The Nautical Fiction List
An Annotated Bibliography of
based in part on the work of John Kohnen
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Names, Larry D.
Ironclads: Man-of-War. Avon, 1995. 374 p.
Events leading up to the siege of Ft. Sumter
at the beginning of the Civil War. Focuses on the effort of a pacifist
northern woman who is part of a shipping firm to head off the war,
while various Sothrons -- including Rafael Semmes, and an oversexed
southern belle -- attempt to spy out Union attempts to reinforce
Sumter. Despite the title, ends before any ironclads appear.
Nash, N. Richard
East Wind, Rain. Atheneum, 1977. 371 p.
It is November 1941. A Navy Lieutenant in the
intelligence section at Pearl Harbor is castrated, then dies under
mysterious circumstances. Was this due to his liaison with the wife of
an Issei or did he come too close to a secret that the IJN was trying
to protect? His brother-in-law, another naval officer, seeks the answer
only to be obstructed by his rabidly anti-Japanese commanding officer.
National Maritime Museum, London
Sea Stories. National Maritime Museum, 2007. 313 p.
Original anthology. Contents: The shoals / Sam Llewellyn -- Devonia / Desmond Barry -- The doldrums / John Williams -- Getting there is half the fun / James Scudamore -- The King's Daughter of Norroway / Margaret Elphinstone -- Omar's island / Robert Minhinnick -- Fresh water / Chris Cleave -- Bathyspheres / Niall Griffiths -- In time: a correspondence / Erica Wagner -- Something rich and strange / Charles Lambert -- The island / Roger Hubank -- The convalescent's handbook / Evie Wyld -- The boy / Tessa Hadley -- The anniversary / Martin Stephen -- A snow goose / Jim Perrin -- The museum of the sea / Nick Parker.
Neale, William Johnson, (1812-1893)
The Flying Dutchman, a Legend of the High Seas. Henry Colburn, 1839. 3 v.
West Indies in the
1760s. Lt. Ramsay, RN falls in love with Angela, his captain's
daughter. The tyrannical captain resolves to accomplish Ramsay's ruin,
has him dismissed the service on a trumped up charge, presses him as a
common seaman, and maroons him on a desert island. Ramsay's friend, a
mysterious corporal of marines, strangles the captain and drops the
body overboard. The crew mutiny and elect the corporal as their leader.
Another ship, carrying Angela, attacks the mutinous frigate, but loses
the battle and is abandoned in sinking condition. The waterlogged wreck
drifts ashore on Ramsay's island. He revives the dying girl, they
marry, and live an idyllic life for a year. Meanwhile the corporal
contrives a plan to disguise the frigate as the dreaded Flying
Dutchman, so un-nerving their opponents and winning every battle.
Eventually the Ramsays are rescued, the mutineers meet their just
deserts, and the corporal's true identity is revealed. Contains two
excellent court martial episodes (Neale was both a seaman and a
lawyer). A brisk, technically accurate, and fast moving novel.
Paul Periwinkle, or the Pressgang. W. Tegg, 1841. 640 p.
Picaresque novel, set in
England, Ireland, and Haiti. Hero Paul is tried and convicted for the
murder of a man who had disappeared, having been seized by a pressgang.
Paul escapes to Ireland, then to the West Indies, surviving many
vicissitudes, including piracy and plank-walking and events during
revolt in Haiti by blacks led by Toussaint L'Ouverture; all is well in
the end, virtuous triumphant, wicked punished ("that is what is meant
by fiction" - Oscar Wilde). Eveline is a startlingly forceful heroine
for the time: she wields gun and sword in unsuccessful defence of her
father's vicarage in Ireland when the peasantry attack, is taken and
raped, later escapes and for most of the rest of the novel poses as a
man and fights fiercely on sea and land. An extraordinary feature is
that the pressed man is left on a storm-beaten shipwreck from page 128
to page 598, reappearing just in time to resolve the plot!
The Port Admiral : A Tale of the War. Cochrane and M'Crone, 1833. 3 v.
Gentleman Jack : A Naval Story. J. Cochrane, 1837. 640 p.
The Naval Surgeon. J. Cochrane, 1841. 3 v.
The Captain's Wife. T. and W. Boone, 1841. 3 v.
The Pride of the Mess: A Naval Novel of the Crimean War. George Routledge and Sons, 1855. 268 p.
Will Watch : from the auto-biography of a British officer. J. Cochrane, 1834. 3 v.
Cavendish: or, The Patrician at Sea. H. Colburn & R. Bentley, 1831. 3 v.
Needle, Jan (James Albert) (1943- )
William Bentley series:
- A Fine Boy for Killing. HarperCollins, 1996. 371 p.
Set in the Royal Navy in the era of
the Napoleonic Wars. A dark, grim story of a brutal frigate captain,
pressed crew members, and a young midshipman, the captain's nephew,
who is torn in his loyalties. The ship is sailing alone once manned,
so no fleet actions are involved, and no major historical events
impinge on the story. This 1997 printing has an author's note that it
is his unabridged original, considerably different from the
previously published 1979 version (Andre Deutsch).
- The Wicked Trade. HarperCollins, 1998. 378 p.
William Bentley, of the press ship BITER
faces murder, corruption and poor dental health while doing the
Royal Navy's dirty work at Deptford. "...The reader is up to his
knees in the viscous ooze of Deptford Creek where mouldering timber
hulks and mouldier specimens of humanity are engaged on His Majesty's
Service, which includes duplicity, murder, the wholesale removal of
young women's teeth and beating the lights out of any scrofulous
wreck capable of being bullied out onto a yardarm.... Seamen are
pirates, killers and thugs, all grinning toothlessly - I hate to
think what dentists must have done to the author in the past. It's
fly-on-the-wall, warts-and-all, fast-and-furious stuff, in which
Bentley's life, like that of his more rarified ancestor Hornblower,
reflects as much the time in which he has been written as the time in
which he sails; the privileged are stripped bare, institutions are
corrupt and money is god. But let's hear it for Deptford: its
literary moment has come."
- The Spithead Nymph. McBooks, 2004. 287 p.
Midshipman William Bentley awaits trial on charges of treason - until he is offered the chance to avoid prison by serving as first lieutenant to Richard Kaye, now captain of Will's old ship Biter. Will accepts and begins a harrowing journey to Jamaica, unaware that the woman he loves has been sold as an indentured servant to a depraved Jamaican planter. The brutality of Will's shipboard companions further hardens him to navy life, but nothing can prepare him for the inhumanity that fuels the slave trade.
- Undertaker's Wind. Broadside Press, 2006. 337 p.
With the Biter sunk beneath the Caribbean waves, along with Captain "Slack Dickie" Kaye's corrupted dream of riches, Will Bentley is forced inexorably deeper into the brutal and rapacious world of Jamaican politics. Although he brilliantly cuts out a mysterious French brig from a secret bay, his hopes of recovering his lost honour with a triumphant return to Port Royal are blighted by the news that Deb Tomelty, his beloved "Spithead Nymph," has been held responsible for the death of a leading planter - and that William must help to hunt her to her death!
Haakon the Dark series:
- The Golden Ax. Bantam, 1984. 210 p.
Lusty, death-defying adventurer Haakon the
Dark has been chosen by his gods as their avenging arm on earth. The
Golden Axe is a marvelous and terrible weapon with supernatural
powers that the gods have entrusted to Haakon, but is the axe truly a
gift or is it a curse of evil? Only time will tell. In this series
opener Haakon and his band battle against overwhelming odds as they
try to save the fair Rosamund, Haakon's lady love.
- The Viking's Revenge. Bantam, 1984. 213 p.
Only one mortal man has the power and
wisdom to spare civilization when a treacherous deed brings bloody
death to armies senseless slaughter to cities -- our hero of course.
Leading the greatest army of Viking warriors ever assembled, Haakon
the Dark instead scours the entire known world to find his Rosamund,
in peril again, this time stolen by an evil warrior chief. No doubt
civilization and Rosamund are both saved in the end.
- Haakon's Iron Hand. Bantam, 1984. 199 p.
The War God. Bantam, 1984. 231 p.
Revolution at Sea series:
- By Force of Arms. Pocket Books, 1996. 324 p.
Nelson's hero, a smuggler in pre-Revolutionary
War days, brings shipments into Long Island Sound and runs afoul of
HMS ROSE, a British ship doing customs duty. Nelson also brings up
the burning of a customs sloop by Rhode Islanders the year before.
HMS ROSE in the novel is the real ancestor to today's "HMS" ROSE, in
which the author sailed as third mate.
The Maddest Idea. Pocket Books, 1997. 417 p.
Captain Biddelcom, our hero from By Force of Arms, in command of the privateer CHARLEMAGNE is given a commission
in the Continental Army and sent on a mission to steal gunpowder from
the British in the Bahamas. This effort is foiled by a traitor, and
Biddlecomb is captured, but he manages to escape, and complete his
mission anyway. In the meantime, the aide that arranged the mission
is scouring Rhode Island for the traitor.
The Continental Risque. Pocket Books, 1998. 372 p.
Still suffering the damages of their
ill-fated mission to Bermuda, Isaac Biddlecomb and the brig-of-war
CHARLEMAGNE are voluteered for service in the newly formed United
States Navy. Sailing to Philadelphia with the irritating John Adams
as a passenger, Biddlecomb et al are made part of the first American
navy and marine corps action to New Providence Island. But trouble is
brewing in the gunroom, as his officers find themselves at each
other's throats, and below decks as sea-lawyer Amos Hacket tears the
crew apart down sectional lines.
Lords of the Ocean. Pocket Books, 1999. 354 p.
At the height of the American Revolution,
Captain Biddlecomb receives orders to smuggle Dr. Benjamin Franklin
across the Atlantic and into France.
All the Brave Fellows. Pocket Books, 2000. 395 p.
Captain Isaac Biddlecomb is sailing along the New Jersey coast with his wife and newborn son aboard, unaware that the entire British fleet stands in his way, along with his enemy Lt. John Smeaton, a man to whom he owes a debt of blood.
Newell, Charles Martin (1821-c1900)
The Voyage of the Fleetwing, a Narrative of Love, Wreck and Whaling
Adventures. De Wolfe, Fiske & Co, 1886. 443 p.
Whaling voyage to Hawaii.
John Paul Jones series:
The Eighteenth Captain. McBooks, 1999. 312 p.
