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 is due out later this year. 

For more information on John Urban and Steve Decatur:  http://www.johnmurban.com/

8 Responses to About John Urban

  1. Silas Taft says:

    This guy even looks like Steve Decatur.

    I believe that Steve, John and I can trace our ancestry back to the Taft family of Mendon, Massachusetts.

  2. Marian Stanley says:

    Great stuff, John – keep going! M.

  3. Mark Urban says:

    I remember growing up seeing a tired hull pearched high up in a boat dock covered in sanding dust far from the waters she used float in. I often wondered would she float again? Why not go fiberglass? X- it up go carbon fiber ! Indeed she does float and is a sight of beauty. Knowing her history makes sailing across the water in her that much more magical. I now appreciate like anything in life it is not the quick disposable gratifications that warm your soul but those dreams you make a reality. The sight of Factor X and reading your words in books and written pages is proof of that. Well done Uncle John -Mark

    Rock on Factor X!

  4. Janet Davis says:

    I am looking forward to reading A Single Deadly Truth, and I have 1 request. Would you also make a format for nook? Or put your books up on SmashWords? There are many people with other ereader devices. My husband and I both have nooks. I also have a TouchPad, which has a Kindle app, and that’s why I can read your book; my husband will miss out on your book unless I loan him my TouchPad (hmmm…have to think about that).

  5. Jackie Teets says:

    My father sailed around the world from 1948 to 1953. He recently passed away and wants his ashes scattered at sea. This is what he wants the clergyman to read:

    We are here to say goodbye and it is as if we are waving to a loved one aboard a departing ship.

    We are heartsick as we see the ship’s sail fading over the horizon and it appears forever gone.

    Know, however, that our departed friend is on a journey.

    And as the sail disappears from our view, it will come into sight for others who are beyond the horizon.

    And while we who are near this departing shore are saddened, our loved one aboard the ship will be welcomed by those who have been awaiting his arrival to a new world.

    Taken from “A Single Deadly Truth.”

    My father’s wishes will be carried out.

  6. Dan Suse says:

    Hey John you look great! Been a very long time but I see that the fresh salt air agrees with you! Take care and enjoy….Life is short, Make fun of it!

    Dan Suse
    Cathedral ’76

  7. Terri Ivins says:

    I have been following Christine for a while and happened upon your book. I think we may have attended the same HS-Cathedral in Springfield, MA! That’s pretty wild! I am an English teacher living aboard my sailboat “Sailbatical” in Stuart Fl. I am worrking on my first novel and would love to connect with a kindred spirit!
    Fair winds! Terri

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