Marvin Perkins


I am retired from the U.S. Navy since 2003, currently work as a merchant seaman. I write in all types of media,from songs, to poetry, novels as well as short stories.

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My Kinda Poetry 2
Price: Free! Words: 7,790. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2015. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
Again I have found poetic gems on the sands of my life, strewn on the beach, brought in by the tide. They seem to find me as if by magic. More poems of love, joy, fact, fiction, and inspiration. They are "My Kinda Poetry,"
My Big Red Umbrella
Price: Free! Words: 980. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
Everybody needs help making it in this crazy world of ours. Some days it's hard to even get out of bed, especially if it's raining outside and it seems as if the whole world is against you. These poems and essay are my umbrella that I use to keep those raindrops off my head. I hope they can be of some use to others.
My Kinda Poetry
Price: Free! Words: 10,280. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2013. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
These poetic gems were found like pebbles on the sands of my life. Poems of love, joy, fact, fiction, depression and inspiration. Stories of romance and tragedy, war and peace, and father and motherhood. All born from my overactive imagination and I call them "My Kinda Poetry." And I hope they are your kind too.
The White Steed
Price: Free! Words: 1,480. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(3.67 from 3 reviews)
A man is carried on a magical journey by a white winged horse to the brink of a historic battle only to end up in an unexpected place.
My Angel
Price: Free! Words: 680. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(3.00 from 1 review)
After a near fatal accident a man finds himself in a majestic green meadow overlooked by a magnificent mountain peak where he meets his guardian angel.
Simply Shorts Too
Price: Free! Words: 19,880. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Simply Shorts Too is another compilation of short stories. These mystical, mysterious stories offer a variety of plots and interesting characters, all with their own unique twist.
Everybody's Got to Have a Dream
Price: Free! Words: 2,220. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2013. Categories: Essay » Sociology
(4.00 from 1 review)
Dreams are not something you only have while you are asleep but visions of a person you want to be and hope to be in life. The goals that you set help to shape your future and determine whether you are successful or unsuccessful. If you can dream it, you can achieve it. In this short essay I offer a few tips that I have found to be helpful.
Wise Up America
Price: Free! Words: 730. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2013. Categories: Essay » Political
One man's opinion why we should legalize the recreational use of marijuana in all fifty states.
The Magical Island
Price: Free! Words: 3,130. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Henry Handover's perfect day navigating the waters of beautiful San Diego Bay is spoiled by a sudden horrendous storm that crashes him on some rocks rendering him unconscious. When he awakes he is on a beautiful white sandy beach of a mystical island where he meets some bizarre but endearing friends who help him to find his way back home.
Reflections of a Superfluous Mind 2
Price: Free! Words: 15,530. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2013. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Poems and rhythmic prose, each of these reflections tell a story about love, life, joy, happiness, fact. fiction, depression, and inspiration. Some are serious, some are just for fun, some rhyme, some don't, but they are from my creative heart.
UFO 1955
Price: Free! Words: 1,460. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
An escaped prisoner is taken up into a UFO and transformed into a hideous creature designed to harvest humans to be used as food on an alien planet.
Once Upon a Time in Vietnam
Price: Free! Words: 1,640. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
A U.S. Marine captured by the Viet Cong is miraculously rescued after months of hardship and torture.
A Sailor's Story
Price: Free! Words: 53,760. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
"A Sailor's Story" is fictional but based on true facts. In May of 1987 the USS Stark on routine patrol in the Persian Gulf is hit by two Exocet missiles fired by an Iraqi Mirage fighter plane. Michael Parsons is one of the many injured that tragic night, left maimed and a hopeless cripple. This is his story.
Seven Years After
Price: Free! Words: 47,080. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
After returning from a disappearance of seven long years without a trace, Charles Smithson is brutally murdered. The question is by whom. The suspects range from a group of desperate men who were allegedly chasing him to obtain secret information the victim possessed, to members of his own family. Detectives Carson and Brown must unravel the mystery that led to the young man's demise.
Into the Void
Price: Free! Words: 650. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
Have you ever wondered what happens to your soul after you die? This short story offers one explanation.
Comfortable as an Old Pair of Shoes
Price: Free! Words: 3,750. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Marriage
Comfortable as an old pair of shoes, that's the way a long and happy marriage should be. In this little book I'd like to share some of my inner thoughts on the subject. I am no expert,just a man who's been married to the same woman for over thirty years. Visit my profile at:
