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.
I just finished reading this weird and wonderful story. I'm not sure what to make of it, except to say that it caught me thoroughly by surprise. Sure, I expecting WWII fighting action (check) hard-boiled military types (check) US Navy ships and tough sailors (check) and some top secret element (check). This book also included some intense flying scenes, a very real sense of being RIGHT THERE on a carrier, with a black-ops team that involved a secret weapon that would tip the balance of the war in the Pacific. I highly recommend you read this if you like war stories + a twist.
I'm not ready to publish my book yet, but I'm getting close. I have been looking this book over in preparation for formatting my manuscript. At first I thought it would be a major pain, but happy to report this book actually makes it look easy. Plus Mr. Coker adds a dash of humor here and there (yea I know hard to believe considering that this is a book about how to use MS Word to format ebooks - what could possibly be funny about that?). I also like the idea of supporting Smashwords because they upload to multiple platforms.
I got these poems on my phone and been dipping in, reading on the train to work and back. This here is deep dark sad, gothic, brooding, black, depressing states of mind. Some is the most sad things I ever read. The poet says things in a way that I know just how she feel and it hurts. The nice thing is that it's so true. And all that is why I like these poems so much. I been back reading some of these poems over and over 'cause they so dark and satisfying. I wish I could write well so I could tell you how much I like these poems.
Well told very short story with a plot that moves along with mundane details and then a zinger twist at the end. I was drawn in and kept asking myself what was going on and what was going to happen. It was really basic stuff, but then the zinger at the end.
This very short tale has some great material. There is a main character that could carry an entire novel if he were fleshed out. There are several wonderful details and little scenes that pricked my curiosity. I do believe the story could have been much better if the author polished it a bit more. There are a few garbled sentences and some odd word choices, then it ends abruptly.
A nice effort by the author to tell a story about overcoming hardship in life, going someplace fun and having a special time. It could have moved along a little faster, there were a lot of action that just seemed to be moving the characters from one scene to the next.
A quite original adaptation of the famous poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the Rime of the Ancient Mariner. I want to emphasize that this is original with many nicely rhyming couplets, a unique plot and a character, but throughout there are parallel action and references to Coleridge's poem. Nicely done.
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.
The pictures in this book gave me a feeling of being a ghost walking around my small home town at the magical hour just before sunrise. The pictures have a mysterious feel, because the street lights are changing but no cars are on the street. One suggestion is to not put the grayish background on every page (in the PDF version) behind the pictures because it pulls the eye away from the photo. The gray background clashes a bit with the hazy blue sky in the pictures. A white background might be better.
This is a nice sea story. The author / narrator has serious technical and personal experience with sailors and ships. This experience comes through in the descriptions and characters. The main character is the captain and he's presented as powerful but with flaws that makes an impression on the reader. The main character's inner dialog is some of the best parts, showing how rough sailors are. This roughness comes through nicely in the captain's inner thoughts. For a sea story it has all the right ingredients, there's a nice setup and the main part of the action seemed a bit abrupt.
I like sea stories so this was an easy pick. And I've found that I particularly like sea stories with a twist and this one has several. First off the world in which the story takes place is human but otherworldly at the same time. Several characters have mysterious past and magical / special abilities. I'm not a book critic so not my best skill to critique stories and novels, but this is well written and interesting.
The instructions in this book are required to format your book for Smashwords. It's painful if you are not advanced-intermediate MS Word user. The good news is once you do this formatting to your book, it's good to go for SW, iBook and Barnes and Noble. One thing: It's 2016, why can't we just upload a PDF? It really should not be this complicated, should it? Sorry about whining (lol).