The Nautical Fiction List
An Annotated Bibliography of
based in part on the work of John Kohnen
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Cable, George Washington (1844-1925)
Gideon's Band. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1914. 500 p.
Based on the author's experiences on the
Mississippi River. Intriguing rival steamboat owners, and the cholera
epidemics of the late 1840s.
Caidin, Martin (1927-1997)
The Last Fathom. Meredith, 1967. 312 p.
Russians plant doomsday bomb in middle of Atlantic
to destroy America and Europe, and secret US sub, controlled by only
two men, tries to stop it.
Aquarius Mission. Bantam, 1978. 312 p.
US submarine investigates the disappearance of
two nuclear subs, discovers a strange world miles deep.
Dead Sea Submarine. Bee-Line, 1971. 188 p.
Arabs are moving a submarine across the desert
to the Dead Sea, and commandos are sent to stop it.
Black Cargo. Lander, 1969. 206 p.
Sexual tension aboard ship during the darkest days of
the slave trade.
Slave Ship. Leisure, 1977. 240 p.
Young idealist from New England ships out on a slaver,
learns about the evil trade first hand.
Callison, Brian (1934- )
A Flock of Ships. Putnam, 1970. 255 p.
Deals with the crew of a British merchantman in
WW II in the South Atlantic. The ship is carrying new radio codes to
other merchant ships, and the Germans want them. U-boats stage a number
of distant pyrotechnic displays which spook the freighter's crew,
driving them to anchor in the lagoon of a Tristan da Cunha-like island.
there they fight it out with the subs, there being no survivors. The
story is told as the journal of the freighter's first mate, which is
discovered aboard the still-anchored ship by an RN survey ship in the
A Plague of Sailors. Putman, 1971. 251 p.
Following an earthquake in Israel, an Arab
dissident group steals a vial of anthrax bacillus, and attempts to
smuggle it into Israel aboard an Egyptian relief ship. British naval
special forces that operate out of a dummy steamship line set out to
foil the plot. Set approximately 1971-72.
Dawn Attack. Putman, 1972. 287 p.
Fictional account of a British Commando raid on a
Norwegian port during WW II, based on a number of actual raids.
A Web of Salvage. Putman, 1973. 190 p.
Battered old salvage tug TACTICIAN is on her
final voyage home when a mayday call during a force 10 storm leads them
into a dangerous mystery.
A Ship is Dying. Dutton, 1976. 222 p.
The last minutes of a sinking ship, very evocative
and very "real-time", and to set it apart from other disaster novels
it's not five hundred pages long and is illuminated by the hell-red
glow of Callisons wit. Very recommended by JH. Watch out for the
An Act of War. Dutton, 1977. 206 p.
U.K. title: A Frenzy of Merchantmen. The Soviet Navy in
the 1980s blockades the Baltic Sea to British shipping. In retaliation,
a Royal Navy ship provokes the Soviets into an act of war. Soon nukes
and Nazis are flying around.
The Judas Ship. Dutton, 1978. 192 p.
Merchantman attacked and damaged by German surface
raider seeks the shelter of a narrow river harbor in Brazil for
repairs, only to discover that the Raider is moored up-river of the
ship, repairing damage done to it by the merchantman. The Germans
cannot attack the merchantman while it is in the river because the
raider would be trapped if the merchantman sank in the channel.
The Auriga Madness. Collins, 1980. 223 p.
A terrible disease drives a ship's crew mad
with disasterous results.
The Sextant. Collins, 1981. 252 p.
In 1941 the MV HIGHLANDER was torpedoed and sunk with all
hands. In 1981 the captain's sextant is discovered as part of a thief's
loot. The captain's son sets off to find out what really happened forty
years ago. This leads him to a small community (in N Scotland?) where
the other loot was from. Although the community is close-mouthed, he
slowly comes to discovered what happened to his father.
Spearfish. Collins, 1983. 222 p.
Captain Crofts is called on to board and capture a ship
full of present-day mercenaries.
The Bone Collectors : a novel of the Atlantic Convoys. Collins, 1984. 253 p.
The name given by U-Boat crews to the ships assigned
to pick up seamen who had abandoned ship. It is a novel of ordinary
Merchant Navy convoy men seen through the eyes of the chief officer of
the OLYMPIAN, one of the Bone Collectors.
A Thunder of Crude. Collins, 1986. 320 p.
The Calauria is a floating powder keg. Add an inquisitive lady reporter and a group of teenagers out to make trouble and the plot thickens.
The Trojan Hearse. Collins, 1990. 224 p.
WW II action as the Germans plot to revenge the
St. Nazaire raid. U-boat Captain Reitz gets do do the honours. The plot
is a bit stretched but this is more than made up for by Callisons
writing -and the pace at which it is forced on.
Ferry Down. HarperCollins, 1998. 311 p.
Passengers on the Orion Venturer have no idea that their ferry has been converted from a casino ship. Vital corners have been cut, and none of her multinational crew know the ship well enough to be of any use in an emergency. It would take one act of folly to initiate a tragedy.
The Stollenberg Legacy. HarperCollins, 2000. 320 p.
At the end of world War II, Nazi war treasure was hidden by British soldiers within the structures of a Russian ship. Fifty years later, the poeple who hid the treasure are trying to recover it, leaving behind them a trail of murders.
Edward Trapp series:
- Trapp's War. Dutton, 1974. 192 p.
Edward Trapp, smuggler and captain of the rust
bucket CHARON, the only ship able to sneak in and out through the
German blockade of Malta, is called back to active service in the RN,
and inveigled into helping relieve the siege of Tobruk during the
African campaign in WW II.
- Trapp's Peace. Collins, 1980. 189 p.
The sequel to Trapp's War. Further adventures of
Captain Trapp and his merry men. After smuggling illegal immigrants
across the English Channel, Trapp gets involved in nefarious
activites in the Mediterranean. Was he really being paid to ship used
construction equipment from Port Said to Malaga? Or was he expected
to scuttle it en route?
- Trapp and World War Three. Collins, 1988. 271 p.
Trapp returns to muddle through another adventure
with thieves, psychopaths, armies, navies, and air forces of several
nations all adding to the fireworks. Set in the 1980s.
- Crocodile Trapp. HarperCollins, 1993. 224 p.
Trapp and his team must be getting a little long
in the tooth by now, considering that Trapp was supposed to be an RN
Midshipman in WW I. Whatever, this time they are involved in the
usual illegal, dangerous cross and double cross, this time it
involves a Chinese triad, mad professors, crocodiles, buried treasure
and the jungles of Papua New Guinea.
- Trapp's Secret War. Severn House, 2008. 220 p.
1943. World War Two. A Russian convoy fights its violent, wreckage-strewn course across the Arctic Circle towards Murmansk. Only one ship survives the coffin ship Charon and her complement of misfits, captained by the buccaneering Edward Trapp: professional scoundrel, blackguard without merit. The Charon staggers from one sub-zero crisis to the next in the captains pursuit of ignominy and golden cargo, to the enduring embarrassment of the British and United States Navies.
Cameron, Ian (1924- ) (Pseud. Donald G. Payne)
The Midnight Sea. Hutchinson, 1958. 200 p.
The aircraft carrier HMS VIPER is escorting a
convoy to Russia and has to fight the weather and the Germans all the
way. The Captain's son joins the ship off Scotland, as batsman (officer
in giving directions to aircraft pilots by means of hand-held "bats").
The story matter-of-factly unfolds. The characters do not seem to be
fleshed out, the loss of a ship or aircraft takes few words. In spite
of this by the end of the book you have the whole picture of the sea
war as fought by the Royal Navy and in this particular case the Fleet
Air Arm in those inhospitable latitudes. Strangely enough the enormous
effort and sacrifice made by the convoy to reach Russia and by the
Germans to prevent them doing so is convincingly demonstrated.
The White Ship. Scribner, 1975. 192 p.
A Spanish treasure ship goes aground in the South
Shetland Islands in 1818. In 1974 an expedition searching for golden
seals finds the treasure ship, and unquiet ghosts that give them more
then they bargained for.
Cameron, J. D. (Pseud. Michael Jahn (1943- ) and David Robbins (1950- ))
Omega Sub Series
- Omega Sub. Avon, 1991. 249 p.
On top secret manuevers beneath the polar ice cap,
the USS LIBERATOR surfaces to find the Earth in flames from a global
thermonuclear war -- a war so complete that they do not know what
started it. The crew then begins seeking out survivors to forge a new
- Omega Sub: Command Decision. Avon, 1991. 246 p.
LIBERATOR comes across a
Japanese trawler fleet that has survived the war, but had its crew
destroyed after the shooting stopped.
- Omega Sub: City of Fear. Avon, 1991. 189 p.
"When you think of a post-apocalyptic
setting you think, 'I've seen it before.' But, this book takes that
setting and totaly refreshes it. After a few pages you find yourself
wondering what's around the next corner and holding your breath as
you flip the page. Will it be the irradiated freak white shirts who
are spreading like an infection across the radioactive remains of the
earth, or will it be an entire island mysteriously desserted by all
- Omega Sub: Blood Tide. Avon, 1991. 219 p.
LIBERATOR cruises the South Pacific
saving survivors of the nuclear war from a lunatic and an army of
sadistic killers, but bad guys kidnap the captain and demand the sub
- Omega Sub: Death Dive. Avon, 1992. 214 p.
On the East Coast of America, the LIBERATOR sails into a savage zombie Hell.
- Omega Sub: Raven Rising. Avon, 1992. 214 p.
Hidden in an underground fortress, the
insane U.S. president and his elite corps of stormtroopers, survivors
of the nuclear holocaust that has left the world in ruins, make plans
to enslave what remains of the human race.
Cameron, Lou (1924- )
The Amphorae Pirates. Random House, 1970. 211 p.
Diving for ancient treasures off Greece.
Matty Graves series:
- No Quarter. McBooks, 2006. 261 p.
In 1799, the young U.S. Navy faces France in an undeclared Quasi-War for the Caribbean. Matty Graves is caught up in escalating violence as he serves aboard the Rattle-Snake under his drunken cousin, Billy.
The War of Knives. McBooks, 2007. 309 p.
When Matty Graves, acting lieutenant in the newly formed U.S. Navy, agrees to become a spy in the French colony of Saint-Dómingue, he plunges headlong into a brutal world of betrayal and double-cross beyond anything he’s ever known. At first the bloody civil war between former slaves and their mixed-race overseers simply offers a way to test himself and a means to purge his guilt over the death of his former captain.
Peter Wicked. McBooks, 2008. 311 p.
Navy Lieutenant Matty Graves is still recovering from his ordeal during the slave rebellion in the French colony of Saint-Dómingue when he is ordered to Washington to answer questions about the death of his former captain. On home soil he must deal with the mystery and shame surrounding his birth, as well as the attractions of his best friend's sister. But when he's offered a command of his own, he seizes the opportunity to make a name and fortune for himself - even if it means destroying those closest to him.
Campbell, John T.
Raid on Truman. Lyfore, 1991. 290 p.
Crew of nuclear carrier is knocked out by nerve gas
and North Korean troops take it over. Small bunch of crew survives, and
tries to free ship.
Sub Zero. Avon, 1996. 340 p.
When a heavily armed assault team is dispatched from North Korea and prepares to grab the United States's most devastating military secrets, an undertrained, outgunned band of servicemen, scientists, and civilians becomes the nation's only hope.
Capouya, Emile (1925- )
In the Sparrow Hills : Stories. Algonquin Press, 1993. 245 p.
"In the Sparrow Hills", "The Other Rogozhin", "A Parenthesis" and "Staring at the Sun" tie into the author's wartime merchant marine experiences.
Caputo, Philip (1941- )
The Voyage. Knopf, 1999. 415 p.
In June 1900, Cyrus Braithwaite, a gruff Yankee granite magnate, orders his three teenage sons to board the family's beloved schooner, sail away from their imposing Maine summer home, and stay away until September. His sole explanation for this sudden expulsion: "It's a new century, boys." Puzzled, abashed, but also intrigued by the adventure forced upon them, Nathaniel, Eliot, and Andrew leave behind their privileged WASP childhood and head out to sea--bound, they decide more or less on a whim, for the Florida keys.
Carin, Michael (1951- )
Five Hundred Keys. Deneau & Greenberg, 1980. 240 p.
A student tries for a quick buck on a 38' boat
carrying drugs from Morocco to Newfoundland with deadly results.
Carlisle, Henry (1926- )
Voyage to the First of December. Putman, 1972. 243 p.
U.K. title: The Somers Mutiny. Novel
based on the true events surrounding the attempted mutiny on board the
USN brig SOMERS in 1842, for which the son of the Secretary of War was
The Jonah Man. Knopf, 1984. 260 p.
Fictional biography of Capt. George Pollard,
commander of the whaleship ESSEX which was sunk by a sperm whale in the
Pacific, the survivors ate their shipmates to stay alive. Told in his
own fictional words.
Carpenter, Scott M. (1925- )
The Steel Albatross. Hardline, 1991. 475 p.
One of the techno-thriller genre. Our Hero is
a misfit US Navy pilot who joins the SEALs and is sent to command a new
class of submarine -- one that soars in the ocean currents. With his
super vessel, he protects the world from the Soviet bad guys.
Carr, Philippa (pseud. Eleanor Hibbert) (1906-1993)
The Lion Triumphant. Putman, 1973. 380 p.
Heroine meets jake the ship captain, is
kidnaped by Spanish pirates, and winds up in the Canary Islands just
before the defeat of the Spanish Armada. Number 2 in the Daughters of England series.
Carse, Robert (1902-1971)
Deep Six. William Morrow, 1946. 311 p.
A novel of desert adventure, of individual as well as group crises, as the survivors of the Wolston Hill sink their differences to thwart their captors, and under Jerry Duane, veteran of the war in Spain, get across the desert. There are many flashbacks of the lives of these merchant mariners during the 1930s and 1940s.
The Beckoning Waters. Scribner, 1953. 438 p.
A novel of the Great Lakes in the late 19th
and early 20th century.
Great Circle. Scribner, 1956. 243 p.
Sweeping, rich and romantic--a story of whaling ships, a hard driving young skipper, and the tropical temptations of a South Sea paradise.
The Fabulous Buccaneer. Dell, 1957. 256 p.
Novel about Alexander Selkirk, the early
18th century privateer whose marooning on Juan Fernandez, off the coast
of Chile, was the real-life inspiration for Robinson Crusoe.
Morgan the Pirate. Dell, 1961. 192 p.
Henry Morgan is sold as a slave in Panama,
returns as pirate captain to plunder and destroy. Adapted from the motion picture.
The Sentinels. Oxford, 1980. 247 p.
HMS SENTINEL tries to snuff out the slave trade on
the African coast. Our heroes are midshipman John Spencer and Lyapo, a
Armada. Joseph, 1988. 470 p.
This novel, of Elizabethan England locked in a bloody war
with Spain, explores the religious and secular conflict as it affects
the two nations, and in particular, two very different brothers. All
the historical heroes have a role in this rambling saga which covers
two continents and two decades.
Casey, John (1939- )
Spartina. Knopf, 1989. 375 p.
Modern novel about a grumpy Rhode Island fisherman
struggling to build a fishing boat in his back yard and get ahead.
The Final Voyage of the S.S.N. Skate. Windsor, 1989. 383 p.
The "leper" of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, SSN-578 nuclear attack sub Skate should have been reduced to scrap a decade earlier. But America is on the brink of impending disaster at Russian hands …and the underwater deathtrap has one final mission to perform––one impossible act of piracy in hostile enemy waters that will pit the obsolete floating dinosaur and its inexperienced crew against the combined might of the Soviet Navy's finest. For Captain Charles Burkhart a successful run could mean a long-awaited command. For CIA "shadow man" Jake Niven it could help exorcise the demons of guilt that haunt his every waking hour. And for the unsuspecting crewmen of the Skate––caught in a deadly Company game of "spooks" and turncoats on Russian's doorstep––it could be the beginning of the end.
Castlemon, Henry (1842-1915) (pseud. Charles Austin Fosdick)
Frank Nelson in the Forecastle, or, the Sportsman's Club Among the
Whalers. Porter & Coates, 1876. 332 p.
Boy's adventure novel.
Catherall, Arthur (1906-1980)
Tugboat BULLDOG series
- Sea Wolves. Dent, 1959. 160 p.
The adventures of a seagoing salvage
tug, the BULLDOG, owned by 18-year-old Jack Frobisher, and
commanded by Husky Hudson, six-foot, tow-headed and tough. A Dutch tanker runs aground in Souruba harbor. When
BULLDOG responds to the call before her rivals, one of them attempts
to steal the ship aided by the eruption of a volcano long believed to
- Dangerous Cargo. Dent, 1960. 166 p.
