The Pirate, Part I: The Traitor

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When Jack Turner was arrested for stealing a car in LA, the judge gave him a choice: Two-years on probation or join the military. Now Jack is aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Almayer, 45-nautical miles south of Key West, Florida, standing watch as a lookout, searching for illegal aliens and drug runners. More
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Words: 21,160
Language: English
ISBN: 9780986022937
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: Flex X on Nov. 20, 2017 :
Saw this for free on G+ and decided to give it a try. It has a fast pace and perfect characters. Had me laughing at the unusual situations. I liked what one reviewer said, "Truth is that not all these Coast Guard officers and DEA agents are squeaky clean like you might think." Strongly recommended if you like a crime thriller.
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Review by: artemis333 on Nov. 03, 2017 :
Awesome plot line, and i loved the story structure and plot turns.
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Review by: Pops on Oct. 12, 2017 :
I read all the sea stories on here. Many I can't finish, but this kept me interested. It moved quickly. Good writing, plenty of action and surprises. Plenty of crime and bad guys, but full of fresh ideas. I especially enjoyed the young characters and their risky / fun antics. I look forward to reading the next installment.
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Review by: jellyroll5000 on Sep. 26, 2017 :
This author has a unique way of telling a story. The style is conversational, and it draws you in. This is great story-telling. And all of his writing is sea stories which is unusual, considering nobody writes sea stories any more. Would make a good movie, for certain.
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Review by: Larry_T on Sep. 08, 2017 :
I read this in one shot - could not put it down. One page had me shocked and the next made me laugh. I can't decide if I like or hate the main character, but I will read the next part when it comes out. Taking off one star for a couple of choppy cuts between scenes.
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Review by: MarkoItaliano on Sep. 07, 2017 :
Questo autore ha scritto un'altra grande storia del mare. Prova che dobbiamo scrivere quello che sappiamo meglio. Il personaggio principale è un uomo che possiamo amare e odiare ancora che seguiamo mentre attraversa molte torsioni e turni. La trama ci mostra profondamente all'interno di un mondo che è vero, ma nessuno di loro sa veramente
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Review by: DoloresMatthews on Aug. 21, 2017 :
This story got better and better with every page. It's not your typical military, law enforcement, crime plot. You think all these coast guard sailors and DEA agents are squeaky-clean good guys, but they're not.
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Review by: Michelle B on Aug. 18, 2017 : (no rating)
Enjoyed this. Can't wait for more.
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Review by: Nick Nova on Aug. 08, 2017 :
The story is really immersive. It makes it easy to imagine what's happening on the ocean with the speedboats and everything since I can't even even think of any sensory details that he leaves out of scenes.
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Review by: BSmitty222 on Aug. 03, 2017 :
At first I thought this was going to be another tired old story about pirates aboard wooden ships, a wooden leg and rough talk ... but that is not it at all. This is a salty sea story and it takes place today. It's about a likeable young sailor aboard a big Coast Guard Cutter who gets himself into some very serious trouble. The plot is not too simple and not too complicated (learned some cool things about being on a Coast Guard ship at sea and how major drug busts go down). The action kept me engaged on every page. The author tells the story with great detail but never gets bogged down. There are some guns and some shooting but it's not overdone, not a 'shoot-em-up' story at all. There's rapid action, occasional comedy, a broken romance and a series of horrible crimes committed on both sides of the law.

There was something really good and a bit different about this story and I can't quite put my finger on it. The locations are fresh (Key West, aboard a ship at sea, a rough Miami barrio), the main characters are new (a Coast Guard sailor, street criminals, a kingpin, a ship's captain, a DEA agent), and the plot is original (crime on both sides of the law), and the way the author writes is very readable. Everything is well described, quite vivid actually, but the action is all new and different compared to most everything I've read in a long time. There is something very fresh and exciting about this story, I guess that's it.
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Review by: jackjohnson on July 20, 2017 :
A quick thriller that shocked me with it's casual (even comical) law breaking. The main character is a likeable kid from LA who ends up in the Coast Guard for all the wrong reasons. I was chuckling the whole time while crimes were committed because somehow I could tell that everything is going to work out well for the main character, even though there seems to be trail of disaster left in his wake.
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Review by: Ray1184 on July 11, 2017 :
I was floored the entire time I was reading this!!! Many indie authors take a long time to get their setting, characters and plot set up. Some authors write a hundred pages and the plot is still not moving along. ---> Not this book. Torres puts you in the action with the main character on page-1 and then he stomps on the gas and does not let up. The scenes are all well crafted, the characters are constantly crashing ahead and my curiosity was building on every page. There were several times I wanted to kick the main character right in the ass! :^) Several times I was so mad at the main character I wanted to throw my Kindle down and curse him out . . . but I could not stop reading. This book is one of those rare reading experiences where I'd look up from the pages and gaze around at people on the bus or in the lunchroom at work and think to myself "WOW!" this story is amazing because it is totally transporting me into the character's lives.
