Undocumented Visitors in a Pirate Sea

An Investigation of Certain Caribbean Phenomena by Dr. Thayer Harris

Fiction - Science Fiction
245 Pages
Reviewed on 11/07/2013
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Author Biography

For more than 30 years, Jeffrey Roswell McCord has been a free-lance journalist and public relations/public affairs consultant in Washington D.C. and New York City. His by-lined work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, USA-UK Magazine, the South Jersey Courier-Post (a Gannett newspaper) and the online publications Truth Out, Angry Bear and The Activist Post. He has also published a blog, The Investor Advocate, promoting greater legal protections for U.S. consumers and investors.
Trained as an economist and historian, Mr. McCord and his family now divide their time between Virginia and the United States Virgin Islands.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Undocumented Visitors in a Pirate Sea: An Investigation of Certain Caribbean Phenomena by Dr. Thayer Harris is a stunning UFO story that was researched and written by Jeffrey Roswell McCord. Harris is a maritime history professor living in the US Virgin Islands with his wife and son. They lead pleasant lives, living on a remote mountain, sailing the waters, and snorkeling on his days off. Harris is approached one day by a naval officer and asked to investigate the recent death by drowning of a veteran who had last been seen on a floating bar/ship on a night when unexplained lights were seen by a number of witnesses. Harris is asked to keep his investigation secret and is given a cover project about the Bay of Pigs and a direct, encrypted line to his naval employer. As part of his investigation, he interviews a number of local residents who were witnesses to the event. Harris also discovers a vast amount of documented evidence and reports on UFOs on the internet.

I loved every minute I spent reading Undocumented Visitors in a Pirate Sea. Don't let the somewhat dry title fool you, author Jeffrey Roswell McCord and character Thayer Harris make reading about Harris's investigations fascinating, with plenty of historical links which also proved to be fine reading. Unlike most books filled with lots of footnotes, Undocumented Visitors is great science/speculative fiction that will also appeal to fans of action/adventure novels and sea adventure yarns. Add a healthy dose of history and pages detailing sailing and snorkeling in the gorgeous waters of the Caribbean, and who could ask for more? This is such an entertaining and cool book, and McCord has left the story-door open for a sequel. I certainly hope to see one soon.

Katelyn Hensel

In Jeffrey Roswell McCord's book, Undocumented Visitors in a Pirate Sea, mystery and intrigue intersect in a dramatic and befuddling documentation of extraterrestrial activity in the Caribbean. A historian working for the US Government discovers the startling news that there have been aliens sighted and documented for more than 50 years in the same areas of the Caribbean. Now politics collide with the country's best interests and an unsolved mystery has everyone on a dangerous edge.

Even I, with an extensive reading background that encompasses almost every genre, am at a loss as to where to place this book on the spectrum of genres. It's got a little bit of everything and I believe that will make it appealing to many different literary seekers. I chose to read this book because pirates are SO my thing. Even before Captain Jack Sparrow made them cool again, I thought pirates were the best thing since sliced bread...or maybe before that...not really sure on the time frame. So imagine my surprise when the book wasn't really all that much about pirates...but about aliens. Cool concept, I mean Cowboys and Aliens had its moments, why not pirates as well? In addition to all that, you can also inject a little political conspiracy theory (I mean...the author's middle name is Roswell...coincidence? I think not!). Undocumented Visitors is a really cool and unique story that is worth a read. I'm pretty sure there is a little bit of substance to entice readers of every genre, and McCord has mastered the art of the plot twist. This book was clearly researched extensively and that really shows in the fine detail of the piece. An excellent read for anyone at all, in my opinion.

Kayti Nika Raet

In Undocumented Visitors in a Pirate Sea, a sci-fi novel by Jeffrey Roswell McCord, Dr. Thayer Harris is a professor living on the Virgin Islands with his family. He's soon jerked out of the idyllic island life when he's asked to investigate a mysterious death. But he isn't investigating your average mysterious death - with contact from U.S. Naval Intelligence he's investigating an extraterrestrial angle. Already harboring a mild interest in UFO and other extraterrestrial phenomena, his research leads him from figures such as John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan to events as disparate as the European invasion of the New World, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. As he gets deeper into his research, he is soon visited by outside intelligence; the terrestrial and not so terrestrial, the benign and not so benign.

Undocumented Visitors in a Pirate Sea is a very entertaining read and it's filled with notes so that curious readers can do more research on their own. Perhaps because of Mr. McCord's long journalistic background, Undocumented Visitors in a Pirate Sea reads more like a super-long news article or college dissertation - albeit a very entertaining and engaging one - but the heavy use of annotations, quotes from outside source material, and even the way the dialogue is formatted doesn't lend itself to a sci-fi novel feel. If it wasn't for the addition of aliens, this could almost be mistaken for a non-fiction book. Even so, I found the book to be very interesting and informative, and if the ending is anything to go by, then a sequel is in the works.

Mamta Madhavan

Undocumented Visitors in a Pirate Sea - An Investigation of Certain Caribbean Phenomena by Dr. Thayer Harris by Jeffrey Roswell McCord is a hair-raising and intriguing story. A dead marine is washed ashore on a Caribbean island. Thayer Harris is a maritime historian working on the case for the U.S. Naval Intelligence. His investigation is putting his life and career at risk.

The book is a spine-chilling thriller that is filled with suspense and keeps the reader riveted until the final page. It is a fast-paced science fiction with a lot of mystery surrounding the investigation by Dr. Thayer Harris. The pirate waters of the Caribbean and the political scenario in Washington is a very heady combination that gives the story oomph.

Undocumented Visitors in a Pirate Sea is an intriguing mix of politics and science fiction. The author has woven them together with expertise, along with the beauty of the Caribbean islands. The descriptions are detailed and precise, enhancing the visual part of the book. The interesting factual theme of the book is handled well without it being boring. A well written science fiction with the right amount of facts, mystery, suspense, intrigue, and politics.

Bil Howard

Being washed ashore with his zipper closed was certainly an unusual occurrence when the body of former Marine gunnery sergeant Roger Baskins, an undocumented visitor on the British Virgin Island of Norman Island, was discovered on St. John’s East End. It was an indicator that the gunny hadn’t been intoxicated and relieving himself which was the usual reason for a Marine to fall off of a boat. However, the tattoos on his body, and one in particular, gave the U.S. Navy enough of an excuse to draw maritime historian Thayer Harris, PhD, into a secret investigation of the possibility of extraterrestrial involvement in the incident; also undocumented visitors to the Islands. Mixed within the intrigue of the mysterious drowning and subsequent investigation are the extreme levels of dishonesty and conspiracy surrounding UFO and USO sightings on the part of U.S. security agencies. As Doctor Harris investigates the phenomenon, he is putting not only his career, but perhaps even his life at risk. It will likely be the most hair-raising report he has ever written.

The mystery and intrigue surrounding the possibility of extraterrestrials in the Caribbean Islands in Undocumented Visitors in a Pirate Sea, by Jeffery Roswell McCord, will certainly keep the reader on his toes. Each spine-tingling turn of a page is well crafted with a mix of governmental conspiracy, piracy, alien encounters, and the possibility that the good doctor has bitten off more than he can chew. Suspenseful, intriguing and hair-raising; Undocumented Visitors in a Pirate Sea is a sci-fi page-turner that is sure to thrill hardcore sci-fi fans or anyone who picks it up.