MacLean, Alistair (1922-1987)
Doubleday, 1955. 316 pages
British light cruiser escorts WW II
South by Java Head.
Doubleday, 1958. 319 pages
Motley group of suspicious characters
escape from the Japanese advance on Singapore on a rotting tramp
Collins, 1961. 256 pages
Written under the pseudonym Ian Stuart.
Published in the U.S. as "The Black Shrike". Couple on honeymoon voyage are
actually agents on trail of missing scientists, end up on Polynesian
island after series of disasters.
Fear is the Key.
Doubleday, 1961. 264 pages
British adventurer kidnaps a girl at
gunpoint and whisks her off down the Florida coast to the site of a mysterious
salvage operation in the Gulf of Mexico. The search for treasure aboard a sunken
DC-3 is mixed in
with murder, mystery, and revenge.
The Golden Rendezvous.
Doubleday, 1962. 301 pages
Tramp steamer with luxury cabins for
get hijacked in gold theft with nuclear twist.
Ice Station Zebra.
Doubleday, 1963. 276 pages
American nuclear sub is sent on a
rescue the staff of an ice pack weather station -- or at least that is
how it seems.
When Eight Bells Toll.
Doubleday, 1966. 288 pages
Secret agent pursuing modern pirates
operating on the Irish Sea who hide their
prizes by sinking them.
Doubleday, 1971. 273 pages
Murder among movie crew trying to shoot
film 300 miles
north of the Arctic Circle.
Doubleday, 1977. 240 pages
Industrial sabotage directed at a mobile
Doubleday, 1984. 306 pages
WW II medical ship ferries wounded and
saboteur across North Atlantic tracked by the Luftwaffe and U-
The Lonely Sea.
Doubleday, 1960. 221 pages
Collection of MacLean's nautical short
dating back to his first published effort (The Dileas, 1954) that
kicked off his writing career. The Dileas: Old man risks his fishing
boat and crew in terrifying storm to rescue his two sons.
McLean, Allan C.
Master of Morgana.
Harcourt, Brace, 1959. 222
16 yr. old Hebridean lad joins a salmon
crew on the isle of Skye to find out who pushed his brother off of a
Simon & Schuster, 1992. 444
In the 1860s our heroine, a New Orleans
flees to England in search of her "place" in life. The search ends
aboard a fabulous yacht in the middle of the Atlantic. U.K. title: Sweet
Amber Quill Press, 2012. 342
After a lifetime in the Royal Navy,
surgeon Alexander Murray knows one cannot exist without a brain, yet Daphne
Farnham may be the exception. Her head contains nothing but rainbows, shoes,
bonnets, pink frills and butterflies. Even her fluffy dog is useless. But the war
with Napoleon is finally over and Alexander is sure he can put up with the cloth-
headed Miss Farnham only for a couple of months until they reach England. But when
their ship goes down, the dour doctor (after a fashion), the dizzy damsel (more or
less) and the darling (and potentially delicious) doggy are about to embark on the
adventure of a lifetime as unlikely companions, castaway on a desert island.
McLeod, Grover Stephen (1923-2012)
Manchester, 1964. 315 pages
Seaman Ham signs onto the submarine, USS
Terrapin. After attacking Japanese ships, Ham
becomes a guerilla, when he is accidently left
topside and forced to swim to Panay where he
joins a band of Moros. For young
Teodoro. Manchester, 1969. 254 pages
USN submarines in the Pacific &
Philippines guerrilla operations,<
Manchester, 1977. 273 pages
Tales from a man who lived part of his
life aboard American submarines in the
Pacific during the WW
The ghost of the Chimera and The Stowaway.
Manchester, 1988. 143 ppages
A bizarre, supposedly true, story of the
ghost submarine, Chimera in WW II. The second story, the Stowaway, tells of two of
the crewmen of Chimera, one of them a stowaway.
The Sultan's Gold : and other fleet type submarine
stories. Manchester, 1988. 138
MacMahan, H. Arthur
Overdue and Presumed Lost.
AuthorHouse, 2000. 306 pages
The exploits of a lone WW II U.S. Navy
submarine hell-bent on revenge after witnessing the deliberate sinking of an
American hospital ship. USS Sailfin's relentless pursuit of the Japanese aircraft
carrier whose pilots had been observed bombing the helpless mercy ship, is
followed by a nighttime sea battle that "pulls out all the stops."