An action-filled novel based on John Paul
Jones and his naval career, framing the fall-out of the French
Between Two Fires. McBooks, 2002. 368 p.
Nicholls, F. F. (Frederick Francis) (1926- )
The Log of the "Sardis". Heinemann, 1962. 192 p.
Damage to the navigation equipment causes problems aboard an America clipper ship.
Nicol, C. W.
Harpoon. Putnam, 1987. 506 p.
Japanese 19th century whaling epic as told from the point
of view of two brothers from a Japaneses whaling village -- one who
stays in the village pursuing traditional Japanese whaling practices,
the second who leave to learn how the Gaijin westerners whale.
Nicole, Christopher (Andrew York) (1930- )
Operation Destruct. Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1969. 230 p.
Assigned to investigate the death of a fellow
agent in the wreck of a Russian trawler, British spy Jonathan Anders
must outwit the Russians, who want him dead, and the British police,
who want him for murder.
Operation Neptune. Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1972. 222 p.
Jonathan Anders is sent on assignment by British
Intelligence to locate notes on an invention that will enable man to
move about freely underwater.
The Devil's Own. St. Martin's, 1975. 436 p.
Shipping out with Sir Henry Morgan.
Niemann, August (1839-1919)
The Coming Conquest of England. G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1904. 384 p.
Translation of Der weltkrieg, Deutsche traüme. Not a
brilliant piece of work, and only fifty percent naval, but every bit as
important as Erskin Childers Riddle of the Sands as a whistle blower to
alert the British public to the dangers of German naval expansion.
Nordhoff, Charles (1830-1901)
Man of War Life : a boy's experience in the United States Navy, during a voyage around the world, in a ship of the line. Moore, Wilstach, Keys & Co., 1856. 286 p.
A young sailor's impressions in the mid-1800's. Forms part of his Nine years a sailor.
The Merchant Vessel: a sailor boy's voyages to see the world. Moore, Wilstach, Keys & Co., 1856. 288 p.
Also published as the second part of the author's Nine years a sailor.
Whaling & Fishing. Moore, Wilstach, Keys & Co., 1856. 383 p.
Subsequently issued as part of his Nine years a sailor.
Nine years a sailor : being sketches of personal experience in the United States Naval Service, the American and British Merchant Marine and the whaling service. Moore, Wilstach, Keys & Co., 1857. 1 v.
U.K. title: The Boys Own Sea Stories.
Nordhoff, Charles (1887-1947)
The Pearl Lagoon. Little, Brown, 1924. 224 p.
For young boys.
The Derelict : Further Adventures of Charles Selden and His
Native Friends in the South Seas. Little, Brown, 1928. 284 p.
Sequel to The Pearl Lagoon.
Island Wreck. Methuen, 1929. 210 p.
For young boys.
Nordhoff, Charles (1887-1947) and Hall, James Norman (1887-1951)
The Bounty Trilogy:
- Mutiny on the Bounty. Little, Brown, 1932. 396 p.
The voyage of the BOUNTY to Tahiti for
breadfruit, her sojourn there, and the subsequent mutiny when she
begins the voyage back to England.
Men against the Sea. Little, Brown, 1934. 251 p.
The incredible 3,600 mile voyage in an open
23 foot boat of Captain Bligh and 18 loyal members of his crew, set
adrift after the mutiny.
Pitcairn's Island. Little, Brown, 1934. 333 p.
Some of the mutineers sail off in the BOUNTY
with Fletcher Christian and their Tahitian wives and in-laws in
search of an island where they can successfully hide from the
inevitable pursuit by the Royal Navy. They find such a haven at
Pitcairn's Island and settle down to their fate.
The Hurricane. Little, Brown, 1936. 257 p.
Polynesian convict escapes and returns to home
atoll. Hurricane devastates island while he is evading recapture.
Great tale of humans against the elements, and coping with the
imposition of Western civilization at the same time. Made into a movie
starring Jon Hall and Dorothy Lamour in the 1930s.
No More Gas. Little, Brown, 1940. 320 p.
The saga of a multitudinous family in Tahiti, and what
happened to them when they suddenly became rich from salvaging a
vessel. Made into a movie called "The Tuttles of Tahiti", starring Charles Laughton.
Botany Bay. Little, Brown, 1941. 374 p.
The story of Hugh Tallant, highwayman and the infamous penal colony established in Australia in 1788.
Men Without Country. Little, Brown, 1942. 122 p.
The war is just beginning and France has not yet surrendered to the Germans. A French vessel picks up five semi-conscious men in a canoe. All ex-convicts, they have escaped from Devil's Island to do their bit for France. The tensions aboard the Marseille-bound ship slowly build to a shattering clash of wills between the men and the ship's Nazi sympathizer. Filmed as "Passage to Marseille".
The High Barbaree. Little, Brown, 1945. 230 p.
Story of the dream of a young pilot whose plane is wrecked over the Pacific Ocean. Catalina flying boat is shot down in the South
Pacific in 1943. After days of drifting, the lone survivor swims ashore
on a mystic, uncharted island, where he finds his uncle and fiancee.
Filmed in 1947.
Norris, Frank (1870-1902)
Moran of the "Lady Letty" : a story of adventure off the California coast. Doubleday, 1898. 203 p.
Realistic sea romance. Later reprinted under the title
Norton, André (1912-2005)
Scarface, Being the story of one Justin Blade, late of the pirate isle of
Tortuga, and how fate did justly deal with him, to his great profit. Harcourt, Brace,
1948. 263 p.
Teenaged pirate Scarface is part of a raid on the English colony
of Barbados. He wins the King's Pardon and finds a name and family. For
Norton, Roy (1869-1942)
Drowned Gold, Being the Story of a Sailor's Life. Houghton Mifflin, 1917. 268 p.
It's not really
the story of a sailor's life-- it's the story of 3 million dollars in
sunken gold, deep sea diving, piracy and young love, and all of the
things which go to make up a good sea yarn.
Novik, Naomi (1973- )
- His Majesty's Dragon. Del Rey, 2006. 384 p.
U.K. title: Temeraire. Captain Will Laurence has been at sea since he was just twelve years old; finding a warmer berth in Nelson's navy than any he enjoyed as the youngest, least important son of Lord Allendale. Rising on merit to captain his own vessel, Laurence has earned himself a beautiful fiancee, society's esteem and a golden future. But the war is not going well. It seems Britain can only wait as Napoleon plans to overrun her shores. After a skirmish with a French ship, Laurence finds himself in charge of a rare cargo: a dragon egg bound for the Emperor himself. Dragons are much prized: properly trained, they can mount a fearsome attack from the skies. One of Laurence's men must take the beast in hand and join the aviators' cause, thus relinquishing all hope of a normal life. But when the newly-hatched dragon ignores the young midshipman Laurence chose as its keeper and decides to imprint itself on the horrified captain instead, Laurence's world falls apart. Gone is his golden future: gone his social standing, and soon his beautiful fiancee, as he is consigned to be the constant companion and trainer of the fighting dragon Temeraire!
Throne of Jade. Del Rey, 2006. 432 p.
Captain William Laurence of the British Air Corps and his dragon, Temeraire, begin their slow voyage to China, fearful that upon landing they will be forced to part by Imperial decree. Temeraire is a Celestial dragon, the most highly-prized of all draconic breeds; famed for their intelligence, agility and most of all for the Divine Wind -- their terrible roar capable of shattering the heavy timbers of war ships, shattering woodland and destroying other dragons mid-flight. Temeraire's egg was captured and claimed by the British at sea, but he was meant to be the companion of the Emperor Napoleon and not captained by a mere officer in the British Air Corps. The Chinese have demanded his return and the British cannot refuse them -- they cannot afford to provoke the asian super-power into allying themselves with the French -- even if it costs them the most powerful weapon in their arsenal and inflicts the most unimaginable pain upon Laurence and his dragon.
Black Powder War. Del Rey, 2006. 400 p.
Before Captain Will Laurence can prepare his crew for the slow voyage home from China, new orders arrive for him and his dragon, Temeraire: they must fly home immediately, stopping only in Istanbul to collect three priceless dragon eggs, purchased by the British government from the Ottoman Empire. But the cross-continental journey is fraught with danger; not only will they have to scale mountains and traverse vast hostile deserts, but a Machiavellian herald precedes them, spreading political menace in her wake. Holding Temeraire responsible for the death of her princely companion, Lien has absconded from China consumed by vengeance. If she can, she will destroy everything and everyone Temeraire loves.
Empire of Ivory. Del Rey, 2007. 416 p.
Laurence and Temeraire made a daring journey across vast and inhospitable continents to bring home a rare Turkish dragon from the treacherous Ottoman Empire. Kazilik dragons are firebreathers, and Britain is in greater need of protection than ever, for while Laurence and Temeraire were away, an epidemic struck British shores and is killing off her greatest defence -- her dragon air force is slowly dying. The dreadful truth must be kept from Napoleon at all costs. Allied with the white Chinese dragon, Lien, he would not hestitate to take advantage of Britain's weakness and launch a devasting invasion. Hope lies with the only remaining healthy dragon -- Temeraire cannot stay at home, but must once again venture into the unknown to help his friends and seek out a cure in darkest Africa.
Victory of Eagles. Del Rey, 2008. 342 p.
Laurence waits to be hanged as a traitor to the Crown, and Temeraire is confined to the breeding grounds as Napoleon invades Britain, and takes London. Laurence and Temeraire have betrayed the British. They have foiled their attempts to inflict death upon the French dragons by sharing the cure they found in Africa with their enemy. But following their conscience has a price. Laurence feels he must return to face the consequences, and as soon as they land they are taken into custody. Laurence is condemned to the gallows and Temeraire faces a life of captivity in the breeding grounds. None of their friends or allies can come to their aid, for every hand is needed elsewhere. Britain is completely unprepared for Bonaparte invasion and the advanced tactics of his own celestial dragon -- Temeraire's mortal enemy -- Lien.
Tongues of Serpents. Del Rey, 2010. 288 p.
Laurence and Temeraire have been banished from the country they've fought so hard to protect - and the friends they have made in the British Aerial Corps. Found guilty of treason, man and dragon have been deported to Australia to start a new life and many new adventures. They must navigate treacherous political waters to protect three dragon eggs.
Crucible of Gold. Del Rey, 2012. 336 p.