BULLDOG attempts salvage of the SULU PRINCE, an
aged freighter on fire off the Little Laut Islands in the Macassar
Straits. Unknown to BULLDOG, the SULU PRINCE is gunrunning for
Indonesian rebels, who bribe the BULLDOG's rival salvors to SINK the
- China Sea Jigsaw. Dent, 1961. 167 p.
BULLDOG attempts to salve the 7,000 ton
passenger ship TAI LUNG, but Karmey, a rival tugboat captain sends a
false report that the TAI LUNG has sunk and BULLDOG was found
abandoned. To transform it into an accurate report, and settle the
score for past encounters, Karmey rams the TAI LUNG.
Lost With All Hands. Coronet, 1940. 199 p.
The trawler BLACKBALL ANNIE sets out on her
maiden voyage in the hope of making a good haul, but her skipper has
reckoned without Mark Slane the new cook's assistant. What connections
has Slane with the mysterious Viktor Nordt and the gunboat HKLA? What
has happened to the four trawlers "lost with all hands..."?
Lost Off the Grand Banks. Criterion, 1962. 160 p.
An English and an American boy try to save themselves and the crew of a Navy submarine trapped under an iceberg.
The Strange Intruder. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1965. 160 p.
First published in Scotland as The Strange Invader. The survivor
of a wrecked schooner brings a reign of terror to a remote island off
Last Horse on the Sands. Dent, 1972. 117 p.
A brother and sister risk their lives and
that of an old cart horse while trying to rescue victims of a plane
crash before the tide comes in. For young readers.
Catto, Max (1909-1992)
Murphy's War. Simon and Schuster, 1968. 284 p.
In the final days of WWII in Europe, a U-Boat off the
coast of southern Africa torpedos an Australian armed merchant cruiser
and the hospital ship it is escorting, machine guns the survivors, then
sails up a jungle river to wait out the war's end. A survivor from the
AMC, a disreputable petty officer, salvages a Swordfish floatplane from
the wreck, and hunts the U-boat with it. Filmed in 1971.
Cave, Peter (1940-) and Wreddon, Margaret
Pisces Rising. Sidgwick and Jackson, 1978. 189 p.
Marine biologist H. Grossman is working in an
underwater city when the marine world strikes back at the dry land. An
Chalker, Jack L. (1944-2005)
The Devil's Voyage. Doubleday, 1981. 328 p.
The sinking of USS INDIANAPOLIS during WW II.
Challoner, Robert (1924-1986)
Jamaica Passage. Penguin, 1982. 435 p.
Piracy and passion in the 1820s aboard the 8 gun
ARGO, fastest ship afloat.
- Run Out the Guns. Century, 1984. 193 p.
Commander Lord Charles Oakshott sallies forth to war. He faces not one enemy but three. France, newly at war with England in the aftermath of the Revolution. His ship, grimy, down-at-heel, and riddled with death watch beetle. And the third is his crew, mutinous and very low on morale.
- Give Fire! Century, 1986. 204 p.
Lord Charles, having survived the French siege of Toulon, is assigned to carry a special British envoy aboard the sloop Daisy to Mameluke Egypt to try and thwart Napoleon's Oriental strategy. Calling at Naples, he meets Lady Emma Hamilton and her elderly husband Sir William, as well as the King and Queen of the Two Sicilies. After some unexpected scrapes, Oakshott finds himself witnessing the Battle of the Pyramids.
- Into Battle. Century, 1987. 214 p.
In March 1800 Lord Charles Oakshott, commanding the 32 gun frigate Javelin, is serving in the squadron of Commodore Sir James Freakley off the coast of Denmark. In a storm Javelin and and the flagship ground but are saved by a Danish 84 gun ship Odense. During a subsequent mission to Russia he is imprisoned but escapes in time to rejoin the fleet and serve under William Bligh aboard Glatton at the Battle of Copenhagen.
Chambers, Robert W. (1865-1933)
The Happy Parrot. D. Appleton, 1929. 344 p.
The hero is the captain of a slave ship. He thinks that the blacks are better off as slaves then they would be in Africa. A very disturbing book because of the matter of fact portrayal of the acceptance of slavery by almost all of the early 1800's society. It is hard to say if it was Chamber's intent to disturb and awaken or if he was just reporting the facts of history.
Chamier, Captain Frederick, R.N. (1796-1870)
Ben Brace : The Last of Nelson's Agamemnons. R. Bentley, 1836. 3 v.
A nautical biography of
Horatio Nelson as seen by a sailor who has been with him since his
midshipman days. There several interesting passages relating to Emma.
Ben Brace is said to be modeled on Nelson's coxswain. After Nelson's
death Ben retires to Greenwhich; marries and lives an interesting life
eventualy becoming wealthy.
Arethusa : A Naval Story. R. Bentley, 1837. 3 v.
The Life of A Sailor. R. Bentley, 1832. 3 v.
Jack Adams, the mutineer. H. Colburn, 1838. 3 v.
Also published as: Jack Adams, the mutiny on the Bounty.
The Spitfire : a Tale of the Sea. H. Colburn, 1840. 3 v.
Tom Bowling: A Tale of the Sea. H. Colburn, 1841. 3 v.
Ten year old Tom is rescued from a
drunken pedlar and taken in hand by the Rev. Mr Monckton, whose
daughter Susan teaches Tom the 3 R's. At age twelve Tom goes to sea,
where his courage, zeal, and education attract the patronage of Nelson
and Collingwood and lead to rapid advancement. He is post captain at
20, marries Susan, and finds that he is really the stolen son of a
noble family. Tom serves through the Napoleonic wars, and dies as
Admiral Sir Thomas Bowling, Governor of Greenwich Hospital. The story
contains detailed accounts of many real actions, and first-hand
descriptions of conditions in the Royal Navy. Supposedly based on the
life of Captain Richard Bowen, 1761-1797, who was killed in the action
at Teneriffe in which Nelson lost his arm.
Submarine Z-1. Citadel, 1960. 221 p.
Translation from the Yiddish. Novel about a submarine disaster caused by a delusional captain which has trapped its crew in a battle for survival in a compartment at the bottom of the sea.
Sea Vengeance. Hale, 1974. 192 p.
A freighter is hijacked by the Viet Cong and comes
under attack by both US and Vietnamese fighter planes.
Tidelines. Great Wave, 1994. 194 p.
Contemporary, small time commercial fishing in Southeast
Alaska , British Columbia and the Northwest. based on the author's
Chase, Mary Ellen (1887-1973)
Silas Crockett. Macmillan, 1935. 404 p.
Set in Maine covering the history of the Crockett family from 1830 to 1933, and the fate of each of the many Crocketts as they descended the scale from clipper ships to schooners, to coastwise steamers, to fishing smacks, to ferryboats.
Echo of Lions. Morrow, 1989. 381 p.
Novel based on the AMISTAD incident in 1839, when
a cargo of slaves captured the vessel they in which they were being
Chekhov, Anton (1860-1904)
At Sea - a Sailor's Story. Mirskoi Tolk, 1883
Two rather dissolute sailors, father and son, win the "honor" of looking through two peepholes drilled into the wall of a cabin that happen to be occupied by honeymooners. Chekhov's first story published under his own name.
Cheney, Theodore A. Rees
Day of Fate. Popham, 1981. 259 p.
Chinese get a copy of a US super sub and set out for
Hudson Bay to destroy America.
The Cygnet Adventure. Rigby, 1984. 264 p.
A dramatisation/fictionalised account of
William Dampier's historically factual 1680s adventures in the
Philippines, Sumatra, north coast of Australia and the Andaman
Islands. Rollicking good tale full of blood and thunder.
Chidsey, Donald Barr (1902-1981)
Stronghold. Doubleday, 1948. 343 p.
Action, color, romance and drama, set against the danger-filled
days of the War of 1912.
Captain Adam. Crown, 1953. 318 p.
A Romantic tale of pirates, smugglers, war and love, in the day of Queen Anne. The Hero is a recently freed indentured servant, who became Captain of a trading ship plying between the Caribbean and Rhode Island.
Captain Crossbones. Ace, 1958. 191 p.
The pirate from Philadelphia and the wench from Gallow's End -- a swashbuckling novel of the Spanish Main.
Edge of Piracy. Crown, 1964. 284 p.
Set during the American Revolutionary War.
Childers, Robert Erskine (1870-1922)
The Riddle of the Sands : a record of secret service recently achieved. Simth, Elder, 1903. 336 p.
Pre Great War yachtsmen find German military
preparations. One of the Best. The classic adventure of cruising along
the sand banks of the North Sea. Compare to Maurice Griffith's non-
fiction books about the same areas.
Christopher, John (pseud. Samuel Youd) (1922-)
The White Voyage. Simon and Schuster, 1960. 212 p.
UK Title: The Long Voyage. Danish freighter-passenger vessel sailing from
Dublin to Copenhagen experiences rudder and hatch failure during a
storm on the North Sea. After the panicked crew abandons the ship
during the height of the storm, the officers and passengers work
together to survive an arctic shipwreck.
The Slot. Crown, 1958. 281 p.
PT boats in the Solomon Islands during WW II.
Torpedo Run on Iron Bottomed Bay. Cowles, 1969. 168 p.
A seventeen-year-old sailor tries
to prove the sincerity of a Japanese-American friend serving on his PT
boat in the Pacific during World War II.
Typhoon 1944. Messner, 1970. 191 p.
Japanese kamikazes and a typhoon test the courage of
the men aboard a United States Navy destroyer in World War II.
Rebel. Avon, 1964. 192 p.
Ras Hubert, Lt. USN, goes south after his home state leaves
the Union, commands the LITTLE REBEL on the Mississippi, the PAMLICO on
the Atlantic Coast, and becomes the Confederate's greatest naval hero
-- while killing his best friend, and falling in love with a Union spy
in the process.
Surprise Attack! J. Messner, 1968. 191 p.
The surprise, tragedies, and triumph of the naval
battle of Leyte Gulf as experienced by five boys not long out of boot
camp. For young Readers
Papa Tango. Crown, 1982. 279 p.
A novel of Charles Noble, former commander of PT-97
during the Guadalcanal campaign, whose wartime experiences are awakened
at a reunion in 1965.
Clancy, Tom (1947-)
The Hunt for Red October. Naval Institute Press, 1984. 387 p.
The Soviets' new ballistic-missile submarine is attempting to defect to the United States, but the Soviet Atlantic fleet has been ordered to find and destroy her at all costs. Can Red October reach the U.S. safely?
Red Storm Rising. Putnam, 1986. 652 p.
When Moslem fundamentalists destroy a key Soviet oil complex, the Russians initiate a plan of diplomatic trickery for their seizure of Persian Gulf oil, resulting in a non-nuclear WWIII, concentrating on the new
Battle of the Atlantic.
Debt of Honor. Putnam, 1994. 766 p.
A Japanese financier seeks revenge on the United States for the death of his parents during World War II, devising a scheme which threatens to plunge the world into another world war. Jack Ryan, the president's national security advisor, is given the task of stopping him. The upshot is an US-Japan war, fought mostly at sea and in the
Clark, Halsey (pseud. Richard Deming) (1915-1983)
- Pacific Standoff. Dell, 1983. 286 p.
US sub skipper takes command of new construction
fleet submarine after commanding another sub on war patrols, takes his
new command, MANTA, through shake-down and commissioning, then for a
series of successful war patrols in the Pacific. Due to feelings of
inadequacy he continues in command after he has become too fatigued to
function at top efficiency, leading to a demise in a blaze of glory.
- Deepwater Showdown. Dell, 1983. 335 p.
Ben Mount, a brilliant loner in the close-knit clan of submariners and their ladies, draws the toughest assignment of his checkered career. With his British sidekick, Moxie Mulford, he must lead a daring undersea commando raid on the key German U-boat pen, guided by a brave girl named Lilette.
- Depths of Danger. Dell, 1983. 288 p.
It’s 1944, and the submarine Whitting skippered by Bob DuToin, outcast member of the McCrary family, goes on an incredible mission in the Formosa Straits. Meanwhile his cousin legendary submarine hero Jack McCrary is missing in action and presumed dead. It’s all headed for a violent climax in the Inland Sea, where Ben Mount, Bob DuToin and their fellows in the Silent Service.
- Grand Finale. Dell, 1983. 350 p.
The final days of the Pacific war was a time of trial for the closely-bonded men of the Silent Service. For Commander Jack McCrary of the Chimera, it meant a dangerous mission with his former enemy, Ben Mount in the East China Sea. For Bob DuToin, skipper of the Killifish, it meant a hairbreadth sally into the Sea of Japan, impregnable bastion of the home islands of the Rising Sun.
- Supersub. Dell, 1983. 317 p.
A young WWII maverick submarine genius struggles to bring a nuclear submarine to life. A U-Boat commander resurfaces as a Soviet agent with plans to steal the supersub's secrets.
Clarke, Anna (1919-2004)
Last Voyage. St. Martin's, 1982. 192 p.
World War 2 shipboard murder mystery. Though the murder in question actually occurred in 1929 on a liner bound for London from Cape Town, most of Clarke’s action takes place either aboard a similar vessel en route to Southampton in early Sept. 1939 or in London during the early days of the War. .
Clavell, James (1924-1994)
Tai-Pan : a novel of Hong Kong. Atheneum, 1966. 594 p.
Dirk Straun builds Hong Kong and the Noble House -- a
trading company -- in the early 1840s. To do so, he must overcome
pirates, incompetent British officials, rival shipping companies, Royal
Navy officers that are waiting for him to step out of line, and the
forces of nature. Most nautical of the Asia series, and very nautical.
Cleary, Jon (1917-)
The Long Pursuit. W. Morrow, 1967. 282 p.
Escape by sea from the Japanese at the beginning
of WW II.
Clement, Hal (1922-2003)
Mission of Gravity. Doubleday, 1954. 224 p.
The planet Mesklin has a monstrous
gravitational field... up to 600 times that of earth... yet is
inhabited by insect-like creatures who ride the planet's oceans on
hinged rafts (hinged because they need to flow over the surface...
caught between two wave tops at that gravity would snap any craft in
half). An earth probe has gone missing and needs to be recovered. So a
bargain is struck with a Mesklinite merchant skipper who is ready to
collaborate in return for scientific knowledge. Sci-fi for sure, but
Clowes, William Laird (1856-1905)
The Captain of the "Mary Rose": A tale of tomorrow. Tower, 1892. 306 p.
Set in 1905 at
a time of strained international relations. Sailors ashore in Toulon
from the British and French fleets have a serious entente un-cordiale
which extends to their higher commands and results in a naval battle
off the port in which the Royal Navy is severely mauled - a day later
French torpedo boats destroy units of the Royal Navy off Portsmouth.
Subsequent French strategy is to lay a naval siege to Gibraltar and
deny access to the Mediterranean. (The latter situation was a probable
the result of the Admiralty's decision not to maintain a naval
superiority in the Mediterranean but the investiture of Gibraltar is an
unlikely French strategy, but Clowes used it to emphasise the danger.
To alert public opinion was the main reason Clowes wrote the novel) The
hero is a disgraced naval lieutenant (he leaked details of the Toulon
incident to the press) who is given command of a privately owned new
armoured cruiser that is to operate as a privateer. He offers to
run the French blockade to take orders, for the British counter attack,
to the trapped remnants of the Mediterranean Fleet. In this he
succeeds, creating havoc amongst the French on the way. The MARY ROSE
plays a leading part as the British attack the French from both sides.
Our hero is knighted and reinstated in the Royal Navy as a full
Clowes, William Laird, (1856-1905) and Burgoyne, Alan H.
Trafalgar Refought. Thomas Nelson, 1905. 328 p.
From 1890 to 1895 Clowes was the naval
correspondent for the Times and one of the most influential naval
experts of the day; he actually died just before the Centenary for
which this book was written. In this constructive study the British and
French fleets are as they were at the time (1905) but the Spanish seem
to have the Russian type of warships that were to suffer at the hands
of the Japanese at Tsushima. The strategic situation runs parallel with
the real lead up to Trafalgar, even Diamond Rock is captured by the
armoured cruiser CENTAUR. The fleet actions are described with the aid
of numerous pullout charts and the likely tactics described in some
Clowes, William Laird, (1856-1905) and Robinson, Commander C. N.
The Great Naval War of 1887 : an account of an imaginary engagement. Hatchards, 1886. 60 p.