McMillin, Mark M. (1954- )
Captain Luke Ryan, Privateer
The year is 1778 and as the brutal war
between the American Colonies and Great Britain drags on, a 25 year old Irishman
named Luke Ryan is the master of the fastest ship on the water, the Black Prince,
and runs a very profitable smuggling trade between Dunkirk and Dublin. He and his
men are indifferent to the war until one day the British seize his ship and throw
his men into Dublin's Black Dog. Ryan is ruined but concocts a bold plan to break
his men out of jail and to retake his ship and when his plan succeeds, the
Irishmen, now fugitives and with prices on their heads, set sail for France to
offer their services to an American named Benjamin Franklin.
The year is 1779 and the American
Colonies are losing their life and death struggle for independence from Great
Britain. Their rag-tag armies are in retreat. Their small navy has been swept from
the seas. The fate of a fragile nation, the fate of the Revolution, hangs by a
thread. In walks Ryan with his fast ships and iron men eager to fight the British
for their own reasons. Before they are finished Ryan and his men will capture or
destroy over 100 British ships, take hundreds of prisoners and invade English and
Scottish towns – tying down precious military resources, causing financial panic
in London and inflicting more damage on British maritime interests than perhaps
any other naval force during the war.
The British Navy has finally caught the
brilliant Captain Ryan, a man who terrorized English ships and towns for nearly
two years. Ryan is tried for treason and piracy, convicted and sentenced to hang
until King George grants mercy after hearing the pleas of Queen Marie Antoinette,
an admirer of the young mariner, to spare the Irishman's life. After the war Ryan
returns to France but he has no money, no ship or crew and has no prospects until
one day he meets an ambitious entrepreneur named Joseph Bonaparte and his younger
brother, a major in the French Army, named Napoleon.
McMurtry, Larry (1936- )
Simon & Schuster, 2001. 159
McMurtry boards a cruise ship wandering
among the Marquesas with a motley complement of international "island junkies"
with whom he finds little in common. McMurtry doesn't complain: instead, he passes
the time remarking on the national and personal idiosyncrasies of his fellow
passengers, and reflecting on closeted family skeletons, feelings of marginality
and loneliness, mortality, and other matters while observing the passing
McNamara, George (1991- )
George and The Tricky Fish.
Nuventures, 1995. 1 volume
George loves to go sailing with his
family. While vacationing on the family's boat off Catalina Island,
George learns how to fish, and discovers that it is not always easy.
George and the Sailboat Race. Nuventures, 1995. 1 volume
George and Dad enter a sailboat race in
San Diego Harbor with George as skipper and Dad as crew. Childrens'
McNamara, Tom (1944- )
Rescued from British captivity by
John Paul Jones, Henry Lunt serves as a lieutentant aboard the USS
RANGER. Lunt is sent ashore in Belfast, to spy out the reason that
HMS DRAKE is avoiding combat with Jones, discovers the ship is
testing a new secret weapon (the carronade), and galls the Drake's
captain into trading broadsides with Jones.
Following the return of the
DRAKE to France, Lunt serves with Franklin at the American
Delegation in Paris. He discovers that British spies have
infiltrated the delegation, and then is sent to England to
re-establish contact with the "Spymaster."
Lunt serves aboard the BON
HOMME RICHARD on the cruise that ends with the epic battle with
SERAPIS off Flamborough Head.
Skull and Cross Bones. Nuventures, 1996. 1 volume
Pirates in the Carribean.
MacNeil, Robert (1931- )
Burden of Desire.
N.A. Talese/Doubleday, 1992. 466
Tells the tale of the Halifax Explosion
when a fully loaded ammunition ship blew up in Halifax harbor, and the
aftermath of the disaster.
Macomber, Robert N.
Honor (Peter Wake) series:
The Civil War is leaving its bloody
trail across the nation as Peter Wake, born and bred in the North, joins the U.S.
Navy and arrives in Florida for duty with the East Gulf Blockading Squadron.
Assigned to the Rosalie, a tiny, armed sloop, Captain Wake commands a group of
seasoned seamen on a series of voyages to seek and arrest Confederate blockade-
runners and sympathizers, first in Florida's coastal waters, then in a dirty and
corrupt Havana, and finally near the remote out-islands of the Bahamas.
