Bosun: The Mariner’s Journals



The novel about the larger-than-life bosun in No Ordinary Seaman.

In this historical fiction, we voyage with Bosun through his journals, written by a familiar seaman—Harbo, from the Havkatt and the Polycastle.

Bosun’s journals are a maritime saga about the nonsensical nature of humanity. Ulf Kleivik went to sea as a youth because that’s what generations of men did in his Norwegian seafaring family. The boy sailor experienced the horrors of whaling, the tragedies and the loss of life during the Battle of the Atlantic. He quickly matured and become a natural leader, earning the rank of bosun.

Bosun’s fearlessness, bravery, and heroism were legendary, as were his chiselled Nordic features, his humour and his wit. He employed his ironic STUPID PEOPLE MIRROR to expose moral ambiguities, shallow thinking, and the absurdities of men. His courageous spirit and resolve were bolstered by precious Aase, who gifts him with the meaning of love. His maritime legacy is THE BOSUN’s ANCHOR, the coveted tattoo, worn only by worthy seafarers who exemplify intelligence, leadership, loyalty, and love.

Gary Karlsen book signing

A Great Father’s Day Gift



At my recent book signing at Indigo, my writer’s table was squeezed into a small space right in front of a collection of books promoted as Father’s Day Picks.

customer reaches for a book

The signing got off to a slow start so I browsed through some of the books – murder mysteries, biographies, DIY, pulp fiction, motorcycle gangs, a book about sneakers … These were glossy hard cover and paperback books, some by best-selling authors.

For this signing event, being the first one for my first book, I did not know quite what to expect.