Originally serialised in the ST. JAMES
GAZETTE and published as a novelette of 64 pages of first person
accounts. The frontispiece is a pull-out chart of the Battle of
Flamborough Head. The breakdown of relations between Britain and
France, the results of the inevitable naval clash and the military
invasion are described and tabulated in some detail. Contempory famous
names are barely disguised. In spite of many individual acts of courage
the French humiliate and defeat the British and all "because the
government failed to properly fund the Royal Navy!"
Cobb, James H.
Amanda Lee Garrett Series:
- Choosers of the Slain. Putnam, 1996. 339 p.
Argentina has launched an armed takeover of the Antarctic Peninsula, in an attempt to seize the last untapped pool of natural resources on the planet. One hope remains, a lone U.S. Navy vessel docked in the harbor of Rio de Janeiro and her untested commanding officer, Amanda Lee Garrett, U.S.N.
- Sea Strike. Putnam, 1997. 357 p.
Set in the near future of 2006, when a Colin Powell-type is President of the United States, there is a bloody civil war in China with Taiwan invading to reclaim their homeland. Into this action, Commander Amanda Garrett arrives on her hypertech stealth destroyer, the U.S.S. "Duke" Cunningham.
- Sea Fighter. Putnam, 2000. 424 p.
Garrett heads a United Nations task force made up of units from Great Britain, France, and the United States. Her mission: halt a rapidly escalating African civil war.
- Target Lock. G.P. Putnam's, 2002. 419 p.
The disappearance of an industrial research satellite puts Commander Amanda Lee Garrett and her Navy task force on the hunt for a high-tech pirate-a criminal genius whose own sea force turns the mission into an international crisis.
Colcord, Lincoln (1883-1947)
The Drifting Diamond. Macmillan, 1912. 279 p.
Colcord's only novel, set in the Orient.
The Game of Life and Death : stories of the sea. Macmillan, 1914. 289 p.
Short story collection. The game of life and death -- The measure of a man -- The leak -- The voice of the dead -- De Long: a story of the Sunda Straits -- Carrying sail -- Thirst: an incident of the Pacific -- The moths -- The final score -- The captian's son -- Home.
An instrument of the gods, and other stories of the sea. Macmillan, 1922. 321 p.
Short story collection. An instrument of the gods -- Outward bound -- The uncharted isle -- Servant and master -- Rescue at sea -- Good-bye, Cape Horn! -- Under sail -- Anjer -- Moments of destiny -- Cape St. Roque -- A friend -- Ballad of master mariners.
Sea Stories from Seasport to Singapore : selected works of Lincoln Colcord. North Country Press, 1987. 217 p.
Edited with an introduction by Donald F. Mortland. FICTION. The Drifting diamond --
Servant and master --
Ah-man: The story of a Chinese steward --
The Game of life and death --
The Leak --
De Long: A story of Sunda straits --
Carrying sail --
ESSAYS. I was born in a storm at sea --
Preface to an instrument of the Gods --
The Bogie Hole --
Eastern names --
POETRY. Outward bound --
Captain Robert Belknap goes west.
Coleman, Lonnie (1920-1982)
Ship's Company. Little, Brown, 1955. 229 p.
WW II troop transport in the Mediterranean.
The Golden Vanity. Macmillian, 1962. 214 p.
Two men, Captain Winter and first lieutenant Wesley Mason, fight for control of the U.S.S. Nellie Crocker in order prove their authority.
Collenette, Eric J.
Sub-Smash. Brown, Watson, 1958. 159 p.
Life aboard a RN submarine in peacetime. The sub and
occupants become trapped at the bottom of the sea.
Ninety Feet to the Sun : a sea novel of World War II. Kimber, 1984. 192 p.
In 1940 when the officers of the British
submarine SCAVENGER are killed in an attack off the Norwegian coast it
is the coxswain, Ben Grant, who has to assume command of the damaged
vessel and complete her vital mission.
The Gemini plot. Kimber, 1986. 189 p.
The submarine in which coxswain Ben grant is
serving, HMS AVON, is sunk by German stukas in Malta after she returns
from an abortive attempt to deliver tank spares to the army at Tobruk
(Its 1942). He finds himself selected for a secret mission in Greek
waters; the destruction of a new type of U-boat undergoing trials.
Sequel to Ninety Feet to the Sun.
Eye of the Eagle. Kimber, 1986. 188 p.
In the spring of 1944, aboard HM aircraft carrier Cyclops, Seaman Mortimer, his enemy the distracted Mallory, and pilot Lieutenant-Commander Potter nervously await official orders that will involve them in the Normandy invasion.
Atlantic Encounter: a novel of World War Two at sea. Kimber, 1987. 190 p.
The Monday Mutiny. Kimber, 1987. 190 p.
Hunt for Jewish immigrants ships 1947-1948
Secret of the Kara sea. Kimber, 1987. 189 p.
WW II. A Ben Grant adventure. The crew of a submarine goes in the second world war in Norwegian waters looking for a missing freighter full of chemicals.
Gruesome Tide. Kimber, 1988. 192 p.
The adventures of an English boatswain at Dunkirk.
A Capful of Glory. Kimber, 1988. 192 p.
The further adventures of submarine coxswain Ben Grant. Aboard the submarine "Audacity" Grant finds himself en route to the Korean War. His captain's death-and-glory bid to reach the war as soon as possible has disastrous consequences for the crew, especially when he clashes with Grant's old enemy, Chief Welks.
Sea-wolf Hunter. Kimber, 1989. 176 p.
WW II. A Ben Grant adventure. Hunting U-boats in British submarine Tarantula.
The Talisman Deception. Inner Circle, 1991. 256 p.
In 1943, as the U-boat war rages in the Atlantic, a captain and his crew find that they are the innocent victims of a conspiracy.
The Last Mutiny. Norton, 1995. 294 p.
is 1817, and Vice Admiral William Bligh is settled into a distinctly
unpeaceful retirement in rural Kent. Bligh has been dogged by mutinies
and accusations of tyranny. Even in retirement, there is no rest. Beset
by the dumb insolence of neighbors, the domestic mutinies of his
daughters, the folly of doctors, and the rebellion of his own failing
health, Bligh casts his mind back over his life, reliving Cook's last
voyage, the famous victories at Camperdown and Copenhagen, encounters
with the natives of Timor, his governorship of New South Wales, and the
mutiny of his friend Fletcher Christian.
Collingwood, Harry (William Joseph Cosen Lancaster) (1851-1922)
Under the Meteor Flag: The log of a midshipman during the French
revolutionary war. Sampson Low, Marston, 1884. 326 p.
The Log of the 'Flying-Fish' : A story of aerial and submarine peril and
adventure. Blackie & Son, 1887. 384 p.
This author was responsible for so many boys nautical
adventure stories that received popular acclaim that to find he
ventured into the realms of science fiction strikes one as odd. This
story, that travels from the Arctic to Africa, concerns the invention
of a super light metal from which a ship that can fly is built (its
propeller works in the air and on and under water). Its underwater mode
and its occupants use of the German inventor's (the attempt at writing
his accent phonetically borders on the farcical) various underwater
apparatus is a major feature.
The Rover's Secret: A tale of the pirate cays and lagoons of Cuba. Blackie & Son, 1888. 352 p.
The Missing Merchantman. Blackie & Son, 1889. 352 p.
The crew of a vessel got it into their heads that the captain and officers of merchant vessels were paid far too much, and that ordinary deckhands ought to be paid on the same scale. In other words they had been "robbed of fair wages" for hundreds of years. They quite forgot the education and skill that goes into the training of an officer, as well as the taking of responsibility. So they take the ship, making themselves essentially into pirates. The officers and passengers, being resourceful people, manage somehow to work their way out of this predicament, and eventually to bring their ship back home, where she had been posted as "Missing" for some considerable time.
The Cruise of the 'Esmeralda'. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1894. 384 p.
They were tough times, those years, but there was a story in his family -- they'd been telling it for generations -- that centuries ago, an ancestor of Captain Saint Leger's had found a shipwreck laden with a huge hoard of gold and jewels. He'd buried it, so the story went, in a secret location on an island in the Far East. Young Captain Saint Leger -- broke as he is -- sets out to find the treasure. It's not as easy as it sounds: he gets attacked by pirates, and of course the voyage itself is long and fretful. . . . but they get there, puzzle out the directions his ancestor encrypted, find the treasure -- and then the crew turns on him, intending to steal the treasure.
The Log of a Privateersman. Blackie & Son, 1896. 384 p.
In 1804 George Bowen completes his
seven-year apprenticeship in the merchant marine and becomes 2nd mate
of a privateer. After exploits which include defeating French
privateers and a French frigate, he is put in command. In mid-Atlantic
lightning sets his ship on fire, and he and a few shipmates survive
days in an open boat before being picked up by a rascally French
pirate. Bowen and his men capture the pirate, and sail to Jamaica,
where he is first with the news that Villeneuve's fleet is in the West
Indies. Following a successful mission for the Navy he captures a
Spanish galleon laden with 20 tons of gold and a large box of gems. His
sagacity, skill, and daring are recognised by the admiral, who
commissions him as lieutenant in the Royal Navy. A tale for lads.
For Treasure Bound. Griffith Farran Browne & Co., 1897. 395 p.
Young Harry Collingwood, the same as the pseudonym of the author, does all he can to rescue the sailors who clutch the remains of the beleaguered craft being dashed to pieces by the storm. One man is rescued -- and Harry and his friends have the others within reach . . . when a torrential rush of water off the ocean snaps the ship in two, washing away the rest of the crew! And soon even the lone sailor rescued from the waves lies on his deathbed.
The Castaways : An ocean romance. Griffith Farran Browne & Co., 1899. 320 p.
It was on a wet, dreary, dismal afternoon, toward the end of October 18--, that Charles Conyers, R.N., aged 27, found himself en route to Gravesend, to join the clipper ship City of Cawnpore, in the capacity of cuddy passenger, bound for Calcutta. After wounds received while hunting slavers off the coast West Africa, Conyers had convalesced in England. His prescription from his doctor for a full recovery -- the salty air of the ocean. Little did he know what perils awaited him on this voyage, though. Horrendous weather. A harrowing shipwreck, dastardly criminals, and a treasure beyond compare. And then of course there was the beautiful Miss Onslow.
Across the Spanish Main : a tale of the sea in the days of Queen Bess. Blackie & Son, 1907. 351 p.
Set at the end of the sixteenth century, when the English were in a state of war against the Spanish. The heroes of the story are two boys from Devon. They set off with a view to repairing the fortunes of the family of one of them, by chasing and capturing Spanish treasure ships.
Turned Adrift : An adventurous voyage. Blackie & Son, 1913. 295 p.
17 year old apprentice officer Mark temple tells the tale of what happened after a mutiny aboard the clipper barque Zenobia in January 1862.
Two gallant sons of Devon: a tale of the days of Queen Bess. Blackie & Son, 1913. 364 p.
The story opens in the town of Devonport, now a naval dockyard, in the year 1577, on a light June evening. Two young men, close friends, meet after work, and go for a sail in a lugger borrowed from a boat-builder, but while they are out, there is a violent change in the weather, with the wind reversing and increasing to a point in which the lugger is swamped, and about to sink. They are picked up by a passing vessel, which turns out to be a privateer, and her captain refuses to waste time by landing them. So they are found positions in the crew, and take part in the subsequent events. They do battle with a Spanish vessel, loot her, and let her go. Then they arrive at Cartagena in the West Indies, where they also capture a Spanish galleon carrying a valuable cargo.
The Cruise of the 'Flying-Fish' : the Airship-Submarine. Sampson Low, 1924. 314 p.
The wonder ship that flies high in the air, skims the surface of the sea, and descends to its lowest depths is stolen from its hiding place under the English Channel. Sequel to The Log of the 'Flying-Fish'.
Collins, Max Allan
U-571. Avon, 2000. 245 p.
Novelization of the movie. A World War II German submarine is boarded in 1942 by disguised United States Navy submariners, seeking to capture her Enigma cipher machine.
Collins, Norman (1907-)
Black Ivory: being the story of Ralph Rudd, his early adventures, perils and misfortunes on land and sea. Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1948. 305 p.
Set in the 1820s this is the story of a youngster
forced to sign on as cabin boy in the brigantine NERO. He subsequently
discovers that the ship is a slaver, and she is bound for West Africa
for another cargo of slaves.
Dangerous Waters. Jesperson, 1996. 164 p.
Fictionalized account of actual events that occured in and around Newfoundland during WW II including an U-boat shotting torpedos at St. John's Harbour.
Set in the near future (up to 2010) and dealing with
a Cup competition between the US, Estonia and Russia. In the "sailing
- Challenge. Pan, 1990. 400 p.
- New World. Pan, 1991. 431 p.
- Death of an Angel. Pan, 1992. 418 p.
The year is 2003. As Russia moves from crisis to crisis, the Kremlin struggles to retain control over the Baltic Republics. Meanwhile the dreams of the renegade Estonian America's Cup team are destroyed by the death of their helmsman, but then their American tactician takes control.
Patricia MacPherson series:
- Star-Crossed. Knopf, 2006. 416 p.
Patricia Kelley has been raised a proper British lady--but she's become a stowaway. Her father is dead, and her future in peril. To claim the estate that is rightfully hers, she must travel across the seas to Barbados, hidden in the belly of merchant ship. It is a daring escapade, and the plan works - for a time. But before she knows it, Patricia's secret is revealed, and she is torn between two worlds. During the day, she wears petticoats, inhabits the dignified realm of ship's officers, and trains as a surgeon's mate with the gentle Aeneas MacPherson; at night she dons pants and climbs the rigging in the rough company of sailors. And it is there, alongside boson's mate Brian Dalton, that she feels stunningly alive. Revised for adults in 2012 under the title Barbados Bound.
- Surgeon's Mate. Fireship Press, 2011. 292 p.
Patrick MacPherson is a qualified surgeon's mate; but she's not the man he claims to be. It's late October, 1762. After surviving the deadly siege of Havana, Patrick MacPherson and the rest of the ship's company are looking forward to a well deserved liberty in New York. But what happens in that colonial town will change the surgeon's mate's life in ways she could never have imagined. Using a dead man's identity, young Patricia Kelley MacPherson is making her way as Patrick MacPherson, surgeon's mate aboard His Majesty's frigate Richmond. She's become adept at bleeding, blistering, and amputating limbs; but if her cover is blown, she'll lose both her livelihood and her berth aboard the frigate.
- Yankee Moon. Fireship Press, 2013. 1 v.
"Throughout the course of the planned series Patrick/Patricia matures and grows old in a serialized maritime historical saga, in which new characters will be introduced. In Yankee Moon, I am experimenting with multiple perspectives, expanding the story beyond Patricia's immediate point of view" -- the Author.
Connery, Tom (pseud. David Donachie (1944- ))
George Markham, Royal Marines series:
- A Shred of Honour. Orion, 1996. 389 p.
In 1793 George Markham, an infantry lieutenant
with a past, is seconded to the Royal Marines, together with a
platoon of misfits from his Regiment. An Irishman and a Papist,
Markham had gained a reputation as a coward during the American War
of Independence. Knowing nothing about ships or how to fight them, or
even the duties of a marine officer, he soon earns the wrath of the
captain of the ship he is assigned to. However, the action soon moves
ashore, as Markham and his platoon are landed at Toulon, then in the
hands of the Bourbon French, to help in its defense against the
Revolutionary forces. During the course of his stay Markham meets
both Nelson, then Captain of the AGAMMENON, and Bonaparte, then a
Captain in the Revolutionary Army Artillery. The plot involves spies,
a false Dauphin, betrayal, and various other nefarious activities.
The book may briefly be summed up as "Bolitho merged with Sharpe
bashes the French and annoys the Boss".
- Honour Redeemed. Orion, 1997. 328 p.
Our hero, son of an English general and an Irish
servant, is accused of cowardice and must clear his name and rebuild
his military career.
- Honour Be Dammed. Orion, 1998. 244 p.
After completing the siege of a French fortress in Corsica, Markham and his men are assigned to the sloop Syphide under the impetuous Captain Germaine. Before long, Germaine's foolhardy hunt for glory throws Markham and his ‘Lobsters' into a desperate ship-to-ship action.
Conrad, Barnaby (1922- )
Last Boat to Cadiz. Capra Press, 2003. 250 p.
Europe, 1945: Hitler is dead; the Third Reich is an open wound. Amid the chaos, a man like no other makes his way south through France and into Spain. No one will stand in his way and live. Only idealistic young Wilson Tripp, American vice consul in the city of Seville, stands to discover the man's true identity and the stunning threat he poses--that is, if Wilson Tripp can survive.