For Laurence and Temeraire, put out to pasture in Australia, it seems their part in the war has come to an end just when they are needed most. Newly allied with the powerful African empire of the Tswana, the French have occupied Spain and brought revolution and bloodshed to Brazil, threatening Britain's last desperate hope to defeat Napoleon. So the British government dispatches Arthur Hammond from China to enlist Laurence and Temeraire to negotiate a peace with the angry Tswana, who have besieged the Portuguese royal family in Rio—and as bait, Hammond bears an offer to reinstate Laurence to his former rank and seniority as a captain in the Aerial Corps. Temeraire is delighted by this sudden reversal of fortune, but Laurence is by no means sanguine, knowing from experience that personal honor and duty to one's country do not always run on parallel tracks.
Blood of Tyrants. Del Rey, 2013. 448 p.
Shipwrecked and cast ashore in Japan with no memory of Temeraire or his own experiences as an English aviator, Laurence finds himself tangled in deadly political intrigues that threaten not only his own life but England's already precarious position in the Far East. Age-old enmities and suspicions have turned the entire region into a powder keg ready to erupt at the slightest spark—a spark that Laurence and Temeraire may unwittingly provide, leaving Britain faced with new enemies just when they most desperately need allies instead.
The Voyage of the Destiny. Putnam's, 1982. 387 p.
Fiction about Sir Walter Raleigh's
voyage to South American. Tudor period piece.
O'Brian, Frank (pseud. B.W. Garfield)
Act of Piracy. Dell, 1975. 256 p.
A crazy captain takes steamboat from New York to
California around Cape Horn in the 1850s.
O'Brian, Patrick (1914-2000)
The Golden Ocean. Norton, 1957. 285 p.
Based on Commodore Anson's voyage around the world
in the 1740s.
The Unknown Shore. Norton, 1959. 313 p.
Companion to The Golden Ocean. The adventures
of future admiral (then midshipman) John "Foulweather Jack" Byron and
the surgeon of the storeship WAGER of Anson's fleet after she was
wrecked off southern Chile.
The Jack Aubrey - Steven Maturin series:
- Master and Commander. Norton, 1969. 384 p.
The first of the Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against a thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Life aboard a man-of-war is detailed: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the roar of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.
- Post Captain. Norton, 1972. 496 p.
"We've beat them before and we'll beat them again." In 1803 Napoleon smashes the Peace of Amiens, and Captain Jack Aubrey, R. N., taking refuge in France from his creditors, is interned. He escapes from France, from debtor's Prison, from a possible mutiny, and pursues his quarry straight into the mouth of a French-held harbor.
- H.M.S. Surprise. Norton, 1973. 379 p.
Third in the series of Aubrey/Maturin adventures, this book is set among the strange sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent, and in the distant waters ploughed by the ships of the East India Company. Aubrey is on the defensive, pitting wits and seamanship against an enemy enjoying overwhelming local superiority. But somewhere in the Indian Ocean lies the prize that could make him rich beyond his wildest dream: the ships sent by Napoleon to attack the China Fleet.
- Mauritius Command. Norton, 1977. 348 p.
Captain Jack Aubrey is ashore on half pay without a command—until Stephen Maturin arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a commodore's pennant, there to mount an expedition against the French-held islands of Mauritius and La Réunion. But the difficulties of carrying out his orders are compounded by two of his own captains—Lord Clonfert, a pleasure-seeking dilettante, and Captain Corbett, whose severity pushes his crew to the verge of mutiny.
- Desolation Island. Norton, 1978. 325 p.
Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty fame, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend and surgeon Stephen Maturin sail the Leopard to Australia with a hold full of convicts. Among them is a beautiful and dangerous spy and a treacherous disease that decimates the crew. With a Dutch man-of-war to windward, the undermanned, outgunned Leopard sails for her life into the freezing waters of the Antarctic, where, in mountain seas, the Dutchman closes.
- The Fortune of War. Norton, 1979. 329 p.
Captain Jack Aubrey, R. N., arrives in the Dutch East Indies to find himself appointed to the command of the fastest and best-armed frigate in the Navy. He and his friend Stephen Maturin take passage for England in a dispatch vessel. But the War of 1812 breaks out while they are en route. Bloody actions precipitate them both into new and unexpected scenes where Stephen's past activities as a secret agent return on him with a vengeance.
- The Surgeon's Mate. Norton, 1980. 382 p.
Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are ordered home by dispatch vessel to bring the news of their latest victory to the government. But Maturin is a marked man for the havoc he has wrought in the French intelligence network in the New World, and the attention of two privateers soon becomes menacing. The chase that follows through the fogs and shallows of the Grand Banks is as tense, and as unexpected in its culmination, as anything Patrick O'Brian has written.
- The Ionian Mission. Norton, 1981. 367 p.
Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, veterans now of many battles, return in this novel to the seas where they first sailed as shipmates. But Jack is now a senior captain commanding a line-of-battle ship in the Royal Navy's blockade of Toulon, and this is a longer, harder, colder war than the dashing frigate actions of his early days. A sudden turn of events takes him and Stephen off on a hazardous mission to the Greek Islands, where all his old skills of seamanship and his proverbial luck when fighting against odds come triumphantly into their own.
- Treason's Harbor. Norton, 1983. 334 p.
A novel of action and intrigue, set partly in Malta, partly in the treacherous, pirate-infested waters of the Red Sea. While Captain Aubrey worries about repairs to his ship, Stephen Maturin assumes the center stage for the dockyards and salons of Malta are alive with Napoleon's agents, and the admiralty's intelligence network is compromised. Maturin's cunning is the sole bulwark against sabotage of Aubrey's daring mission.
- The Far Side of the World. Norton, 1984. 366 p.
The war of 1812 continues, and Jack Aubrey sets course for Cape Horn on a mission after his own heart: intercepting a powerful American frigate outward bound to play havoc with the British whaling trade. Stephen Maturin has fish of his own to fry in the world of secret intelligence. Disaster in various guises awaits them in the Great South Sea and in the far reaches of the Pacific: typhoons, castaways, shipwrecks, murder, and criminal insanity.
- The Reverse of the Medal. Norton, 1986. 287 p.
Captain Jack Aubrey, R. N., ashore after a successful cruise, is persuaded by a casual acquaintance to make certain investments in the City. This innocent decision ensnares him in the London criminal underground and in government espionage - the province of his friend Stephen Maturin. Is Aubrey's humiliation and the threatened ruin of his career a deliberate plot?
- The Letter of Marque. Norton, 1988. 284 p.
Captain Jack Aubrey, a brilliant and experienced officer, has been struck off the list of post-captains for a crime he did not commit. His old friend Stephen Maturin, usually cast as a ship's surgeon to mask his discreet activities on behalf of British Intelligence, has bought for Aubrey his former ship the Surprise to command as a privateer, more politely termed a letter of marque. Together they sail on a desperate mission against the French, which, if successful, may redeem Aubrey from the private hell of his disgrace.
- The Thirteen Gun Salute. Norton, 1989. 319 p.
Captain Jack Aubrey shepherds Stephen Maturin - his friend, ship's surgeon, and sometimes intelligence agent - on a diplomatic mission to prevent links between Bonaparte and the Malay princes which would put English merchant shipping at risk.
- The Nutmeg of Consolation. Norton, 1991. 315 p.
Shipwrecked on a remote island in the Dutch East Indies, Captain Aubrey, surgeon and secret intelligence agent Stephen Maturin, and the crew of the Diane fashion a schooner from the wreck. A vicious attack by Malay pirates is repulsed, but the makeshift vessel burns, and they are truly marooned.
- The Truelove. Norton, 1992. 256 p.
UK title: Clarissa Oakes. A British whaler has been captured by an ambitious chief in the sandwich islands at French instigation, and Captain Aubrey, R. N., Is dispatched with the Surprise to restore order. But stowed away in the cable-tier is an escaped female convict. To the officers, Clarissa Harvill is an object of awkward courtliness and dangerous jealousies. Aubrey himself is won over and indeed strongly attracted to this woman who will not speak of her past. But only Aubrey's friend, Dr. Stephen Maturin, can fathom Clarissa's secrets: her crime, her personality, and a clue identifying a highly placed English spy in the pay of Napoleon's intelligence service.
- The Wine-Dark Sea. Norton, 1993. 261 p.
Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin pursue an American privateer through the Great South Sea. Their ship, the Surprise, is now also a privateer, the better to escape diplomatic complications from Stephen's mission, which is to ignite the revolutionary tinder of South America.
- The Commodore. Norton, 1994. 282 p.
Having survived a long and desperate adventure in the Great South Sea, Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin return to England to very different circumstances. For Jack it is a happy homecoming, at least initially, but for Stephen it is disastrous: his little daughter appears to be autistic, incapable of speech or contact, while his wife, Diana, unable to bear this situation, has disappeared, her house being looked after by the widowed Clarissa Oakes.
- The Yellow Admiral. Norton, 1996. 262 p.
In the spring of 1814, peace breaks out. Stephen Maturin returns from a mission in France with the news that the Chileans, to secure their independence, require a navy, and the service of English officers. Jack is savoring this apparent reprieve for his career, when he receives an urgent dispatch ordering him to Gibraltar: Napoleon has escaped from Elba.
- The Hundred Days. Norton, 1998. 281 p.
On the high seas, Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and his co-adventurer, Dr. Stephen Maturin, chase a shipment of gold destined for Napoleon. The emperor has escaped from Elba and the gold would enable him to raise more troops.
- Blue in the Mizzen. Norton, 1999. 261 p.
Napoleon has been defeated at Waterloo, and the ensuing peace brings with it both the desertion of nearly half of Captain Aubrey's crew and the sudden dimming of Aubrey's career prospects in a peacetime navy. When the Surprise is nearly sunk on her way to South America—where Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are to help Chile assert her independence from Spain—the delay occasioned by repairs reaps a harvest of strange consequences. The South American expedition is a desperate affair; and in the end Jack's bold initiative to strike at the vastly superior Spanish fleet precipitates a spectacular naval action that will determine both Chile's fate and his own.
- 21 : The Unfinished Twenty-First Novel. Norton, 2001. 141 p.
Incommplete at O'Brian's death. The typescript of the third chapter ends mid-sentence, but the handwritten manuscript continues on to include a duel between Maturin and a romantic rival.
The Rendezvous. Norton, 1994. 247 p.