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Review by: MagggsMoney on July 07, 2017 :
There's lots of cops and robbers stories out there but this is the most brazen crime story I've ever read. It's refreshing because they're not your typical criminals at all. The writing has a cinematic quality, made me feel like I was in the scene. Also, very nice pacing, strong characters and a jolting plot set up. I couldn't stop reading and now I'm waiting for part 2.
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Review by: Diego Forby on May 31, 2017 :
good story but i don't like the hero, yet.
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Review by: Vincento29 on May 03, 2017 :
Jack Turner is getting into bad trouble, but I'm laughing the whole time.
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Review by: JayHawkFan1 on April 30, 2017 :
This really took me by surprise. After the first chapter I wasn't too sure about the main character, and as the story went on I didn't like him very much (but I couldn't stop reading). Then a few things happened in the plot and I started to like him. The thing is, the main character seems much more like a real person, and not so much like a fictional hero. He's like a lot of young guys who do something really stupid and risky and sometimes they get caught and sometimes they don't. For example, I once had a friend who managed a stock brokerage firm and committed fraud along with other managers by keeping their investor's money. He was my friend, I was ashamed of him, but I didn't hate him. I was actually kind of curious and wondering what the hell he was thinking. He went to jail for several years. Another example is I have a cousin who shot heroine for many years. He was the black sheep of the family, but now he's clean and he's just a character we all like but don't take too seriously. Well, the main character in this story does some bad things that I thought were kind of shocking and a bit funny (considering this is fiction). I don't know - it's hard to explain. He does some dumb things, some bad things, but he's not really a bad person, just a mixed up young guy. I guess my point is that I was fascinated by the story and I couldn't stop reading.
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Review by: JohnGuida49 on April 30, 2017 :
I've been on a kick reading stories about military men and women. Veterans these days have crazy experiences that average young people simply don't have. In this story we travel aboard a ship at sea off Key West. We are involved in the violent world of criminals, smugglers, police, government agents, ships, guns, gangs and it is all wrapped around an innocent young couple who I think are in love. I like the main character a lot, because I see myself in him. I especially like his crazy young attitude. He is getting into HUGE trouble. BIG TROUBLE! I can't wait to read the next part of this story to see what happens to the characters. There is a major collision about to happen in the next part of this story.
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Review by: Chief Crenki on April 27, 2017 :
I am very impressed by the way this story swept me along. I was more than 30 pages in before I glanced to see what page number I was on. Totally engrossing read.
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Review by: tomjamin on April 22, 2017 :
Every character, from the young coast guard sailor, the slacker beach bum, the teen girl left behind, the Miami criminals, they are all very realistic. I could not stop reading because the plot is so gripping. The writing style is very good and quite visual. Every twist and turn in the plot is shocking to some degree.
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Review by: David Concly on April 21, 2017 :
The first chapter came out as a story awhile ago, and when I read it I thought for sure it was the beginning of a much larger work. I'm happy the author has expanded the plot. The words gritty, brilliant and real come to mind when trying to review The Pirate. The character is a dopey young guy who you love to hate. I just wanted to kick him in the butt and tell him to quick being such a #%@!-up. The author has captured a young man who joins the Coast Guard for all the wrong reasons and through a comical series of adventures and mistakes lands in some deep trouble. I can't wait to read the next section and find out what happens.
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Review by: TexMex on April 15, 2017 :
I'm hooked on this series. I could not stop once I started reading the first few pages. The action is fast and true to life. The tech is real, but not overpowering. There are several characters all living on the wrong side of the law. I'm very curious about where this story will go next. I have a feeling it will get worse before it get's better for the main characters. Mr. Torres, please publish Part II right away so we don't have to wait too long.
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Review by: Mr Keef, Sr on April 12, 2017 :
Every scene was shocking or funny and many scenes were both shocking and funny. The plot puts you on a Coast Guard ship at sea during a drug bust, then in a DEA drug storage warehouse, and on the rough streets of Miami. The characters double-cross each other, and there is also a special relationship between a young sailor and the girl he left behind at home. This story is part one and now I can't wait to read part two.
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Review by: James Hold on March 26, 2017 :
Jack is getting himself into some deep doodoo. None of the lead characters are very likable, nor are they very intelligent, but they're engaging enough to wonder what's going to happen. The writer writes with authority on Coast Guard matters and the story moves along nicely.
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