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About the Author

The author (right) hanging around North Abacos, Bahamas

The author (right) hanging around North Abacos, Bahamas

Allen Balogh is a retired educator who taught World and U.S. History for over twenty years. In 1985, he began exploring the locations of the southernmost ship of the 1715 Armada Fleet off the coast of Stuart/Hutchinson Island, Florida. He is a lecturer and historian on the Golden Age of Piracy.

For pleasure, Allen plays 1st violin in a symphony-orchestra in Boca Raton, Florida and enjoys lobstering with his buddies in the Florida Keys. He is a member of the Florida Historic Society, the National Historic Preservation Society, and the 1715 Fleet Society.

Black Sails 1715 is the first of his Black and Gold series. He is currently writing the second in the series, Black Sails 1715: The Goat with the Glass Eye.

Allen resides in Palm Beach County

"Two of my buddies and I were in the corporate aviation business. IT WAS glittery lifestyle of Learjets, props, and helicopters, flying the rich and famous out of Palm Beach and South Florida. Yet we sought more adventure. The three of us searched an area off the coast of Stuart, Florida, in hopes of finding the southernmost ship of the 1715 Spanish Treasure Fleet."



Contact the Author

Allen Balogh is available for speaking engagements. 

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UPComing (Book Signings, Lectures, Events)

Oct/Nov/Dec 2019

10/5 Sarasota Pirate & Rum Festival, The Van Wezel, Sarasota

10/10 Elliot Museum, Hutchinson Island, Stuart

10/17 - 10/20 Florida Writers Convention, Orlando

20/24 Elliot Museum, Hutchinson Island, Stuart

10/25 Indian River Stare University, Stuart

11/2 St. Lucie County Library, Main Branch, Ft. Pierce

11/7 Elliot Museum, Hutchinson Island, Stuart

July/August/Sept 2019

7/ 27 Sundance Film Festival & Institute, Miami, FL

8/3 Prosperity Oaks, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

8/9 The Book Store, Islamorada , FL

8/31 Pirates of the Island Rum Fest, Daytona, FL

April/May/June 2019

4/4 Martin County Library, Stuart, FL

4/19 Palm Beach Writers Group. Palm Beach, FL

4/27 Treasure Coast Hunters Cookout, Sebastian, FL

5/15 & 5/31 Bahamas Paradise Cruise Lines, Riviera Beach, FL

6/21 Shipwrecks Bar & Grille, Jupiter, FL

6/27 - 6/30 Bahamas Paradise Cruise Lines, Grand Bahama Islands.


1/12 Treasure Coast History Festival, Ft. Pierce. (Lecture at Sunrise Theater & signing at Author’s Alley)

1/19 Brevard County RenFair, Melbourne, FL (Book Signing)

1/25 Bahama-Paradise Cruise Lines (106.9 FM radio interview)

2/15 - 2/17 Treasure Coast Pirate Festival, Ft. Pierce (Book Signing)

2/20 Kravis Center, PBSC/Bank of America, Tribute to Teachers, James Patterson, Key note speaker.

3.8 - 3/10 Space Coast Seafood and Pirate Festival, Viera, FL (Book Signing)

3/15 - 3/16 Palm Beach Book Festival, Norton Museum of Art and FAU

3/24 Jonathon Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound (Loxahatchee Cruise and Book Signing)

3/30 Treasure Coast Authors, St. Lucie County Library, Port St. Lucie (Book Signing)

3/30 Jonathon Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound (Loxahatchee Cruise and Book Signing)


10/5 - 10/6 Port Salerno Pirate Fest, The Twisted Tuna & Manatee Island Bar & Grille, Port Salerno, FL

10/14 Shipwrecks Bar & Grille, Jupiter, FL

10/27 TBA Boynton Beach Ren Faire & Pirate Fest, Boynton Beach, FL

11/3 Jonathon Dickenson State Park, Hobe Sound, FL (Lecture & Book Signing)

11/30 - 12/2 TBA Cedar Key Pirate Fest, Cedar Key, FL (Lecture & Book Signing)

12/ TBA Ft. Taylor/Key West Pirate Fest

July/August/Sept 2018

7/21 - 7/22   Antilles Trading Company, Cocoa Beach Pyrate Fest, FL

8/2 - 8/3 Island Rum Festival, Daytona Beach, FL   

9/2 Sneaki Tiki, Code Rum, Stuart, FL

9/8 - 9/12 The Florida Keys; Hooked on Books, Islamorada, Books & Books at Key West, Island Book Store in Key West. A thank you to independent book stores for carrying Black Sails 1715 and the newly released Goat with the Glass Eye.

