Sixty-Four Days, A Sea Story

Rated 4.89/5 based on 106 reviews
In sixty-four days, Senior Chief Brendan O'Reilly will retire after 30-years in the Navy, but today he's working on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. Today, he has to stop daydreaming about visiting National Parks with his lovely wife, Diane, in their new motorhome. Today, Brendan O'Reilly has to keep himself and his shipmates alive. More
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About Malcolm Torres

Malcolm Torres is the author of several novels including Sailors Take Warning and Sailors Delight. He also writes The Sea Adventure Collection, an ongoing series of stories about life aboard ships at sea and adventures in ports of call around the world. Many book reviewers have commented on Malcolm's ability to write vivid and gritty sea stories that put the reader right into the action alongside interesting characters.

After serving in the US Navy, Malcolm earned a Bachelors Degree at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He has worked in diverse career fields, including mechanic aboard the USS Enterprise, German-Jewish delicatessen cook, high school English teacher, microelectronics factory worker and renewable energy project manager.

Malcolm's writing has appeared in the Viking Monthly, the Colorado Daily and High Times Magazine. He is a scuba diver, a sailor of small boats, a mountain bike rider and an avid downhill skier. He lives with his family in the forest outside Portland, Oregon.

You can contact Malcolm through his website: Be sure to subscribe to his twice-annual newsletter, and look for his upcoming podcast: Lost at Sea with Malcolm Torres.

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Review by: Hiranya Borah on Sep. 04, 2017 :
It is bloody good book
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Review by: I DReaM Free on Aug. 22, 2017 :
Sixty-four days is all Senior Chief O'Reilly has left until retirement.  He day dreams about what he and his wife will do, dreaming of trips all across the USA.

Because he only has sixty-four days left, he doesn't want anything to foul that up.  However, life loves a curve ball.  A A-7 has to land on the Carrier and it's holding some dangerous cargo.  And of course the Senior Chief is the one who has to handle this dangerous situation.  Can he successfully land the plane, save the crew and not destroy the carrier all while keeping himself alive so he can retire?  You'll just have to read it to find out.

I found the story to be decent, but it definitely could have been strung out a little bit longer to a more satisfying ending in my opinion.
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Review by: TiraGP on June 16, 2017 :
I see these big Navy ships (aircraft carriers) on the news, but never really know about the sailors on them. This was very interesting to read because it really puts you a dangerous situation on the ship. The story races along with several good characters, some high tech systems like jets, catapults, fire fighting equipment. Best of all, the characters are likeable. I felt like I was there with them on the ship and it was very tense and emotional. I really wanted the main character to get home to his wife.
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Review by: LauraJ123 on April 07, 2017 :
Found it interesting because my grandfather (WWII) and father were also Navy carrier men!
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Review by: Donna Spearman on March 17, 2017 :
A tense, fast moving story about handling a crisis aboard an aircraft carrier. A brilliant short read!
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Review by: Kristy Rulebreaker on March 01, 2017 :
This story is very well written. It is interesting and tense. Makes me want to read more sailing stories.
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Review by: J. M. Davis on Feb. 26, 2017 :
A lot of action, no dull moments, and a likeable main character make this an enjoyable and interesting short read. I'll be checking out other works by this author.
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Review by: WGACA on Jan. 28, 2017 :
This story introduced a few very interesting characters and then cranked up the action to an explosive climax. A original story that read quickly and let me wanting more.
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Review by: petepee1111 on Jan. 20, 2017 :
It read like a bunch of fluff. The writing was pretty and poetic, but it wasn't really a story. Swing and a miss for me.
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Review by: Donald Harry Roberts on Dec. 20, 2016 :
I felt like I was there and did not have to guess at what it was like...Well done Sir
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Review by: Greeenie on Nov. 18, 2016 :
This story swings from moments of utter terror to comical confrontations between Navy officers and the crew. Well worth the read. I learned a lot of interesting things about what goes on among the guys working on the flight deck of a Navy ship.
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Review by: ManlyDude on Oct. 21, 2016 :
Excellent suspense thriller.
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Review by: David R. Stookey on Oct. 20, 2016 :
Great story - couldn't stop reading. The author does a great job of describing an extremely dangerous situation aboard a Navy Carrier with enough detail to inform the unfamiliar reader, but with enough real jargon and accurate content to entertain a true veteran as well. Great character development and really vivid descriptions. Highly recommend!
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Review by: Eraser Head on Oct. 18, 2016 :
Being new on Smashwords I had no idea where to start. There are thousands of books to choose from. This one was ranked at one of the most downloaded so I decided to try it. I was not disappointed. Like other reviewers I enjoyed the action and suspense. The characters and setting were very unique but easy to relate to. I learned a lot about being aboard a navy aircraft carrier.
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Review by: shanndy on Oct. 16, 2016 :
I expected a stereotypical military type story but that is not what I got. It makes sense that this is the most downloaded short fiction on Smashwords with so many good reviews. Even though I never spent a day in the Navy or on a battleship, I still think this story was awesome. I agree with all these other reviews: Great writing style, made me want to stand up and salute the flag, made me want to join the Navy and be a sailor. Highly recommended.
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Review by: Richard Kay on Oct. 16, 2016 :
A really interesting glimpse into life in the Navy.
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Review by: LndShrk on Oct. 15, 2016 :
He daydreams about buying a travel trailer and going to national parks with his wife when he gets back to dry land. Suddenly he has to risk his life fighting a gnarly fire on the totally hectic flight deck of a US Navy aircraft carrier.