Conrad, Joseph (Josef Teodor Nalecz Korzeniowski) (1857-1924)
Almayer's Folly : a story of an Eastern River. T. Fisher Unwin, 1895. 272 p.
An Outcast of the Islands. T. Fisher Unwin, 1896. 391 p.
The Nigger of the Narcissus : a Tale of the Sea. Doubleday, 1897. 190 p.
sea story: a sailing ship voyage from Bombay to London with a dying
black seaman aboard. American edition published under the title "The Children of the Sea: a Tale of the Forecastle".
The End of the Tether. Blackwood's, 1902.
Upright 67 year old Captain Whalley
compromises with his own rectitude without understanding the evil
around him. As his coastal steamer sails through the Pacific his own
falsehoods and the ambitions and obsessions of his crew bring on
The Heart of Darkness. Blackwood's, 1899.
Marlow tells of his voyage in command of a
steamboat far up the Congo River to relieve the mad ivory trader Kurz.
Adapted to fit the Vietnam War and filmed by Francis. F. Coppola as
Apocalypse Now in 1979. "The Horror! The Horror!"
Lord Jim : a Tale. Blackwood, 1900. 451 p.
Nostromo : a Tale of the Seaboard. Doubleday, Page, 1904. 630 p.
Chance : a Tale in Two Parts. Doubleday, Page, 1913. 468 p.
Victory : an Island Tale. Doubleday, Page, 1915. 462 p.
The Arrow of Gold : a Story Between Two Notes. Doubleday, Page, 1919. 385 p.
The Rescue : a Romance of the Shallows. Doubleday, Page, 1920. 404 p.
The Rover. Doubleday, Page, 1923. 286 p.
Retired French freebooter settles near Toulon, where the
French fleet under Villeneuve is bottled up by Nelson. In early 1805,
urged by compassion for a brave young officer, the old salt sacrifices
his life to deceive Nelson into withdrawing the British fleet, allowing
the French to escape to ultimate doom at Trafalgar. Most of the novel
covers life ashore, but the sea scenes are well drawn. One of very few
books showing the war from the French point of view.
Tales of Unrest. Scribner's, 1898. 348 p.
Karain : A Memory -- The Idiots -- An Outpost of Progress -- The Return -- The Lagoon.
Youth : A Narrative, and Two Other Stories. Blackwood, 1902. 375 p.
In the title story, the 400 ton barque JUDEA and its attempt to sail
from Scotland to Bangkok and we meet a young Marlow. Also collected: Heart of Darkness -- The End of the Tether.
Typhoon and Other Stories. W. Heinemann, 1903. 304 p.
In the title story, the steamer NAN-SHAN, with 200 Chinese coolies aboard,
encounters a terrible storm in the China Sea. Also collected: Amy Foster -- Falk -- Tomorrow.
A Set of Six. Methuen & Co, 1908. 310 p.
The Informer -- Gaspar Ruiz -- The Brute -- An Anarchist -- The Duel -- Il Conde.
The Brute. Daily Chronicle, 1906.
The story of an evil ship, seemingly malevolent, which
kills a crewman on every voyage, and at last is destroyed in a freak
The Secret Sharer : An Episode from the Coast. Harper's Magazine, 1910.
'Twixt Land and Sea : Tales. London : J.M.Dent, 1912. 264 p.
A Smile of Fortune : Harbour Story -- The Secret Sharer : An Episode from the Coast -- Freya of the Seven Isles : A Story of Shallow Waters.
The Shadow-Line : a confession. Doubleday, Page, 1917. 197 p.
Within the Tides : tales. J.M. Dent, 1915. 280 p.
The Planter of Malata -- The Partner -- The Inn of the Two Witches -- Because of the Dollars
Coonts, Stephen (1946- )
America : a Jake Grafton novel. St. Martin's, 2001. 390 p.
USS AMERICA, the most technologically advanced nuclear-powered submarine ever built, is hijacked in front of hundreds of people gathered to watch its departure on its first operational cruise. As the sub disappears into the North Atlantic, the joint chiefs realize that AMERICA carries the United States' newest weapon: cruise missiles with electromagnetic pulse warheads designed to fry every electronic device within a ten-mile radius. Within hours, missiles from the sub rain down on Washington, D.C., starting a massive fire in the White House, bringing down jet-liners, and destroying nearly all the electronic devices in the nation's capital. Called upon to find the rogue sub, Jake Grafton must determine who is behind the carnage, what they want, and most importantly, how to stop them.
Cooper, James Fenimore (1789-1851)
The Pilot : a tale of the sea. Charles Wiley, 1823. 2 v.
American revolutionary seaman terrorises the coast of
Northeast England in the late 1770s; probably suggested by exploits of
John Paul Jones.
The Red Rover : a tale. Carey, Lea & Carey, 1827. 2 v.
Elusive Red Rover, aboard frigate DOLPHIN, fights
British during the Revolutionary War.
The Water-Witch, or, The Skimmer of the Seas. A.L. Bert, 1830. 471 p.
Smuggling in the New York/New Jersey area around
Homeward Bound, or, The Chase: A tale of the Sea. Carey, Lea & Blanchard, 1838. 2 v.
An American packet
ship, bound to New York from London, is chased by a British
Mercedes of Castile, or, The voyage to Cathay. Lea & Blanchard, 1840. 2 v.
The voyage of Columbus, touching slightly on life at sea.
The Two Admirals : a Tale. Lea & Blanchard, 1842. 2 v.
The two heroes, friends from youth, espouse
opposite sides in the Jacobite rebellion of 1745.
The Wing-and-Wing, or, Le Feu-follet. Lea & Blanchard, 1842. 2 v.
A French privateer in the Mediterranean, 1799,
involved with the Neapolitan admiral Caracciolo, who Nelson hanged; a
Yankee soldier of fortune plays a significant part. One of very few
books showing the war from the French point of view.
Ned Myers, or, A Life Before the Mast. Lea & Blanchard, 1843. 232 p.
Claims to be the real-life
autobiography of a seaman, edited by Cooper. Contains an eye-witness
description of the 1813 naval campaign in Upper Canada.
Afloat and Ashore, or, The adventures of Miles Wallingford. The Author, 1844. 4 v.
Adventures of two Yankee lads in the East Indies
and the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
Miles Wallingford. Richard Bentley, 1844. 3 v.
A sequel to Afloat and Ashore, extending the
action to the Atlantic. Originally published as "Lucy Hardinge".
Jack Tier, or, The Florida Reef. Burgess, Stringer, 1848. 2 v.
Unusual for Cooper, this is contemporary novel of maritime life. The wife of the brutal and greedy Captain Stephen Spike is forced to masquerade as the seaman Jack Tier.
The Crater, or, Vulcan's Peak : a tale of the Pacific. Burgess, Stringer, 1847. 2 v.
The first two thirds of the book take place at sea as a young man advances from forecastle to cabin. The remainder is a Robinson Crusoe shipwreck tale.
The Sea-Lions, or, The Lost Sealers. Stringer & Townsend, 1849. 2 v.
Two Yankee schooners compete
for the riches of a secret sealing ground in Antarctica, but co-operate
when forced to over-winter (1819-20) under appalling conditions. In
this, his last adventure novel, Cooper writes in a far less stilted
style than in previous novels, and the book is a pleasure to read. Also
reflects on the decline in Yankee morality, into mere hypocritical
Captain Seadog. Pocket, 1959. 183 p.
Lusty swordsman Michael Goddard is falsely accused
of treachery when he returns to England rich from plundering the
galleons of the Spanish Main. A beautiful woman he has never seen
before helps Goddard escape -- and then Queen Elizabeth herself orders
him to perform a service upon which the fate of England hangs. Is this
a trap laid by an evil beauty or a chance for our hero to regain his
honor and gold? A steamy bodice-untier.
Victory. Margaret K. McElderry, 2006. 196 p.
Sam Robbins is a farm boy, kidnapped to serve on HMS Victory, the ship on which Lord Nelson will die a hero's death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Molly Jennings is a twenty-first-century English girl transplanted to the United States by her stepfather's job, who's fighting her own battle against loss and loneliness.
Corbett, Julian Stafford (1854-1922)
A Business in Great Waters. Methuen, 1895. 361 p.
A naval story set in the 1790's when England is at war with France. Based around smuggling in late 18th Century Sussex it features the Quiberon Expedition (1795) and provides a detailed look at the state of the French navy after the Glorious First of June battle.
Midshipman Cruise. Little, Brown, 1957. 248 p.
A tale of the US Naval Academy set against the
background of a real cruise.
Dead Before Docking. Little, Brown, 1972. 134 p.
A young boy accidentally discovers that a
murder is planned on board his Panama-bound freighter. Who is the
victim? Who is the killer? For young readers.
Captain Butcher's Body. Little, Brown, 1976. 168 p.
Two boys confront the ghost of a long-dead
pirate on an island off the coast of New England. For young readers.
Corkum, Captain Alexander C.
Musings of a Mariner. Atlantic Printing Co., 1921. 110 p.
Privately published book of poems.
Corder, Eric (1941-)
Slave Ship. McKay, 1969. 278 p.
Middle passage voyage aboard the slaver JUBILATION
turns into a struggle between a journalist aboard to write an expose,
and her power-crazed captain, with the slaves aboard looking for an
opportunity to kill everyone and regain their freedom.
Sargasso. Doubleday, 1977. 259 p.
Apollo 19 splashes down in the Bermuda Triangle... with
the three US astronauts missing. Spooky suspense novel.
Cornwell, Bernard (1944- )
Killer's Wake. Putnam, 1989. 317 p.
Also published as Sea Lord. John Rossendale, a sea gypsy, is called into action when he returns to England and becomes a reluctant player in a dangerous game of blackmail and ransom.
Wildtrack. Putnam, 1988. 320 p.
Nick Sandman won a Victoria Cross in the Falklands War, but his heroism cost him his marriage, his savings and two years in the hospital. Determined to start afresh, he plans to sail his beloved ketch Sycorax to New Zealand. But then he finds his boat beached, looted and rotting near his former home, now owned by media star Tony Bannister. To earn money to restore it, Nick agrees to captain Tony's yacht, Wildtrack, in a transatlantic race. Soon Nick is sucked into Tony's messy private life: Bannister may have been responsible for his wife's death, and her father is plotting to kill him. And now Nick is falling in love with Tony's mistress, Angela. Before long Nick finds his own life on the line as he battles human treachery and nature's storms on a mid-Atlantic "killing ground".
Crackdown. HarperCollins, 1990. 308 p.
Drug pirates stalk their victims in the treacherous waters of the Bahamas, then return to their fortress island of Murder Cay like primal sharks after a kill. Then along comes skipper Nicholas Breakspear with the son and daughter of a U.S. Senator. What should have been a simple de-tox cruise soon lurches into a voyage of terror and death when Breakspear is lured into a horrifying plot of cocaine, cash, and cold-blooded killings. Suddenly, he's racing through the shadowy kingdom of drug lords to save the woman he loves ... one step ahead of his own murder, and one step away from the big crackdown on Murder Cay.
Stormchild. HarperCollins, 1991. 358 p.
Yachtsman and boatbuilder Tim Blackburn embarks on a
mission to rescue his daughter from suspected environmental terrorists
in Patagonia. An American journalist looking for a story accompanies
Sharpe's Devil : Richard Sharpe and the Emperor, 1820-1821. HarperCollins, 1992. 280 p.
Cochrane's adventures commanding the Chilean navy in the war of
independence against Spain. Most action is ashore, but there is some at
sea, and an interesting portrayal of Cochrane.
Sharpe's Trafalgar : Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805. HarperCollins, 2000. 276 p.
Sharpe's voyage home from India is interupted by the French warship Revenant. Soon, Sharpe finds himself caught up in the one of the greatest naval battles in British history.
Sharpe's Prey : Richard Sharpe and the expedition to Copenhagen, 1807. HarperCollins, 2002. 262 p.
It is 1807. Lieutenant Richard Sharpe, newly returned to England, now wants to leave the army. One last job is offered to him. Go to Copenhagen, help the Hon. John Lavisser deliver a bribe and so stop a war. It seems easy, but nothing is easy in a Europe stirred by French ambitions. The Danes possess a battle fleet that could replace every warship the French lost at Trafalgar, and Napoleon's forces are gathering to seize it. The British have to stop them, while the Danes, caught between two rival armies, insist on being neutral.
The Free & the Brave. Nordon, 1978. 319 p.
Young man caught bootlegging volunteers for the
US Navy after Pearl Harbor to avoid jail, goes through boot training,
and joins a 4-piper destroyer converted to a seaplane tender cruising
the Caribbean and Pacific Coast in the opening days of the war. After
the ship's alcohol-sodden commander dries up, the ship straightens out
and becomes a hero ship in an action with a U-boat. Book ends with the
protagonist entering flight school on the strength of the medal he's
Costain, Thomas B. (1885-1965)
For My Great Folly. Putnam's, 1942. 504 p.
English pirate John Ward fights Spaniards,
London underworld, and gentlemen swordsmen in the early 1600s.
Couch, Dick, (1943-)
Pressure point. Putnam, 1992. 287 p.
Contemporary USN SEAL adventure.
Silent Descent. Putnam, 1993. 298 p.
A US diesel sub loaded with SEAL Team Two sneaks
stealthily into the Soviet Arctic to see if they can successfully
rescue a CIA mole from the frozen Kola Penninsula where she's
investigating an entrepreneurial Russian colonel who's selling off the
nuclear weaponry he's supposed to be dismantling to any tin-pot
dictator or rogue state with the cash. The colonel isn't in the racket
for personal gain, he's just trying to keep his men paid and prevent
the collapse of his command.
Rising wind. Naval Institute Press, 1996. 326 p.
Chilling thriller that raises disturbing questions
about leftover World War II animosities, as a Japanese terrorist group
captures a key US chemical weapons facility in the Pacific and takes
1,000 American hostages.
Coulter, Stephen (1914- )
Threshold. Morrow, 1964. 215 p.
An explosion brings the HMS Uranus to rest on the ocean floor seven miles inside Russian territorial waters. There is seven days of oxygen left for the twenty nine survivors. At 10 Downing St., the survivors count for little in what is debated as an embarrassing accident that may hurt international relations because the sub was in fact on a secret reconnaissance mission. The sub's commander is faced with a mutinous crew led by the Communist saboteur who planned the wreck.
Cox, Patrick G.
A Baltic Affair. Indiego Publishing , 2013. 370 p.
Captain Petroc Gray, commander of the ship-rigged sloop of war, HMS Kestrel, is drawn into diplomacy, intrigue, and espionage when he rescues the Freiherr von Dieffenbach and his family off the island of Rügen in the Baltic. The Freiherr is an important and valuable connection in the struggle to beat the Napoleonic Continental blockade of British trade, and his daughter, Silke, is a delightful young woman with a quick wit, brilliant intelligence, and a keen eye for observing the events unfolding around them.
Signals of Distress. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1995. 275 p.
In the 1830s an American barque is grounded by
a storm on sandbar off small village in the west of England. Americans
prove to be a disturbing presence.
Craig, Mary Shura
Pirate's Landing. Jove, 1983. 331 p.
Saga of an American colonial family who "ploughed
the land and sailed the seas" in the early 18th century.
Crane, Stephen (1871-1900)
The Open Boat. Scribner's, June 1898.
Short story about four shipwreck survivors who set out for
safety in a lifeboat. "The sternest, creepiest bit of realism ever penned".
Flanagan and His Short Filibustering Adventure. McClure's Magazine, October 1897.
The story of The Open Boat told from the point of view of the Captain.
Crawford, Iain, (1922-)
The Burning Sea. Cassell, 1959. 218 p.
Saga of a WW II British rescue tug in the Atlantic
Crichton, Michael (1942-2008)
Pirate Latitudes. HarperCollins, 2009. 312 p.
Posthumous tale of pirates in The Caribbean set in 1665.
Two American boys aboard a submersible. Hurst, 1917. 305 p.
The adventures of two American schoolboys aboard an Allied submarine searching for marauding German submarines and Greek blockade gun-runners during World War I.
Crofts, Freeman Wills (1879-1957)
The Loss Of The Jane Vosper. Dodd, Mead, 1936. 338 p.
The first 40 pages are afloat, the
rest of the book solves the mystery.
Dive into Terror. Black Forest Press, 1995. 348 p.
The Islamic ibn Allah (ISA), a newly formed terrorist organization is in the process of uniting all terrorist factions worldwide. This new threat has split from Nidal's Black June and other heretic terrorist groups. Nick Cutter, a lieutenant in the United States Navy with the warfare specialty of SEAL, is recruited by an elite counter-terrorist team, the Terrorist Neutralization/Hostage Extraction Squad (TNHES or Tennis Team). His new mission, eliminate the most important cell of the ISA.
