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Anthony Palmiotti

Anthony Palmiotti has made a career as a licensed merchant marine officer and maritime educator. A professor of navigation and vessel operations, he goes to sea each year as an instructor and watch officer. Through travels around the world, he has developed a keen interest in history, particularly maritime history.

Palmiotti has also published “Navigator’s Notebook” and has been published by a variety of maritime trade magazines most recently in the June/July 2016 issue of “Professional Mariner” magazine.

Flight to Freedom

Being a prisoner of war Isn’t an option. . .

As Japanese forces corral almost eleven thousand prisoners after the fall of Corregidor Island in the Philippines, the remaining crew of the USS Tanager band together to escape to freedom. Pursued by a relentless Japanese officer, the escapees commandeer an old schooner. Through uncharted islands and stormy seas, they must outsail and outsmart Japanese forces sent to capture or kill them.

Inspired by a true story of early World War II heroism, Flight to Freedom is the story of a diverse group of people who just won’t give up.


Palmiotti captures not only the facts of a wartime navy, but also the feel of that desperate few months at the start of the war when American forces in the Philippines faced a skillful and ruthless enemy but had little hope of the reinforcements they so badly needed. For those like me who love tales of World War II in the Pacific, this book delivers. –Loyd Uglow, Historical Novel Society

“Flight to Freedom is a page-turner; adventurous, beautifully written, entertaining, and fascinating. The charismatic characters and narrative completely absorbed me, and the engaging and well-paced plot held my attention. Flight to Freedom is one of the most entertaining books I’ve read.” —Jennie More for Readers’ Favorite


“. . .this is an intelligently conceived thriller. . .it’s historically instructive and dramatically immersive—an impressive feat and an enjoyable read. An often captivating tale of wartime bravery.” –Kirkus Reviews

The Hell Run was a refreshing perspective on the naval war of WWII. Author Anthony Palmiotti has taken factual action from the conflict and added in a wonderfully woven tale of fiction based around ordinary people; merchant marine sailors and the brave partisans of northern Norway. . .If you love WWII stories, this book is something a little different, highly readable, and one that I know you will adore. For readers everywhere, this is a book I can highly recommend.” –Grant Leishman for Readers’ Favorite

“Author Anthony Palmiotti has captured a fascinating niche of history in this highly realistic and engrossing piece of World War Two fiction. . .The plot does take precedence over character in this novel, but in doing so the work becomes both educational and entertaining on a much wider scale. Overall, I would recommend The Hell Run for fans of detailed historical fiction with tons of atmosphere.” –K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite


“Though the sensationalistic cover art is reminiscent of a penny dreadful, Death Beneath the Waves is a realistic depiction of war and seamanship. The plot is fast-paced and unpredictable, propelling an anxious reader along. The narrative is strongest when capturing the operations of the sailors and the maneuvers of the sailing vessels, not surprising since author Anthony Palmiotti is a licensed merchant marine officer and professor of navigation and vessel operations. His 2017 novel First Voyage introduced readers to the Arrow and its crew in 1938 Hamburg, Germany. Death Beneath the Wavesis an exciting return trip.” –K.M Sandrick, Historical Novel Society

Death Beneath the Waves is an intense and fascinating historically-based story about Germany’s U-boat invasion of the East Coast of the United States. The author gives his readers both sides of the story. One gets to experience the conditions submariners lived in: the cramped quarters and ever-present fear, the sound of the U-boat’s shell buckling as they dove deep under water. Topside, readers get a glimpse of life aboard the Arrow. Readers of Palmiotti’s first book in the series, First Voyage, will be familiar with Second Mate Welch, having followed his course from ship school student to a berth as third mate. I was pleased to see him in this book, seasoned, confident and an invaluable part of a working team. Palmiotti’s story is hard to put down, and his characters are superbly delineated and credible. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this historical maritime series. Death Beneath the Waves is most highly recommended.” Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

“Author Anthony Palmiotti has created a fascinating re-enactment of some of the most exciting yet under represented battles which took place during the Second World War. Palmiotti’s prose flows beautifully from chapter to chapter, taking readers on an epic journey that sweeps from the mastery of the seas to the claustrophobic setting of the U-boat interior itself. Having been inside them myself, I can vouch for the fantastic authenticity of their operation. The characters are well developed but do not overtake the plot points of the story, which enables the author to tell a historical tale that spans and touches so many lives along the way. Overall, Death Beneath the Waves is a thrilling and enthralling adventure that fans of war fiction are sure to enjoy reading.” K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite


“Told with great love of the seas and the hard-bit men who plow them, this coming of age adventure is sure to delight maritime history fans. Here’s to hoping that the voyages continue and Palmiotti has a shot at becoming the Patrick Taylor of the high seas.” Eileen Charbonneau, Historical Novel Society

“Wonderful read! This is the tale of a young merchant officer on his first ship on the eve of WWII. His adventures are compelling and enjoyable.” Capt. Dennis Schroeder, Master Mariner

“Palmiotti (Marine Transportation/SUNY Maritime College; Navigator’s Notebook, 2014) applies his maritime expertise to a historical novel about a cargo ship’s world travels. …Palmiotti has clearly done thorough research into the era’s historical details… The book also includes ample detail about the workings of the ship, which will be of interest to maritime enthusiasts. …A detailed story that…builds into a suspenseful drama.” —Kirkus Reviews

“I felt as though I was aboard the old rusty Arrow freighter in 1938 as I read First Voyage. The book kept me involved and anxious to read from beginning to end. There was rarely a dull moment as the men on board the Arrow bonded and dealt with each new disaster, becoming more like family than crew and taking me right along on the journey. Anthony Palmiotti is a skilled author, putting just the right ingredients together to make First Voyage a most enjoyable read. I highly recommend this for all readers, young and old.” Trudi LoPreto for Readers’ Favorite

“There’s so much to admire about this grand, rousing beast of a novel. It’s a modern day maritime novel that will make most readers wish they had gone to sea, as well as being a poignant and powerful coming of age novel. The Holocaust and the worsening plight of Jews during Hitler’s regime is masterfully addressed. Add to that First Voyage’s rightful claim as a first-rate historical novel, and you’ve got one of the best books of the year as far as I can see. Palmiotti’s writing is translucent and lyrical at times, but always highly accessible and, like a siren’s call, quite irresistible. First Voyage is a most impressive debut novel, and it’s most highly recommended.” Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

“First Voyage is very well-written and its author, Palmiotti, obviously knows quite a lot about sea life. It’s no surprise that he’s a merchant marine officer and maritime educator who builds canoes in his spare time. As far as history is concerned, the book highlights an important fact—that as late as 1938, some Americans weren’t really aware of the scope of the evil of the Nazi regime. First Voyagealso shows that throughout the ‘30s, the U.S. carried on normal relations with Nazi Germany—including maritime commerce. The book is well-written and the characters are well-rounded, especially Ruben, who was a banker before the stock market crash, and the crusty Captain Van Metre. All in all, First Voyage shows another side of the pre-war period, a side that isn’t often depicted in fiction or otherwise.” Raanan Geberer for Readers’ Favorite

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