There are too many great one-liners to list but here are a few that stuck with me:

- He has travel trailer brochures under his mattress like a younger sailor has girly magazines.
- He want's to 'smack the freckles off the cheeks' of a smarty pants kid
- The toughest fire figher on the ship is built like a tree trunk
- A bad fire with explosions killed one guy who's blackened hip bones were removed from a smashed metal toilet
- The captain up on the bridge looks down on the flight deck like it's a board game
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Review by: lowkit on Oct. 09, 2016 :
I had high expectations for this story because it is one of the most downloaded ebooks on Smashwords and it has many glowing reviews. I was not disappointed. A great main character, a fast paced plot, plus I learned about how things work on a navy aircraft carrier.
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Review by: Missttyy on Sep. 19, 2016 :
Not sure how I found this author's blog, maybe a tweet or FB post. He writes really good sailor stories. Not old tyme sailing tales and not high tech terrorist battles or any of that nonsense. The author tells stories about sailors today on ships of steel. He tosses in some romance with chocolate beauties in exotic locations and late night drinking bouts and ghosts that haunt ships at sea. These stories are f'ing awesome.

After 6 years in the Canadian Coast Guard (yeah, keep making CG jokes until you need us to save you from drowning, lol) I have a taste for sea stories and nautical fiction, and this author's blog and stores are excellent.
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Review by: VKitty on Sep. 16, 2016 :
My Dad was in the Navy and he told me stories about being on ships at sea. Ever since I was a kid I've liked sea stories. The main character in this story reminded me of my Dad.
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Review by: benjaminjamin on Sep. 11, 2016 :
This story about tough Navy guys brought a tear to my eye. The relationship between the men is touching. The author makes you feel like you are there on the ship. I've been reading sea stories and other nautical fiction on the Malcolm Torres blog for a while. He is a great writer.
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Review by: NateG on Sep. 05, 2016 :
This story involves an old timer in charge of an explosive situation. He takes orders from the captain to save the ship and then he gathers a team of fire fighters. They must deal with a rogue aircraft with bombs stuck on the wing. It's a bit high tech, but essentially it's about the characters who are sailors at sea on a big steel ship.

This story is the first in the Sea Adventure Collection by Malcolm Torres. I've read all the stories in the collection and they are all well worth the time. Torres tells stories of suspense, adventure, mystery, travel and romance with young sailors on the high seas.
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Review by: tomjamin on Sep. 04, 2016 :
High tech jets, explosive weapons and a splash of humor make this story a good read.
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Review by: A. J. Henry on Sep. 04, 2016 :
The story reads as authentic, written by someone who has lived on a navy ship. The action builds following a mysterious accident and equally serious deaths, though not fully resolved in this publication and feels as if it should be part of a bigger story. Well worth getting a copy.
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Review by: Nick Nova on Sep. 04, 2016 :
The author really seems to know his stuff. Accuracy in these stories is often a major issue, and he's really taken the time to get it as right as he can.
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Review by: penpoole on Sep. 03, 2016 :
This US Navy story scores a direct hit. There were so many great one-liners. The main character is in one set up after another. The scene is on an aircraft carrier, the main character is a tough old SOB we I really liked. The action cranks up to a super-high level of intensity. Why are there not more sailors writing action suspense sea stories? I want more Malcolm Torres.
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Review by: RobinR2016 on Sep. 03, 2016 :
This story is jammed with one great line after another. Every paragraph rockets the plot further ahead, and we go along with a great main character.
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Review by: RichSale on Sep. 02, 2016 :
I met this author in a group called Sea Stories on Facebook. I read some of his blog and saw this link for a free story. I am quite impressed with the writing quality. This free story is a great teaser for the rest of his eBooks which are mostly suspense, crime, horror, but all sea stories and nautical fiction. These stories are all set on Navy ships and in ports of call. This story shows the rough edge that enlisted sailors in the Navy have. It's a hard life, going to sea, but there is strong teamwork (blood, sweat & tears) among sailors. This story rings true, it's genuine.
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Review by: James Devin Spears on Aug. 03, 2016 :
"I don't care what anyone says into your headset. I'm the scene leader. I'm in control of the situation." Unless you've been-there-seen-it-done-it, you might not understand this man's natural gift in explaining controlled terror. Malcolm is a brother sailor I've never had the pleasure of shaking hands with. Purely outstanding writing. Hand salute. Genius descriptive narrative.
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Review by: ClintB on July 22, 2016 :
A tough old guy deals with a horrible fire on a steel ship way out on the middle of the ocean.