Twenty-seven short stories (1970-74) from the
humorous to the dramatic, often providing a glimpse of savage,
destructive forces through the fragile shell of human civilization. Contents: The return -- The happy despatch -- The dawn flighting -- Not liking to pass the road again -- The slope of the high mountain -- The little death -- The Passeur -- The tunnel at the frontier -- The path -- The walker -- The soul -- Lying in the sun -- Billabillian -- The rendezvous -- The stag at bay -- Samphire -- The clockmender -- The Chian wine -- The virtuous Peleg -- A passage of the frontier -- The voluntary patient -- The long day running -- On the bog -- The lemon -- The last pool -- The handmaiden -- On the Wolfsberg.
O'Connor, Patrick (1930- )
Across the Western. Houghton Mifflin, 1976. 182 p.
Novel, told in first-person format, of a
merchant marine sailor's adventures aboard a clapped-out rustbucket,
from its crossing to North America with a convoy in 1941, through its
numerous breakdowns, requiring long port stays, to a climatic battle
with a German surface raider on its voyage back to Britain.
O'Dell, Scott (1898-1989)
The Dark Canoe. Houghton Mifflin, 1968. 165 p.
Salvage and the novel Moby Dick merge as Queequeg's
coffin is found by the younger brother, Nathan in the lagoon where his
two older brothers, Jeremy and Caleb, are trying to salvage the sunken
cargo of a whaler wrecked by the incompetence of one of the two, --
but which one? Young adult.
The Luck of the Lonely Sea. D. McKay, 1965. 411 p.
UK title: The Wake of the Gertrude Lüth.
Beached German finds himself in command of an ancient cargo steamer in
the China Sea, survives fire, typhoon, stranding, commies, Nationalists,
and beautiful girl.
Olsen, Robert I.
Torpedoes Away! Dodd, Mead, 1957. 247 p.
WW II in the Java Sea.
Olsen, T. V.
Brothers of the Sword. Berkley, 1962. 224 p.
Adventures of two viking brothers, pursued
by the wolf-like Halfdan.
Distant Gunfire. Argus Better Book, 2013. 378 p.
Robert Graham, rising from the ranks to become the Captain of a British battleship by virtue of his dauntless leadership, displayed under enemy fire, finds himself a wealthy man as the capture of enemy ships resulted in rich rewards.
Captain Sir Martin Forest-Bowers KB series:
- Sailing Orders. W & B Publishers, 2013. 340 p.
A mysterious spy(call me merely Mr. Smith)involves Martin in more activity in the shadowy world of spies and secret agents. Mainly a question of infiltrating and extricating agents, his involvement becomes more complex as time goes on. Why does the spymaster require of him, and what lies ahead?
- Quarterdeck. W & B Publishers, 2014. 372 p.
Martin returns to work for 'plain Mr. Smith' with clandestine excursions and undercover trips to France. At sea once more, he is involved not only with preventing treasure ships from falling into French hands, but also with events on the east coast of America in the run-up to the war of 1812. .
The Rotterdam Delivery. Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1975. 285 p.
Diplomatic relations between Holland and
her main Middle Eastern oil supplier "Al Tufiyah" are strained enough
that when the Dutch naval attach in Dublin is approached by an Irish
terrorist, at odds with his murderous colleagues for not being too
happy about bombing innocent children, he agrees in the name of the
Dutch Government to help seize an "Al Tufiyahn" super tanker as she
makes her approach to the oil terminal at Bantry Bay and deliver the
ship and her cargo to Rotterdam.
O'Neill, Eugene (1888-1953)
The Long Voyage Home : Seven Plays of the Sea. Random House, 1923. 217 p.
Collection of one acts from early in the playwright's career. The Moon of the Caribbees -- Bound east for Cardiff -- The Long Voyage Home -- In the Zone -- Ile -- Where the Cross is Made -- The Rope. The first four plays all take place on the merchant ship Glencairn
The Hairy Ape, a play in 8 scenes. 1922.
A brutal ship's stoker cannot relate to human or beast.
Children of the Sea, a play in one act. 1914.
Optic, Oliver (pseud. William T. Adams) (1822-1897)
The Boat Club, or, The Bunkers of Rippleton : a tale for boys. Lee and Shepard, 1854. 252 p.
The author uses a
12-oared gig; a boat which requires absolute coordination and
cooperation from the rowers, to make the point that that groups in
society need discipline. The Bunkers of the sub-title are a bunch of
rebellious boys who make life miserable for many on the shores of an
upstate New York Lake. After his son Frank has a run-in with the
Bunker's, Captain Sedley, a retired and well-to do shipmaster, decides
to form a boat club for his son and his friends. In the course of
learning to row the boat, they learn cooperation, discipline and
courage and, of course, manage to outdo the Bunker's with their
undisciplined and rebellious ways. For young readers.
All aboard; or, Life on the lake. A sequel to "The boat club". Brown, Bazin, 1855. 256 p.
For young readers.
Outward Bound, or, Young America Afloat : a story of travel and adventure. Lee and Shepard, 1867. 336 p.
A local nabob decides that
a school ship is just the thing for bringing discipline and order into
the lives of some of the scions of rich families who have a contempt
for authority. The ship is built and sets sail manned entirely by the
boys with some veteran sailors for supervision. In something akin to
The Lord of the Flies much of society's ills become manifested during
the voyage; lies, deceit, treachery, even a planned mutiny! As he
describes the machinations of the characters, one gains a truly
detailed insight into the mind of the manipulator and the politician.
For young readers.
The Yacht Club, or, The Young Boat-Builder. Lee and Shepard, 1874. 340 p.
A ripping good
who-dun-it, taking place on Penobscot Bay. A really good introduction
to sailing, boat-building and yacht racing for the young reader. And an
excellent moral into the bargain. For young readers.
O'Rourke, Andrew P.
The Red Banner Mutiny. Bantam, 1986. 209 p.
Novel based on the true story of Soviet navy
officer who steals the destroyer STOROZHEVOY and sails it toward Sweden
and safety. Set in the 1970s.
Osborne, Anne (Joy Gould Boyum, Heather Barbash) (1934- )
Wind From the Main. Sandlapper Press, 1972. 261 p.
Novel based on the true story of pirate Anne
O'Steen, Joseph L.(1950- )
Nathan Beauchamp of the Royal Navy series:
- Falcon's Revenge. Neetso in Association with Trafford, 2003. 231 p.
The Peace of Amiens has ended, The Napoleonic Wars at Sea have begun and Lieutenant Nathan Beauchamp of the Royal Navy is ordered home for reassignment to the rebuilding fleet. As temporary first officer of the Brig HMS Sampson, Beauchamp captures the privateer cutter Bateuse, as the Sampson sinks beneath him. Now he must stop the French Pirate/Privateer Roseau from taking British merchant ships. Originally published on an Internet pirate role-playing site.
- Pursuit of Honor. JADA Press, 2004. 262 p.
A former Dutch merchantman is taken into the Royal Navy, armed, and outfitted as a pirate raider. Commander Nathan Beauchamp is given command and ordered to the Spanish Florida Keys to prevent the San Pedro's treasure from falling into Irish hands.
Otis, James (1848-1912)
A Cruise With Paul Jones; a Story of Naval Warfare in 1778. A.L. Burt, 1898. 214 p.
David Carlton is picked up from a wreck at sea by the American sloop
RANGER and becomes a powder monkey under the command of John Paul Jones
and the friendly tutelage of boatswain Reuben Rollins. Jones harasses
English shipping in the English Channel, burns the merchant fleet at
Whitehaven and defeats the English sloop of war, DRAKE in the battle at
Carrickfergus, all of which events are described here from young
David's point of view.
Ott, Wolfgang (1923- )
Sharks and Little Fish. Pantheon, 1957. 451 p.
Translation of: Haie und Kleine fische. WW II novel set in German minesweepers and
The Shadow in the Sea. E. P. Dutton, 1972. 188 p.
British secret service vs. a Russian submarine.
Oxley, James Macdonald (1855-1907)
Diamond Rock : or, on the right track. T. Nelson, 1894. 302 p.
In this story for older boys His Majesty's frigate
GRYPHON sails for the West Indies in 1804 with fourteen year old Dick
Holden as a newly appointed midshipman. The fictional frigate puts
British tars and guns on to the Diamond Rock to harass the French fleet
off Martinique, a task in real life undertaken by HMS CENTAUR. Although
they have eventually to surrender, Dick is a hero and as a compliment
is chosen to serve with Nelson in HMS VICTORY and is present at
Packard, Winthrop (1862-1943)
The Young Ice Whalers. Houghton, Mifflin, 1903. 397 p.
Salt and Steel. Century, 1985. 629 p.
The story of a family growing up in Hampstead
before 1914. Two of the boys follow their father into the RN and serve
in WW II. "The periods of action, whether in the family yacht,
PEACOCK, or later in battle cruisers or on the Somme, set a stunning
Paine, Ralph Delahaye.
Midshipman Wickham. Houghton Mifflin, 1923. 220 p.
Life of a midshipman at the Naval Academy,
including football and action at sea. For young readers.
Pangborn, Edgar (1909-1976)
Wilderness of Spring. Rinehart and Company, 1958. 374 p.
Two orphaned brothers in New England in the early 1700s. The elder ends up on a misbegotten piracy adventure while the younger copes with his homosexuality.
The Magic Ship. St. Marin's, 1979. 342 p.
Translation of Das Zauberschiff. Novel is based on the true story of the huge German
4-stack liner CECILE steaming into Frenchman Bay at Bar Harbor, Maine,
and the effect she and her crew had on the town during that dreamlike
summer at the dawn of WW I.
Parker, Richard (1915- )
A Moor of Spain : the story of a Rogue. Penguin, 1953. 152 p.
Moorish lad survives the siege of Malaga, converts
to Christianity, participates in the siege of Granada, joins Columbus
on his first voyage to the New World and becomes a Native American
Parker, Thomas Drayton (1871-1950)
The spy on the submarine; or, Over and under the sea. W.A. Wilde, 1918. 298 p.
Parkinson, C. Northcote (1909-1993)
Richard Delancey series:
- The Guernseyman. J. Murray, 1982. 175 p.
1775-1782. Parkinson's hero, Delancey, is caught
up in riots and "volunteers" for the navy. Follows his early career
throught the American War of Independence, culminating at the Siege
Devil to Pay. Houghton Mifflin, 1973. 273 p.
1794-1796. Lieutenant Delancey is sent on
impossible mission involving smugglers and international intrigue off
the French coast.
The Fireship. Houghton Mifflin, 1975. 187 p.