9/21 - 9/23  Vero Beach Pirate Fest, Vero Beach, FL   


4/ 28       Treasure Hunters Cookout, Sebastian

5/3 - 5/6  Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Feast, Amelia Island

5/4 - 5/5  The Book Loft, Fernandina Beach

5/20        Palm Beach Writers Group

6/12        TBA Cocoa Beach Pirate Con, Cocoa Beach/Titusville

6/13 - 18  Bald Island Pirate Fest, Cape Fear, NC

6/14        The Art Gallery, Bald Head Island

6/15         Delphines and Mojo's, Bald Head Island


January/February/ MARCH 2018

1/13/18      Treasure Coast History Festival, Ft. Pierce, FL

1/19/18      Palm Beach Writer's Group, Chesterfield Hotel, Palm Beach, FL

2/2 - 2/4    Treasure Coast Pirate Fest, Ft. Pierce, FL  

2/6/18       Abacoa Book Fair, Jupiter, FL

2/16 -2/18  Space Coast Seafood Fest, Viera, FL

2/23           Foundation for Women's Culture & Economic Literacy, Bice, Palm Beach, FL  

TBA          Jonathon Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound, FL

3/9 - 3/11   Palm Coast Seafood & Pyrate Fest

November/December 2017

11/1/17      City of Ft. Pierce, The Historic PP Cobb building     

11/11/17    Vero Beach Yacht Club & Power Squadron Headquarters.    

11/11/17    Vero Beach Grape and Grind Wine Bistro

December, Various Starbucks in Palm Beach, Martin, and Indian River counties. (TBA) 

September/October 2017

9/2/17              Island Rum Fest, Daytona Beach

9/15 - 9/17       Cedar Key Pirate Invasion, the Island City of Cedar Key

9/22 - 9/23      Code Rum Pirate Fest, Port Salerno  (TBA)

10/6 - 10/8      Ft. Myers Pirate Fest, Ft. Myers Beach 

10/14 - 10/15    St. Augustine Pirate & Tresure Museum, Colonial Quarters  (TBA) 

jUNE/jULY 2017

6/16 - 6/18     Cocoa Beach Pirate Fest at International Palms Resort, Cocoa Beach.

7/14 - 7/16     Schooners Marina & The Custom House, Key West  (TBA)

7/28 - 7/30    Vero Beach Pirate Fest at The Oaks, Vero Beach 

APRIL 2017

4/8     McLarty Museum, Vero Beach, FL    10:00 am - 1:00     Book Signing

4/8     Inlet Grill, Sebastian Inlet, Sebastian, FL1:00 pm -2:00 pm Book Signing

4/22   Black Sails Restaurant, Port St. Lucie, FL  Grand Opening, 2:00 - 7:00  Book Signing

4/29   Treasure Hunter's Cookout, Sebastian, FL 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Book Signing

March 2017

3/16     St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum, 2:00 - 5:00     Boo

3/17     Flagler College, The 1715 Fleet Conference and St. Augustine Historical Society

3/18     St. Augustine Art Association, 1715 Fleet Conference

3/18     The Pirate Store, St. George Street, St. Augustine, 2:00 - 5:00

February 2017

2/3 - 2/5    Treasure Coast Pirate Fest, Ft. Pierce, FL    10:00 am - 4:0 PM


1/10    House of Refuge, (National Register of Historic Museums ), Hutchinson Island, FL  Presentation 10:00 am

1/11     House of Refuge, (National Register of Historic Museums ), Hutchinson Island, FL  Presentation 7:00 pm

1/14    St. Lucie Bank Bldg. Indian River Magazine, Treasure Coast History Festival, Ft. Pierce, FL  10:00 - 3:00pm

1/15     Bentley's, La Plaza de Mer, Juno Beach, FL  10:30 a.m. - 2:30 pm

1/21    Port Canaveral Pirate Fest, Fish Lips Waterfront Restaurant & Pub,  Port Canaveral, FL 6:00 pm, - 10:00 pm

1/22    TBA Brevard Renaissance Fair, Cocoa Beach, FL  


December 2016 (MEET THE AUTHOR)


Starbucks Coffee

( All Locations 10 am – 2 pm )


12/3  Sea Plum, Jupiter

12/9  Vero Beach Mall

12/9  Vero Beach US 1

12/10  St Lucie West, Port St Lucie

12/16  Martin Downs, Palm City

12/17  Fisherman’s Wharf 

12/19 I-95  Indiantown Road & I 95 

12/20  Stuart, US1 & Monterey

12/22  Abacoa, Jupiter


12/18  Bentley's, La Plaza de Mer, Juno Beach, FL

November 2016 ( Meet the author )

11/3 - 11/5  St. Augustine Pirate Fest, The Pirate & Treasure Museum, at Fort San Marcos, St. Augustine

October 2016

Starbucks & Bentley's & St. Augustine ( TBA )

August & September 2016 (MEET THE AUTHOR)

Its that time of the year, see you in the Keys !

