After a boring life as a shopkeeper in Federalist New England, Knox bought a commission in the newly formed U.S. Merchant Marine. Coasting along the East Coast of U.S in early 19th Century, building skills and trading while alert to pirates and rum runners, with occasional special Coast Guard missions for Sec. Hamilton. He now sails the warmer waters of the Western Carribean, under special commission from the Royal Navy.
Behind the keyboard is a long-time (five decades) simulation gamer (Avalon Hill, Sid Meier et al), enjoys microeconomic and macroeconomic simulation). Fan of Dorothy Dunnett's House of Niccolo series of historical novels (trade, finance, warfare, politics. lust, envy, greed and power) and Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels of life in the 19th century Royal Navy around the time of the Napoleonic Wars.