1796-1798. This is really two short novels back to
back. In the first, Delancey is the second Lt. and acting first Lt.
of the GRATTON during the Battle of Camperdown. The Dutch are
defeated and every first Lt. is promoted to Master and Commander,
except Delancey, whose captain has the discretion to allow the now
recovered original first Lt. to take the promotion. In the second
half Delancey is given command of a fireship. He makes the best of
bad situation. Being of a scientific and methodical turn of mind, he
researchs the previous use of fireships and finds that they are not
frequently used, and are not particularly useful, but on those
occasions when they have been used in the past, the commander has
received a promotion. Delancey's command is one of the smaller
vessels used to patrol the coast of Ireland, and intercepting a
French expeditionary force he is able to put his fireship to its
intended purpose, thus assuring himself of the promotion he lost
out on in the first half of the novel.
Touch and Go. Houghton Mifflin, 1977. 230 p.
1798-1801. Delancey gets command of the 18 gun
sloop MERLIN and cruises the Mediterranean on convoy duty.
So Near, So Far. John Murray, 1981. 227 p.
1801-1804. During the Peace of Amiens Richard
Delancey is ashore, but still manages to get in trouble. He forms an
attachment to the pretty actress Fiona that threatens his career, and
mixes with men of the Opposition Party. When war with France breaks
out again Napoleon's first move is to plan an invasion of England,
and rumours circulate of steam-driven ships and a warcraft that can
travel under the water. Delancey's courage and skill are called upon
for the most audacious adventure of his career.
Dead Reckoning. Houghton Mifflin, 1978. 276 p.
1805-1811. Now a post captain, Delancey and the
32 gun frigate LAURA are off to the East Indies to battle two French
The Life and Times of Horatio Hornblower. Joseph, 1970. 304 p.
Hilarious send-up of
military biography and a great overview of Hornblower. Parkinson
includes detailed appendices with delicious information such as that
HH's great-grandson commanded the BELLEROPHON at Jutland, and that a
great-great-grandson was a sub-lieutenant on the ACHILLES during the
Battle of the River Plate. How can you not love that? Also includes
a letter from Horatio himself explaining what really happened aboard
Patrick Dalton series:
- The Fox and the Faith. Kensington, 1989. 350 p.
In 1777, finding himself falsely
accused of treason, Royal Navy Lt. Patrick Dalton steals a British
prize and attempts an escape through a gauntlet of privateers and
British and Colonial warships.
The Fox and the Fury. Kensington, 1989. 351 p.
A fugitive Patrick Dalton refits a
derelict ship in the Chesapeake wilderness and makes a deal to
smuggle cannon to the Carolinas.
The Fox and the Flag. Kensington, 1990. 351 p.
Patrick Dalton may have come up with a
plan to clear his name, but he needs the luck of the Irish to avoid
capture by both sides long enough to see it through.
The Fox and the Fortune. Pinnacle, 1992. 256 p.
In the spring of 1778, the opposing
British and US navies are supporting their armies in the north,
leaving the southern US coast wide open to pirates. After eluding a
long British search, Patrick Dalton and his crew find their fates
increasingly entangled with a particularly cutthroat pirate.
Patchin, Frank Gee (1861-1925)
Battleship Boys series:
The Battleship Boys at sea : or, Two apprentices in Uncle Sam's navy. Altemus, 1910. 249 p.
- The Battleship Boys' First Step Upward : or, Winning their grades as petty officers. Altemus, 1911. 254 p.
The boys, Sam Hickey and
Dan Davis, serve aboard the battleship LONG ISLAND and gain their
petty officer ratings. For young readers.
The Battleship Boys in Foreign Service : or, Earning new ratings in European seas. Altemus, 1911. 212 p.
Sam and Dave are on the
loose in Paris, Egypt and European ports between.
The Battleship Boys in the tropics : or, Upholding the American flag in a Hoduras revolution. Altemus, 1912. 252 p.
The Battleship Boys under fire : or, The dash for the besieged Kam Shau mission. Altemus, 1916. 256 p.
The battleship boys on the Sky Patrol : or, Fighting the Hun above the clouds. Altemus, 1918. 255 p.
The battleship boys with the Adriatic chasers : or, Blocking the trail of the undersea raiders. Altemus, 1918. 255 p.
The Battleship Boys in the Wardroom : or, Winning their commissions as line officers on the eve of the great war. Altemus, 1918. 213 p.
Patrick, Joseph (pseud. Walsh, Joseph Patrick)
King's Arrow. Lippincott, 1951. 380 p.
English gentleman gets 'pressed into a Royal Navy
warship (in peacetime!!), escapes to the American colonies and becomes
a shipper and ocassional smuggler, all while trying to win the love of
the girl he left behind in Britain, who has also come to America. Set
in the late 1760s-early 1770s. Good read, despite some inaccuracies and
Patrick, William (editor)
Mysterious Sea Stories. Salem House, 1985. 247 p.
Strange horrors at sea, Contents: Ms. found in a bottle / Edgar Allan Poe -- The legend of the bell rock / Captain Frederick Marryat -- Hood's isle and the hermit Oberlus / Herman Melville -- A bewitched ship / W. Clark Russell -- J. Habakuk Jephson's statement / Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -- The benevolent ghost and Captain Lowrie / Richard Sale -- Make westing / Jack London -- The black mate / Joseph Conrad -- A matter of fact / Rudyard Kipling -- The finding of the Graiken / William Hope Hodgson -- Davy Jones's gift / John Masefield -- In the abyss / H.G. Wells -- Undersea guardians / Ray Bradbury -- The turning of the tide / C.S. Forester.
Pattinson, James (1915-2009)
Soldier, Sail North. Geroge G. Harrap, 1954. 224 p.
The gunners on the Golden Ray were a strangely assorted bunch. The seamen were more of a type, but the soldiers seconded to the job could hardly have differed more from one another. There was the professional, Sergeant Willis, in love with his job, Vernon the intellectual, and Miller the tragic communistic misfit who found his Russian Mecca not quite what he expected. The background and past of each character in the book are woven into the narrative of the ordeal at sea in both directions, and experiences on Russian soil at Murmansk.
Last in Convoy. Geroge G. Harrap, 1957. 254 p.
A convoy of forty-five ships try to make it from Halifax to England. The convoy becomes the butt of enemy submarine torpedoes. Terror strikes the crews who see their comrades drowning or becoming human torches amid the burning oil spilling from the ships. Attention focuses on the s.s. Regal Gesture, whose engines fail and is therefore left behind, undefended. Can the s.s. Regal Gesture make port with a fire in her hold, an unexploded bomb in her forecastle, with no wireless and a half- crazed man for a skipper?
On Desperate Seas. Geroge G. Harrap, 1961. 224 p.
None of the crew is particularly gratified when the British tanker is chosen to carry a cargo of industrial alcohol from Philadelphia to Russia. And when six American seamen are earmarked to take passage to Archangel there is a concocted human mixture as explosive as the liquid swilling in the tanks.
The Voyage of the Frog. Orchard, 1989. 141 p.
When David goes out on his sailboat to
scatter his recently deceased uncle's ashes to the wind, he is caught
in a fierce storm and must survive many days on his own as he works out
his feelings about life and his uncle. For young readers.
Paylin, Jolie, (1913- )
The Gill Netters. Hillsdale Educational, 1979. 146 p.
Commercial fishing in Wisconsin and Northern
Michigan after the Civil War. The story of how the Danish Johannsen family emigrate to the shores of Lake Michigan, to build a new settlement and life as commercial fishermen.
Peacock, B. N.
A Tainted Dawn : The Great War (1792-1815). Fireship Press, 2012. 352 p.
England and Spain are on the brink of war. France, allied by treaty with Spain, readies her warships. Three youths - the son of an English carpenter, the son of a naval captain, and the son of a French court tailor - meet in London, a chance encounter that entwines their lives ever after. The English boys find themselves on the same frigate bound for the Caribbean. The Frenchman sails to Trinidad, where he meets an even more zealous Spanish revolutionary. As diplomats in Europe race to avoid conflict, war threatens to explode in the Caribbean, with the three youths pitted against each other. Book one of a proposed series.
Blood of the Albatross. St. Martin's, 1986. 307 p.
A good old-fashioned page-turner of a
mystery, set in Seattle, with enough plot twists and sleazy characters
to keep things moving at an exhilarating pace. Jay Becker, sailing
instructor by day, rock star by night, takes the beautiful German woman
Marlene as a student and becomes involved in brutal deaths and treason
that seem to stem from her shadowy employer, known only as the
Pease, Howard (1894-1974)
The Tattooed Man: a tale of strange adventures, befalling Tod Moran, mess
boy of the tramp steamer ARABY, upon his first voyage from San
Francisco to Genoa, via the Panama Canal. Doubleday, Page, 1926. 332 p.
Teenaged Tod goes in
search of his missing older brother. He takes a job as a cabin boy, and
later stoker on a freighter out of San Francisco bound for Genoa. An
interesting story because of the vividly realistic portrayal of life
aboard tramp freighters in the inter-war years. Also interesting is the
treatment of drug addiction in the days when it wasn't so painfully
The Jinx Ship: the dark adventure that befell Tod Moran when he shipped as
fireman aboard the tramp steamer CONGO, bound out of New York for
Caribbean ports. Doubleday, Page, 1927. 324 p.
Tod Moran, stranded and jobless, signs onto the CONGO, a ship with a bad rep, and he's in the middle of several mysteries.
Shanghai Passage: being a tale of mystery and adventure on the high seas
in which Stuart Ormsby is shanghaied aboard the tramp steamer NANKING
bound for ports on the China coast. Doubleday, 1929. 301 p.
Secret Cargo: the story of Larry Matthews and his dog Sambo, forecastle
mates on the tramp steamer CREOLE TRADER, New Orleans to the South
Seas. Doubleday, Doran, 1931. 272 p.
What was that strange chest buried in the coal scuttle? What's being smuggled? Or who?
The Ship Without a Crew: the strange adventures of Tod Moran, third mate
of the tramp steamer ARABY. Doubleday, Doran, 1934. 304 p.
Aboard ARABY in the South Pacific,
Tod finds an unmanned schooner, loses it in a gale, and has to find
answers in the Tahitian jungle.
Wind in the Rigging: an adventurous voyage of Tod Moran on the tramp
steamer SUMATRA, New York to North Africa. Doubleday, Doran, 1935. 333 p.
Story based in part on a discusssion in the 1930s about whether munitions makers were a cause of war.
