Posted by: Nick Redfern on November 20th, 2012
A couple of days ago I received an email from a man named David Mcavoy II, who has a new book out right now with somewhat of a cryptozoological tinge to it.
Here’s David to tell you more…
The book is called The Legacy of the Red Lion and is the first in the Swords & Sails series, a set of young adult books about a young man named Edward Reynolds who finds himself forced aboard a pirate ship called the Cerberus. Along with pirates, ghosts, a powerful Sea Witch, and his own country’s navy, Edward and his crew find themselves facing a sea serpent as they round the Cape of Good Hope:
Edward helped Kana along, guiding her weak and shaky legs toward the railing. Suddenly the ship lurched, causing everyone to stagger about and Kana to fall.
“What the devil?” Wolfang snarled from the helm. “Squid, did we hit something?”
“Oy! Can’t see that we did Captain!” Squid called back.
“Edward.” Kana whispered.
“What’s wrong?” He asked her.
“Danger…We’re all in danger…”
Everything grew still and quiet on the Cerberus and Edward found himself stepping toward the railing to look over the side, fear gripping at his chest and throat as he looked from the terrified Kana down to the sea below. There, as he stared down into the sea, he saw something large move in the waters below-a thick, green, slimy looking something that moved from side to side before slipping under the boat.
“There’s something under us!” He shouted back to the others.
Before anyone could react a massive form exploded from the water on the port side of the ship away from Edward. Water poured off the massive creature’s body in a torrent as the enormous, eel like sea serpent shook its head and neck from side to side, raising it as high as the tallest mast and hissing down at the Cerberus, opening its mouth to reveal dozens of huge, jagged teeth.
The choice of location for the encounter was inspired by the account of the H.M.S. Daedalus and its encounter with a sea serpent. I have a life long interest in cryptozoology and future installments in the series will also have cryptozoological influences in them.
Anyone interested can pick up the book here: Amazon.com
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