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 :

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

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

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

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...

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:

Amazon Kindle

Apple iBooks

Barnes & Noble Nook


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.


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

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
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 -

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

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

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:

Amazon Kindle

Apple iBooks

Barnes & Noble Nook


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


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)

The lives of Jack Turner’s best friend, his girlfriend and their new-born baby are all at stake.  Threatened by a Miami kingpin, Jack must now choose between a life of crime that produces large stacks of dirty money or settle into a clean life 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.

Available on all eReaders:

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

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Pirate Part II - Sneak Peek


Sneak Peek

THE PIRATE PART I is free on all eReaders

Amazon KindleApple iBooksBarnes & Noble NookSmashwords and Kobo



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.


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,
these two salty tales are free on all eReaders:
Amazon KindleApple iBooksBarnes & Noble NookSmashwords and Kobo.

Malcolm Torres is the author of original Sea Stories.