Hurricane Weather: how Stan Ridley met adventure on the trading schooner "Wind-rider". Doubleday, Doran, 1936. 296 p.
Who would think a simple vacation visit and short cruise with an old friend in the South Pacific would involve pirates, cannibals, a devastating cyclone?
Fog Horns: a story of the San Francisco water front. Doubleday, Doran, 1937. 295 p.
A young man buys a seaman's certificate to work on the Araby and is plunged into intrigue, with a strong working-man's point of view.
Jungle River. Doubleday, Doran, 1938. 295 p.
An American boy searches for his lost father in the New Guinea jungle; praos and dugouts, Papuans and, on the eve of war, Japanese.
Captain Binnacle. Dodd, Mead, 1938. 160 p.
Captain Binnacle sails his ancient river boat on dry land, stuck in a field near Stockton; repelling pirates and savages with the help of three children. For younder readers
The Black Tanker: the adventures of a landlubber on the ill-fated last voyage of the oil tank steamer "Zambora". Doubleday, Doran, 1941. 312 p.
A Stanford student gets word that his father, a
doctor working in China, has been seriously injured in a Japanese
bombing raid. The only way he can get to China is to sign on as an
engine wiper on a tanker, whose mate is Tod Moran, carrying oil to the
Japanese bases in China. There is a murder on board, a storm at sea,
and some adventures with the Japanese and Chinese after they arrive.
The book has an American neutrality political viewpoint, flavored with
a strong distaste for Japanese imperialism.
Night Boat, and other Tod Moran mysteries. Doubleday, Doran, 1942. 267 p.
Contents: Night boat -- Passengers for Panama -- The trader of Noa Noa -- The ship bound North -- The silver outrigger -- Journey by night -- Toll bridge -- Black-out.
Heart of Danger: a tale of adventure on land and sea with Tod Moran,
third mate of the tramp steamer ARABY. Doubleday, 1946. 336 p.
The chief figure is a brilliant young Jewish violinist, with a great career ahead, who gives it all up to become a spy in wartime Germany. Tod Moran, third mate of the tramp steamer ARABY is involved in helping smuggle the young spy into the continent, and somewhat in the difficulties of his decision.
Bound for Singapore: being a true and faithful account of the making of an adventurer. Doubleday, 1948. 243 p.
An autobiographical glimpse of Pease's beginnings: how young "Chet" (Howard himself) first became a writer, how he and friends selected his first stories, and why he first shipped out, bound for "Singapore" (Anywhere), to gain experience.
Captain of the Araby: the story of a voyage. Doubleday, 1953. 247 p.
This is also a Tod
Moran book, and the captain of the title is a man he sails with in
most of the books. He is the "Tattooed Man" as well.
Shipwreck: the strange adventures of Renny Mitchum, mess boy of the
trading schooner SAMARANG. Doubleday, 1957. 257 p.
Renny ships out with no allies in a probably vain attempt to discover what has happened to his father, apparently shipwrecked and lost on a vague island in the least known part of the South Pacific. Pease deals with racism head-on, when Renny has to take instruction from a Filipino cook.
Peffer, Randall S.
The Seahawk Trilogy:
- Southern Seahawk : a novel of the Civil War at sea. Bleak House, 2008. 318 p.
The true story of Commander Raphael Semmes' rise to infamy, becoming the Union's "Public Enemy Number One." In June, 1861, Semmes' Confederate cruiser Sumter makes a daring escape through the Federal Blockade of the Mississippi. So begins the commander's career as the Southern Seahawk. With a hand-picked crew of Southern officers and mercenary seamen, Semmes seizes eight enemy ships in four days, a record never surpassed by any other captain of a warship.
Seahawk Hunting : a novel of the Civil War at sea. Bleak House, 2010. 247 p.
Raphael Semmes abandons his broken raider, the Sumter, which is penned in by the Federals near Gibraltar. In the meantime, he has the Brits build him a new ship in Liverpool. Called the 290, it is the fastest commercial raider designed for its time, and it is waiting for Semmes in the Azores. After taking command of the ship he sets out seizing and burning whalers at the rate of one a day, sails back across the North Atlantic against the gulf stream where he picks off another dozen merchant ships headed to Europe.
Seahawk Burning : a third novel of the Civil War at sea. Tyrus, 2012. 320 p.
As Raphael Semmes rises to mythic stature, he becomes Lincoln's public enemy number one. Seizing and burning scores of Yankee ships in the Caribbean Sea, the south Atlantic, the Indian Ocean, and the South China Sea before heading to France for sanctuary, Semmes heads for final showdown off Cherbourg, when he decides to take the Alabama into battle against the U.S.S. Kearsarge, captained by his old friend John A. Winslow. .
Perkins, Wilder (1921-1999)
- Hoare and the Portsmouth Atrocities. Thomas Dunne, 1998. 217 p.
A 19th century mystery featuring a whispering detective. He is Bartholomew Hoare of the Royal Navy whose larynx was crushed by a musket ball. The case involves the murder of the captain of a navy ship.
- Hoare and the Headless Captains. St. Martin's Minotaur, 2000. 247 p.
After being struck in the throat by a musket ball, Bartholomew Hoare can't manage more than a whisper, but he finds himself in charge of a ship again, off to investigate the murder of two Navy captains, brothers, whose bodies, or parts of them, were found in the forest.
- Hoare and the Matter of Treason. Thomas Dunne, 2001. 215 p.
A newly married Bartholomew Hoare combs the back streets of London to uncover a conspiracy against the Crown.
Perrault, Ernest G.
The Twelfth Mile. Doubleday, 1974. 256 p.
Oceangoing tug, North Pacific, storms, salvage,
Perrow, Angeli (1954- )
Captain's Castaway. Down East Books, 1998. 1 v.
Based on the true story of Seaboy, a friendly
seafaring dog. When his vessel is wrecked in a storm he crawls ashore
on nearby Great Duck Island and is found, barely alive, by Sarah, the
lighthouse-keeper's daughter. Two years pass, and the dog settles in
happily with his new family. Then, a ship's captain arrives, home from
distant seas. It is Seaboy's owner, delighted to find his old friend. A
grief-stricken Sarah must reconcile herself to the loss of a loyal
companion, but in the end the castaway himself decides where he really
Perry, David C.
Not Self but Country: A New Nation Forges a New Navy. Griz Independent Publishing, 2014. 228 p.
This is a story of the men who sailed into battle against the mighty British Navy in their smaller, often obsolete vessels converted from merchant ships of the day — men with names such as John Barry, Richard Dale, and John Paul Jones.
Amistad : the thunder of freedom. Marlowe, 1997. 292 p.
Historical fiction based on the case of the Spanish
coastal schooner AMISTAD ("friendship" in Spanish) which was carrying
illegally-taken Africans from Havana to Puerto Principe when the slaves
on board rebelled and took control of the ship, killing all but three
of their captors. The Africans sailed eastward toward home during the
day, but at night the Spaniards - the only ones on board who new any
type of celestial navigation-sailed northward. AMISTAD eventually ended
up off the coast of New York, where she was picked up by an American
warship and taken to Connecticut. The subsequent salvage trial became a
battle between abolitionists who wanted the Africans freed and returned
to their homeland and the survivors of the AMISTAD's crew who wanted
their ship and "cargo" returned. Steven Spielberg's movie is based on the same events.
Peyton, K. M. (Pseud. Kathleen Wendy Herald Peyton) (1929- )
Windfall. Oxford University Press, 1962. 201 p.
US title: Sea Fever. Sixteen year old boy becomes the sole breadwinner for
his family after his father dies in a fishing accident, and the family's
savings disappear overboard with dad. Through hard work, luck, and the
newfangled sport of yatch racing he is able to redeem his family's
finances, and defeat the individual who stole the family's fortune. Set
in coastal England in the mid to late 1800s. A fun read.
North to Adventure. Collins, 1959. 192 p.
Boy accompanies his uncle on an Arctic
expedition seeking a lost ship off the Greenland coast and uranium
deposits in Greenland. During the course of this post-WW II adventure,
they encounter pirates and find a lost treasure of gold. Treasure Island meets Sgt. Preston of the Yukon.
In Press-gang Days. Blackie & Son, 1893. 288 p.
Press gang abducts young gentleman in time for
the Nore Mutiny and the Battle of the Nile.
Pilpel, Robert H. (1943- )
To the Honour of the Fleet. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1979. 459 p.
Two men, one rich & cynical, the other
guileless and honourable, are involved in the dramatic events leading
up to the greatest sea battle in history: Jutland, 1916.
All For the Best. Simon and Schuster, 1946. 226 p.
First person account of a doctor on a US Navy ship.
The Steel Cocoon. Viking, 1958. 246 p.
Life aboard the WW II destroyer AJAX whose routine is flawed by an officer-enlisted man gulf, autocratic actions, fatal accidents, and men going "Asiatic," even psychotic.
Poe, Edgar Allan (1809-1849)
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, ca. 1840. p.
A Descent into the Maelström. Graham's Magazine, May 1841.
Short story: A Norwegian fisherman relates
how he got caught in the notorious whirlpool and survived. Collected in Prose Tales (1843).
Ponce de León, Napoléon Baccino
Five Black Ships: A Novel of The Discoverers. Harcourt Brace, 1994. 347 p.
Translation of: Maluco : la novela de los descubridores. This talented
Uruguayan writer has created in this book a wonderful tale of ships and
men using rich prose, earthly humor, and striking poetry. He looks into
the lives of the real men and real events behind what the history books
say, and he follows, like an artist, the marvelous story of the first
circumnavigation of the globe. The epic is narrated by the fool of the fleet, Juanillo, a Jewish jester converted to Christianity during the Spanish inquisition.
Ponicsan, Darryl (1938- )
The Last Detail. Dial Press, 1970. 182 p.
Two SPs take sailor to Portsmouth Naval Prison,
stop off for some fun on the way. Made into movie with Jack Nicholson and Randy Quaid.
Cinderella Liberty. Harper & Row, 1973. 179 p.
Classic Navy snafu: seaman's records are lost,
so officially he doesn't exist. Made into movie with James Caan and
Last Flag Flying. Wright Press, 2005. 178 p.
Sequel to The Last Detail. The boy Billy and Mule escorted to prison has come back into their lives, now a grieving man of 52, with a gut-wrenching request they cannot deny. What follows is a retracing of their steps from 34 years before, a journey from Norfolk, Virginia, to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on a mission as heart-breaking - and as exhilarating - as the first.
