Award-winning journalist and author Kevin C. Mills writes about the age of privateers and one man’s quest for liberty in his latest historical novel. “Sea of Liberty” is the third book by the Owls Head resident in a trilogy based on the storied maritime history of his ancestors. It comes from years of research on a family heritage that includes shipbuilders, merchant mariners and lighthouse keepers.

Family legend states that one ancestor, Eligood Mills, sailed on the privateer vessel Grand Turk and was captured by the British. The other books in the series include novels “Sons and Daughters of the Ocean” and “Breakwater.”

Mills will be discussing the role of privateers and signing copies of “Sea of Liberty” during the Beyond the Sea Book Festival at Lincolnville Beach Saturday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to noon. He will do the same at 2 p.m. at Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport; and will be selling and signing books Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2 and 3, during the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland.

In “Sea of Liberty,” merchant mariner Eli Miller returns home to discover a strong British presence along the Eastern Seaboard. On the verge of revolution, Miller must choose between serving the cause of liberty and serving his family. Despite a past that still haunts him, Miller agrees to captain a privateer and hauls out to wage war against the British. When he is captured, he vows to escape or die trying.

Mills, a Lewiston Sun Journal sportswriter, has written for some of New England’s top newspapers including the Boston Globe, Lynn Daily Evening Item and the Portland newspapers. Voted Best Author in the Portland Phoenix online reader’s poll in 2011, Mills has been recognized on numerous occasions by the Maine Press Association and the New England Press Association.

Mills also has published a nonfiction work, “Sidelined,” an off-beat look at the misadventures of two decades in the world of sports journalism. “Sea of Liberty” is published by Maine Authors Publishing in Rockland and available in various Maine bookstores. For more information, visit

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