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Seattle, WA – USA – May 24, 2021 – In the eighth
grade, Timothy Grant Acker decided he wanted to be a novelist. Acker says, “I realized that I needed to live an interesting life to
pen the type of book I wanted to write. This led to a life of ‘I-can’t-believe-you-did-that’ moments, including
cooking for the Hells Angels one summer when I was fifteen years old, learning
to speak German and Spanish, traveling the world, flying (and crashing planes),
getting in trouble in Columbia, getting a law degree, getting a masters of Mexican tax law while living in Mexico for thirteen
years, boating, surfing, scuba diving, listening to all the major classic rock
bands in concerts, motorcycling across Europe, starting and selling a coffee
company, and starting a new law practice at sixty-five... and more; I finally
did it.” Another interesting fact is that Acker believes that there are
flawed people in a flawed world. He should know, having served the poor in the
outskirts in Mexico while working as a corporate attorney, he met his fair
share of “flawed” individuals, and now he writes about them.According
to Acker, “People should read this book because it’s exciting
and based on real-life... after all, pirates are still out there, flintlock
pistols and schooners traded for assault rifles and black-painted Zodiacs.”
The plot of the book is based on Acker’s experience as an international lawyer and pilot. “I
recreate a tale of modern-day pirates in the unpredictable waters of the
Caribbean.” Additionally, having lived in the Caribbean-Latino culture and
marrying into it, he brings an authenticity factor to his writings.
Pirates are still out there,
flintlock pistols and schooners traded for assault rifles and black-painted
Pirates, Scoundrels, and Saints tells the riveting tale of
modern-day pirates in the unpredictable waters of the Caribbean—not Jack
Sparrow caricatures, but real men and women driven by their pasts.
Juan is fiercely loyal to his crew and loves
adventure. His son Ivan longs for a respectable life and to win the beautiful
daughter of a prominent Dominican Republic family. Maria’s life fell apart when
her father died at sea, but she now climbs the ranks in Juan’s crew. Peter, an
American missionary, lost everything to alcohol and wanders the hills of Haiti
in search of redemption. Based on his experience international lawyer and pilot,
Timothy Grant Acker creates an unforgettable cast that brings us into a world
filled with danger and corruption, love, and redemption.
“Timothy Grant Acker dares us to see the
other side of life—a life that only someone with his experience can reveal.
Pirates, Scoundrels. and Saints: Paraiso is a powerful novel that reveals the
modern world of pirating from the inside. The characters get into our blood,
pulling us into their needs and desires. We are left understanding them as
passionate and complex individuals.”—Richard Heller, Sculptor and author of
“The characters and places in this book brought back memories of my adventures
as a pilot and smuggler in the Caribbean. The author’s descriptions are
accurate, and his action-packed novel is true to life.”—D.H., Convicted
Timothy Grant Acker lived in Mexico for thirteen
years as a lawyer and was touched by the sort of scoundrels and saints found in
his book. He has explored the depths of life and experienced the power of
forgiveness. Born in New York, Acker lives (mostly) in Washington State and
reluctantly practices law from time to time.