What he really wants is to go camping with his girl.

Excellent read.
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Review by: shrating on July 21, 2016 :
Senior Chief is a unique character, one not seen in most stories these days. The setting is dangerous and brought to life with many vivid details. The author has a knack for putting the reader in the scene. I could feel the flames and was afraid for my life as the action got going. Truly a sea tale of the first order. Also it was funny but serious all at once.
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Review by: Flex X on July 21, 2016 :
The flight deck of an aircraft carrier comes to life in this story. The machinery, the jets, the workers and the danger (bombs, jet fuel, aircraft landing and taking off and the risk of crash or fire) is intense in every scene. But that's not all, because this story has a good main character who I really liked from the first paragraph to the last. All together very will written I must say.
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Review by: Patrik Stastny on July 15, 2016 :
You are surrounded by living breathing flight deck, with jets dangerously armed, with each word, you are closer to the big explosion, and you risk your skin to be heavily burned or vaporized from this planet.
Superbly written - after you finish it, you will feel like you have just teleported back to your place, and you could swore that just a second ago, you really were on a real aircraft ship.
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Review by: Red1111 on July 10, 2016 :
I rarely give 5-stars but this story is worth it. It's short and quick and easy to follow the action. The character is a good guy who I cared about.
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Review by: Chandra Winn II on July 10, 2016 :
A salty sailor faces death during an explosive accident at sea.
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Review by: Bill Russo on July 09, 2016 : (no rating)
"Sixty Four Days, A Sea Story" is that and so much more. The gripping adventure transports the reader to the burning deck of an aircraft carrier where a bomb laden jet attempts an impossible landing - with predictable results. Reading this I felt the heat of the fire. I had to contine reading through eyes half blinded by the blistering smoke and heat of the flaming fuel. It was spilling from a wing scraping the deck after the collapse of the landing gear! This sea tale is excellent. Five Stars awarded only because I am not allowed to issue more ! !! !!!
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Review by: Redondo B on July 05, 2016 :
This is the best story I've found on Smashwords (and I've read or tried to read hundreds of them). This author, Malcolm Torres, as far as I can tell is like some kind of modern day Jack London or something close to it. He writes sea stories, and they are rough and tough and full of fires aboard ships at sea, drug smugglers and romance in foreign ports.

This story is about a guy who wants to retire and go on vacation to the national parks with his wife, who he loves and misses very much. But sure enough he is thrown into a major disaster involving bombs that could explode on the ship. Read it . . . you won't be disappointed.
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Review by: KG1001 on July 04, 2016 :
Slap this on your eReader for when you are on a long flight or laying by the pool. It will take you about 30-min to read it and then another 30 to read it again (it's that good). It is one of those rare free stories --- meaning it's actually good and well written. I saw a shout out on Twitter that said "Navy Thriller" and that hooked me. I'd compare it to the stories you might see in magazines like Harpers, Esquire, Playboy.
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Review by: N Jams on July 04, 2016 :
I've had this on my Kindle for over a year and have read it three times. This story is as American an Forth of July. It's on a Navy ship. The main character is a Navy Chief who faces an explosive situation. He just wants to retire after years in the Navy, but he has to protect the crew and lead a crash team. There are bombs and rockets, flammable fuel, jet engines all around.

The action is fast but somehow the author dials you in to each character with a few strokes of his pen. Another nice aspect of the writing is the dialog, which is on spot, snappy and to the point. There is even a love interest because the main character wants to get back to the states to be with his wife. All I wanted was to find out how it ended the first time I read it. The other times I read this story, I savored the descriptions and the details.

Well done, Malcolm Torres.
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Review by: VanessaLech on June 17, 2016 :
Great book and great author!
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Review by: SergeiDines on June 12, 2016 :
The imagery of the landscape was my favorite, especially since it was done with so few words.

The writing overall had good rhythm and spacing.

The supporting technical descriptions were nice and not overly confusing; I've read some books where they describe potential jet malfunctions with too much detail that even people who enjoy aircraft struggle to read it.

Well done and keep up the short stories
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Review by: João Victor on June 06, 2016 : (no rating)
Great Story. Real tension and litterally a hellish situation. I liked a lot how you use the technical knowledge to create and improve tension. Congrats.
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Review by: James Hold on June 02, 2016 :
This is an excellent story. It is so grounded in real life it doesn't come across as fiction at all. Very believable and very well written.
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Review by: PaulS972 on May 24, 2016 :
I've been on smashwords picking around for about a year. It's nice to have some poems and short stories on my iPhone to read on the train. This story was perfect. It's short and quick. It's told with sharp little details that brought the main character to life in surprising ways. He's on a Navy ship. He's been traumatized by a past disaster. He works hard and serves a full career. Then only a two months before he's supposed to retire and take a nice vacation with his sweet wife (who is a cool lady waiting for him back on land) he's forced into the middle of a huge potentially-explosive disaster. No spoilers here -- You'll have to read it to find out what happens. You won't be disappointed.
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Review by: deerbulldozer on May 24, 2016 :
What a wonderful surprise to find this story. It is well constructed, with excellent punctuation, grammar and style. There are elements that any reader will like, including a great main character, a compelling plot that moves quickly. The writing is vivid and gritty. My favorite part is that the story has a sub plot that includes a love story. I think they call this cross plotting, where the writer tells a story that appeals to macho men who like jets and bombs and action, but also includes a love story about a great man and how much he loves his wife. I highly recommend this story and the rest of the stories in this series by Malcolm Torres.
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Review by: Jstevens9 on May 15, 2016 :
This is not a subgenre of fiction I often find myself reading. I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this short story.