Currey, Commander Edward Hamilton
Ian Hardy Series:
- Ian Hardy, Naval Cadet. Seeley, Service, 1914. 324 p.
For young boys - the "hero" is ten at the
start. A troublesome son, after nearly half a book of non-nautical
adventures, is taken to sea by his uncle as a cadet to combat slavers
etc. The story is set in the latter half of the nineteenth century. At
the story's end he is about fourteen and ready to be promoted
- Ian Hardy, Midshipman. Seeley, Service, 1915. 320 p.
- Ian Hardy, Senior Midshipman. Seeley, Service, 1916. 314 p.
- Ian Hardy fighting the Moors. Seeley, Service, 1917. 320 p.
Cussler, Clive (1931- )
Dirk Pitt series:
- The Mediterranean Caper. Pocket, 1973. 248 p.
Dirk Pitt is up against an international drug smuggling ring and the evil Bruno Von Till, a German pilot who survived both World Wars to become one of the most ruthless smugglers in history. The novel is set in the Aegean Sea, where Dirk Pitt has been sent with Al Giordino to assist Rudi Gunn, with an expedition being conducted by NUMA.
- Iceberg. Dodd, Mead, 1975. 314 p.
Ship found frozen in iceberg. Crazed maniac tries to
take over the world. Dirk Pitt tries to stop him.
- Raise the Titanic! Viking, 1976. 314 p.
Special ore from the only known source in
the world sinks with the TITANIC. Dirk Pitt sets out to recover it.
Story predates finding the TITANIC by 15 years.
- Vixen 03. Viking, 1978. 286 p.
In 1954 a plane, Vixen 03, bound for the South
Pacific with canisters of a virulant organism, vanishes. In 1988 Dirk
Pitt discovers the remains of the plane whilst on holiday. The lethal
canisters are recovered - but not all are accounted for.
- Night Probe! Bantam, 1981. 344 p.
The world is in the throes of an energy crunch and the United States is on the brink of financial disaster. Desperate to find any solution that can save the nation from national bankruptcy, the President of the United States looks to Dirk Pitt and NUMA to pull off an audacious double salvage operation.
- Pacific Vortex! Bantam, 1983. 270 p.
Undersea adventurer Dirk Pitt faces the toughest
challenge of his life when he plunges into the deadly Pacific Vortex,
a fog-shrouded zone where dozens of ships have vanished without a
trace, the latest being the gigantic STARBUCK, America's deep-diving
nuclear arsenal. Dirk battles deep-sea assassins and an exotic beauty
as he tries to find and salvage the huge submarine before it
- Deep Six. Simon and Schuster, 1984. 432 p.
From the icy Alaskan waters to a Korean shipbreakers,
from a Caribbean shipwreck to the Mississippi, trouble shooter Dirk
Pitt tracks down a fiendish conspiracy.
- Cyclops. Simon and Schuster, 1986. 475 p.
Dirk Pitt is confronted with the hijacking on a golf
course of one of the world's most powerful leaders; an exotic but
outrageous undercover operation in the Caribbean and the sinister
intrigue of a secret power base on the moon. He also is on the trail
of the legendary lost lady of Eldorado, a fabulous treasure hidden in
the depths of the ocean.
- Treasure. Simon and Schuster, 1988. 539 p.
In 391 a fanatical Emperor orders the destruction of
the Library at Alexandria. A small group of conspirators secretly
remove some of the most precious items and hides them in a distant,
desolate land in an underground redoubt. In 1991 a UN plane is shot
down over Greenland. Dirk Pitt, in the area on a search mission for a
crippled Soviet submarine, is caught up in a vortex of of complex
intrigue. An archaeologist working nearby has found an ancient gold
coin far further north than it should have been.
- Dragon. Simon and Schuster, 1991. 542 p.
Dirk Pitt gets involved with an Japanese attempt to take
over the world again. The ending is the best piece of "TAKE THAT" the
reviewer has ever read!
- Sahara. Simon and Schuster, 1992. 541 p.
It is 1865. A Confederate ironclad, Texas, fights her way through the Federal blockade and vanishes into the Atlantic as Richmond falls, bearing a secret cargo that could change history... It is 1931. A world-famous Australian aviatrix, Kitty Mannock, vanishes mysteriously in the middle of the Sahara while attempting a record-breaking flight from London to Capetown and is never see again. It is 1995. Dirk Pitt, on a mission to find the remains of a Pharaoh's funeral barge buried in the bottom of the Nile, rescues an attractive young woman, Dr. Eva Rojas, a biochemist with the UN World Health Organization, from being murdered by thugs on a beach near Alexandria.
- Inca Gold. Simon and Schuster, 1994. 537 p.
An action-filled chase through the Amazon jungle for 16th Century Spanish treasure. Joining in the pursuit are Dirk Pitt, the hero, his congresswoman girlfriend, the FBI, the Customs Service, archaeologists, a tribe of local Indians, smugglers and various thieves. There's plenty of treasure for everyone, the gold requiring 200 men just to lift.
- Shock Wave. Simon and Schuster, 1996. 537 p.
Dirk confronts his most sinister villain yet -- a
billionaire diamond king with three beautiful Amazon daughters. Dirk
discovers that a deadly plague in the Pacific is being caused by a
strange ultrasound resonance which produces shock waves under the
sea that kill ever living thing for miles around when they converge.
Dirk must stop whoever is generating these waves because the next
ones may kill millions of people!
- Flood Tide. Simon and Schuster, 1997. 511 p.
The coin of the realm for the wealthy, insatiably greedy Chinese smuggler who is Dirk Pitt's adversary in Flood Tide is human lives: much of his vast fortune has been made smuggling Chinese immigrants into countries around the globe, including the United States. Tracking the smuggler's activities leads Pitt from Washington State to Louisiana, where his quarry is constructing a huge shipping port in the middle of nowhere. Why has he chosen this unlikely location? The trail then leads to the race to find the site of the mysterious sinking of the ship that Chiang Kai-shek filled with treasure when he fled China in 1949, including the legendary boxes containing the bones of Peking Man that had vanished at the beginning of World War I. As Pitt prepares for a final showdown, he is faced with the most formidable foe he has ever encountered.
- Atlantis Found. Putnam's, 1999. 544 p.
A team of experts gazes in awe at a wall covered in ancient inscriptions, moments before a dynamite blast seals them deep beneath the rocky ground of Colorado ... A US research ship is attacked by an impossibility - a vessel from a war that ended over half a century ago ... Dirk Pitt, Director of Special Projects for the US National Underwater and Marine Agency, knows that the incidents are connected - but how? As his investigation deepens an astonishing truth becomes clear and a terrible danger revealed. From the impossibly distant past has come a warning. And from an enemy thought long defeated comes a threat to the future of all mankind. Now the clock is ticking. And only one man stands in the way of global Armageddon.
- Valhalla Rising. Putnam's, 2001. 531 p.
When the luxury cruise liner Emerald Dolphin - powered by a revolutionary new propulsion system - becomes a raging inferno and sinks mysteriously it is lucky that NUMA special projects director Dirk Pitt is on hand to rescue the passengers and investigate the tragedy. Sifting through the undersea wreckage for signs of foul play, Pitt is unaware of powerful, dark forces playing their hand against him. Forced to fight for his life - and those of friends and colleagues - against ever-more ruthless enemies from a shadowy organization, Pitt finds himself caught between the secrets of the past and the intrigues of the future. A future that will hold the world to ransom.
- Trojan Odyssey. Putnam, 2003. 485 p.
Dirk Pitt battles his most dangerous foe ever - with help from a very unexpected source. There is a black tide infesting the ocean off the shore of Nicaragua. Whilst trying to determine its origin, startling things begin to occur and the inhabitants of a floating resort find themselves directly in the path of a violent storm. Dirk and the NUMA crew rush to their rescue, but they discover that there is an all-too-human evil at work and the black tide is only a by-product of its plan. Soon its work will be complete - and the world will be a very different place?
- Black Wind. Putnam, 2004. 544 p.
In the waning days of World War II, the Japanese tried a last desperate measure - a different kind of kamikaze mission, this one carried out by two submarines bound for the west coast of the United States, their cargo a revolutionary new strain of biological virus. Neither sub made it to the designated target. But that does not mean they were lost. Someone knows about the subs and what they carried, knows too where they might be, and has an extraordinary plan in for the prize inside - a plan that could reshape the world as we know it.
- Treasure of Kahn. Putnam, 2006. 560 p.
Dirk Pitt and the NUMA crew are about to come head to head with their most dangerous ever enemy. A mysterious Mongolian mogul harbors a dream of restoring the conquests of ancient Mongolia. He holds a dark secret about Genghis Khan, his grandson Kublai Khan and the treasures of Xanadu - treasures of gold, yes, but also much, much more. His relentless pursuit of them will cause devastation to millions unless Dirk Pitt can somehow find a way to stop him.
- Arctic Drift. Putnam, 2008. 528 p.
Written with Dirk Cussler. In 2011, as the price of gas hits $10 a gallon, President Garner Ward must contend with a corrupt Canadian cabal that's subverting efforts to solve America's energy problems. Pitt barely escapes serious injury when a bomb destroys a D.C. lab along with records of research into an artificial photosynthesis process that could, almost immediately, eliminate the threat of global warming. That discovery may be connected with a legendary failed 19th-century sailing expedition to the Arctic as well as a series of deaths due to the phenomena that the Native Americans of British Columbia know as the Devil's Breath.
- Cresent Dawn. Putnam, 2010. 560 p.
In A.D. 327, a Roman galley barely escapes a pirate attack with its extraordinary cargo. In 1916, a British warship mysteriously explodes in the middle of the North Sea. In the present day, a cluster of important mosques in Turkey and Egypt are wracked by explosions. Does anything tie them together?
Hard Tack. Scribner's, 1991. 229 p.
A Cat Marsala mystery. A locked room murder mystery on a
sailboat in the Great Lakes. The author is not a sailor and is only a
so-so writer but the whole book does take place on a boat.
Dahl, Mary B.
Free Souls. Houghton Mifflin, 1969. 133 p.
Novel based on the true story of the capture of the
Spanish slaver AMISTAD by its "cargo" in 1839.
Dann, Jack (1945- )
Going Under. Omni, September 1981.
Short story where the RMS Titanic is a modern-day thrill ride where passengers opt to go down with ship and die or choose to reserve a lifeboat and live. Incorporated into the novel The Man Who Melted, Bluejay, 1984.
David, Evan John
As Runs the Glass. Harper & Brothers, 1943. 312 p.
The Tudor family, of coastal Maine, in the 1780's, during the period when the young country is involved in running British blockades, aiding the Revolutionary French and building legend in the shipping trade.
Davidson, Louis Bennett (1894- )
Captain Marooner. Crowell, 1952. 245 p.
Fictionalized account of the mutiny aboard the
American whaleship GLOBE in the 1820s, in the Pacific, and the pursuit
of her by USS DOLPHIN.
Davies, Lieut. John, RNVR (1913- )
Lower Deck : The story of a gun's crew in a destroyer. Macmillan & Co, 1945. 172 p.
Six weeks service in a fictional destroyer until she is
sunk in 1942 in the Eastern Mediterranean seen, as the title suggests,
from the lower deck.
Stone Frigate. Macmillan & Co, 1947. 179 p.
Prequel to Lower Deck. Covers the transition of
civilian to sailor while being trained as an ordinary seaman.
Davies, J. D.
The Journals of Matthew Quinton series:
A planned 12-book series to run from the Restoration to the Georgians.
- Gentleman Captain. Old Street, 2009. 320 p.
Charles II has been restored to the English throne for one year. He presides over a court swirling with intrigue, where friends and enemies mingle and conspire. Our hero, 22-year-old Matthew Quinton, is from a family loyal to their monarch. Pressed for time and facing evidence of yet another plot against his person, the king gives Quinton command of a ship and tasks him with a delicate mission: to sail to the western isles of Scotland, intercept a cargo of weapons destined for the king's sworn enemies and blow the conspiracy apart. Matthew is not an experienced seaman his last ship was lost with all hands. Dreading another failure, he is determined to master the sea and overcome his own fear and ignorance. But he has other difficulties to face on the voyage north: a resentful crew, a suspicion of murder, and the growing conviction that betrayal and treason lie closer to home than he thought.
The Mountain of Gold. Old Street, 2011. 386 p.
Beset by pirates, Knights of Malta, and saboteurs, Captain Matthew Quinton sails to Africa in pursuit of a mountain of gold. When a captured Barbary pirate saves his neck with a tall tale of a fabled mountain of gold, Quinton has his doubts. But King Charles II can't resist the chance to outstrip the Dutch with a limitless source of wealth. With the devious pirate O'Dwyer in tow, Quinton embarks on a voyage beyond the map's edge, still convinced that the mountain is mere legend. But as attempts to sabotage his mission draw closer to the mark, he begins to wonder. Back in England, the king has arranged a wedding between Matthew's elder brother, the Earl of Ravensden, and a mysterious lady rumored to have murdered her previous two husbands. Resolved not to fail his meddlesome sovereign, and to return home in time to protect his family and his home, Captain Quinton approaches the coast of Africa with a troubled mind.
The Blast That Tears The Skies. Old Street, 2012. 368 p.
Set in the opening year of the war - 1665 - and centred on the Battle of Lowestoft, one of the most stunning victories in British naval history. Captain Matthew Quinton finds himself thrust unexpectedly into the midst of a deadly conspiracy against King Charles II when he is given command of a vast and ancient man-of-war. Forced to contend with scheming ministers of state, a raw, rebellious crew and an alleged curse on his ship, Quinton sails against the might of the Dutch fleet.
The Lion of Midnight. Old Street, 2013. 249 p.
Captain Matthew Quinton's fifth mission for King and country is to the Swedish court at Gothenburg. Sweden is at the height of its military power, and Quinton is charged with securing much-needed support in England's new war against her old enemy, the Dutch republic. Accompanying him is the mysterious Lord Conisborough, who – unknown to his captain – is sworn to another, secret mission: to track down and kill the notorious regicide John Bale, alone among peers of the realm to sign the death warrant of Charles I. Gothenburg proves to be a hotbed of dangerously con?icting loyalties, and Quintonand crew find themselves needing help from the most unexpected quarters.
- The Battle of All the Ages. Old Street, 2014. 288 p.
Once again Captain Quinton finds himself in the thick of the action, fighting the Dutch in one of the epic encounters of the age of sail. But the battle is a disaster: the fleet is mysteriously divided, with part of it sent to meet a French threat that never materialises, while thousands are slaughtered by the Dutch. As popular fury turns violent, the King decides heads must roll, and Quinton is sent to rebellious, pirate-infested Plymouth to root out the source of the false intelligence that cost so many British lives.
- Death's Bright Angel. Old Street, 2015. 1 v.
Davis, A. Kennard (Arthur Kennard) (1910- )
The Gentle Captain. Jonathan Cape, 1954. 175 p.
In bad weather the tramp steamer ANTARES is in
trouble and her master Captain O'Maras experience of the sea, and
probably more importantly, human nature, is severely tested as he
attempts to save his ship and her people.
Davis, Bart (1950- )
Peter MacKenzie series:
- Full Fathom Five. Bantam, 1987. 311 p.
US Navy must recover stolen Soviet nuclear sub.
- Raise the Red Dawn. Pocket, 1991. 339 p.
The Soviet sub RED DAWN is trapped under ice
while on a secret mission. A US sub tries to rescue her and capture
her secrets while a Soviet killer sub tries to protect the prize.
- Destroy the Kentucky. Pocket, 1992. 371 p.
Terrorists seize the minisub USS KENTUCKY
and plan to attack Moscow with nuclear missiles. The Soviets put an
American captain in a Russian sub to hunt her down.
- Atlantic Run. Pocket, 1993. 288 p.
Captain Peter MacKenzie takes a group of undersea "top guns" to stop a top Soviet submarine captain from delivering a high-tech submarine to Cuba.
- Voyage of the Storm. Pocket, 1995. 366 p.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington have assigned Admiral MacKenzie to oversee the transfer of a shipment of plutonium from Russia to Japan. But fanatic Japanese terrorists have hijacked the deadly cargo in mid-ocean. Isolated on a South Seas island, MacKenzie and a small band of survivors are determined to raise the Storm and sink the terrorists before they unleash a ring of deadly fire.
Davis, John (1774-1854)
The Post Captain, or, The wooden walls well manned : comprehending a view of naval society and manners. T. Tegg, 1806. 300 p.