Overlooked Careers in the Maritime Industry
Price: Free! Words: 1,920. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2012. Categories: Essay » Business
Overlooked Careers in the Maritime Industry is a step by step guide to finding lucrative employment in the maritime industry. An industry that employs over 1.2 million people in the U.S. and millions more worldwide. Yet the industry is grealtly overlooked. In this short but informative guide a new door can be opened. All you have to do is step through it.
One Eyed Sam
Price: Free! Words: 1,000. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
His name was "One Eyed Sam." The biggest alligator ever seen in the Louisiana swamps. He killed my brother one day, now One Eyed Sam must die.
My Doppelganger and Me
Price: Free! Words: 1,240. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
I never believed in stuff like ghosts and body doubles, but when I come face to face with my very own doppelganger I change my mind. He does things I always wanted to do but didn't have the courage. But I fear he's gone too far.
The Blue Note
Price: Free! Words: 24,400. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
It was Memphis, Tennesee, summer 1952, a beautiful jazz singer by the name of Michele Dubois disappeared without a trace from a night club called "The Blue Note." Former private investigator from Los Angeles, Dirk Bogart had fallen in love with her and vowed to find her. After a trip to New Orleans, he finds out what Michele really was and had to hurry back to save the mayor's life.
Simply Shorts
Price: Free! Words: 19,740. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(3.00 from 1 review)
A compilation of original short stories that take the reader on a journey through a murder in a small Washinton town, and onboard an alien spacecraft where an escaped prisoner is transformed into a creature capable of sucking the life out of all earthly beings. This is just a sampling of the journey on which the stories will take you. Sit back and enjoy the ride.
Price: Free! Words: 8,620. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
A chance meeting on a dark deserted stretch of highway leads to a strange but familiar love affair.
If I Only Had a Brain
Price: Free! Words: 710. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
"Follow the yellow brick road. Follow the yellow brick road," I said as I came to in the hospital emergency room. After the day I had, I felt like the scarecrow. If I only had a brain.
Surprise Visitor
Price: Free! Words: 510. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
I can't go on, I should end it all. I put the gun to my head, my hand trembles. Maybe my life isn't so bad afterall. There is a knock at my door. Who could it be? Surprise!
Vampire Hippie
Price: Free! Words: 1,670. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult
My heart is black, hideous like a creature of the night. No light can shine through, no joy can penetrate the impervious shell. I hate for no reason, hate feeds my insatiable appetite for doom. I want only to kill, the sight of blood, the mere smell of it sends me into a rage. I have the craving there is no denying it and the power it has over me is unmistakable. But it wasn't always that way.
Timothy Weary
Price: Free! Words: 930. Language: American English. Published: August 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
(2.00 from 1 review)
Timothy Weary was the high school geek. He had no friends and was brunt of all the "cool kid's" jokes. They hated him, because he was different. Such was their hatred that one day after school, the cool kids beat him up and put poor Timothy in the hospital. After the beating Timothy changed. And one night he got his revenge.
The Devil Inside Her
Price: Free! Words: 1,910. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
I don't know how it began or why it began, but it did begin. My wife of five years one day turned into a hideous monster straight from hell. Somehow I had to send her back.
Reflections of a Superfluous Mind
Price: Free! Words: 9,070. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2012. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
Short poems and rhythmic prose from the mind of Marvin K. Perkins.
Delayed Justice
Price: Free! Words: 47,320. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
The time was 1969, the place Vietnam. 2nd Lt. Frank Desio and his men were involved in a massacre in a small village near Bon Son and a subsequent cover up. Twenty five years later, the event comes back to haunt Frank and the members of his platoon.

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Smashwords book reviews by Marvin Perkins

  • Delightfully Twisted Tales: The Wide, Wide World of Weird (Volume Seven) on Sep. 02, 2012

    Nicky, outstanding story telling. What imagination and great descriptive scenes and characters. I haven't finished reading the whole book but I look forward to doing so. Just wanted to thank you fore sharing this work with us for free. Outstanding! I only wish I could give you more than five stars! Marvin K.Perkins, a member of the Smashwords community of writers.
  • Amber on Aug. 10, 2013
    (no rating)
    Joyce, what a beautifully written story this is, I enjoyed it very much. Very descriptive and I love the way you show and not just tell your story. This is obviously the beginning of a much longer work, I'm assuming a novel. I love that it is set in Singapore, one of my most favorite cities in the world. Thanks for sharing this. Marvin.