I've been married to my wife for almost 14 years, and though I've never been in the military, I feel very much the same about my wife as O'Reilly feels about his Diane. This love story backdrop really kept me rooting for O'Reilly when things started to get dangerous. Well done Malcolm Torres.
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Review by: Mike White on May 09, 2016 :
I decided to idly reread this story again today. Some stories really do need to be read at least twice, and this is one of them. You notice all of the little details the author adds, and how effective he is at describing the body language of characters and their emotions. Even knowing what is going to happen does not diminish the effectiveness of the story.
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Review by: Larry_T on April 12, 2016 :
I saw a review that said this said a story like this belongs in Playboy or Esquire magazine and I agree. It is excellent fiction. Top shelf writing, characters and action, plus is gritty, fast and fun.
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Review by: Jack Parker on March 29, 2016 :
A great story and well worth the time to read it. I learned about the fascinating and dangerous world on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. Entertaining and educational.
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Review by: CloudeySkyes on March 24, 2016 :
The first few paragraphs had me wondering if I was going to like this story because they seemed to be starting off with something I might not like, but then BAM!!! this story took off like a rocket. I realized the first page or two was just a set up that came back around to make the story so much better. Read it. That's all I can say . . . read it.
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Review by: TexMex on March 11, 2016 :
This is a good one. I just read it again after reading it last year and it was better the second time through. You will really like the main character and the setting (on an aircraft carrier at sea) is vividly described. I didn't realize that this is one story in a collection, so I'll check out the rest.
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Review by: Mike White on March 09, 2016 :
The writer has a very clear and concise writing style that still manages to communicate a lot. Readers will really get a sense of the protagonist's world-weary personality. The action scenes are balanced well with the passages that are meant to establish the protagonist's character.
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Review by: MarkRuggs on March 04, 2016 :
This is the first story in a collection of sea stories that are set aboard battleships at sea. It was very interesting and exciting to read it. I honestly did not think I would like this sort of thing as much as I did. It reads like a great suspense thriller. Now I'm hooked. I'll definitely read the other stories in this series. Based on what is here, I'm sure the other stories are just as good as this one.
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Review by: Ray1184 on Feb. 25, 2016 :
As an amature writer this book made me stop and ask myself, Can I write this good? The answer is: I can write well, but maybe not this good. Another question I asked myself is, Do I have life experiences worth writing about? The answer is: Not on the level with this author. On both counts 1) Great writing and 2) Story worth telling: I rate this story 5-Stars all the way. This is a great story where we meet an old salty sailor who works on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. He leads a team of young guys who work the deck (a very dangerous place). But the main character is not just a 'guy.' We very quickly are taken into his world and his dreams of retiring in just 64 days when the ship returns to San Francisco. He's been around the world and has seen the best and the worst life has to offer. The author conveys this all with colorful immersive detail. We learn the main character has a beautiful wife who he is still madly in love with after so many years going away to sea. They plan to tour the country in their new motorhome when he returns to port and retires in 64 days. Then SNAP, just like that, his retirement fantasy is interrupted by a potentially explosive situation involving a jet with bombs stuck on it's wing that must land on the ship. The story rockets through several tense scenes to a dramatic conclusion that left every cell in my body electrified.