9/23 -25  Fisherman's Pirate Fest, Punta Gorda.

JUly 2016 (MEET THE Author) 

7/15  Mel Fisher Benefit, Kickoff Party, Schooner Wharf Bar & Restaurant, Key West

7/16  The Custom House, Key West

7/29 - 31, Vero Beach Pirate Fest, at the beautiful Under the Oaks at Riverside Park, Vero Beach, FL

June 2016 (mEET THE AUTHOR)

6/4/16 (8:30-12:30) - Starbucks, Martin Downs Blvd., Palm City, FL

6/11/16 (8:30-12:30) - Starbucks, US Hwy 1, Port Salerno, FL

6/12/16 (9:00-12:30) - Bentley's, La Plaza de Mer, Juno Beach, FL

6/15/16 (3:30-6:30) - Le Metro Cafe, Abacoa Town Center, Jupiter, FL

6/17/16 ( TBA ) - Tommy Bahama's Store, Harbourside Resort, US Hwy 1, Jupiter, FL

6/18/16 (8:30-12:30) - Starbucks, US HW 1, Jensen Beach, FL

6/19/16 (8:30-12:30) - Einstein's, Indiantown Rd., Jupiter, FL


5/7/16 (12:00pm) - Benefit, Pirates Well, Alt A1A, Lake Park, FL

5/12/16 (8:30-10:00) - Palm Beach School District, Airport Hilton, FL

5/14/16 (8:30-12:30) - Starbucks, Abacoa Plaza, Donald Ross Rd.,Palm Beach Gardens, FL

5/18/16 (8:30-12:30) - Starbucks, Sea Plum Plaza, Military Trail, Jupiter, FL

5/21/16 (8:30-12:30) - Starbucks, Fisherman's Wharf, East Indiantown Rd., Jupiter, FL

5/25/16 (8:30-12:30) - Starbucks, West Indiantown Rd & I-95, Jupiter, FL

5/28/16 (3:30-7:30) - Pirates Cove Resort & Marina, Port Salerno. FL

5/30/16 (1:00pm) - Memorial Day, Dock 633, Lake Placid, FL

April 2016 (mEET THE AUTHOR)

4/2/2016 (7pm-9:30pm) - Keynote Speaker at Night on the Loxahatchee, River Center, 805 US-1, Jupiter, FL

4/9/2016 (10am-2pm) - Einstein's, 3900 E Indiantown Rd, Jupiter, FL

4/15/2016 (10am-2pm)- Einstein's, 3900 E Indiantown Rd, Jupiter, FL

4/16/2016 (3pm-7pm) - Harry & the Natives, 11910 SE Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound, FL

4/22/2016 (4pm-8pm) - Vault 39, 4580 Donald Ross Rd #100, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

4/23/2016 (3pm-7pm) - Harry & the Natives, 11910 SE Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound, FL

4/23/2016 (10am-2pm) -Einstein's, 3900 E Indiantown Rd, Jupiter, FL

4/29/2016 (10am-2pm) - Einstein's, 3900 E Indiantown Rd, Jupiter, FL

4/30/2016 (12pm) - Treasure Hunters Cookout, Pennwood Motor Lodge, 9295 US-1, Sebastian, FL


“. . . you’ll definitely have a strong reaction one way or another to this one. And I winced and my legs are quivering as well. An interesting opening, definitely going to continue to read down the page."

- James Patterson, Author (MasterClass)

"Lovers of pirate lore will appreciate Balogh's painstaking research, reverence for history, and passion for each character's unique personality and perspective. Countless ships, treasures, and lives were lost to the high seas during the Golden Age of Piracy, but thanks to Black Sails 1715, the stories of these cruel and colorful corsairs—at once utterly human and larger than life—have been resurrected from the depths to breathe again on the page."

- Lauren Mosko Bailey, Editor

About the Book

The year is 1715. A fleet of eleven Spanish galleons loaded with gold from the New World is struggling to stay afloat in the grips of a violent hurricane. The Spanish galleons disappeared with a thousand passengers and its 14 million-dollar treasure. Factual settings and exploits from the Age of Piracy are intertwined with realistic dialogue based on research and a historian's point of view.

Henry Jennings and Charles Vane plot to steal gold from the Spanish soldiers off the coast of Florida. Black Sam Bellamy and Paulsgrave Williams have a different plan for them.