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.

Apple iBooks

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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Pirate Part II - Sneak Peek

THE PIRATE
PART II:  THE KINGPIN

Sneak Peek

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 THE PIRATE PART II:  THE KINGPIN


CHAPTER 16


Max is sacked out on the couch.  It’s dark in the mobile home, but the sun is playing around at the edges of the miniblinds.
Jack shakes his shoulder, “Wake up, Dude.  I’m leaving.”
Max stirs.  “Shipping out?” he groans, half asleep.
“No.  Special assignment with the DEA.”
Max comes awake.  “DEA?”
“Drug Enforcement Agency,” Jack says.
“You’re always saying,” Max says whimsically, “you want a big adventure.”
“Well I got one this time,” Jack says.  “I’m going to Puerto Rico.”
“Duck if they start shooting.”
“Hey, if Wendy calls tell her I’m at sea, ok?”
“Don’t forget to send her some money for diapers.”
“Yeah, diapers.”  Jack is standing there in his Coast Guard uniform.  He looks fit and official.  His seabag is packed and leaning against his leg.   He feels like he’s growing up and growing away from Max.  In his friend, he sees his old self.  The old me, he thinks.  Max is falling back to sleep under a sheet on the couch.  Max smokes weed every day, watches game shows all morning, Jerry Springer in the afternoon.  He doesn’t think about what he’s going to do when he grows up.
“Buddy, I have to go,” Jack whispers, but Max is snoring.  “You keep looking at boats, ok?”
Jack hoists his seabag onto his back and walks through the pimp little kitchen and out the door.  A minute later, the sound of his truck starting shakes the windows and the miniblinds.  Outside, Jack puts it in reverse and backs out onto the street.



CHAPTER 17

Those two long bridges that have appeared on millions of postcards, the ones that seem to be a few feet above the clear blue water, running parallel for miles and miles.  Two lanes heading northeast and two lanes heading southwest, connecting all the little islands between Miami and Key West.
Right now Eduardo Scabado is sitting in the back seat of his Eldorado.  The car is going 70 miles per hour along that long low bridge heading southwest.  Thug-1 is driving while Thug-2 fiddles with the controls on the radio.  Eduardo likes the chee-chee cha-cha Cuban music.  Twangy guitars, marimbas and that calypso sort of sound.  He likes the parts when the mournful woman sings and especially when she is joined by a male singer with a high squeaky voice.  The heartfelt duets where the man sings sadly about the saucy girl who doesn’t return his love.  Those songs remind Eduardo of his childhood in Cuba.
“Chee-chee cha-cha, please,” Eduardo says from the back looking up from his Surface Tablet where he’s playing Fruit Ninja.  God, he loves these games.  They’re more addictive than cocaine.
Thug-2 tunes in the radio to a good song and Eduardo smiles, snaps his fingers.  “Yeah, I like this one so much.  It makes me think of my dear mami.”  Eduardo gets a faraway look in his eyes as he glances south across the open ocean towards Cuba, where his mami is buried in the sacred soil.  He relishes the melancholia of the moment.  His otherwise emotionally empty life calls for this.
The only honest feelings he has anymore are those he has for his mami.  Any feelings of true joy or love he had in the past are gone.  Since rising to the rank of Jefe del Sindicato, he’s shut down all emotional connections with anyone.  It’s kill or be killed now.  Meaningless relationships, making deals, selling, collecting and stashing away as much cash as possible, that’s all there is, he reminds himself of this every day.  Whenever he thinks about the future, he makes up some pleasant lies.  The truth, he knows, is too grim to dwell on.  The Jefe role is exciting and glamorous in the moment but Eduardo knows from looking at his predecessors, he will come to a sudden, bloody end.  No retirement.  No 401k.  No condo on the beach with kids and grandkids running around.  No driving to church in an Alzheimer’s haze—leaving his blinker on all the way there.  It’s going to be a bullet in the head and a splash in the ocean someday.  All the higher ups in the Sindicato are demented and dangerous.  Eduardo is certain he will die at the hands of his managers or their enemies, and if not them, it will be law enforcement.  He switches off these dark thoughts to focuses on the task at hand.  Find Coast Guard boy and seize the cash Cuban and White Guy say they paid him.  Then force him get more product.
Eduardo slashes at Fruit Ninja.  He’s getting angry.  God, the mood swings.  From melancholy thoughts of dear mami, to fear of his inevitable death, and then anger over being ripped off.  He wonders about this Coast Guard sailor.  Probably a pasty white kid who pinched some of that seized grass and thought he could get away with it.
He’s in for a big surprise.  Eduardo slashes three juicy watermelons.  He glances out the window and sees a small aircraft flying across the sky.  It’s a jet, and it’s climbing into the brilliant blue.  Eduardo thinks about rising higher into the Sindicato.  He’d have just such a plane to hop around the world in while putting deals together.  He’d trade in Thug-1 and Thug-2 for some ninja style hit men.  His own personal bodyguards instead of these knuckleheads.  He’d hire some legit guys from one of those mercenary companies.  He’s heard about them, seen websites advertising former US Army Rangers and Navy SEALs.  Hired guns to protect the highest bidder.  He considers the irony—US military soldiers, assassins, lethal operatives trained to protect American interests, but they end up leaving the US Military where they are expected to lay down their lives at a moment’s notice for some two-faced politician or a power-hungry general.  They’re supposed to jump out of a plane in the middle of the night, land in a place like Pakistan or Syria, and go kill terrorists for what?  For glory and honor and patriotism?  For minimum wage?  For mom and apple pie and Chevrolet?  Bullshit.
Eduardo is on a riff chopping fruit.  He’s never made it to this level before.
Those soldiers figure it out pretty quickly, especially when they start getting emails and text messages from companies like Blackwater and DynCorp and Triple Canopy.  Those shadowy companies offering to pay $150,000 a year to protect an African dictator or Central American businessperson (aka Kingpin) who, ironically, they’re supposed to defend the USA from.  Eduardo knows that many of these Rangers and SEALs are like professional athletes, loyal to the team who offers the biggest paycheck, and then even barely so, because they are taking advice from their agent.  Eduardo glances out the window and sees the jet now just a speck far off in the sky.  He watches it soaring high into the brilliant blue over the ocean.  Little does he know that Jack Turner is in that jet, headed with Mr. Banks and several other members of the joint DEA / Coast Guard team to Puerto Rico.  Eduardo wants that jet or one like it, and he wants it full of buffed up body guards, hot babes, good food and liquor.
“This makes sense,” Eduardo says to Thug-2 who looks back over the passenger seat.
“What’s that, boss?” Thug-2 asks.
“The Coast Guard seizes our shipments.”  Eduardo intentionally says ‘our shipment’ to make Thug-1 and Thug-2 feel ownership for the business, but it’s just a ruse he picked up on one of the management training podcasts he’s been listening to.
Thug-2 smiles because he does in fact feel ownership.
Eduardo sees the grin and thinks, damn this shit works, look at him.  He does feel ownership.  He’ll do whatever I tell him, probably take a bullet for me; all because I work a little management-speak on him.  Poor fool.  Eduardo continues, “This Jack the sailor boy, I don’t know if I should kill him or put him on the payroll.”
“He’s got some big balls.”  Thug-1 glances at Eduardo in the rear view.  “Especially for ripping off the Coast Guard.”
“What are we gonna do when we find him, boss?” Thug-2 asks.
“I don’t know,” Eduardo quickly slashes two watermelons, several cantaloupe and a bunch of bananas, “but I’ll figure it out before we get to Key West.”


If you enjoy a good Sea Story,
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Malcolm Torres is the author of original Sea Stories.