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Asheville Author Writes Modern Pirate Story


"Pirate Queen: The Curse" by R. Allen Downey is a truly unique story based on Lai Choi San, a Chinese lady pirate who dominated the China Sea throughout the 1920s and ‘30s until her sudden and mysterious disappearance in 1939.

In "Pirate Queen: The Curse," it has been more than 10 years since the notorious Madame Lai vanished without a trace. When news breaks of hijackings, sadistic slayings, and extortion on the high seas, one question abounds…has the notorious Madame Lai returned?

After a Nationalist Chinese yacht carrying $6 million in gold is hijacked and the bodies of the four diplomats on board are found washed up on a beach, British Intelligence Agency MI6 learns that a microfilm containing a top secret Mao file was also aboard the ship and is now in the possession of the pirate queen. In the book, MI6 immediately as-signs two agents, each possessing paranormal powers, to retrieve the stolen film.

"Pirate Queen: The Curse" is an action-packed thriller that is sure to entertain. Appealing to both history aficionados and lovers of adventure stories, Downey's latest book is sure to be a treasure in the historical novel genre.

About The Author

A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Downey worked for 31 years at Square D Company as a marketing manager. His writing experience has ranged from technical articles in industrial periodicals to contributing editor of "Switchgear and Control Handbook," published by McGraw-Hill. While serving in the U.S. Navy, Downey spent time in the Far East, which provided inspiration for this novel and his first book, "Kwatee." "Pirate Queen" is a sequel to "Kwatee" in the sense that Downey has used the same characters. Now retired, Downey resides in Asheville and is currently working on a third novel.


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