First Fury

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Book 1 of 3. Based on the true story of a woman wronged, First Fury is a quest for vengeance. In 1848, Ann is abandoned by her lover. Then, dressed as a man, anger drives her to sign on to a whaling ship to hunt down the fellow who “ruined” her. This is a different kind of love story. “Blinding vapors of foam and white-fire...the first fury of the whale's headlong rush...” [Moby Dick, page 81] More
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About Thomas Macy

I grew up as the son of a small town weekly newspaper editor. With no lack of paper, I 'wrote' from before I could write. But, as life happened, I immersed myself in my growing family and my computer programming career. For 35 years I wrote software for income and fiction/non-fiction for pleasure. Then in 2003, that changed. Now I write software for fun and am "driven" to create stories that will take the reader on fascinating journeys. This transition started about 2001 when Sandy (my wife since 1969) and I went to Nantucket to research family history.

While perusing a database dump on Joseph Macy, I saw the name “Rebecca Ann Johnson” scroll by. Just weeks before, while reading a book on whaling, I had seen her name and considered the seaman's story concerning her to be just a whaler's tale. But here she was…the story verified by a letter from the US consulate in Payta, Peru! In 1849, she survived 8 months dressed as a man serving on the whaling ship the Christopher Mitchell. The profession was difficult for a man, and Ann did it successfully…single handedly saving the ship and the crew by one account. Postponing the family history, I focused on researching Ann’s life. The result—First Fury! The documents, photos, and related web site information are all available on the book’s web site, ( Ruined and 'til Her Heart Dances finish the Fury series.

For 40 years, we have attended the Baptist church in Windsor, Colorado, where I have served as deacon, Bible study leader, and in various other positions. While working with youth and adults, I created various age graded Bible studies. In the summer of 2003, our pastor at that time presented a special class on Baptist history. Some of the accounts he shared begged to be told in story form where readers would EXPERIENCE the journeys taken by our forefathers. The result—The Courage of Your Faith! This work consists of 12 short stories and 12 Bible studies, each addressing an issue as relevant today as it was in the past. Each story/study also has supporting documentation, web site links, and a Power Point presentation with notes and photographs. Everything is available at for no charge. I only ask for donations commensurate with the benefit received by the reader.

Star Song is a science fiction novel. The science involves that illusive force that is causing the expansion of the universe. Furthermore, is time really a variable that can change as our frame of reference changes? If Satan and the fallen angels are confined to Earth, what would it be like to leverage that repulsing energy and travel to another star where the "Tempter" could not go. Or, could he?

Today, my wife Sandy and I live in Windsor and, now that I am retired, I spend a lot more of my time in the craft of writing...that is when I am not feeding her flower fetish.

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About the Series: Fury
The Fury series begins with First Fury and follows Rebeccah Ann Johnson into the mid-nineteenth century whaling industry as she hunts down the man who ruined her. As her adventure continues, she gains friends and adversaries. Trials test them and secrets threaten them as they head east. Can a "ruined" heart learn to dance?

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Reviews of First Fury by Thomas Macy

Annie48 reviewed on Aug. 30, 2020

Fabulous book about a real life woman who joined a whaling ship in the mid-1800s when she was 16 years old. Can’t get any better historical fiction than this!
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Agnes HOUESSOU reviewed on Jan. 3, 2020

An excellent read. Great detail and depth! Well done, Mr. Macy.
I still weep for the poor dolphin mum and her pup -oh, to attach his little self to the whaler dingy!
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Agnes HOUESSOU reviewed on Jan. 3, 2020
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Wow, wow, WOW!!!!!
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Hannes Birnbacher reviewed on May 14, 2018

Being not a member of any church, I never read religious literature but I am happy to have come across this book, which has religious elements included in the plot. The female hero, a scepticist, is convinced by sort of a lay preacher on the ship to doubt her own motives for vengeance and brought within long months to acknowledge she is master of her own fate. As this has been true for all her life, her dire situation must be a consequence of her own, past behaviour. During this process she learns to master her emotions and shape her own future.
This plot is unobtrusive and I, completely areligious, gained very much insight from the book. As if that were not enough, there is underlying a very tactful and tender love story within the inner world of the main person. Furthermore, it's style is written masterfully and exciting, and I learned lots of 19th century maritime navigation and whaling. In this it remembers me of Kassandra Alvarado's "The white passage", another masterfully book about a woman aboard a big sailing vessel.
I strongly advise you to not let deter you from reading "First Fury" because of it's christian elements, it is one of the best and most exciting books I have ever read.
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