Wake, assisted by his indomitable Irish
bosun, Sean Rork, commands a larger ship, the naval schooner St. James. Wake's
remarkable ability to make things happen continues as he searches for army
deserters in the Dry Tortugas, discovers an old nemesis during a stand off with
the French Navy on the coast of Mexico, starts a drunken tavern riot in Key West,
and confronts incompetent Federal army officers during an invasion of upper
Florida. It all adds to his growing reputation in the fleet as a man who engenders
loyalty among the sailors of the lower deck and grudging respect from his
Now in command of the steamer USS. Hunt,
Lt. Peter Wake quickly plunges into action, chasing a strange vessel during a
tropical storm off Cuba, dealing with a seductively dangerous woman during a
mission in enemy territory ashore, confronting death to liberate an escaping slave
ship, and coming face to face with the enemy's most powerful ocean warship in
The United States is painfully
recovering from the Civil War, and Lt. Peter Wake heads to turbulent Central
America to deal with a former American naval officer turned renegade mercenary.
Wake discovers that no one trusts anyone in that deadly part of the world-with
good reason. As the action unfolds in Colombia and Panama he realizes that his
most dangerous adversary may be a man on his own ship, forcing him to make a
decision that will lead to his court-martial in Washington when the mission has
Lieutenant Peter Wake is the executive
officer of the USS Omaha on dreary patrol in the West Indies. Lonely for his
family, he is looking forward to returning home to Pensacola in a few months and
rekindling his troubled marriage with Linda. But fate has other plans for Wake. He
runs afoul of the Royal Navy in Antigua and a beautiful French woman enters his
life in Martinique. Then he's suddenly sent off on staff assignment to Europe,
where he is soon immersed in the cynical swirl of Old World politics.
Lt. Cmdr. Peter Wake, U.S.N., is on
special assignment as the official American neutral naval observer to the War of
the Pacific raging along the west coast of South America. Chile, having invaded
Bolivia, has gone on to overrun Peru and controls the entire southeastern Pacific
region. Washington, concerned over European involvement in the war and the French
effort to build a canal through Panama, has sent Wake to observe local events.
During Wake's dangerous mission--as naval observer, diplomat, and spy--he will
witness history's first battle between ocean-going ironclads, ride the world's
first deep-diving submarine, face his first machine guns in combat, advise the
French trying to build the Panama Canal, and run for his life in the Catacombs of
the Dead in Lima, Peru.
Amidst exotic beauty and palace intrigue
in 1883 French Indochina, U.S. naval intelligence officer Peter Wake is thrust
into international events.
Commander Peter Wake, of the U.S. Navy's
Office of Naval Intelligence, at New York City in 1886, where he meets two intense
young men who will dramatically influence his life: Theodore Roosevelt and José
Martí. Presented with a secret coded message, he deciphers it for Roosevelt, and
soon wishes he hadn't.
Returning to Washington, he is assigned to follow up on the secret message and
uncover the extent of Cuban revolutionary activities between Florida and Cuba,
along with investigating rumors of Spanish government agents operating in Key
Cmdr. Peter Wake, U.S. naval
intelligence agent, is in Florida culminating an espionage mission to learn
Spain's naval readiness in Cuba. A woman from his past shows up, begging him to
find her missing son, and Wake sets off across Florida, through the Bahamian
islands, and deep into the dank jungles of Haiti. His band includes a Smithsonian
ethnologist, a Bahamian Seminole sailor, Russian spies, and a Polish-Haitian
soldier. Overcoming storms, mutiny, and shipwreck, Wake discovers the hidden lair
of an anarchist group planning to wreak havoc around the world--unless he stops
Commander Peter Wake, Office of Naval
Intelligence, has been ordered to salvage his failed espionage operation against
the Spanish Navy in Havana. His network of spies in the city is compromised,
international political tensions are escalating, the U.S. presidential election is
looming, and Wake has five days to locate and rescue two of his network who are
missing and assumed captured by the Spanish. Wake immediately realizes that his
old nemesis Colonel Isidro Marrón, head of the dreaded Spanish counter-
intelligence service, has set the perfect trap to kill him. Wake’s covert American
team of experts in linguistics, chemistry, and lock picking, are soon hard pressed
to just stay alive as they struggle to carry out his hastily conceived plan.