Reprinted in the Nautilus Library, 1936. Lively
adventures, both afloat and ashore, in rollicking language.
Jack Ariel; or Life on Board an Indiaman. H. Long and Brother, 1847. 156 p.
Events in the East India
merchant service, during a voyage from London via Bombay to Canton and
Davis, John Gordon
Cape of Storms. Doubleday, 1971. 519 p.
Southern Ocean whaling based in South Africa.
Leviathan. Dutton, 1976. 309 p.
Oceanographer's son tries to save the whales by sinking
a Soviet whaling factory ship in the Antarctic with a midget sub,
helicopter and other hi-tech toys he inherited from his dad.
Dawlish, Peter (pseud. James Lennox Kerr) (1899-1963)
North Sea Adventure. Oxford University, 1949. 214 p.
Trainee fishermen on board a trawler in the
North Sea in winter with a gale blowing. For young readers.
Dawson, Michael (pseud. John Howard Jackson Boyle)
Fathoms Deep. Nicholson & Watson, 1943. 145 p.
This purports to do for the submarine service what Monsarrat's books do for destroyers. And up to a point, it succeeds. One gets a very real feel of what it is like, -- the crowding, the close proximity of fellows of the crew, the periods of boredom and the activities, the sense of oneness with the ship and her parts, the planning for shore leave, the thoughts of women -- of food and drink and smokes, and the yearning for action, no matter what the outcome.
The "Schaduw" Dives. Nicholson & Watson, 1948. 190 p.
In a long and complicated story, we follow the
fortunes of the Dutch submarine SCHADUW from her escape to Britain as
the Nazi Germans invade Holland, to the war in the Pacific.
Day, Holman (1865-1935)
Blow the Man Down; A Romance of the Coast. Harper, 1916. 461 p.
Yacht captain works
among the rich and beautiful, falls for boss's daughter, gets in
trouble, and quits to work as freighter captain.
De Camp, L. Sprague (1907-2002)
The Golden Wind. Doubleday, 1969. 288 p.
Exploits of Eudoxos of Kyzikos, as he attempts
to establish a commercial route from the Mediterranean to India during
the time of the Ptolemys. He leads two profitable expeditions across
the Indian Ocean, only to be robbed and imprisoned by the Ptolemys on
his return in each case, then attempts to reach India without going
through Egypt by circumnavigating Africa. Novel inspired by actual
The Arrows of Hercules. Doubleday, 1965. 297 p.
While not strictly nautical has
considerable nautical content, including two sea voyages and a stint
where the protagonist is employed at the world's first naval research
laboratory in ancient Syracuse.
The Hand of Zei. Ace, 1963 (serialized 1950). 113 p.
Takes place on the planet Krishna, one of Sprague
De Camp's favorite venues. Krishna is inhabited by people very like
humans, except for being oviparous and having "antennae" on their
foreheads that function as organs of smell. The planet is politically
and technologically about like Europe in the 16th century, and
interstellar law has placed an interdict on the importation of more
advanced technology. This makes Krishna an ideal place for De Camp to
introduce Terran heroes, who can disguise themselves as Krishnans and
undertake some derring-do, while maintaining a more sophisticated
attitude towards it all. In this book Zei, a princess of one of the
Krishnan kingdoms, has been kidnapped by pirates who haunt a Sargasso
Sea-like swamp in the middle of one of the major oceans, studded with
the wrecks of ships of various origins and kinds. The Terran hero has
the task of rescuing the princess. Since she can only be reached by
sea, the job gives De Camp, who is interested in the history of
technology, a chance to describe the ships and techniques the hero
encounters. At one point a crisis is handled by changing the rig of a
ship, under way, to a more efficient one that the local seamen are
unfamiliar with. A good yarn, with a fair dose of seafaring and
De Felita, Frank
Sea Trial. Avon, 1980. 270 p.
An Orgy in the Caribbean aboard the sailboat PENNY
DREADFUL turns into horror as something evil this way comes.
Defoe, Daniel (1661?-1731)
The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner: Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck wherein all the Men perished but himself. With An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver'd by Pyrates. Written by Himself. William Taylor, 1719. 364 p.
Classic tale of survival on a deserted island.
Inspired by the real-life adventure of British privateer Alexander
Selkirk, who was marooned on the island of Juan Fernandez off the coast
of Chile, for four years before being rescued by Woodes Rogers in
1709. Followed by The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe : being the second and last part of his life, and of the strange surprizing accounts of his travels round three parts of the globe (1719) and Serious reflections during the life and surprising adventures of Robinson Crusoe : with his Vision of the angelick world (1720).
A New Voyage Round the World, by a course never sailed before. Being a voyage undertaken by some merchants, who afterwards proposed the setting up an East-India company in Flanders. A. Bettesworth, 1725. 2 v.
An entirely fictional account, in the
style of Dampier's epoch-making accounts of his genuine voyages.
The Four Voyages of Capt. George Roberts : being a series of Uncommon events, Which befell him In a Voyage to the Islands of the Canaries, Cape de Verde, and Barbadoes, from whence he was bound to the Coast of Guiney. The Manner of his being taken by Three Pyrate Ships, commanded by Low, Russell, and Spriggs, who, after having plundered him, and detained him 10 Days, put him aboard his own Sloop, without Provisions, Water, &c. and with only two Boys, one of Eighteen, and the other of Eight Years of Age. The Hardships he endur'd for above 20 Days, 'till he arriv'd at the Island of St. Nicholas, from whence he was blown off to Sea (before he could get any Sustenance) without his Boat and biggest Boy, whom he had sent ashore; and after Four Days of Difficulty and Distress, was Ship-Wreck'd on the Unfrequented Island of St. John, where, after he had remained near two Years, he built a Vessel to bring himself off. With a particular and curious Description and Draught of the Cape de Verd Islands; their Roads, Anchoring Places, Nature and Production of the Soils; The Kindness and Hospitality of the Natives to Strangers, their Religion, Manners, Customs, and Superstitions, &c. Together with Observations on the Minerals, Mineral Waters, Metals, and Salts, and of the ... with which some of these Islands abound. Written by Himself, And interspers'd with many Pleasant and Profitable Remarks, very instructive for all those who use this Trade, or who may have the Misfortune to meet with any of the like Distresses either by Pyracy or Shipwreck. Adorn'd with several Copper Plates.
A. Bettesworth, 1726. 458 p.
The Life, Adventures, and Pyracies of the Famous Captain Singleton: Containing an Account of his being set on Shore in the Island of Madagascar, his Settlement there, with a Description of the Place and Inhabitants: Of his Passage from thence, in a Paraguay, to the main Land of Africa, with an Account of the Customs and Manners of the People: His great Deliverances from the barbarous Natives and wild Beasts: Of his meeting with an Englishman, a Citizen of London, among the Indians, the great Riches he acquired, and his Voyage Home to England: As also Captain Singleton's Return to Sea, with an Account of his many Adventures and Pyracies with the famous Captain Avery and others. J. Brotherton, 1720. 360 p.
Alternate title: CAPTAIN
The pirates! : in an Adventure with Scientists. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004. 135 p.
The adventures of "The Pirate Captain" and his crew of non-orthodox pirates. They meet a young Charles Darwin and Mister Bobo, a highly trained and sophisticated "man-panzee", who have been exiled from London by a rival scientist. Having sunk The Beagle, which he believed was a Bank of England treasure ship thanks to a tip-off from Black Bellamy, the Pirate Captain agrees to take Darwin home and help him defeat his enemies.
The pirates! : in an Adventure with Whaling. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005. 152 p.
U.S. title: The pirates! : in an Adventure with Ahab. Reissued under the title The pirates! : in an Adventure with Moby Dick. Fresh from their mishaps with Charles Darwin and the evil Bishop of Oxford, the Pirates set sail in a bouncy new vessel -- purchased on credit. In order to repay his debts, the Pirate Captain is determined to capture the enigmatic White Whale, hunted by the notoriously moody Ahab, who has promised a reward. Chaos ensues, featuring the lascivious Cutlass Liz, the world's most dangerous mosquito, an excerpt from the Pirate Captain's novel in progress (a bodice ripper, of course), whale ventriloquism, practical lessons in whale painting, a shanty-singing contest in a Las Vegas casino, and a dra-matic climax in which the Pirate Captain's prize ham saves the day!
The pirates! : in an Adventure with Communists. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2006. 167 p.
The Pirate Captain - his disguise proving something of a letdown - finds himself incarcerated in Scotland Yard, in a case of mistaken identity. Discovering that his doppelganger is none other than Karl Marx, the Captain and his crew are unwittingly caught up in a sinister plot to discredit the communists: a plot that involves a red-eyed monster, stolen waxworks and a sack of pretend kittens.
The pirates! : in an Adventure with Napoleon. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2008. 177 p.
The Pirate Captain and his merry band of ne'er-do-wells face off against their toughest--but by no means their tallest--challenge yet, in this swashbuckling tale of lavish tea parties, educational museum exhibits, and naked political ambition.
The pirates! : in an Adventure with Romantics. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2012. 1 v.
Our nautical heroes’ latest encounter is with no less than the literary greats of their age: the swaggering Lord Byron, the oddly shifty Percy Shelley - and his beautiful young wife Mary. Together they embark upon a quest that will take them from the bowels of Oxford all the way to a forbidding Transylvanian castle. A quest that forces the Pirate Captain to confront some important questions: what is the secret behind his mysterious belly tattoo? How do Charles Babbage and a lost treatise by Plato fit into all of this? Is "Zombuloid, the corpse-beast that walks like a man" a better name for a monster than "Gorgo, the terrible fungus"? And, most importantly, what happens when the Pirate Captain finally falls in love?
The Triton Ultimatum. Crowell, 1977. 247 p.
Ten men steal the Triton sub LEWIS AND CLARK,
demand ransom and wreak havoc on Sino-Soviet-US relations.
Demarest, Phyllis Gordon
What Happened on the Melisande? Cassell, 1971. 287 p.
Murder mystery aboard the 65'
MELISANDE in the South Pacific.
DeMille, Nelson (1943-)
Plum Island. Warner, 1997. 511 p.
Injured detective gets involved in investigating the
murder of two friends who worked at a research facility rumored to be a
germ warfare center. While the general belief is that they were offed
in a germ sale or drug deal gone bad, the detective finds evidence for
a pirate treasure hunt gone sour.
Anitov. Burke Publishing, 2001. 345 p.
A hybrid United States Nuclear Attack Submarine loaded with SubRoc torpedoes, a 129-man crew, and millions of dollars of American technology, disappears without a trace. While conducting a deep dive test in the north Atlantic, her last sea trial prior to assignment to Combat Patrol, the U.S.S. Thresher (SSN-593) inexplicably was cut off in her last radio transmission. After months of investigation, the United States Navy informed the American public, and the world, that the loss of the Thresher was an accident caused by a malfunctioning seawater pipe. But buried deep in the vaulted archives of the Pentagon is a volume of ultra-secret files that reveal much more about that suspect pipe and what really happened to the Thresher. In Russia on the shore of Lake Baikal, lives a now older and retired Soviet Naval Officer who wore no ribbons of honor but has a similarly buried military file that documents his being awarded the Highest Medal of Valor to exist in the Soviet Military.
The Starboard Sea. St. Martin's, 2012. 310 p.
Jason Prosper grew up in the elite world of Manhattan penthouses, Maine summer estates, old-boy prep schools, and exclusive sailing clubs. A smart, athletic teenager, Jason maintains a healthy, humorous disdain for the trappings of affluence, preferring to spend afternoons sailing with Cal, his best friend and boarding-school roommate. When Cal commits suicide during their junior year at Kensington Prep, Jason is devastated by the loss and transfers to Bellingham Academy. There, he meets Aidan, a fellow student with her own troubled past. They embark on a tender, awkward, deeply emotional relationship. When a major hurricane hits the New England coast, the destruction it causes brings with it another upheaval in Jason's life, forcing him to make sense of a terrible secret that has been buried by the boys he considers his friends.
Deutermann, Peter T. (1941- )
Scorpion in the Sea: the Goldsborough Incident. George Mason University Press, 1992. 464 p.
seeks revenge for the US bombing of Tripoli by trying to sink the
carrier CORAL SEA at her base in Florida.
The Edge of Honor. St. Martin's, 1994. 456 p.
During the Vietnam War, Lt. Holcomb becomes
weapons deptartment head on USS HOOD and discovers the ship is riddled
with problems that make it vulnerable to air assault--problems that
the ship's enigmatic captaim seems unwilling or unable to address.
Holcomb must decide between ignoring the problems, and possibly
endangering the ship, or doing something and putting his career in
jeopardy. Meanwhile, back home, his wife is having her own problems
with being left alone.
Official Privilege. St. Martin's, 1995. 392 p.
The body of a young black naval
lieutenant is found, chained inside a boiler of an old battleship
mothballed in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Naval Commander Dan
Collins and Naval Service Investigator Grace Ellen Snow are assigned
to investigate the murder. Questions about the killing lead them into
Washington's highest circles.
Sweepers. St. Martin's, 1997. 322 p.
The inner ring of the Pentagon is being rocked by a
Sweeper. A trained covert assassin, an ex-Seal, has gone rogue. A newly
appointed Pentagon admiral is scrambling for his life and for his career.
A police detective needs answers.
Pacific Glory. St. Martin's, 2011. 389 p.
A multilayered World War II adventure following two men and an unforgettable woman, from Pearl Harbor through the most dramatic air and sea battles of the war.
Dibner, Martin (1912-1992)
WW II series
- The Deep Six. Doubleday, 1953. 321 p.
The battleship ATLANTIS and its task group patrol
- The Admiral. Doubleday, 1967. 453 p.
Captain Harry Paige takes a crippled cruiser into
battle, becomes a hero, gets carrier and becomes an Admiral.
The Trouble with Heroes. Doubleday, 1971. 365 p.
Why does the captain-hero of a US
nuclear guided missile cruiser off Viet Nam refuse to carry out
Dickinson, Peter (1927- )
Emma Tupper's Diary. Little, Brown, 1971. 212 p.
While visiting her Scottish cousins, Emma becomes involved in a plot to hoax the news media by changing the appearance of an old submarine into a sea monster.
Dickson, Carter (pseud. John Dickson Carr) (1906-1977)
Murder in the Submarine Zone. Heinemann, 1940. 253 p.
U.S. Titles: Nine--And Death Makes Ten and Murder in the Atlantic. Nine oddly-assorted passengers aboard the S.S. Edwardic are crossing the Atlantic during World War II, with the constant threat of attack by German submarines. When one passenger is murdered, apparently for a military secret, Sir Henry Merrivale must solve the mystery. But can he contend with the fact that the killer's fingerprint doesn't match anybody on the ship?
Dillon, Eilís (1920-1994)
The Lost Island. Faber & Faber, 1952. 201 p.
For young readers. Boy sails off with some friends
to find lost father.
The Singing Cave. Faber & Faber, 1959. 186 p.
In Connemara on the west of Ireland there is
a niche in a cliff that is known locally as "the singing cave". On the
day after a great March storm, Pat, the narrator, hears the cave begin
to sing. He discovers an inner chamber in the cave and in that chamber
the skeleton and tomb of a Viking warrior, but when he visits the cave
again the next day the Viking and his hoard have disappeared. Who has
stolen this treasure - and why? Pat has told nobody about it but his
grandfather and the local amateur archaeologist, Mr Allen. With the
quest for the missing Viking and his tomb, an exciting and perilous
adventure begins for Pat and for his friend, Tom Joyce. For young
The Cruise of the Santa Maria. Funk & Wagnalls, 1967. 189 p.
A newly built boat proves a launch
to adventure as two Irish boys seek to disprove that their vessel is
cursed. For young readers.
The Seals. Funk & Wagnalls, 1968. 127 p.
Pat Conneeley and three friends set out for the mainland
in stormy weather to rescue his uncle Roddy wanted by the Black and
Tans for patriot activities.
The Island of Ghosts. Scribner, 1989. 151 p.
Before leaving Inishglass, an island off the
coast of Ireland, for school in Galway, Dara and Bran visit their tutor
who has moved to a haunted island and has plans to keep the boys on the
island forever. For young readers.
Voyage of the Devilfish. D.I. Fine, 1992. 351 p.
The FS KALININGRAD is the last great
triumph of Soviet submarine technology. Now it is at sea beneath the
polar icecap. Aboard is the most brilliant commander in the Russian
undersea fleet, Admiral Alexi Novskoyy. In his fanatic hands is the
power to turn back the clock to the cold war and restart the countdown
to doomsday. Opposing him in the killer-chase sub USS DEVILFISH is
Captain Michael Pacino. His orders: to find and destroy the invincible
Russian vessel. His private passion: to settle a score with the man who
killed his father.
