Herbert, an Englewood native who spent much of his childhood in Boca Grande, loosely bases his books on a combination of Boca Grande, Englewood, Don Pedro and Sanibel locations and their landmarks.
A few names might ring a bell, as well.
That goes for the art on the book cover, too. Carroll Swayze, who has been involved in the Boca Grande and Englewood art scene for many, many years, has offered up some of her colorful tarpon to grace the book.
“Boca Grande has always been an important part of my life,” Herbert said. “It started at a young age and continues today. The people are genuine and representative of an island untouched by corporate America. I’ll never forget the first time I tarpon fished aboard the Sitarah in the Pass, or the first time I ate at The Temptation, or walked down Banyan Street. What better place for a setting in a book? Butch
Sands works for a newspaper on fictitious Pedro Island, but I make no attempt to hide the parallels to Boca Grande.”
View More images >>The book’s description offers more information about the storyline.
“When a journalist is stranded in the Florida Keys after 9/11, a wealthy stranger invites him on a fishing charter that leads to a perilous battle with Cuban pirates. Journalist Butch Sands is looking for a way home to Pedro Island, Florida a day after terrorists attack on 9/11 ... In this suspenseful adventure, things are about to go from bad to worse for a journalist caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Left to rely on his instincts and pure luck, now only time will tell if he will ever be able to return to the life he once knew.”
Herbert, a Lemon Bay High School graduate, now lives in Cincinnati with his wife and children, but still gets down to Boca Grande from time to time.
“There’s something about driving across the causeway and looking over at the old railway bridge then out at the open water,” he said. “Or standing on the beach with the fast-moving current and backdrop of Cayo Costa Island, and watching boats long-drifting for tarpon in the Pass. Every time my wife and I bring our children to the island it reminds me of my youth, and how fortunate I was to have an island like Boca Grande to visit. I hope it never changes.”
This book, “Silver King,” as well as the first book featuring Butch Sands, “Banyan Street,” are available on Amazon.com.
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