At the back there's a free sample chapter of the author's upcoming novel and it was equally thrilling.
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Review by: Chad Ruggerio on Feb. 16, 2016 :
You know how there are some stories that you feel like you're in the police car with the policemen on the Chase or a drug bust. There are other stories where you feel like you're with the criminals and you are actually There committing the crime. Well this story is just like that except you're with this salty sailor in the Navy on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. This story put you right in there during major explosions , Plane crashes, fires, and other disasters on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier at sea. The vivid detail in the story was absolutely amazing. I felt like I was right there with bombs and rockets and fighter planes and steam powered catapults and arrested landings on the flight deck at sea. I figured that working in that environment was pretty intense, but this story just really lit it up. You get a sense of the rough guys working in that environment, the danger, the breeze, the isolation of being out on the middle of the ocean, and also of the potential for incredible disaster. It's greasy it's dirty it's hot there's wind blasting around you there's explosives there's fighter pilots there's emergency response teams. This story is wall to wall full of great characters and incredible action.
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Review by: MargoFilling on Feb. 15, 2016 :
Very gripping and authentic. The author knows what he's talking about. I'd say he might be the only Navy sailors who took the time to write many great stories about danger on a warship at sea. This story is free and it's the first one in a series. I have read them all and totally enjoyed them.
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Review by: KungPow on Feb. 10, 2016 :
This story starts fast and never slows down. It is about an old Navy sailor who has to handle one last disaster at sea before he retires. He is a guy who is very easy to like, reminds me of my older cousin who joined the Navy. Having spent some time in the military myself, I could easily relate to him. This story is also a high-tech thriller involving a massive aircraft carrier and a jet plane loaded with bombs. The author masterfully draws the setting, locks the reader into the plot and moves the story along quickly to it's explosive climax.
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Review by: jackjohnson on Feb. 06, 2016 :
I almost quit Smashwords because most of the stories I grabbed here were lame. Sorry, not trying to insult anyone but writers really should tune up their plot and get a proofreader. But then I searched the different categories and filtered by highest rated and most downloaded. That's when I found some good stories. This one was the most downloaded Adventure stories and also had a bunch of good reviews, so I gave it a chance . . . and I'm glad I did. This story was excellent. Well worth reading. This story reminds me of the kinds of stories they use to publish in men's magazines back in the day. This story is about tough sailors in a difficult situation on an aircraft carrier on the middle of the ocean. The plot is totally gripping and I read it in like 30 min, tearing from one paragraph to the next dying to find out what was going to happen. I will absolutely read more by this author.
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Review by: KG1001 on Feb. 06, 2016 :
I've read a lot of stories here on Smashwords and this is one of the best so far. I was actually quite surprised by how well this is written and how it really fit together. Like a true classic, this short story is set up very quickly with a strong main character and a gripping plot. The crisp language brings the setting, the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, alive by describing the incredibly loud jets, explosives, tough military guys and the life-or-death decisions.

This story is the first in a series called The Sea Adventure Collection. The other stories also have strong characters and great plot hooks. If you like to read, you can't go wrong with this story.
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Review by: Chad Ruggerio on Feb. 03, 2016 :
I felt like I was there on the flight deck with the guys fighting the fire. It was a real life or death situation. Well told, my man!
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Review by: iwrite on Jan. 24, 2016 :
Sixty-four days is an awesome read that puts you at the edge of your seat. Traveling in the ocean for the last sixty-four days carrying forty jets fully loaded with bombs, rockets and missiles one mistake could be an absolute disaster. Senior Chief Brendan O'Reilly has mixed emotions, the excitement of seeing his wife after sixty-four days and the fear of not getting into the port alive.

Malcolm Torres created this masterpiece that will leave you wanting more.
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Review by: MagggsMoney on Jan. 21, 2016 :
Common sailors find themselves in a terribly dangerous situation aboard a massive battleship on the high seas. Includes humorous and tender situations.
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Review by: GoatLockerOccupant on Jan. 21, 2016 :
An excellent sea story and an all around excellent suspense thriller. Technically accurate and pitch perfect in it's portrayal of life at sea aboard an aircraft carrier during dangerous flight operations. That, and it's accessible to the non-Navy person. Highly recommend this and the rest of the stories in this collection. It's actually a very pleasant surprise to find a US Navy sailor who has taken the time to capture these stories in such a way that they rise to the quality of good popular fiction. I've read alot of stories by former sailors and many of them get mired down in detail or they wander off into episodic detail, but not this story. This is a fast paced, action packed short story that works. I could actually see this as a made for TV movie.
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Review by: JayHawkFan1 on Jan. 14, 2016 :
Here in Kansas we get zero exposure to the ocean or battleships, so this story was refreshing. The sense of being on an aircraft carrier, way out on the wide open Pacific permeated this suspense thriller. The author put me in the middle of an extremely tense (deadly) situation with a great main character. Highly recommend this one.
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Review by: JohnGuida49 on Jan. 13, 2016 :
Being new to Smashwords I sort of expected a lot of half-way-decent free stories and novels written by high school students who published on here to get a grade in their comp and lit class's creative writing assignments. And to be honest I've sampled quite a few of those, however I didn't want to give up on Smashwords, so I started searching the various lists and I found this sea story, 64 Days, which was the #1 most downloaded Fiction > Adventure book on here. With over 350,000 books on here I figured the most downloaded adventure better be good (If it wasn't I was going to give up on Smashwords entirely). Well, I'm happy to report that this short story is excellent. It features (as several reviews here state) a true hero, a man who is in charge of a gang of hard working deckhand aboard a US Navy aircraft carrier. He faces death along with his crew who are truly 'salt of the earth' types. This was a quick read and included a free sample chapter of the author's novel which also seemed interesting. Now I'm off to read a few more 'most downloaded' stories on here. Thanks.
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Review by: Vincento29 on Dec. 26, 2015 :
The first couple scenes hooked me into the story. I was hoping so hard the old chief survived. I'll never forget the ending. This guy Torres can write like hell.
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Review by: MarkoItaliano on Dec. 23, 2015 :
Che storia meravigliosa , pienamente realizzata e il capo è un vero eroe.
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Review by: WindPwrGuy on Dec. 21, 2015 :
I want to give this story 6-stars! And I'm going to change all the 5-star reviews I put on other stories to 4-stars bc this suspense-thriller set a new standard (lol). This puts you right in the scene at sea on a massive ship with jets and bombs all around. You meet the main character who is a big tough guy with a heart of gold. In one scene he's fantasizing about retiring in 64-days with his lovely wife who is back on land and taking a roadtrip, and then the action (which is pulse-pounding) starts. I've never been on a big battleship, but now I feel like I have been. Amazing.
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Review by: WGACA on Dec. 19, 2015 :
Read it if you want a story that is well told and suspenseful. It really took me by surprise. It has a great main character, a gripping plot and full of thrills. Well written.