Attack of the Seawolf. D.I. Fine, 1993. 352 p.
The nightmare fear of the US had come true.
One of our finest submarines, the USS TAMPA, on a top-secret spying
mission, had fallen into Chinese Communist hands. The Communists,
fighting for survival in a savage civil war, now held not only the sub,
the crew, and the gutsy Commander Sean Murphy hostage, but US power and
prestige as well. America had one last desperate card to play. The most
advanced submarine in the world, the still untried USS SEAWOLF, under
command of maverick daredevil Captain Michael "Patch" Pacino. The
SEAWOLF had to steal back the TAMPA from where it lay guarded by the
entire Chinese fleet armed to the teeth with technology from the
Phoenix Sub Zero. D.I. Fine, 1994. 381 p.
The HEGIRA was the finest super-sub that Arab oil
money could buy. But the US Navy was only now learning just how good
this undersea sword of Islam was. Already one American sub had been
destroyed, and another crippled, as the Hegira broke out of the
Mediterranean and headed toward America to deliver its lethal payload.
It was up to Captain Michael Pacino and the USS Seawolf to find the
enemy and destroy it in the ultimate battle between the most advanced
weapons technology on the planet and the most primal courage and
Barracuda Final Bearing. D.I. Fine, 1997. 365 p.
A volatile new state calling itself
Greater Manchuria emerges out of the political military strife of Asia.
Thanks to the connections of its brash leader, it boasts an atomic
arsenal. Japan, threatened by its proximity to nuclear disaster,
shocks the world by launching a sophisticated preemptive strike against
its new neighbor. Worldwide outrage at this aggression provokes the UN
to blockade the trade-dependant nation. But Japan is ready - its sub
fleet is armed to the teeth and thoroughly equipped to destroy the
blockade. With the world now at the boiling point of all-out war,
Admiral Michael Pacino gives his captain a "mission impossible" order
to sink the Japanese submarine fleet.
Piranha Firing Point. Onyx, 1999. 400 p.
Six Japanese submarines are attacked and
believed destroyed in the East China Sea. To the world, it seems like
an accident. But to former submarine commander Dick Donchez it is the
first act of war. He alone knows the truth: that the old guard of Red
China has stolen the subs to wage a massive attack against the new Free
China. Vice Admiral Michael Pacino can't prove Donchez's theory. The US
government will not officially retaliate. But when a full-scale battle
erupts, Pacino is quickly given command of the Navy's latest undersea
weapon: the highly classified submarine known as SSNX. It is America's
most advanced and sophisticated warship - and the world's only hope in
the final, desperate war for freedom.
Threat Vector. Onyx, 2000. 555 p.
With a renegade sub commander on the loose and in the employ of an organization bent on disrupting international trade, the USS Devilfish is called in to stop the sinking of a cruise ship carrying most of the US Navy's top brass.
Terminal Run. New American Library, 2002. 414 p.
The final undersea showdown between Admiral Michael Pacino and his most hated nemesis, Alexi Novskoyy.
Emergency Deep. New American Library, 2004. 411 p.
U.S. Navy submarine commander Peter Vornado is taken out of service by a devastating illness that ends his career and leaves him in a deep depression, but when a terrorist cabal acquires a scrapped Soviet sub that allows them to fire torpedos directly at Israel, Peter is asked to infiltrate the group and stop a worldwide war.
Vertical Dive. New American Library, 2005. 427 p.
When a band of Algerian terrorists hijack a French nuclear submarine so advanced it can elude any radar system, two NATO subs are called into action and Burke Dillinger and Peter Vornado must join forces to stop the terrorists before they can destroy Russia and the United States.
Dingle, Captain Aylward Edward (Sinbad) (1874-1947)
Pipe All Hands! J.B. Lippincott, 1935. 382 p.
Short stories about an old whaling captain. Contents: The tarrible Swede -- Pearls for swine -- The spouter -- The anchor -- Salvage -- The hulk -- Cap'n Jethro's luck -- Tippy Knute -- Old men of the sea -- The devil in the jade -- Ocean magic -- The knell of the Horn.
Disney, Dorothy Cameron (1903-1992)
The 17th Letter. Random House, 1945. 248 p.
Sea-going espionage and skulduggery in New York, Halifax and Reykjavik.
Divine, Arthur Durham (1904-1987)
U-Boat in the Hebrides. Collins, 1940. 252 p.
Sea-going espionage and skulduggery in New York, Halifax and Reykjavik.
Dodson, Kenneth (1907-1999)
Away All Boats. Little, Brown, 1954. 508 p.
Classic story of attack transport USS BELINDA and
her role landing marines in the Pacific. To some, one of the best WW II
naval novels ever.
Stranger to the Shore. Little, Brown, 1956. 324 p.
Tale of one Kurt Mueller, on the Cape Falcon, a freighter on a dangerous mission from the Coral Sea to Chile. With the port of Felicidad torn internally by conflict with the local Nazis, the peace-loving, shy Kurt tangles with a local trouble maker- and also falls in love.
A House at War. Xlibrus, 2000. 492 p.
Cover: a ship and a family do battle against the sea and the Nazis.
Donachie, David (1944- )
Privateer captain Harry Ludlow series
- The Devil's Own Luck. Macmillan, 1991. 269 p.
Ex-privateer Harry Ludlow is impressed
into the RN in 1892. His brother is accused of murder amidst
shipboard intrigue and politics. Revised in 1995.
- The Dying Trade. Macmillan, 1993. 341 p.
Ludlow goes to Genoa to find out why an
English captain was hanged.
- A Hanging Matter. Macmillan, 1994. 389 p.
Harry Ludlow comes home to England and becomes
- An Element of Chance. Macmillan, 1995. 420 p.
Harry Ludlow sails to the West Indies and
into a struggle for control of the seas in 1795.
- The Scent of Betrayal. Macmillan, 1996. 405 p.
In their latest adventure, the Ludlows
find an abandoned merchant ship as they convey a group of French
mariners fleeing the French Revolution to the New Orleans of 1795.
The Spanish authorities are suspicious of the Ludlows and desperately
interested in finding out what happened to the ship. Large sums of
money and revolutionary politics are involved. As a result the
Ludlows are pinned under the guns of New Orleans until they can solve
- A Game of Bones. Macmillan, 1997. 342 p.
The Ludlows, homeward bound from America,
encounter a French privateer that is capturing an Indiaman. Bested by
the Frenchman, Harry Ludlow gets drawn into a duel of wits with the
French captain in which Harry's fortune, ship, and life end up as
stakes on the board -- all against the backdrop of the Great Mutiny
-- which forms a second game into which both Ludlows get drawn by
both commissioned acquaintances and forecastle mutineers.
John Pearce series
- By the Mast Divided. Allison & Busby, 2004. 336 p.
Young firebrand John Pearce, on the run from the authorities, is illegally press-ganged from the Pelican tavern into brutal life aboard HMS Brilliant, a frigate on its way to war. In the first few days Pearce discovers the Navy is a world in which he can prosper. But he is not alone; he is drawn to a group of men who eventually form an exclusive gun crew, the Pelicans, with Pearce their elected leader.
- A Shot Rolling Ship. Allison & Busby, 2005. 333 p.
Pressed into King George's Navy for the second time in a month, John Pearce and his Pelicans find themselves working aboard HMS Brazen. But Pearce must find a way off the ship to rescue his ailing father from the dangers of revolutionary Paris.
- An Awkward Commission. Allison & Busby, 2006. 315 p.
Stranded in Portsmouth, John Pearce has once again failed to secure the release of those who depended on him - his fellow Pelicans. They have been shipped off to the Mediterranean while he was indulging himself in London. So he must take ship and follow them. His application to William Pitt for a place finds him as 8th lieutenant on HMS Victory, flagship of Admiral Lord Hood.
- A Flag of Truce. Allison & Busby, 2008. 364 p.
John Pearce comes back from Corsica demanding that Captain Barclay of HMS Brilliant, the man who originally pressed him and his fellow Pelicans into the Navy, be tried at home by a civilian court. Barclay's patron Admiral Hotham contrives a way out of the dilemma. He staffs the ship Pearce captured in Corsica with members of the Revolutionary Navy refusing to serve under the Bourbon flag and gives it to Henry Digby, with Pearce and his Pelicans under him, so that they may transport the renegade French sailors to an Atlantic port and set them free.
- The Admirals' Game. Allison & Busby, 2008. 318 p.
Lieutenant Pearce's continuing conflict with Captain Ralph Barclay, the man responsible for press-ganging Pearce and his companions into the Navy, intensifies as Barclay faces a court martial for his actions. But with Barclay's superiors, Admiral Lord Hood and Admiral Hotham, in dispute over how to deal with Barclay's misgivings and with his wife, Emily, struggling to cope with his barbarous nature, Barclay's future looks uncertain.Pearce's hope for retribution may occur sooner than he anticipated, but would it be to his advantage?
- An Ill Wind. Allison & Busby, 2009. 319 p.
Toulon, 1793. With the Republican Army at the gates, the citizens of Toulon are panicking, trying to flee the retribution of the guillotine. Amongst this confusion John Pearce and the rest of the Allied forces must put the needs of war before their lives: the Arsenal and dockyard must be destroyed, the ships they cannot get away must be set alight to deny them to the enemy. And Pearce is entrusted with dangerous tasks by Admiral Hotham.
- Blown Off Course. Allison & Busby, 2010. 382 p.
Lieutenant John Pearce is in London seeking protection for his friends, the Pelicans, from a reluctant Admiralty. Sat in the Pelican Tavern where they were first press-ganged, he wonders what future he has, lacking funds and an occupation if he leaves Navy, and without the evidence that would bring Captain Ralph Barclay to justice for perjury. Problems are mounting for Barclay as well. Emily, his young, estranged wife, is refusing to live under the same roof as him and intends to use the evidence Pearce thinks is lost to get her own way. What action will be necessary to silence those who spell trouble for Barclay?
- Enemies at Every Turn. Allison & Busby, 2011. 350 p.
1794. Free from jail, John Pearce is not free from the smugglers whose boat he stole - they want bloody revenge and are prepared to chase him to the ends of the earth to get it. While lying low at Emily Barclay's, Pearce soon has other pressing concerns on his mind: fellow Pelicans Charlie and Rufus remain incarcerated in the Chatham hulk prison ship, and Emily's rescue of the court martial papers that threaten to damn Pearce are at risk due to the dangerous scheming of Ralph Barclay and his slippery clerk, Gherson.
- A Sea of Troubles. Allison & Busby, 2012. 320 p.
In the wake of the Glorious First of June, an equivocal success for the British naval fleet against the French Revolutionary forces, John Pearce has pressing matters to attend to. He has an urgent commission from Lord Hood, he must track down Midshipman Toby Burns and placate Emily who, estranged from her husband, Pearce 's enemy Captain Ralph Barclay, is now under his protection. Meanwhile, Pearce finds himself aboard HMS Agamemnon, and in series of actions and shore raids, impresses Horatio Nelson with his bold and brave manoeuvers.
- A Divided Command. Allison & Busby, 2013. 350 p.
In his latest adventure, trouble follows John Pearce to the Mediterranean. He has to fight admirals, a duel and even Emily Barclay, the woman he loves, while back in London his mortal enemy and her husband, Captain Ralph Barclay, is seeking a way to confound him. All he has to rely on are his Pelicans, as well as the crew of his ship, HMS Larcher and this is tested to the limit when he has take on a superior force of Barbary Corsairs to both save Emily and the ship on which she is a passenger, in a fierce battle he thinks he cannot win.
- The Devil to Pay. Allison & Busby, 2014. 352 p.
Faced with a ship in need of repair, enemy attacks and the threat of wily Admiral Hotham, John Pearce is sailing into danger. Meanwhile Ralph Barclay is on his way to the Mediterranean. Thinking his wife still with Pearce and that he can repair his marriage by rescuing her, he sails in pursuit, Hotham half-hoping he suffers the same fate as the admiral has in store for Pearce. Can John Pearce fight to first save himself and his charges from captivity and then to be free from the enemy? It is a battle that will require all of his wits.
Nelson and Emma series
- On a Making Tide. Orion, 2000. 688 p.
Starting with Nelson's arrival at Chatham aged 12 to join his first ship the Raisonable (moored next to his last, the Victory) and with Emma rejecting life as a domestic servant to live in a bawdy house, this book will take Nelson and Emma to 1798 and the battle of the Nile, the crushing victory which secured Nelson's fame. In the U.S. this novel was split into two volumes consisting of On a Making Tide and the first half of Tested by Fate.
- Breaking the Line. Orion, 2001. 576 p.
Following Nelson's victory at the Nile he was feted at home. Further victories against the French raised his popularity with the public at large to fever pitch. But at court Nelson's ego and his love for Emma Hamilton, seen as little more than a whore by the courtiers surrounding George III, dogged his progress. Only in death was he finally accepted at the heart of society. In the U.S. this novel was split into two volumes consisting of the second half of Tested by Fate and Breaking the Line.
Dorling, Henry Taprell (Taffrail)
Pincher Martin, O.D : a story of the inner life of the Royal Navy. Chambers, 1916. 340 p.
Great War adventures.
A Little Ship. Chambers, 1918. 337 p.
A naval officer tells of his experiences at sea during World War I.
H.M.S. anonymous. H. Jenkins, 1920. 320 p.
Pirates. Hodder and Stoughton, 1929. 311 p.
An account of British gunboats tackling piracy in the
Endless Story : being an account of the work of the destroyers, flotilla-leaders, torpedo-boats and patrol boats in the great war. Hodder and Stoughton, 1931. 451 p.
Destroyers in WW I
Kerrell. Hodder and Stoughton, 1931. 319 p.
First lieutenant of a destroyer in action in the North Sea
and with the Dover Patrol in WW I. Good substantial naval action
Cypher K. Hodder and Stoughton, 1932. 315 p.
A book for older boys, The latest cypher is stolen from a
RN cruiser and a retired naval officer in his sailing yacht manages to
The Scarlet Stripe : being the adventures of a naval surgeon. Hodder and Stoughton, 1932. 310 p.
Naval surgeon adrift in life-boat with 22 men
after their Q ship is sunk by U-boat in WW I.
Dover-Ostend : A cross-channel thriller. Hodder and Stoughton, 1933. 351 p.
Piracy in the English
Channel is resolved by a naval officer. Included are charts so the
reader can follow the action which involves lots of coastal cruising
aboard the officer's yacht.
Seventy North. Hodder and Stoughton, 1934. 319 p.
Plenty of statistics and social history are
interestingly incorporated into a readable story involving a Hull
trawler fishing in the arctic prior to WW II. Although written in the
style of the day, reading the book now graphically illustrates how the
importance and impact of fishing on the community has been eroded
Second Officer. Hodder and Stoughton, 1935. 310 p.
Gives the reader an accurate picture of the
pleasant side of life in the Merchant Navy of the day. Large general cargo ships voyage London - Panama - Pacific
to New Zealand with adventures on the way.
Mid-Atlantic. Hodder and Stoughton, 1936. 318 p.
With this story the author takes up the cudgels on
behalf of the merchant seamen of Great Britain during the Depression.
Sailing aboard an ill-found tramp the unfailing courage and heroic
tenacity of her people fail to save her after steering failure in
severe weather. Plenty of technical, social and background detail.
Operation 'M.O.' Hodder and Stoughton, 1938. 228 p.
Naval Intelligence track down and recover stolen
state secrets, with the aid of the Royal Navy, from a merchantman off
the Danish coast in this pre-war spy thriller. Really only 25%
Fred Travis A.B. Hodder and Stoughton, 1939. 336 p.
Naval action off the Spanish coast during the
Spanish Civil War.
Chenies. Hodder and Stoughton, 1943. 282 p.
Two serving officers of the above name in the Royal Navy
in the early years of WW2. Destroyer patrol, convoy duties, bad
weather, U-boats and torpedoed ships combine to make a patriotic yarn.
As the blurb says, Taffrail's first novel of the navy in action in
Eurydice. Hodder and Stoughton, 1953. 286 p.
The Royal Navy destroyer HMS EURYDICE, badly damaged and
only just afloat, survives the battle of the Java Sea and by evading
the omnipresent Japanese Navy, survives to seek shelter at a small
island in the Japanese dominated Eastern Archipelago. She can not
remain undisturbed for long and the story unfolds with the attention to
detail one expects from this author.
Arctic Convoy. Hodder and Stoughton, 1956. 315 p.
