The Pirate, Part III: Big Daddy

Rated 5.00/5 based on 12 reviews
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.

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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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PaulS972 reviewed on on Sep. 27, 2018

This book is full of double and triple-crossing scoundrels who made me laugh. Some of the bad guys are good and some of the good guys are bad. If you like crime, military, adventure, a love story, crazy young characters and humor, this is highly recommended.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Mr Keef, Sr reviewed on on June 25, 2018

This sea story brings the old pirate tale into 2018. The pirate is not a wooden-legged old salty curr, hes an 18 year old Coast Guard recruit. He's not raiding ships on the high seas, he's sneaking into the DEA contraband locker through a crack in the tight security system. Rather than swashbuckling on the high seas, he's matching whits with drug dealers on Miami streets. He's not burying treasure in hidden coves, he's jetting about with federal agents on under cover missions. Yes, this story turns the old pirate tales on its head, with many new and welcome twists.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Steve Snyder reviewed on on June 19, 2018

On every page I was wondering how is this going to be resolved? As the story goes on I thought the author had created an impossible situation, but the action fit together very nicely. I was conflicted over the main character throughout the story. Several times I hated him and almost stopped reading. But as I read on, I decided he was just a dirty scoundrel, and then he did things to redeem himself. All in all, I liked the main character because he was complex and realistic. In the end, all the loose ends are tied up all was right with the universe.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Pops reviewed on on June 12, 2018

Major conflict and climax in this part-3 BIG DADDY of THE PIRATE series. For a short series, the author really accomplished quiet a bit. I've read books that were twice as long and only had half the action. I'm not saying this is action packed (there's just the right balance between characters and plot). This reads a little like a movie script. Scenes are set up, characters are established, action is taken. The story moves quickly through each scene and sets up the next. The characters cover over a lot of ground and water, the whole time moving swiftly toward a major show down.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
ballerjuice reviewed on on June 10, 2018

I grabbed all three parts of this series and read them in a few days. The story pulled me in and kept me hanging by a thread. The action zoomed along. It's all about a Coast Guard sailor who is a likeable knucklehead. He gets involved with some pretty serious criminals. There are many good laughs, violence, lots of friendship and love along the way. I highly recommend this story. I've read everything by Malcolm Torres and his books keep getting better, especially if you like sea stories.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
Chad Ruggerio reviewed on on May 6, 2018

This series was thoroughly enjoyable for many reasons. First of all, many crime thrillers focus too much on police procedures which I find to be a drag on the overall story. This story focused on a young sailor who is a bit of a knucklehead, but loveable and his internal problems and his relationships. It made me think of myself when I was younger and stumbled into some trouble. The second reason I liked this series, is because this story kept moving, unlink many of the 'thrillers' I've read that have a plot that is too complicated. Many crime thrillers have a plot that is too sprawling with technology, international spy rings, secret government agencies, etc. This story rode with the main character from beginning to end, with very brief side subplots that illuminated the two other main characters. Overall it was a very satisfying read, the author has a lot of talent, writes with lots of great language, strong little details that drew me into the situations and settings. There were many times where I just thought to myself, how does the author make this up? I was often wondering if the story is based on the truth which I bet much of it is. As outrageous as it might seem, this story comes across as highly plausible.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
jellyroll5000 reviewed on on April 27, 2018

The best story I've read in a long time, and I read a lot of crime, adventure and thrillers.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
lkramer09 reviewed on on April 25, 2018

Adventure, suspense, humor and a surprise happy ending. Good book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
BSmitty222 reviewed on on April 18, 2018

Many times while reading I wondered if this was a true story, because the characters and action all ring true. The story teller seems to know many things that only law enforcement personnel would know. It's easy to imagine this really happening, though it's over the top outrageous (stranger than fiction in a good way).
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Ray1184 reviewed on on April 4, 2018

I'm happy Part-3 (the grand finally) of this story was available because the end of part 2 was a real cliff hanger. Part 3 provides more action, a tense climax and a satisfactory ending to this exciting story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
James Hold reviewed on on March 30, 2018

Jack continues to find himself up to his neck in deep doodoo. The story captivates and keeps you reading. My ONLY complaint (and there has to be one if I'm being honest) is I don't like the story being told in the present tense. Generally I skip such books because I can't get into them. It's a philosophic difference in that movies tell what IS happening but books tell what DID happen. Mr Torres has the storytellers skill to make me overlook that complaint.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
jackjohnson reviewed on on March 29, 2018

I read this in one sitting. The action swept me along.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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