About the Author
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.
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
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)
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)
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
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
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
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)
( 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
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
MAY 2016 (mEET THE AUTHOR)
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.