A story strongly based on fact. The Arctic convoys
to North Russia from the perspective of a young officer serving in a
Naval Sketches and Stories:
Carry On! C.A. Pearson, 1916. 122 p.
Stand By! C.A. Pearson, 1916. 120 p.
Off Shore. C.A. Pearson, 1917. 121 p.
Sea, Spray and Spindrift. C.A. Pearson, 1917. 159 p.
Minor Operations. C.A. Pearson, 1917. 120 p.
The Watch Below. C.A. Pearson, 1918. 121 p.
Dorris, Michael and Erdrich, Louise
The Crown of Columbus. HarperCollins, 1991. 382 p.
An anthropologist discovers Columbus' lost
diary and reference to "the greatest treasure of Europe", so it's off
to the Caribbean.
Doss, Vernon L.
Survival. Tower, 1981. 285 p.
Teenage farmboy joins the Navy, and sees the Pacific --
if not the world -- aboard a DE and the PENSACOLA during World War II.
Covers his entire career from boot camp to post-war discharge. Despite
the downer title, an upbeat book.
Douglass, Keith (house pseud.)
- Carrier. Jove, 1991. 325 p.
Commonwealth of Independent States (ex USSR)
shatters, so the US carrier JEFFERSON is sent to Russian waters to
prevent the deployment of Russian Typhoon submarines.
- Viper Strike. Jove, 1991. 329 p.
- Armageddon Mode. Jove, 1992. 332 p.
- Flame-Out. Jove, 1992. 330 p.
- Maelstrom. Jove, 1993. 328 p.
- Countdown. Jove, 1994. 331 p.
- After Burn. Jove, 1996. 327 p.
- Alpha Strike. Jove, 1997. 329 p.
- Arctic Fire. Jove, 1998. 329 p.
- Arsenal. Jove, 1998. 358 p.
- Nuke Zone. Jove, 1998. 312 p.
- Chain of Command. Jove, 1999 p.
- Brink of War. Jove, 1999. 313 p.
- Typhoon Season. Jove, 2000. 282 p.
- Enemies. Jove, 2000. 281 p.
- Joint Operations. Jove, 2000. 288 p.
When China makes a surprise attack on U.S. soil, Tombstone and his Carrier fleet work with the SEALs in an explosive battle to regain control.
- The Art of War. Jove, 2001. 262 p.
- Island Warriors. Jove, 2001. 281 p.
- First Strike. Jove, 2002. 263 p.
- Hellfire. Jove, 2002. 286 p.
- Terror at Dawn. Jove, 2003. 226 p.
- Final Justice. Jove, 2004. 279 p.
- Last Stand. Jove, 2006. 308 p.
When a group of modern-day Japanese samurai begins an assault on the high seas, the only force standing between them and total victory is the might of Carrier Battle Group Fourteen.
Seal Team Seven series
- Seal Team Seven. Berkley, 1994. 328 p.
SEAL team seven is called in when a group of fanatics decide to poison a continent.
- Specter. Berkley, 1995. 296 p.
- Nucflash. Berkley, 1996. 294 p.
USN Seals deal with nukes, offshore platforms and
- Direct Action. Berkley, 1997. 282 p.
- Firestorm. Berkley, 1997. 292 p.
The first mission is simple. Lieutenant Blake Murdock and his SEALs must infiltrate a Chinese beach house and acquire top secret information from CIA informant.
- Battleground. Berkley, 1998. 278 p.
- Deathrace. Berkley, 1999. 308 p.
When Iran starts building nuclear devices, it's up to Lt. Blake Murdock and his SEALs to stop them.
- Pacific Siege. Berkley, 1999. 296 p.
Following World War II, Japan returns one of its northern islands to Russia; now Japanese General Nishikawa decides he wants it back. After he and his troops capture the Russian military post on the island and threaten to kill the Russian garrison, Japan is left helpless. They don't want to open fire on their own troops, but they have to do something before Russia retaliates. And Russia is not happy.
- War Cry. Berkley, 1999. 289 p.
- Frontal Assault. Berkley, 2000. 294 p.
- Flashpoint. Berkley, 2000. 307 p.
- Tropical Terror. Berkley, 2000. 287 p.
- Bloodstorm. Berkley, 2001. 258 p.
- Deathblow. Berkley, 2001. 290 p.
SEAL team seven is called in when it is learned that the Chinese are planning to occupy Pakistan and taking their oil reserves.
- Ambush. Berkley, 2001. 287 p.
Seal team seven must save sixty tourists taken for ransom in the Philippines.
- Counterfire. Berkley, 2002. 292 p.
Seal tem seven is called in when a bomb threat is called into London demanding that all civilians and military are removed from the West Bank.
- Payback. Berkley, 2002. 288 p.
Crossover with the author's CARRIER series.
- Deadly Force. Berkley, 2002 p.
- Field of Fire. Berkley, 2003. 304 p.
- Attack Mode. Berkley, 2003. 291 p.
- Hostile Fire. Berkley, 2004. 293 p.
- Under Siege. Berkley, 2005. 321 p.
When the First Lady is abducted by terrorists, the President knows only one man tough enough to handle the situation. Now, Lieutenant Commander Blake Murdock and his SEALs are going to pay the kidnappers a different kind of ransom--in blood.
Torpedo Alley. Windsor, 1988. 414 p.
The US sub POCATELLO chases the Russian supersub
SUSLOV which is carrying stolen secrets that could render the US Navy
Submarine Chums series
- The Cruise of the Gray Whale. D. Appleton, 1914. 215 p.
Adventures of a group of young boys in a
home-made submarine. The first discovery of the
submarine and the chums' first adventures. These are not without
peril, and the stories' real moral lies in the clear-headed, and
innovative way the young hero saves the lives of his companions and
extricates them from danger. Nothing fantastic or unbelievable, just
good common sense, some simple basic physics and the hard lesson
learned that things that appear to be dangerous, probably are, and
that adults should probably be consulted first!
- Gray Whale - Warship. D. Appleton, 1914. 194 p.
- The Gray Whale - Flagship. D. Appleton, 1915. 184 p.
More adventures of the Submarine
Chums but now with two subs! They decide to go into business carrying
passengers on submerged tours, but obviously, since this is a boy's
book series, much trouble ensues with bad guys (and good guys)
- Gray Whale Derelict. D. Appleton, 1915. 168 p.
Black Viking. Fawcett Gold Medal, 1981. 316 p.
Gunnar Black Wolf, son of a Viking lord and a Moorish
slave, grows up as one of the chosen of Odin and the companion of
prince Harald Finehair. He returns home from fun and freebooting to
find his adoptive parents, wife, and child dead, and vows vengance
against their slayer. In the course of this quest, he becomes outlawed
and is driven to lead a mighty raid against the Franks.
Dowswell, Paul (1957- )
Sam Witchall series
- Powder Monkey. Bloomsbury, 2005. 275 p.
Thirteen-year-old Sam endures harsh conditions, battles, and a shipwreck after being pressed into service aboard the HMS Miranda during the Napoleonic Wars.
- Prison Ship. Bloomsbury, 2006. 313 p.
After being framed for cowardice in a sea battle, fifteen-year-old Sam and his friend Richard are sent to Australia, where they must fight for their lives in the outback.
- Battle Fleet. Bloomsbury, 2007. 290 p.
Having escaped death in Australia, Sam endures a dangerous sea voyage back to England, where he rejoins the Navy and becomes midshipman on the Victory as it prepares for the Battle of Trafalgar.
Doyle, Arthur Conan (1859-1930)
The Dealings of Captain Sharkey, and other tales of pirates. George H. Doran , 1919. 260 p.
Four stories about Captain Sharkey: How the governor of Saint Kitt's came home -- The dealings of Captain Sharkey with Stephen Craddock -- The blighting of Sharkey -- How Copley Banks slew Captain Sharkey.
Other nautical related stories: "The Captain of the Pole-Star" is about the mysterious and untimely end of Nicholas Craigie, the captain of the ship called The Polestar, as recorded by the ship's doctor in his diary. "J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement" is an explanation of the disappearance of the crew from Mary Celeste, here called the Marie Celeste. "That Little Square Box" takes place on a ship, where a gentleman overhears two passengers talking about a box with a trigger.
The other stories are: The "Slapping Sal" -- A pirate of the land (One crowded hour) -- Tales of blue water: The striped chest -- The fiend of the cooperage -- Jelland's voyage.
Uncollected stories : the unknown Conan Doyle. Doubleday, 1982. 456 p.
Maritime related fiction: The fate of the Evangeline -- Touch and go : a midshipman's story -- A true story of the tragedy of Flowery Land -- The recollections of Captain Wilkie -- The Death Voyage.
Drachmann, Holger Henrik Herholdt (1846-1908)
The Cruise of the "Wild Duck" and Other Stories. Unwin, 1893. 208 p.
Short stories, translated from Danish.
Draper, Alfred (1924- )
Grey Seal. Macdonald, 1981. 255 p.
GREY SEAL is a coal-burning 600 ton ex-trawler taken up
by the Royal Navy as WW II gets under way. We follow the course of the
war in those early days as the crew come to terms with the dramatic
changes in their circumstances and slowly become welded into an
efficient fighting unit bonded by something stronger but less tangible
than naval discipline. E-boats, aircraft and U-boats take their toll on
GREY SEAL and her crew during East coast convoy duties, the Northern
Patrol and anti-submarine duties off Scapa Flow.
The Restless Waves. Macdonald, 1983. 284 p.
GREY SEAL, her main characters still on board,
is rescuing the British Army from the debacle of Norway. Short of fuel
she hides in the fjords and manages to return to England with glory
after using everything that would burn to get there. While at Dunkirk,
after an extensive refit, helping to save the British army again, a
mysterious captain involves them in a secret mission to recover
diamonds, gold and blueprints from a vessel sunk in the exodus from
Holland in the face of the German advance.
Drake, John (pseud. J. C. Edwards) (1944- )
Treasure Island prequel Series
- Flint and Silver. HarperCollins, 2008. 376 p.
John Silver had never killed a man. Until now, charisma, sheer size and, when all else failed, a powerful pair of fists, had been enough to see off his enemies. But on a smouldering deck off the coast of Madagascar, his shipmates dead or dying all around him, his cutlass has just claimed the lives of six pirates. With their comrades intent on revenge, Silver's promising career in the merchant navy looks set to come to an end until the pirate captain makes him an offer he can't refuse. On the other side of the world Joseph Flint, a naval officer wronged by his superiors, plots a bloody mutiny. Strikingly handsome, brilliant, but prey to sadistic tendencies, the path Flint has chosen will ultimately lead him to Silver.
- Pieces of Eight. HarperCollins, 2009. 388 p.
Joseph Flint and Long John Silver have a score to settle. Marooned on a remote Caribbean island with his loyal crew and a fortune in buried treasure, Silver awaits the return of the man who left him there. In order to defeat Silver and claim the island back as his, Flint will need to raise an army -- no easy feat for the man most wanted by the Royal Navy.
- Skull and Bones. HarperCollins, 2010. 392 p.
When infamous 'gentleman of fortune' Captain Flint is captured by the Royal Navy and condemned to hang for mutiny and piracy, it seems that the secret location of his buried treasure will die with him. But Flint has an audacious plan to gain command of ship and crew before they reach London and escape the hangman's noose. Meanwhile, aboard Flint's former vessel The Walrus, Long John Silver seeks one final prize before retiring from privateering. However his wife Selena has jumped ship to pursue a career on the London stage - only to fall into a trap - so Silver must give chase to save the woman he loves.
Druett, Joan (1939-)
Abigail. Random House, 1988. 409 p.
Inspired by a true story. A young girl inherits her
father's whaling ship when he is murdered in New Zealand in the 1850s,
sets out from US to claim her inheritance, crosses paths with pirates,
and seeks treasure.
A Promise of Gold. Macmillan, 1990. 416 p.
A young actress bluffs her way on board the
brig HAKLUYT in the year 1848, to find that the captain and crew are
professional treasure-hunters. She and her brother plan to make a
fortune by stealing a flock of alpaca and selling them in New South
Wales, but instead are carried off to the Californian gold-fields.
Wiki Coffin Series
Historical crime series set during the United States Exploring Expedition through the Pacific Ocean by the United States Navy 1838-1842.
- A Watery Grave. St. Martin's Minotaur, 2004. 292 p.
Exonerated for a murder hours after an exploration convoy sets sail for the Pacific islands, ship linguist Wiki Coffin is made a deputy by a Virginia sheriff and sets out to catch up with his crewmates, one of whom is the real killer.
- Shark Island. St. Martin's Minotaur, 2005. 292 p.
Forsythe leads Wiki and George into dangerous waters where both sharks and men kill. Wiki knows that Forsythe is capable of such violence but he believes him innocent and is duty-bound to prove it for the sake of the expedition.
- Run Afoul. St. Martin's Minotaur, 2006. 280 p.
US Exploring Expedition linguist Wiki Coffin sails with the famous convoy of ships toward Brazil. As the great flagship Vincennes leads the convoy under the dubious command of eccentric captain Charles Wilkes toward a dramatic entrance in the port of Rio, careless manoeuvring leads one of the vessels to run afoul of a Boston trading ship.
- Deadly Shoals. St. Martin's Minotaur, 2007. 290 p.
Wiki Coffin plays many roles on the US Exploring Expedition linguist, navigator, and, as half-Maori, cultural liaison - but when a New England whaler shows up, frantically looking for his stolen schooner, Wiki must take on the role of unofficial sheriff.
Du Brul, Jack B.
Vulcan's Forge. Forge, 1998. 348 p.
Philip Mercer, geologist and one-time commando,
unexpectedly finds himself caught in the middle of a global crisis when
he tries to rescue the daughter of an old friend who's being kept under
armed guard at a local hospital. A nuclear bomb born undersea volcano
with a rogue Russian submarine lurking near it, a violent secessionist
movement in Hawaii, gun battles in the New York subway system,
diplomatic breakdown in the Far East... can Mercer get us out of this
du Maurier, Daphne (1907-1989)
Frenchman's Creek. Doubleday, Doran, 1942. 310 p.
A romance novel about a woman and a pirate, some
of which takes place on the pirate ship.
Duprey, Richard A.
Duel on the wind: a Novel of the America's Cup Challenge. St. Martin's, 1976. 404 p.
fictitious 1977 Cup challenge by the Saudi Arabians!
Durham, Lieutenant Commander Victor G. (Pseudonym)
Submarine Boys series
- The Submarine Boys On Duty; Or, Life on a Diving Torpedo Boat. Henry Altemus, 1909. 253 p.
Two 16-year-old boys, Jack Benson and Hal Hastings, find
employment at a boatyard building a new submarine boat. The
submarine's inventor, David Pollard, hopes to sell his boat, the
POLLARD, to the US Navy. Jack and Hal become crewmembers of the
POLLARD upon her launching, with Jack as captain. Eph Somers, also 16
years old, joins the crew as they successfully demonstrate the
POLLARD to the Navy. During their adventures, the Submarine Boys foil
sabotage attempts by a former employee of the boatyard, capture an
escaped lunatic, and nab the embezzler of a young heiress's fortune.
- The Submarine Boys' Trial Trip; Or, "Making Good" as Young Experts. Henry Altemus,
1909. 212 p.
- The Submarine Boys and the Middies; Or, The Prize Detail at
Annapolis. Henry Altemus, 1909. 249 p.
- The Submarine Boys and the Spies; Or, Dodging the Sharks of the
Deep. Henry Altemus, 1910. 251 p.
- The Submarine Boys' Lightning Cruise; Or, The Young Kings of the
Deep. Henry Altemus, 1910. 250 p.
- The Submarine Boys For the Flag; Or, Deeding Their Lives to Uncle
Sam. Henry Altemus, 1910. 249 p.
- The Submarine Boys and the Smugglers; Or, Breaking Up the New Jersey
Customs Frauds. Henry Altemus, 1912. 249 p.
- The Submarine Boys' Secret Mission; or, Beating an Ambassador's Game. Henry Altemus,
1912. 212 p.
When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man. Riverhead Books, 2012. 306 p.
Every fall, the men of Loyalty Island sail from the Olympic Peninsula up to the Bering Sea, to spend the winter catching king crab. To Cal, Alaska remains as mythical and mysterious as Treasure Island. But while Cal is too young to accompany his father, he is old enough to know that everything depends on the fate of those boats thousands of miles north. He is also old enough to wonder about his mother's relationship with John Gaunt, owner of the fleet. Then Gaunt dies suddenly, leaving the business in the hands of his son. Soon Cal stumbles on evidence that his father may have taken measures to salvage their way of life. As winter comes on, he is forced to make a terrible choice.
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