming soon.

“How did I get here?”

Those were the words that David Hope thought as his boat, Summer Heat, was tossed in a storm on its way to the Bahamas. This book is the true story of his life, from his first experiences in sailing through his career as a Chesterfield County, Virginia Police Officer up until his ship was caught in a devastating storm. It’s a story of humor, heroics, good luck and bad luck that recounts the tale of David and his crew (including Jammer the Wonder Dog), as they struggled to survive on Summer Heat.

When disaster strikes, you need everything you have learned in life.

David Philip Hope served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam War era after graduating from Infantry Officer Candidates’ School, Fort Benning GA. He completed his undergraduate degree from East Carolina University with a B.S.P. in Criminal Justice. He then served as a police officer in the Chesterfield County Police Department, Chesterfield County, VA from 1976 until his retirement in 2002. He rose to the rank of police major and ultimately had 250 police officers, supervisors, and managers in his command.

The author lives on the Outer Banks of North Carolina with his fiancée and his English springer spaniel. From there he sails the waters of Chesapeake Bay, the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, and south to Florida and the Bahamas. He has said many times that he is happiest when on his boat.

Around the World in 80 Years in Latitude 38

12 Jul

Latitude 38, a West Coast sailing magazine, has published an article about Harry Heckel, Jr., and the publication of his memoir, Around the World in 80 Years, in its July 2013 issue.  The issue is free to download and view online – you can find the article on page 73.

Thanks, Latitude 38!

Around the World in 80 Years

2 Jul

At the advanced ages of 78 and 89, Harry L. Heckel, Jr., fulfilled a dream: he sailed alone around the world, not once, but twice! This Old Man of the Sea goes global, describing with a dry wit and a keen eye, the 54 countries and islands he visited, plus the sail to get there. Armchair travelers and sailors alike will be enthralled by the adventures of this Ancient Mariner: from the Killing Fields of Cambodia to the Great Wall of China, from avoiding pirates off Somalia to almost capsizing off Madagascar. An inspiring tale that proves that age is no deterrent to fulfilling your dream!  Available at AmazonBarnes and Noble, and Smashwords.


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