Friday, April 27, 2018

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

The Best Sea Story Ever Written

The Grand Daddy of Nautical Literature

Moby Dick is a literary masterpiece and perhaps the best sea stories ever written.  Anyone serious about nautical literature simply must read this monster of a novel.  Overflowing with all the elements that make up a great sea story, Moby Dick sets the standard for writing about sailors, ocean travel and making a living at sea.  More than this, Moby Dick is a novel about being alive and searching for the meaning of it all.

In Melville's masterpiece, the reader finds all the things that make going to sea in ships so amazing, and that includes deep friendships, monumental challenges, profound mysteries, youthful adventure, technology, the grandeur of nature, heartbreaking tragedy, disaster, salvation and earning a livelihood.

Rather than try to come up with any more catchy lines of praise, here's a quote from Moby Dick that says it all:  "He [Captain Ahab] piled upon the whale's white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart's shell upon it."


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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Two Anthologies of Creepy Sea Stories


Mysterious Sea Stories & Sea Cursed


These two books will not disappoint fans of creepy sea stories, because the editors have include tales set aboard yachts, battleships, submarines that encounter whirlpools, undersea misadventures, psycho shipmates, denizens of the deep, sailors lost at sea, zombies and many other plots and themes that explore this obscure genre.  Mysterious Sea Stories, edited by William Patrick, includes 14 tales by some of the best authors to ever set pen to paper, including Edgar Allan Poe, Jack London, Joseph Conrad and Ray Bradbury.  Sea Cursed, edited by Liam McDonald, also includes stories by Joseph Conrad, Edgar Allan Poe and Ray Bradbury plus tales by Clive Barker, H. P. Lovecraft, Roger Zelazny and other less-well-known creepsters of the deep.



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US Navy Nautical Disaster & Coast Guard Crime Thriller


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Sunday, March 18, 2018

How to Download and Read Free Sea Stories

Read Free Sea Stories On Any Device




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Amazon Kindle

Download free eBooks from Amazon and read them on any device.

If you already have an Amazon Kindle eReader your choice is made, read on!  However, if you don't have an Amazon Kindle eReader, but you do shop on Amazon, you can easily install the Amazon Kindle App on any electronic device for free.  Go to the Apps icon on any iPhone, iPad, Samsung or any other electronic device and download the free Amazon Kindle App.  Open the app and log into Amazon with your existing Amazon account information or create an account for free.  Search for Malcolm Torres, and grab my two free eBooks:  Sixty-Four Days and The Pirate Part I.  Here's a cool tip:  Anywhere in the world, go to http://author.to/MT and it will take you to the Amazon store for your location.  Once there, you can download my books, and they will download to your Kindle App.  If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can read most of my eBooks for free.  Several of my books are available in paperback on Amazon as well.  Click here for my free sea stories on Amazon.

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Download free eBooks from Apple and read them on all your Apple devices.

If you have an iPhone or an iPad, then you already have the iBooks App installed or you can easily install it for free from the App Store.  Simply open the iBooks App and search for Malcolm Torres and my books will appear.  Tap on Sixty-Four Days or The Pirate Part I and then tap the GET button to download the free eBook.  It may prompt you to log in, and it might ask you to enter your credit card number, but you will not be charged.  Once you open the book, you can adjust the size of the fonts and start reading.  It's just as easy to install the Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble Nook app for free on you iPhone or iPad.  Click here for my free sea stories on Apple iBooks.

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If you already have a Nook eReader your choice is made, read on!  You can just as easily download the Nook App onto any electronic device.  Go to the Apps icon on any iPhone, iPad, Samsung phone or any tablet, laptop of desktop computer and download the free Nook eReader App.  Open the app and log in with your existing Barnes & Noble account information, or create an account for free.  Search for Malcolm Torres, and grab my two free eBooks:  Sixty-Four Days and The Pirate Part I.  You may be asked to enter your credit card number, but you will not be charged for downloading, reading and posting reviews on free eBooks.  Click here for my free sea stories on Barnes & Noble Nook.

