Author Vicente Chao Oliva’s new book “The Black Joke” is a captivating story of one ship’s excellence in rescuing slaves

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Recent release “The Black Joke” from Page Publishing author Vicente Chao Oliva is an inspiring novel following a ship in the West African Squadron whose crew tirelessly defies all odds and rescues countless slaves from sea.

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Vicente Chao Oliva, who immigrated to the United States in 1970 and later served in the US armed forces, has completed his new book “The Black Joke”: a gripping literary debut.

Vicent writes, “In 1807, the British government passed the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, which outlawed the slave trade. Soon after, the West African Squadron was established. The creation of this squadron marked the beginning of a noble and heroic chapter in history which has been all but forgotten by everyone.

For over fifty years, the role of the ships that comprised the squadron was to disrupt the slave trade by intercepting slave ships headed to the Americas, stopping them from delivering their cargo and returning the freed slaves to Africa.

Of all the ships in the squadron, there was one that excelled in her mission – “The Black Joke”.

“The Black Joke” relentlessly sailed into the teeth of overwhelming odds, commandeered more ships, and rescued more slaves than nearly all other ships combined in the five year span that she patrolled the waters off West Africa.

This is her story.”

Published by Page Publishing, Vicente Chao Oliva’s engrossing tale is an excellent choice for avid historical fiction readers.

Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “The Black Joke” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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