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Boon Island


"(A) maritime whodunit rife with twists and turns and high drama."

Publishers Weekly 

The Travel Channel featured Boon Island on the hit show "Monumental Mysteries." I'm interviewed at length, and actors portrayed Captain John Deane, Christopher Langman, and the suffering crew of the Nottingham Galley. Season 2, Episode 3, it's at Amazon and on YouTube

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Stephen does a great interview on New Hampshire Now, the news morning show of WKXL. Host Chris Ryan calls the book, "incredibly well written . . .a masterful work."

So cool that Mexican Ape-Lord a "raw and epic metal band from Boston" used Boon Island as an inspiration for their record Survival Cannibalism. . .

Boon Island wins a Gold at the IPPYs! 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards!

Boon Island is a 2012 Book of the Year finalist (ForeWord Reviews' IndieFab Awards)!

Great review in Working Waterfront. "Powerful," writes reviewer Tom Groening. "Vietze, a former editor at Down East magazine, is an especially engaging writer"

Another good one! The Kennebec Journal had this to say: "this is a well-researched and smartly presented history that reads like a novel, a maritime mystery of dishonor, death, suspicious motives, mutiny, and cannibalism. . . fascinating."

New review in Down East:

"A gruesome tale of survival and cannibalism still fascinates after 300 years. . . Gripping. . . . The authors examine the disparate accounts of captain and crew in precise, page-turning detail."

Interviewed on WCSH's Maine Mysteries about Boon Island. . .

Now a #1 bestseller! Portsmouth Herald‘s bestseller list for the second week in a row . . next stop New York Times.

Excerpt in Portsmouth’s great alternaweekly, The Wire. They call Boon Island, "a story that offers mystery, adventure, and heroism of an admirable but often unrewarded kind . . . and a plot twist worthy of a Dickens novel."

Fantastic new piece in the Portsmouth Herald. Writer J. Dennis Robinson says, ". . . Boon Island is a superb collaboration. It is both well-researched history and a page-turning mystery that begs to be a motion picture."

Great review in Midwest Book Review! "Boon Island is a must. . . much recommended."

The Maine Sunday Telegram calls the book, "gripping. . .Reads like a script for a movie."

Great review in Publishers Weekly! The nation’s publishing authority calls the book "as real as today’s news . . . fascinating. . . a maritime whodunit rife with twists and turns and high drama."

Boon Island is Amazon’s #1 Hot New Release for New England

Boon book trailer:

The first review is here:

"With Boon Island: A True Story of Mutiny, Shipwreck, and Cannibalism, one of the most brutal survival stories in American history is finally-and fully-told in all its fascinating, gruesome infamy. Equal parts thriller, survival epic, horrifying history, and cautionary tale, if ever there was a story tailor-made for Hollywood it is this. Masterfully written, Boon Island is that rare creature, a lively scholarly account and gripping page-turner that amply rewards history buffs and thrill-seekers alike."

Matthew P. Mayo, author of Bootleggers, Lobstermen & Lumberjacks: Fifty of the Grittiest Moments in the History of Hardscrabble New England

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