Pope, Dudley (1925-1997)
Nicholas Ramage series:
- Ramage. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1965. 301 p.
In 1796 third lieutenant Ramage of the frigate
SIBELLA must complete a mission after the attack of a French 74 kills
all the other officers.
Ramage and the Drum Beat. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1967. 270 p.
U.S. title: Drumbeat. Lt. Ramage in
command of KATHLEEN, cutter, captures a dismasted Spanish frigate,
gets the KATHLEEN captured in turn, becomes a spy in Cadiz, then,
escaping, is restored to command of the recaptured KATHLEEN, and
helps Captain Nelson win the battle of Cape St. Vincent.
Ramage and the Freebooters. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1969. 384 p.
U.S. title: The Triton Brig.
Ramage, given command of the 10-gun brig TRITON, must overcome a crew
that has joined the Spithead Mutiny to take dispatches to the
Caribbean. Once on station, he is given the task of finding why
coastal freighters are disappearing as they sail from Grenada -- a
puzzle whose solution has eluded two post captains.
Governor Ramage R.N. Alison, 1973. 340 p.
Ramage, aboard TRITON on convoy duty,
thwarts sneaky French attack, encounters hellacious hurricane.
Ramage's Prize. Alison, 1974. 344 p.
Lieutenant Ramage is sent to find out what is
happening to His Majesty's mail packets in 1798. Based on true
Ramage and the Guillotine. Alison, 1975. 285 p.
French-speaking Lt. Ramage, now
25, is off to France spy on Napoleon and the impending invasion of
Ramage's Diamond. Alison, 1976. 307 p.
Captain Ramage in the frigate JUNO attacks
a French convoy off Martinique in 1802. Possibly the most fun of the
Ramage's Mutiny. Alison, 1977. 232 p.
Captain Ramage, now commanding the frigate
CALYPSO, is given the impossible assignment to cut out a captured
British frigate from a Spanish stronghold.
Ramage and the Rebels. Alison, 1978. 287 p.
Ramage and the CALYPSO pursue a
ruthless, butchering French privateer in the West Indies.
The Ramage Touch. Alison, 1979. 266 p.
Ramage and the CALYPSO are sent into the
Mediterranean to wreak havoc, but stumble onto a French invasion
Ramage's Signal. Alison, 1980. 255 p.
Ramage and CALYPSO continue their solo
mission into the Mediterranean to confuse the French.
Ramage and the Renegades. Alison, 1981. 285 p.
Ramage and CALYPSO are off to the
Caribbean to claim an island.
Ramage's Devil. Alison, 1982. 255 p.
Ramage is on his honeymoon in France when
war breaks out again in 1803. He steals a ship and escapes.
Ramage's Trial. Alison, 1984. 284 p.
Ramage is assigned convoy duty, is attacked
by another British ship, and then is accused of nasty crimes.
Ramage's Challenge. Alison, 1985. 224 p.
Ramage is back in the Mediterranean to
rescue a group of influential British prisoners being held hostage by
Ramage at Trafalgar. Alison, 1986. 214 p.
Ramage and CALYPSO participate in the
Battle of Trafalgar, where frigates aren't supposed to mix it up
with the big boys.
Ramage and the Saracens. Alison, 1988. 258 p.
Ramage is off to Sicily in 1806 to
deal with some Barbary Pirates.
Ramage and the Dido. Alison, 1989. 243 p.
Ramage is given command of the DIDO,
74, and sent to the West Indies. He racks up enemy warships like
billiard balls, and is sent to Martinique, scene of his triumph's in
Buccaneer Ned Yorke series:
- Buccaneer. Secker & Warburg, 1981. 277 p.
Because his family are Royalists, Ned Yorke is
forced to flee his Barbados plantation with such retainers as choose
to come with him. This includes the wife of the Parliamentarian
planter who wants Yorke's estate. After trying his hand as a
smuggler, Yorke joins forces with Cromwell's Royalist nephew as a
buccaneer, goes to Jamaica, and helps the Parliamentarian governor
of the island retain it from the Spanish.
Admiral. Secker & Warburg, 1982. 309 p.
Yorke returns to Jamaica following the death of
Oliver Cromwell, becomes elected as Admiral of the Brethren of the
Coast in Tortuga, leads the ships to Jamaica, and in an effort to
forestall a Spanish invasion of Jamaica, leads highly successful
raids on Provencia and Portobello.
Galleon. Secker & Warburg, 1986. 257 p.
A new, Royalist governor of Jamaica suspends the
buccaneers' licenses. Yorke rescues his partner from the Spanish, and
assists the French governor of St. Martin's to capture a Spanish
treasure galleon which ran ashore and threatened the colony's chief
town, but is unable to convince the new governor of the buccaneers'
importance to Jamaica's safety
Corsair. Secker & Warburg, 1987. 256 p.
Yorke uncovers evidence of Spanish plans to invade
Jamaica, but cannot convince Governor Luce of the threat until it is
at hand. In the rare instances where the governor seeks assistance
of the buccaneers, York leads reprisal raids against Cuba and the
Convoy. Secker & Warburg, 1979. 355 p.
A Yorke in action against the German's in WW II. He
unravels the secret of how the Germans are secretly attacking convoy
ships from the inside of the convoy.
Decoy. Secker & Warburg, 1983. 265 p.
Yorke rides again to capture a German U-Boat for the new
Enigma coding/decoding machine that the Germans are deploying.
Porter, Katherine Anne (1890-1980)
Ship of Fools. Little, Brown, 1962. 497 p.
On board the North German Lloyd S. A. VERA between
Veracruz, Mexico and Bremenhaven, Germany August 22 to September 17,
1933. The 48 first-class passengers and the 900 Spaniards in steerage on a passenger-freighter crossing from Mexico to Germany in 1931 are traveling on a voyage of life.
Porter, William Ogilvie, MD (1774-1850)
Sir Edward Seaward's Narrative of his Shipwreck and Consequent Discovery
of Certain Island in the Caribbean Seas with a detail of many
extraordinary and highly interesting events in his life, from the year
1733 to 1749, as written in his own diary. Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1831. 3 v.
Newly-wed Edward Seaward and his bride are
shipwrecked on a desert island in the eastern Caribbean. Animated by
devoutly Christian and anti-slavery ideals they found a flourishing
colony, engage in high politics in London, participate in the conquest
of Portobello, and repel Spanish attacks.
Porteous, R. S. (Richard Sydney) ("Standby") (1896-1963)
Little Known of these Waters. Dymock's Book Arcade, 1945. 250 p.
Sailing Orders. Dymock's Book Arcade, 1949. 205 p.
The Australian merchant ship HAICHOW carries troops
and cargoes to combat areas during WW II. "Their crews risked their
lives daily and took their ships without question wherever they were
ordered. If they were killed, their dependents received no pension. If
they survived they received no credit when they returned.... For were
they not civilians? Men of peaceful occupations who wore no uniform and
had taken no part in the fighting."
Close to the Wind and other stories. Angus and Robertson, 1955. 240 p.
Mostly set along the
Tambai Island. Angus and Robertson, 1955. 178 p.
The Tambai Treasure. Angus and Robertson, 1958. 169 p.
Salvage and Other Stories. Harrap, 1963. 189 p.
Salvage; A deal with father; Finito;
Shaggy Dodgson's Hour of Glory; Ebb tide; Fear; The Bad Bargain;
Conscience; The Contest; Settled Out of Court; The Hard Way; Last
The Silent Isles. Angus and Robertson, 1963. 160 p.
Posse, Abel (1934- )
The Dogs of Paradise. Atheneum, 1989. 301 p.
Cosmic novel with a surreal vision about the
end of the 15th century, Columbus, Ferdinand & Isabella, Aztecs, Incas,
and discovery of the Americas. Argentine author, translated from the Spanish: "Los perros del paraíso".
Pournelle, Jerry (1933- )
Paul Crane series
Set in the Seattle area - specifically in the college
atmosphere. The protagonist is Paul Crane, a young consulting engineer
drawn into CIA domestic operations by the twin lures of patriotism and a
long-stemmed blond. Small boat sailing through the Straits of Juan de
Fuca, north to Victoria and south to California along the Pacific Coast
constitutes an important part of the plot. Originally published under the
pseudonym "Wade Curtis."
- Red Heroin. Berkley, 1969. 160 p.
- Red Dragon. Berkley, 1971. 176 p.
King David's Spaceship. Simon and Schuster, 1980. 283 p.
Revised edition of A Spaceship for the King (1971). Middle section features a long stern chase between a sailing ship and a pirate galley.
Powers, Tim (1952- )
On Stranger Tides. Ace, 1987. 325 p.
Magic, voodoo, Blackbeard and the Fountain of
Youth in this early 18th century pirate adventure by the author of the
SF award winning The Anubis Gate. In 1718, John Chandagnac, a bookkeeper and puppeteer, unwittingly sails into the company of Blackbeard the pirate, encounters zombie-crewed wrecks, and is caught up in a search for the Fountain of Youth. Basis of the fourth "Pirates of the Caribbian" movie
Poyer, David C. (1949- )
"Tiller" Galloway series:
- Hatteras Blue. St. Martin's, 1989. 227 p.
Tiller Galloway, ex-navy diver and ex-drug
smuggler, takes on a job from a mysterious stranger to dive on the
wreck of a WW II German sub. The original reason given was for the
stranger to write about the adventure, the real reason was for the
cargo... millions in gold headed to Argentina for the new Fatherland.
- Bahamas Blue. St. Martin's, 1991. 289 p.
A job is offered to Tiller by the drug lord he used
to smuggle for before he went to prison. The job was supposed to be
to retreive cocaine from one of their boats sunk in 300 feet of
water. When Tiller refuses, the cartel destroys his business, making
him an offer he can't refuse.
- Louisianna Blue. St. Martin's, 1994. 309 p.
Tiller, broke, heads to the Gulf with his
partner to try to earn enough money to get his business going again,
after its destruction by the drug lord in Bahamas Blue. He lands a
job with an oil company, where everything is not as it seems.
- Down to a Sunless Sea. St. Martin's, 1996. 306 p.
In Florida, diver Tiller Galloway probes the death of a friend, killed in an underwater cave dive. He discovers an operation by drug smugglers and gains a small fortune after a shootout.
Dan Lenson series:
- The Med. St. Martin's, 1988. 419 p.