I don't usually read military stuff because it's usually about men shooting at each other . . . but not this one.
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Review by: RetCPO1 on Dec. 18, 2015 :
I am a retired Navy Chief. I've been on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier during ops. I can tell you that Torres has nailed it with this story. As advertised, it is full of suspense and thrills. Recommended for anyone who likes strong characters, vivid descriptions, hi-tech action. Also recommended for anyone who wants to experience something amazing --> Aircraft Carrier Flight Ops.
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Review by: BSmitty222 on Dec. 08, 2015 :
This is the best story I've read here on Smashwords. The author really knows how to write. Every scene has strong visuals, smells and feelings. There is a gripping plot full of action and suspense, and there are several characters who I really connected with. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.
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Review by: brunobadboy111 on Aug. 22, 2015 :
to you the truth i think it wasn't something that i expected...
i can say it's just worth to read! nothing else...
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Review by: Robert Smith on Aug. 07, 2015 :
It is clear that the author draws upon his personal experiences in this very vivid sea adventure. Malcolm Torres is able to put you in the moment with terrific imagery. I really enjoyed his writing style and pace. He does a great job of painting his characters onto your imagination.

This is an action adventure that is well worth the read. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it.
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Review by: J Rethy on Aug. 07, 2015 :
The author has a talent for writing scenes and describing things in a way that you can imagine them. The character development is also very good and I enjoyed the story.
It was very technical and action packed; although I had trouble following some of it, I thought it was very well done.
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Review by: Steve Snyder on Aug. 04, 2015 :
Hot Damn! This is one fast paced story that puts you in the middle of an extremely tense situation on a ship at sea. I, for one, have never read a story exactly like this before. I have read many US Navy thrillers and they are usually about fighter pilots (ie: Top Gun, Flight of the Intruder, etc.), submarines (Hunt for Red October, Das Boot, etc.) or they are set on a battleship during WWII (Sand Pebbles, Caine Mutiny, etc.). This story is different because it focuses on a common hard-working, deckhand who is in charge of a disaster scene aboard an aircraft carrier. I learned a lot about how the flight deck is operated and now I have a new level of respect for the men and women who work on aircraft carriers.
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Review by: ballerjuice on Aug. 04, 2015 :
It was refreshing to read this well written story. There's plenty of action, vivid descriptions and a great main character. Mainly it's about a guy who is working on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. He is put in charge of a very dangerous situation and he deals with it bravely and with a sense of humor.
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Review by: Dirk Bontes on Aug. 04, 2015 :
This is an action packed navy story. The characterization is good, the description of the scenes detailed. The story has 16 out of 26 pages. The other pages have a sneak preview of the author's book SAILORS TAKE WARNING - which I liked even better than the short story: it is about the adventures of a young woman aboard an invisible navy ship.
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Review by: Rex Grating on July 30, 2015 :
My husband and I had the opportunity to hear this young man read from one of his books at the public library. The story he read was quite well written, so when he told us about this story on smashwords, I decided to read it. After reading it, I am quite impressed with Mr. Torres as an author. He creates characters you can see and they are easy to care about instantly. Very quickly, Mr Torres put the story in motion with tense action and conflict. Throughout the telling of this tale I felt I was in the hands of a master story teller. Very impressed!
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Review by: shrating on July 30, 2015 :
I heard this author read from his work and give a talk at our local library. It was great to hear him read from his novel Sailors Take Warning, so when he told about this free story I read it. My impression is that Mr. Torres is very knowledgable about ships and sailors. He is also schooled in classical literature which is interesting because his writing is quite contemporary and popular. I can't quite put my finger on it, execpt to say that he is dedicating himself to writing sea stories, and this particular story, Sixty-Four Days, is wonderful. He builds great characters with just a few simple descriptions, then he puts you in the situation with the characters. Torres knows how to turn up the heat with scorching action and tension between technology and personalities. Anyway, I highly recommend his work because it's different and new and fresh. You don't have to be a military person to appreciate it. It's classic.
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Review by: N Jams on July 30, 2015 :
A rocking story with a setting I have never seen done before -- the action packed location is on the flight deck of a US Navy aircraft carrier. The main character is a common man but a true hero. This one get's five stars for sure.
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Review by: Larry B. Gray on July 27, 2015 :
Sixty-Four Days - A Sea Story by Malcolm Torres is an excellent short tale of fast paced action and adventure on board a navy aircraft carrier. Even though it is not long it will leave you out of breath and saying "WOW."