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sea Story - Greatest Submarine Rescue in History


A SEA STORY

Nautical Disaster


"In a swirl of trailing bubbles, the Squalus touched down on the North Atlantic floor."



Salvage Operation, USS Squalus SS192 North Atlantic, May 1939

I recently finished reading THE TERRIBLE HOURS by Peter Maas, and it was an outstanding sea story.  This thriller has many of the elements that make a great sea story.  Here's the bullet list of what you can expect:


  • Disasters at sea
  • Brave men use their whits and technology in the face of nature's deadly elements
  • Sailors battle the sea afloat and below the briny depths
  • Camaraderie among sailors aboard ships and submarines
  • Development of extreme hardware and technology used for rescues at sea
  • US Navy history told by an excellent author in a NY Times bestseller




From THE TERRIBLE HOURS book jacket:


On the eve of World War II, the Squalus, America's newest submarine, plunged into the North Atlantic. Miraculously, thirty-three crew members still survived. While their loved ones waited in unbearable tension on shore, their ultimate fate would depend upon one man, U.S. Navy officer Charles "Swede" Momsen -- an extraordinary combination of visionary, scientist, and man of action. In this thrilling true narrative, prize-winning author Peter Maas brings us in the vivid detail a moment-by-moment account of the disaster and the man at its center. Could he actually pluck those men from a watery grave? Or had all his pioneering work been in vain?





If you enjoy a good sea story, you may want to give these two a read.
They are free on all eReaders.



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Malcolm Torres is the author of original sea stories.




Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Most Popular Sea Story Links on Google

Top Search Results for Sea Story


When you search Google for the words Sea Story, here's what appears in the top 5 search results.

Art by Quyen Dinh

#1 Sea Story : Navy.com

https://www.navy.com/navy-life/sea-story.html

It makes sense that post for the US Navy would appear at the top of the list.  Sailors who serve in the US Navy are fully involved in a hug ongoing sea story.  While at sea and ashore, Navy sailors live out the raw materials that go into great sea stories, both told and written.

#2.  A Sea Story - The Atlantic

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2004/05/a-sea-story/302940/

This Atlantic Magazine article tells the story of the ferry Estonia, which sank beneath the waves on the night of September 28, 1994 in a storm on the Baltic Sea.  The lives of 850 souls were lost.

#3.  Urban Dictionary: Sea story

https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Sea%20story

The urban dictionary scores a direct hit with this definition:  A sea story is a nautical version of an urban legend, similar to a fairy tale.  All sailors know the difference between a sea story and a fairy tale.  A fairy tale begins with "Once upon a time..." and a sea story begins with "This ain't no shit..."

#4.  SEA STORY by America's Navy on Apple Podcasts

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sea-story/id1252062531?mt=2

I had not hear of this podcast even though I've searched the Apple Podcast app many times for sea stories.  I will be synching up my iPhone with this one and listening in for certain.

Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii

#5.  Story of Two Americans Lost at Sea for Months Leaves Experts...

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/story-two-americans-lost-sea-months-leaves-experts-questions-n816066

I'm happy to see this link in the top 5 Google search for the key words Sea Story.  NO list would be complete without a story of sailors lost at sea.



If you enjoy a good sea story, you may want to give these two a read.
They are free on all eReaders.


Free on all eReaders:

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Apple iBooks

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Smashwords



Malcolm Torres is the author of original sea stories.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Google Top 5 Search Results for SEA STORIES

When people search on Google for the words SEA STORIES I want the Ships & Sailors Blog to be #1.  To reach this goal, I'm going to blog about the current Google top search results for the key words:  SEA STORIES.  Associating the Ships & Sailors blog with these key words and these high traffic links will make Google pick up the Ships & Sailors Blog and rocket it to the top.  Here goes.

