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.

Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea. In 2000, Nathaniel Philbrick released his book by that name and received the National Book Award for his true story account of the sinking of the whaleship Essex, which sailed out of Nantucket in … Continue reading

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Havana Daydreaming

by John Urban On location:Cuba. Okay, not yet, but soon enough this blog will dispatch one of our writers to report on the happenings 90 miles south of the southern tip of Route 1. I, for one, would have several … Continue reading

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The Last Resort

By John Urban She came from Providence, the one in Rhode Island. For some reason, those opening lyrics of Don Henley’s song The Last Resort were an oft-stated part of my youth, long before I married a girl from Providence … Continue reading

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The Summer Cottage

This week I take a break from Write On the Water to introduce a guest author – Susan Kietzman, a friend, colleague and author of three novels. Susan’s latest book, The Summer Cottage, was released this past May by Kensington. … Continue reading

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Beach Candy

by John M. Urban Summer is here. It must be time for some beach candy. No, not bathing suit-clad eye candy along the shore. Beach candy. As in, salt water taffy and fudge. Although this may be more of a … Continue reading

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Lighthouse

They moved Gay Head Light. This point of land, also known by the Wampanoag Indian name Aquinnah, shows a flashing sequence of red and white that carries twenty-four nautical miles out to sea. But the cliffs of Martha’s Vineyard continue … Continue reading

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Brilliant (Part II)

by John Urban A few weeks back I posted some photos of Mystic Seaport’s schooner Brilliant. This past week I had the chance to spend some time aboard Brilliant on the western end of Long Island Sound where I saw, … Continue reading

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Brilliant

She’s a real a museum piece. On occasion, you might hear a similar phrase when you walk the docks where you do your boating. In the case of Brilliant, it’s no exaggeration. She is a museum piece, owned and under … Continue reading

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Spring at Last

by John M. Urban Winter’s end on our front lawn – the last of the season’s snow hung on all the way to Opening Day at Fenway Park. It’s amusing, and predictable, to learn of babies born nine months following … Continue reading

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Disney – Mystery Writers of America Theme Park

by John M. Urban Building off the success of Universal Studio’s Harry Potter theme park, Disney and The Mystery Writer’s of America (MWA) have announced the creation of a new Orlando theme park attraction based on the works of leading … Continue reading

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