Dan Lenson, officer in USN faces personal crises as an
incompetent admiral bungles rescue of American hostages held in
Lebanon. The hostages include Lenson's wife and child.
The Gulf. St. Martin's, 1990. 442 p.
Dan Lenson, is the executive officer on a frigate in the Persian Gulf, assigned to convoy a succession of oil tankers through perilous waters. Lenson's shipmates include hard-living helicopter pilots, minor crooks, and idealistic young officers. Not far away, a group of divers, naval reservists, must battle the hostility of "real" sailors as they undertake a dangerous mission of their own. Lenson's physical and mental courage are sorely tried in the climactic scenes, where he battles enemies and the ocean itself.
The Circle. St. Martin's, 1992. 432 p.
For four years at Annapolis he prepared for this, pledging his youth, his ambition, and even his life. But when junior officer Dan Lenson finally gets his commission, it's the Ryan, an aging World War II destroyer. Now, with a mix of pride and fear, he heads into the world's most dangerous seas. As the Ryan plunges into the dark waters of the Arctic Circle at the height of storm season, Lenson and the crew pursue a mysterious and menacing enemy. But he soon discovers a foe even more dangerous within the Ryan, advancing a shocking agenda that drives the ship closer and closer to disaster. Preceeds events in The Med and The Gulf.
The Passage. St. Martin's, 1994. 516 p.
Dan Lenson, as a lieutenant, in action against a
Soviet submarine, during the Cold War. Reporting to a destroyer based in Guantanamo Bay, Navy lieutenant Dan Lenson is caught up in a spy's plans and finds his destiny joined with those of a gay Commander, a right-wing patriot, and a pregnant Cuban.
Tomahawk. St. Martin's, 1998. 384 p.
In the wake of a collapsed marriage and three stressful tours at sea, Lieutenant-Commander Lenson is ordered to shore duty in Washington, D.C. There he finds he's been handpicked for a high-priority, top-secret assignment: design, test, and deploy Tomahawk missiles armed with nuclear warheads. But as Dan moves into the thick of top-level Pentagon politics, he realizes that the trouble-prone new missile has powerful enemies, determined to destroy it and him. Troubling leaks from the program seem to suggest a spy is at work, and Dan comes under suspicion.
China Sea. St. Martin's, 2000. 368 p.
The navy, ready to discard the U.S.S. GADDIS, asked Dan Lenson to ready the ship for a final voyage. Accompanied by a crew of misfits and brigrats, Lenson endures a journey filled with bungling allies, hurricanes, a cronic supply problem, and piracy. THe crew is ready to mutiny - the vagueness of his orders and a disgruntled executive officer have undermined Lenson's authority. And to top it all off, Lenson soon realizes that one of his crew is committing murders in every port.
Black Storm. St. Martin's, 2002. 384 p.
It is the eve of America's invasion of Iraq, and Saddam Hussein has threatened to attack Tel Aviv if a single tank enters his country. Though the United States has no intelligence on the type of location of the weapon, Naval Lieutenant-Commander Dan Lenson and a recon team of Marines and military professionals are ordered to eliminate the threat. After a crippling trek into the Iraqi desert, the team successfully locates the weapon in the underground tunnels of Baghdad, only to find that destroying it would unleash a horror more terrifying than anyone could have imagined.
The Command. St. Martin's, 2004. 400 p.
Stung by the recent Tailhook scandal, the Navy is accelerating its integration of women into all aspects of service, and the Horn will be the first warship laboratory to test this experiment. Entrenched opposition spans all ranks, although there are also plenty of sailors, like Lenson, who see this integration as the logical next step.
The Threat. St. Martin's, 2006. 320 p.
Medal of Honor winner Commander Dan Lenson wonders who proposed that he be assigned to the White House military staff. It's a dubious honor---serving a president the Joint Chiefs hate more than any other in modern history. Lenson reports to the West Wing to direct a multiservice team working to interdict the flow of drugs from Latin America. Never one to just warm a chair, he sets out to help destroy the Cartel - and uncovers a troubling thread of clues that link cunning and ruthless drug lord Don Juan Nuez to an assault on a nuclear power plant in Mexico, an obscure Islamic relief agency in Los Angeles, and an air cargo company's imminent flight plan across the United States.
Korea Strait. St. Martin's, 2007. 336 p.
After refusing a request that he take a medical retirement (after his political hot-potato adventures saving the president from assassination), Dan is less than pleased when he's put on the shelf and ordered to oversee a small crew of U.S. civilians and retired military personnel who will participate in an international training exercise off the Korean peninsula. But even before he comes aboard the South Korean frigate on which he and his team will be stationed, the discovery of a disabled North Korean submarine off the coast - and the lethal response of the survivors, trapped within - is the first clue he has that North Korea may have decided to plunge the world into nuclear war.
The Weapon. St. Martin's, 2008. 368 p.
When a new Russian rocket torpedo-a nuclear warhead that is fast and unstoppable-is tested at a Russian international arms conference, Dan and his team try to buy the weapon's engineering plans, but narrowly escape with their lives as their mission is betrayed. After Iran acquires the weapon for its dangerous military build up, the team is sent to steal it from the submarine that hides it.
The Crisis. St. Martin's, 2009. 416 p.
Dan and his team are assigned to 'transform' a patrol craft squadron in the Red Sea into a leaner, meaner Navy. Mean - while, in northern Africa, drought and famine have brought a nation to the brink of civil war. When the United States decides on intervention to stabilize the region, Dan and his team become the point people for the humanitarian mission. When a charismatic young jihadist coordinates a ferocious insur gency against the U.S. presence, Dan and his team must kill him in order to save thousands of lives.
The Towers. St. Martin's, 2011. 320 p.
After surviving the attacks on September 11, 2001, Dan Lenson finds himself quickly drawn into a covert SEAL team in search of the terrorists responsible. Their mission: kill Osama Bin Laden.
Civil War at Sea series:
Fire on the Waters. Simon & Schuster, 2001. 445 p.
The naval beginnings of the Civil War, with the focus on the efforts of the U.S.S. Owanee to provide support and relief as the union crumbles.
A Country of Our Own. Simon & Schuster, 2003. 448 p.
After fighting on the shores of the Potomac alongside the hastily mustered Army of Virginia, Lt. Ker Custis Claiborne, formerly of the United States Navy, runs the blockade out of New Orleans aboard a converted sidewheeler-turned-Confederate raider. He and his saturnine mentor, Captain Parker Trezevant, burn, sink, and destroy across the Caribbean, to undermine the Union's financial might and force a truce favorable to the Confeder
That Anvil of our Souls : a novel of the Monitor and the Merrimack. Simon & Schuster, 2005. 414 p.
Union naval engineer Theodorus Hubbard works on the Monitor and fire-eater Lomax Minter searched for spies working on the rival Merrimack, with the climactic March 1862 battle of the two ironclads (off Hampton Roads, Va.) looming.
Prechtl, Robert (pseud. Robert Friedlænder) (1874-1950)
Titanic. E.P. Dutton, 1940. 368 p.
Translation of Titanensturz : Roman eines Zeitalters. Prechtl's story has two overlapping strands. One focuses on the Titanic, the new wonder ship on her maiden voyage, Captain Smith and his officers, as well as a meddling J. Bruce Ismay. In the centre of the second strand of the novel is John Jacob Astor, who finds himself at a cross-road: Should he continue to amass riches just for their own sake, or employ his money and energy to create a better world? These two strands come together as Astor attempts to exploit Ismay's financial difficulties by forcing a further devaluation of shares of the shipping line, just 'White Star' here, and then acquiring a majority of them. With his novel Prechtl only uses those facts in his story that fitted with his concept and ignored the rest. Sometimes Prechtl's narrative is so far from the despised historical facts that it bears no resemblance to the story of the Titanic at all.
Preston, Douglas J. (1956- ) and Child, Lincoln (1957- )
Riptide. Warner, 1998. 417 p.
A high-tech search for a vast pirate treasure on an island
off the coast of Maine. The island is owned by a doctor who fearfully
joins with an exploration group in the quest to end centuries of
mystery and uncover the supposed treasure, which is believed to lie in
a watery pit on the small storm swept island. Many have previously
ventured to the island to delve into the mystery of the water pit, with
disasterous results in a number of instances.
Blackbeard's Bride. Crown, 1959. 253 p.
Anne is abducted from a ship by Teach, becomes
his 15th (or 16th) wife, and joins in with the piracy.
Price, John-Allen (1954- )
Doomsday Ship. Zebra, 1982. 318 p.
The largest German ship ever built heads for New
York City during WW II loaded with V-1 missiles and warheads full of
germs. A US bomber squadron has to take it out.
Extinction Cruise. Kensington, 1987. 496 p.
The officers of a Russian Nuclear powered submarine mutiny against their political watchdogs and declare themselves in open defection. Hoping to sail to the west, they signal a British aircraft carrier to their aid, and steam south for Tierra Del Fuego. Planning on sailing into California, they and their British cover confront the Russian navy and some of its local allies (including the Argentines who aren't so much pro-Soviet as anti-British). The novel closes on an epic sea-battle between nuclear subs.
The Siege of Ocean Valkyrie. Kensington, 1992. 351 p.
Arab terrorists want to destroy a North Sea oil platform. A submarine about to be decommissioned is called back to save the day.
Prince, Peter (1942- )
The Great Circle. Random House, 1997. 332 p.
As the paddle steamer LAURENTIA makes her stately
passage across the Atlantic from Boston, the passengers have 13 days
before they reach England to form alliances, make enemies, and swindle,
seduce and betray one another--all while upholding the strictest
standards of 19th-century decorum.
Casting Off. Sceptre, 1995. 264 p.
The wife/crew/cook of a sailing couple suddenly takes
off alone. She has to cope with some hairy conditions in the Channel as
she gets to grips with whatever caused this behavioural aberration.
Previously she was partner in a sedate tea shop.
Mismatch. Dell, 1998. 342 p.
A computer hacker teams up with the Soviets to attack the US. A US submarine must locate the Rusian boat.
Pyle, Howard (1853-1911)
Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates; fiction, fact & fancy concerning the
buccaneers & marooners of the Spanish main: from the writing & pictures
of Howard Pyle: compiled by Merle Johnson. Harper & Bros., 1921. 246 p.
Quirk, John E.
No Red Ribbons. Devin-Adair, 1963. 564 p.
A US Navy top gun fighter pilots go for the big
bucks and beautiful babes.
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