I really like how Malcolm Torres developed his story and characters. The story grabs you and put you right in the middle of the action. His characters are very believable and this helps bring you even deeper into the tale. This is one action packed adventure.

I really liked Sixty-Four Days - A Sea Story by Malcolm Torres and recommend it to all readers.
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Review by: Jenny Eagle on July 22, 2015 :
I was not expecting a story of such high quality. I was quite surprised by how well written and interesting this story is. Torres is a real author and a knowledgable US Navy sailor. This story gives us a great main character and a thrilling plot. I read it twice because there were so many parts that were well done. It happened so fast the first time I read it, I re-read it because I wanted to savor it.
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Review by: Jack Parker on July 21, 2015 :
In this short story, Torres is writing in a way that is very fluid and vivid. The characters jump off the page. The short scenes burst with action and intensity and emotion. I really liked the main character in this sea story (Senior Chief O'Reilly).

It was nice to meet the author Malcolm Torres at the library here and hear him read from his new book about a sailor in Hawaii who has PTSD. Seems Torres' style is heartbreaking and funny all at once. I think his new one is called Sailors Delight, it's set in Hawaii.
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Review by: DoloresMatthews on July 21, 2015 :
This is a great short story. If you like danger and adventure this is just the right readd for you. I listened to this author speak at our local library a few days ago. He read a chapter from his book Sailors Delight and it was very interesting. He told us about this free story on Smashwords, so I grabbed it and read it. Recommended.
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Review by: Kelly Busch on July 13, 2015 :
Amazing characters, storyline had me.captivated from the first paragraph. Not generally a book I would think to read. I loved the animated almost jumping out of the page description of scenery and characters that I have read twice and second time.reading was just as captivating as the first. I couldn't put the book down. Highly recommend it to anyone :-)
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Review by: PaulS972 on July 13, 2015 :
I rarely read and never write reviews, but a friend told me about this story, and sent me a link so I decided to check it out. I put it on my laptop and read it during a flight. It had good characters and moved fast. It was deadly serious and funny at times. After reading it, my friend friend freaked me out by pointed out the small story about the main character that was told in the middle of the main story. That was very interesting how the author set that up. I might read the next story too.
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Review by: Cloud Copy on July 13, 2015 :
Very impressive for a free short story. I really enjoyed it. Will read the next one -- The Pirate.
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Review by: Bick Dutkus on July 12, 2015 :
The immersiveness of Sixty Four Days was like no other. Very action packed, not what i'd expect from a free book. Highly recommend.
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Review by: J Tyler on July 12, 2015 :
I can't ask for more than a great main character and a plot that holds my attention until the last word. This story, 64-Days, does exactly that, and it was free. Even though it was a short story, I would have paid 99 cents.
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Review by: Flex X on July 01, 2015 :
Malcolm Torres absolutely crushes it with this modern day salty sea story. It was a fast read, and I will read the next book in the series on Amazon called The Pirate. At the end of 64Days there is a free chapter of another book Sailors Take Warning. I will read that too for sure.
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Review by: jellyroll5000 on July 01, 2015 :
I saw a tweet for this free story. It said, "Brave sailors face certain danger aboard a battleship at sea (free)." I downloaded it and read it in 20 minutes. It's an excellent short story with a strong main character and tons of intense, scary action. It takes place on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, which is very interesting because I've never read a book in this setting. At the end there was a free chapter of Malcolm Torres's novel Sailors Take Warning. I read that too and it was also a very cool story. It also takes place on an aircraft carrier, except it seems like it's in the future and there are women sailors on the ship. Why hasn't anyone written this kinds of book before? What an excellent idea to write a horror / adventure / thriller set aboard a badass battleship at sea. It seems like every book now a days is about zombies, wizards, dragons, the apocalypse or porno which is all getting kind of old. These stories by Malcolm Torres are refreshing, fast paced and the characters are young women and men. They are on badass battleships! They are NOT what I expected, they are NOT like super pro-military stories. They are NOT full of military language. There's no right wing pro-military views. These are sea stories, which I think is an old style of literature but they take place today. This is very interesting. The next book, Sailors Take Warning, seems like hipsters in the Navy or something. Enjoy. Thanks Malcolm.
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Review by: Horror Freak on July 01, 2015 :
Most of these sea stories about men on ships. They're all brave and tough and they're fighting fires and exploding bombs. That is exactly what happens in this story but it's done really fucking well. The author moves the story along quickly, there's no confusion or dull moments. The main character is a great guy who you are laughing with and cheering for right up until the last second. Not something I would ever read, but I saw it on Twitter. it was free so I took a chance. Glad I did.
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Review by: RockySlattery on July 01, 2015 :
The plot moves like a fighter jet toward an explosive climax. The main character is a perfect hero. Highly recommended.
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Review by: Sandy Berman on June 30, 2015 :
My husband is a Navy man. He was on the Nimitz. He read this and was raving about it, so I decided to read it. It was so easy to understand, like I was there. It was intense because something very dangerous is happening but everyone is calm and tough. It made my skin crawl. I wanted to jump off the ship and swim away. I could not catch my breath, and at the end I actually shed a tear. These sailors are tough and brave. Go Navy!
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Review by: David Concly on June 30, 2015 :
This short story makes you feel the danger of working on an aircraft carrier. The main character, Brendan O'Reilly, is respectable and love-able. He is a classic Navy Chief (Senior Chief to you!). He's tough as steel with a heart of gold. He's the guy you want in charge when the $#!+ is going to hit the fan.