Commander Peter Wake, Office of Naval
Intelligence, has been given an impossible assignment by President Grover
Cleveland. Cleveland doesn't want a war to be the legacy of his first term in
office. Wake is ordered to get to Samoa and clandestinely accomplish one of two
things: somehow prevent war from breaking out, or win it decisively at the outset
to prevent it from spreading around the globe. Enlisting the help of an unlikely
team found along the way — a Hawaiian artillery officer, a renegade Methodist
minister, and a beautiful shyster — Wake is led into situations he never
anticipated, for the South Pacific is a very dangerous place indeed. And in the
end, he faces a foe more daunting than any before in his life.
In 1892 Commander Peter Wake has left the world of espionage behind and is back in the sea-going navy. But duty has called him from his new Spanish lover back to Key West to investigate an assassination and prevent another one—all of which leads him to old German foes in Mexico as well as Spanish ones in Cuba and Tampa. The life of the great patriot of Cuba, José Martí, is at stake
Politics, love, and war swirl around Captain Peter Wake (USN) in Havana when the USS Maine explodes on a quiet evening in February, 1898. Working with Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt in the tense pre-war days, carrying out a perilous espionage mission inside Cuba, and leading a disastrous raid on the Cuban coast, Wake is in the middle of it all. This is the first of a dynamic trilogy set during the Spanish-American War in the Caribbean, when America changes forever into a global power.
Maffeo, Steven E.
The Perfect Wreck - Old Ironsides and HMS Java: A
Story of 1812. Fireship Press, 2011.
HMS Java and the USS Constitution (the
famous "Old Ironsides") face off in the War of 1812's most spectacular blue-water
frigate action. Their separate stories begin in August 1812-one in England and the
other in New England. Then, the tension and suspense rise, week-by-week, as the
ships cruise the Atlantic, slowly and inevitably coming together for the final
Maitland, Alan (Editor)
Favourite Sea Stories from Seaside Al.
Viking, 1996. 322 pages
In this delightful anthology
of maritime stories, we meet mermen and maids, Nova Scotia fishermen,
and Stevenson's bottle imp. We visit the isle of Inishmoor, the cliffs
of Connemara, and the Queen Charlotte Islands. We travel aboard a cargo
ship bound for Bombay, feel the ocean spray in our faces,and discover a
manuscript in a bottle.
Mallalieu, J. P. W. (Joseph Percival W.) (1908-1980)
Macgibbon & Kee, 1957. 179
This fictionalised account of the life
career of Captain Lord Cochrane, tenth Earl of Dundonald, is divided
into ten chapters and covers the SPEEDY and the EL GAMO sea fight to
his service against Spain in the Chilean and Peruvian Wars of
Very Ordinary Seaman. Gollancz, 1944. 278 pages
Written during WW II; vividly describes
fictionalised style the life on the lower deck, from joining the Royal
Navy and through to service aboard a destroyer on Murmansk convoy
protection duties. One of the best books of its genre.
Mandel, Paul and Sheila
The Black Ship.
Random House, 1968. 371 pages
US PT boat stalks German destroyer run
by the SS
in the English channel during WW II.
Mangione, Jerre Gerlando (1909-1998)
The Ship and the Flame.
Current Books, 1948. 311
A novel about some refugees, mostly
political, who escape from Europe at the beginning of the Second World War. They
are stopped by a U-boat, which arrests several but one, Joseph Renner, prefers to
commit suicide. When the ship lands in Mexico, their visas are found to be
fraudulent and they are denied entry. Stiano Argento, a liberal professor, more
actively anti-fascist since Renner's death, attempts to raise money for the bond
which will enable them to land, but fails. None seem to realize the seriousness of
their plight as the Captain, a Nazi sympathizer, decides to go to Casablanca where
they will face death or imprisonment.
The Britannia Contract.
Carroll & Graf, 1993. 443
Arabs hijack the royal yacht BRITANNIA
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip aboard during a royal visit to Saudi
Arabia. The ransom demands are outrageous, so special forces attempt a
Inner Circle, 1990. 285 pages
Seven ex-Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm
officers are recruited,
with the British Governments approval, by Argentina to help train the
Special Air Attack Group. The Group is a top secret project conceived
as a means to eliminate the British Navy when it arrives in the South
Atlantic in response to the Argentines proposed invasion of the
Falkland Islands. In this innovative story, the Group, which
incidentally has a significant proportion of women pilots, will use
large numbers of locally produced, deadly, but low tech Corsair
fighter-bombers to swamp the fleets defence systems. Once they have
eliminated the small number of very high tech Harriers that make up the
Royal Navy's air defence they would use the same tactics to destroy
enough warships to force the British to relinquish their claim to the
Islands. Interestingly different!