GOOGLE TOP 5 SEARCH RESULTS FOR KEY WORDS "SEA STORIES"





For anyone who is into Sea Stories and Nautical Art, these are the most popular links:


#1 YouTube Link to Video of the Song "Sea Stories" by Sturgill Simpson


Sturgill Simpson - Sea Stories - A Sailor's Guide To Earth - Lyrics 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJABJkM5Eo0

It makes sense that the number one link on Google for the keyword search for the words Sea Stories takes us to a YouTube video. Is it irony or a pun that this guy has the word 'gill' in his name? This is actually a good song.


#2 Wikipedia Link to Nautical Fiction

Nautical fiction - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nautical_fiction
I've read this posting on Wikipedia and it is excellent. I highly recommend it to all sea story fans.


#3 Amazon Link to Sea Stories by Sturgill Simpson

Sea Stories by Sturgill Simpson on Amazon Music - Amazon.com
https://www.amazon.com/Sea-Stories/dp/B01C9VPTQ2

It makes total sense that the #3 link on Google search results for the key words Sea Stories is a link to buy the song Sea Stories by Sturgill Simpson because this video of this excellent song is the #1 link in the search results for the key words Sea Stories on Google. Did you see how many times I said the words Google, Sea Story, Sea Stories, link and Amazon there, huh?




#4 Link to the Apple Podcast: Cigars and Sea Stories

Cigars and Sea Stories Store
https://cigarsandseastories.com/

I'm very happy to see this link in the top 5 search results on Google for the key words SEA STORIES I would be much happier to see it in the top three because it's just straight up righteous. The mission: Cigars and Sea Stories is a multimedia company focused on empowering veterans by sharing stories with those who are adding VALUE to the world.


#5 Link to the Top 8 Greatest Sea Adventures on HuffPost

8 Great Sea Adventure Stories | HuffPost
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam_roberts/sea-adventure-stories_b_6466060.html

This is an excellent list of sea stories on HuffPost. All of these sea stories are well worth a read.
  1. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  2. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  3. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  4. Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
  5. Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin
  6. Das Boot [The Boat] by Lothar-Gunther Buchheim
  7. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
  8. The Odyssey by Homer
  9. The Pirate by Malcolm Torres (lol)





If you enjoy sea stories, you may want to give these two a read.

They are free on all eReaders.




Free on all eReaders:

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Apple iBooks

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Smashwords




Malcolm Torres is the author of original Sea Stories


Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Pirate, A Crime Thriller

“—a flotilla of Coast Guard ships forming an iron curtain across the Florida Straits and the Gulf of Mexico, have apprehended twenty-eight drug runners and seized more than seventeen tons of marijuana and cocaine—”


The Pirate is a sea story about a Coast Guard sailor who gets involved in crime.  It takes place in Key West, Miami and Puerto Rico.  This story is written by Malcolm Torres

THE PIRATE

Part I:  The Traitor (Free on:  Amazon - iBooks - Nook - Smashwords)

Coast Guard deckhand Jack Turner discovers how easy it is making money on the wrong side of the law.  Just as he’s about to buy a sailboat with a bundle of ill-gotten cash, his ex-girlfriend Wendy re-enters his life.  And guess what?  Wendy says she’s having Jack’s baby.


The characters in The Pirate by Malcolm Torres go wind surfing in Key West

Part II:  The Kingpin  (Available on:  Amazon - iBooks - Nook - Smashwords)

Jack Turner is being torn apart when the Coast Guard loans him to the DEA for a sting operation in Puerto Rico, and a murderous Miami drug kingpin threatens him with blackmail.  Will Jack live long enough to see Wendy and their soon-to-be-born child?

In The Pirate by Malcolm Torres, the Coast Guard seizes large quantities of illegal drugs while on patrol off the coast of Key West.


Part III:  Big Daddy (available March 2018  Amazon - iBooks - Nook - Smashwords)

Jack Turner’s life is at stake,along with the lives of his best friend, his girlfriend and their new-born baby.  Threatened by a Miami kingpin, Jack must choose between a life of crime that produces large stacks of dirty money or settle into clean living with a wife and child.

In The Pirate, a sea story by Malcolm Torres, the main character goes on a sailing trip between Grand Cayman and Key West, Florida.






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Malcolm Torres is the author of original sea stories and nautical novels.