The Butcher’s Daughter

The Butcher’s Daughter
by Mark M. McMillin
Genre: Historical Nautical Romantic Adventure

In an age ruled by iron men, in a world of new discovery and Spanish

gold, a young Irishwoman named Mary rises from the ashes of her

broken childhood with ships and men-at-arms under her command. She

and her loyal crew prowl the Caribbean and prosper in the New World

for a time until the ugly past Mary has fled from in the old one finds her.

Across the great ocean to the east, war is coming. The King of Spain is

assembling the most powerful armada the world has ever seen – an

enormous beast – to invade England and depose the Protestant “heretic

queen.” To have any chance against the wealth and might of Spain,

England will need every warship, she will need every able captain. To

this purpose, Queen Elizabeth spares Mary from the headman’s axe

for past sins in exchange for her loyalty, her ships and men.

Based on true historical events, this is a tale about war, adventure, love

and betrayal. This is a story about vengeance, this is a tale of

heartbreak…

“… a pleasurable and action-packed read … a delicious spin to the

otherwise tired clichés of male captains … the joy of the open

seas – as well as the danger churning below – pulses throughout this

rip-roaring, hearty tale of the high seas.” – Kirkus Reviews

Born in 1954 in Indiana, Mark McMillin has lived in a number of states

throughout the U.S. as well as overseas. He attended Canisius College

in Buffalo, New York, focusing his studies mostly on military

history, and served as a cadet in Canisius’s nationally recognized

ROTC program. After graduating in 1976, Mark was commissioned a

Second Lieutenant in the United States Army and was stationed in Bad

Kissingen, Germany where he served with the elite 11th Armored

Cavalry Regiment.

In 1986, Mark received his J.D. degree from The John Marshall Law School

in Chicago, Illinois and began his legal career with a law firm in

White Plains, New York focusing his attention on general corporate

law. In 1994, Mark moved to Virginia and ventured out into hazardous

world of litigation where, in 1999, he won what was reported to be at

the time one of the largest and longest federal criminal trials in

Virginia’s history. Mark thereafter moved to Georgia where he resumed

his general corporate practice and served as general counsel for

several companies, including a $1B publicly-traded airline.

Mark has been a life-long student of military history. And he has always

had a passion for reading and love for writing and wanted to someday

write his own book. But write a book about what? Mark had no desire

to write about some subject that 100 authors before him had already

delved into. And then, almost by accident, this fascinating, little

known story of Captain Luke Ryan fell into his lap. It was an

opportunity was too good to pass on and so Mark began the long and

tedious journey of researching, writing and rewriting. The twelve

year project ended in 2011 with Gather the Shadowmen (The Lords of

the Ocean), Prince of the Atlantic and Napoleon’s Gold.

Mark currently lives in the Southeastern part of the United States.

 

 

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