Readers Favorites 2012 Book Award Finalist
Shanghaied
by David Collins has been selected as a Finalist in the 2012 Readers Favorite Annual Award Contest  for Young Adult General Fiction.

“Just the thoughts of a fifteen year old boy waking up on an African ship with no idea how he got there give me chills, but that is what happens to Jack Sligo in this story. And it is what happened to David Paul Collins in real life. Spellbound by his Irish grandfather’s tales of adventure, Jack Sligo had dreams of traveling around the world as part of the crew on a cruise ship. But did he dream of starting out this way? “Shanghaied” is a novel based on the author’s own true story as a merchant seaman, making this not just a fictional story, but a story told with realistic accounts of what actually happens in the life of a merchant seaman.

I was hooked from the beginning of this story because I wanted to see what happened to Jack Sligo. I can only imagine the shock this guy felt waking up on that ship of strangers! In this well-written story, David Collins takes you to the sea with him as he starts his sea journey at a very early age. I have never been at sea, but it felt almost as if I was there, smelling the sea, feeling the spray of salt water, and as a merchant, taking in everything on the entire ship from top to bottom. I always enjoy reading a book by an author writing from personal experiences, and this is truly one of my favorites. I enjoyed the writing style of Collins, and felt I could laugh and cry with him throughout his journey. I highly recommend this book as a fantastic read for anyone, and especially for those looking for a great adventure. This book will take your adventurous juices and take them to a level you never knew you had. After reading “Shanghaied”, you will want to take those adventures with a stronger determination.”  Reviewed by Joy H. for Readers Favorite  http://readersfavorite.com/review/6662

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Seamens' Club, Mobile, Alabama

The Independent Publisher announced recently the winners of their annual  IPPY Awards.Independent Publishers IPPY Awards. "Shanghaied" by David Collins won a silver medal in the Young Adult category.

Shanghaied by David Collins was awarded a silver medal in the Young Adult Fiction category.

David Collns, author of Shanghaied" at Greater Los Angeles Writers Society (GLAWS) booth at recent LA Book Festival.

David Collins in Greater Los Angeles Writers Society (GLAWS) booth at the recent annual Los Angeles Book Festival.

Whittaker family in the Cayman Islands

The Bo’sun’s family, daughter Winsome, son Macki and Clyde, his grandchildren, sister and other relatives with David Collins signing his book Shanghaied.