Passage(s) to Saint-Domingue [Trailer & Press Release]

Outskirts Press announces Passage(s) to Saint-Domingue, the latest highly-anticipated FICTION / Historical / General book from RICHMOND, VA author William “Duke” Smither.


December 30, 2021. Denver, CO and RICHMOND, VA – Outskirts Press, Inc. has published Passage(s) to Saint-Domingue: Jakobe’s Journey, Overture to the Gathering of Vultures by William “Duke” Smither, which is the author’s most recent book to date. The 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback in the FICTION / Historical / General category is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble for a suggested retail price of $28.95 (An Amazon ‘Kindle’ version is also available). The webpage at was launched simultaneously with the book’s publication.

Passage(s) to Saint-Domingue: Jakobe’s Journey, Overture to the Gathering of Vultures

About the Book (Excerpts & Info)

Passage(s) to Saint-Domingue: Jakobe’s Journey… is the sequel to Backroads to ‘Bethlehem’ and second book in the Trilogy on Western Hemispheric Marronage. It unfolds around 1742, in the wake of guerrilla warfare against British forces in Jamaica. Jakobe’s life begins in the militaristic Maroon village of Akrafena, from nearly cradle to teen, with childhood shenanigans and wagering hi-jinks near the docks of Kingston Harbor. “Jakobe’s Journey” gathers momentum as a seaman-apprentice and “powder monkey” aboard the Sea Serpent, a lightly-armed, two-masted merchant ship used for smuggling.

Before reaching the age of 20, on the lam in the revenge killing for his father’s death, Jakobe takes flight to the Island of Hispaniola. In Saint-Domingue, his unique seafaring skills accrue to the benefit of his new family, as well as mountain Maroons. During the run-up to the island’s successful insurrection, Jakobe finds himself with well-heeled connections to black-marketing circles and a secret network of abolitionists. As a close friend and confident of General Toussaint L’Ouverture, he was assigned tactical-and-munitions liaison duties under General Jean-Jacques Dessalines. Then, as vultures gather during the hushed but historic victory of the enslaved over the French at the Battle of Vertieres, Jakobe confronts the meaning of life once more. Six weeks later, on January 1, 1804, Dessalines proclaimed the island’s independence, renaming it as “Ayiti,” the indigenous Taino name.

Deftly constructed at 460 pages, Passage(s) to Saint-Domingue: Jakobe’s Journey, Overture to the Gathering of Vultures is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the FICTION / Historical / General category. With U.S. wholesale distribution through Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and pervasive online availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere, Passage(s) to Saint-Domingue meets consumer demand through both retail and library markets with a suggested retail price of $28.95.

Additionally, Passage(s) to Saint-Domingue can be ordered by retailers or wholesalers for the maximum trade discount price set by the author in quantities of ten or more from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at

ISBN: 9781977248954Format: 6 x 9 Black & White PaperbackSRP: $28.95
**(An Amazon ‘Kindle’ version is also available @ $7.99)

For more information or to contact the author, visit, or his website:

About the Author

William “Duke” Smither, author of Passage(s) to Saint-Domingue: Jakobe’s Journey, Overture to the Gathering of Vultures, is a U.S. Navy Veteran (Viet Nam Era, Cuban Missile Crisis, Cuban Blockade), native of Frankfort, KY, resident of Richmond, VA, and retired nuclear site worker, security administrator, and Sr. Investigator for Dominion Energy (Virginia Power).

Side interests and independent studies in African-American History during his working career, and additional research in Ancient African History, led to the history-related journal he created at, during retirement, and several assignments as contributing writer for “BlackPast.Org,” the international web-based reference center for African-American History, at (His current website is:

His debut novel, Backroads to ‘Bethlehem’: Odysseys of the Maroon Warrior, in the Shadows of the Transatlantic Slave Trade (2018) was the first installment of a planned historical-fiction trilogy on Western Hemispheric marronage and resistance. Passage(s) to Saint-Domingue… is the sequel. The third book (working title: Children of the Swamp…) is underway, pending completion.

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