Author Archives: John Urban

About John Urban

Like his protagonist, John Urban has worked as a college professor and he sails the waters of Southern New England on an old wooden sailboat that he restored. He is a regular contributor to the blog Write On The Water, and his short stories have appeared in the anthologies Seasmoke and Deadfall. The ocean was his desired destination from an early age. As a boy living a landlocked life in Western Massachusetts, nights were dedicated to reading about boats and watching Flipper and weekends were spent boating and fishing, April-to-October, on Long Island Sound. Thoughts of a career at sea ended early after a stint at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, but the circle of life has come around some years later in the form of the fictional world of Steve Decatur. Urban lives just outside Boston and spends his summers near the waters edge of Buzzards Bay and Rhode Island Sound. A Single Deadly Truth, published on Amazon Kindle, is Urban's debut novel. As second Steve Decatur mystery, Masters of Rhode Island, is due out later this year.

Word of Mouth

The saying goes Don’t judge a book by its cover. Of course, we all do. It’s one of the ways books sell. Readers also tend to buy what’s familiar. But there’s another powerful force in selling books and that’s the … Continue reading

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Key West Writer’s House Lottery

by John Urban A well known Key West writer’s house is being sold for just $9.99. The catch? You have to purchase the best selling author’s latest book to be entered into the lottery. Still, the chance to pick up … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Flight 370

by John Urban Like many readers across the globe, I have been glued to every report and update on Malaysia Flight 370. My heart goes out to the families who are enduring this unexplained tragedy. At the same time, I … Continue reading

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Winter’s End

(photo courtesy of the World Wide Web) By John Urban It’s been a tough winter for North American meteorologists. Given this, you may be surprised to learn that I’ve located a highly reliable predictor for determining the end to what … Continue reading

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Hu-Ke-Lau Revisited

There is no going back. I know that adage, but I had to learn it once again last week when I visited an iconic culinary institution of my youth, the Hu-Ke-Lau Restaurant in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. (Yes folks, it’s true. While … Continue reading

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Super Bowl – You Talking To Me?

It has come and gone. 60 minutes of football with loads of pre-game hype, a half-time show, and TV advertisements that seem to equal the duration of the game. The Super Bowl – 22 men on a field fighting over … Continue reading

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Year of the Cat

by John Urban I was sitting at the computer contemplating my next blog post when my playlist popped-up the song Year of the Cat by Al Stewart. I had recently heard from my niece who said she had been listening … Continue reading

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JetBlue Blues

by John Urban Few disappointments are worse than sadness triggered by the hand of a trusted friend. Such was my recent experience with JetBlue Airlines. No, this wasn’t one of the storm-related problems that plagued travelers and carriers alike, this … Continue reading

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A Christmas Orange

As I write this post in expectation of Christmas Eve Day, I recall the story – dating back to the late 1800s – of a Christmas gift given to a young boy named Thomas who lived in New Brunswick, Canada. … Continue reading

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Christmas Stories

As December 25th approaches, it’s up to us traditionalists to rise above the wave of commercialism to recognize the true meaning of Christmas — I am speaking, of course, about the story of Santa Claus. Yes, yes, I know about … Continue reading

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