Benerson Little

"The trident of Neptune is the scepter of the world."*

Pirate Hunting jacket photo (by Bree Little)

Buccaneer's Realm jacket photo (by Sara Leibold)

Sea Rover's Practice jacket photo (by B. V. Little)

At SDV Team ONE, late 80s, after a long SDV ride.

As APL of SEAL Team THREE Echo Platoon, 1985. Chief Petty Officer George Hudak is in the foreground. Chief Hudak is a SEAL Team One Vietnam veteran and a damn fine operator.



* By Antoine Marin Lemierre, from his poem "Commerce." (Le trident de Neptune est le sceptre du monde.)

Biography

Born in Key West, Florida, Benerson Little grew up variously on all three US coasts. Following his graduation from Tulane University, he entered the US Navy and served as an officer for eight years, most of them as a Navy SEAL. Upon completion of Basic Underwater Demolition/​SEAL training in 1983 (BUDS Class 121), he was assigned first to SEAL Team THREE, then to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE. After resigning his commission in 1989, he worked as a special operations and intelligence analyst, including for the Naval Special Warfare Strategy and Tactics Group and for a private intelligence collection and analysis firm, among other professions. He now works as a writer and consultant in several areas, with an emphasis on maritime and naval issues, including maritime threat and security, and especially maritime history. He has appeared in two television documentaries on piracy, has advised on others, and is currently consulting on the Starz premium cable network's forthcoming Black Sails series. He lives in Huntsville, Alabama with his two daughters, and in his spare time he teaches modern fencing at the Huntsville Fencing Club, researches historical fencing, and works on contemporary and historical novels.

The Great Pirate Legends Debunked describes the truth behind the great pirate myths, legends, and misconceptions, via narrative pirate histories. As with the title below, the book will put readers amidst the action. The book was originally scheduled for release in October 2011, but publisher cancelled its history line. At the moment, the book is in the hands of the author's agent.

How History's Greatest Pirates Pillaged, Plundered, and Got Away With It brings pirate stories and tactics to life for a broad audience. Thoroughly researched, these narrative pirate histories put readers in the middle of the action.

Pirate Hunting was inspired by the need to look at piracy and other forms of sea roving from their earliest record to the present, and in particular at the measures taken to counter them. Besides being an opportunity to look at six millennia of maritime history, the subject has practical appeal today, given the increase in international piracy.

The Buccaneer's Realm was born of an interest in the role of the buccaneer, filibuster, and Spanish pirate in the development of the New World, as well as how these sea rovers influenced and were influenced by the variety of cultures and physical environments of a frontier comprising one third of the entire world.

The Sea Roverís Practice was born of a lifelong interest in pirates and privateers, an interest originally inspired by the sea, by the fiction of Stevenson, Sabatini, and Steinbeck, by the illustrations of Pyle and Wyeth, and by the journals of Exquemelin, Dampier, and Rogers. Originally researched both for personal interest and to support the writing of historical fiction, the author soon turned the material into a book to fill a void in the literature of the sea.


Jamestown, Virginia, aboard the 20 ton flyboat Discovery. The Susan Constant is in the background.

Giving a fencing lesson.

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Formerly The Great Pirate Legends Debunked: Uncovering the Truth About History's Most Notorious Pirates. The truth behind the great pirate myths and legends.

In Print: Trade Paper and as Nook, Kindle, EPUB (Google), Apple, Blio, Kobo, Zinio, Diesel, and Sony E-Books


In Print: Hardcover, Kindle, Nook, and EPUB (Google)


In Print: Hardcover (may be going out of print), Kindle, Nook, and Google

To really understand what the pirate's world was like: how buccaneers lived, fought, and died.

In Print: Hardcover, Trade Paper, Kindle, Nook, and EPUB (Google)

A colorful and detailed description of how pirates and privateers practiced their trade.

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