You are totally in the complex world of an aircraft carrier. You easily understand the massive and dangerous technology. You care about the characters. It's unbelievable this story is free. I would expect to read this in Esquire or Playboy. I'm going to read Sailors Take Warning next.
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Review by: TexMex on June 30, 2015 :
Wow I just read this story in about 30 minutes ... Great main character in a TOUGH situation! Shows how hardcore US Navy sailors really are.
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Review by: Flex X on June 27, 2015 :
This book took me by surprise. It's written on a level of great popular literature. The main character and the plot grab you on the first page and shuttle you along right up to the last word. Torres really knows how to write. Even if you've never been on a ship, read this book -- you'll like it.
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Review by: Gomlplz on June 15, 2015 :
This story was way more cool than youtube videos of Navy jets on the flight deck. The main guy is a tough old crusty sailor with a heart of gold. And most of the time you can't read these military stories because of all the lingo, but this was easy to follow yet still full of major high tech weapons and gear. The last sentence was very poetic and patriotic. Go Navy!
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Review by: Nauman Ashraf on June 12, 2015 :
I like this story. It has amazing details filled with fiction and thrills.
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Review by: GrishmaS on June 07, 2015 :
Sixty-Four Days, A sea story is an amazing descriptive sea voyage thriller. The author has very beautifully portrayed the characters and the dangerous incident which makes the reader glued to the book.I loved the main character, A Navy Man, who keeps the spirit alive in you to keep on reading further and further! I highly recommend the book to all readers to experience the thrill in this short-story!
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Review by: Hannah C on June 04, 2015 :
I would never read a book like this but a friend told me about it, so I read it and I thought it was good. The main character reminded me of one of my uncles. He's tough but has a soft side. You should read it even if you don't know anything about the Navy.
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Review by: Larry_T on June 04, 2015 :
If you are a Navy veteran this story will bring back great memories. If you are a civilian this story will show you the dangers flight deck workers face every day.
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Review by: Smitty on May 30, 2015 :
This is an excellent short thriller set aboard an aircraft carrier. It shows how hard the work is on the ship and how brave and well-trained the sailors must be to work there. The main character is quite likeable and the story follows him closely when he's put in charge of a major crisis. Even if you have never been in the military or on a battleship, you should read this story.
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Review by: Pops on May 25, 2015 :
You are right there on an aircraft carrier with an old guy in charge of the crew in a deadly situation. I could feel, smell, see, hear and even taste it. Highly recommended.
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Review by: K.D. Wilson on May 18, 2015 :
I enjoyed reading the book, I think anyone that likes to read short stories about Sea adventures will love the book. The book was very descriptive and pulled you into the scene right away, almost making you feel like you were right there on the ship. I look forward to reading this author's future work.
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Review by: Mr Keef, Sr on May 18, 2015 :
This is a great story that puts you alongside a flight deck crewman aboard a US Navy aircraft carrier (one of the most dangerous jobs in the world). The fighter jets are roaring, bombs are being loaded, flammable fuel is flowing and jets are being shot into the sky. And then the worst thing that can possibly go wrong does go wrong and you are right there with the crash and salvage crew leader. But it's not just about the danger. This is a story about a true Navy man, a guy who you are rooting for from beginning to end.
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Review by: TiraPlum on May 15, 2015 :
I have never been in the military and never been on a Navy ship so I was curious about this story. I was afraid it was going to be full of Navy lingo and that I would not be able to understand it, but that was not the case. The story is about a guy who is ready to retire and he wants to go to the Grand Canyon with his wife but he gets put in charge of really dangerous situation. I thought the main character, Brendan O'Reilly, was very easy to relate to and so were the other characters. Mainly I think this story was pretty amazing because I didn't know that Navy people had to deal with such dangerous situations on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. I recommend that everyone read this story even if you don't usually like this type of story because it was full of action that was pretty intense and easy to understand. Most of all the story is about an old Navy sailor who has to face a scary and dangerous situation and you really like him and how he deals with it.
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Review by: Chief Crenki on May 14, 2015 :
As an old sea dog who has worked on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, I can tell you that this story is accurate and faithful to the facts. Malcolm Torres tells this tale in such a way that you really identify with the main character and his situation, and this is a very real situation. The danger of working on the flight deck is extremely present in this tale as it was those years ago when I worked 'on the roof' as we use to say.
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