Cooley, Leland Frederick (1909-1998)
The Run for Home.
Doubleday, 1958. 419
In the 1920's when young Slim Fredericks left his comfortable California home to ship aboard the Tropic Trader as a deck hand, the U.S. Merchant Marine Service was at its lowest ebb--rusty freighters manned by the scrapings of the waterfronts, officered by rum-runners, foreigners, embittered mariners; devoid of decent living conditions, terrible food, no medical care. All the incidents that have happened to sailors since the days of wooden ships are experienced by Slim--love affairs casual and serious, steadfast friendship, brutal fights, cruel petty officers, wild nights ashore, shipboard accidents, table-top surgery
Coonts, Stephen (1946- )
America : a Jake Grafton novel.
St. Martin's, 2001. 390
USS AMERICA, the most
technologically advanced nuclear-powered submarine ever built, is hijacked in
front of hundreds of people gathered to watch its departure on its first
operational cruise. As the sub disappears into the North Atlantic, the joint
chiefs realize that AMERICA carries the United States' newest weapon: cruise
missiles with electromagnetic pulse warheads designed to fry every electronic
device within a ten-mile radius. Within hours, missiles from the sub rain down
on Washington, D.C., starting a massive fire in the White House, bringing down
jet-liners, and destroying nearly all the electronic devices in the nation's
capital. Called upon to find the rogue sub, Jake Grafton must determine who is
behind the carnage, what they want, and most importantly, how to stop
Cooper, James Fenimore (1789-
The Pilot : a tale of the sea.
Charles Wiley, 1823. 2
American revolutionary seaman
terrorises the coast of
Northeast England in the late 1770s; probably suggested by exploits of
John Paul Jones.
The Red Rover : a tale.
Carey, Lea & Carey, 1827. 2
Elusive Red Rover, aboard frigate
British during the Revolutionary War.
The Water-Witch, or, The Skimmer of the
Seas. A.L. Bert, 1830.
Smuggling in the New York/New Jersey
Homeward Bound, or, The Chase: A tale of the
Sea. Carey, Lea & Blanchard, 1838. 2
An American packet
ship, bound to New York from London, is chased by a British
Mercedes of Castile, or, The voyage to
Cathay. Lea & Blanchard,
1840. 2 volumes
The voyage of Columbus, touching
slightly on life at sea.
The Two Admirals : a Tale.
Lea & Blanchard, 1842. 2
The two heroes, friends from youth,
opposite sides in the Jacobite rebellion of
The Wing-and-Wing, or, Le Feu-follet.
Lea & Blanchard, 1842. 2
A French privateer in the
involved with the Neapolitan admiral Caracciolo, who Nelson hanged; a
Yankee soldier of fortune plays a significant part. One of very few
books showing the war from the French point of
Ned Myers, or, A Life Before the Mast.
Lea & Blanchard, 1843. 232
Claims to be the real-life
autobiography of a seaman, edited by Cooper. Contains an eye-witness
description of the 1813 naval campaign in Upper
Afloat and Ashore, or, The adventures of Miles
Wallingford. The Author, 1844.
Adventures of two Yankee lads in the
and the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
Richard Bentley, 1844. 3
A sequel to Afloat
and Ashore, extending the
action to the Atlantic. Originally published as "Lucy Hardinge".
Jack Tier, or, The Florida Reef.
Burgess, Stringer, 1848. 2
Unusual for Cooper, this is
contemporary novel of maritime life. The wife of the brutal and greedy Captain
Stephen Spike is forced to masquerade as the seaman Jack
The Crater, or, Vulcan's Peak : a tale of the
Pacific. Burgess, Stringer, 1847. 2 volumes
The first two thirds of the book
take place at sea as a young man advances from forecastle to cabin. The
remainder is a Robinson Crusoe shipwreck tale.
The Sea-Lions, or, The Lost Sealers.
Stringer & Townsend, 1849. 2
Two Yankee schooners compete
for the riches of a secret sealing ground in Antarctica, but co-operate
when forced to over-winter (1819-20) under appalling conditions. In
this, his last adventure novel, Cooper writes in a far less stilted
style than in previous novels, and the book is a pleasure to read. Also
reflects on the decline in Yankee morality, into mere hypocritical
Pocket, 1959. 183
Lusty swordsman Michael Goddard is
of treachery when he returns to England rich from plundering the
galleons of the Spanish Main. A beautiful woman he has never seen
before helps Goddard escape -- and then Queen Elizabeth herself orders
him to perform a service upon which the fate of England hangs. Is this
a trap laid by an evil beauty or a chance for our hero to regain his
honor and gold? A steamy bodice-untier.
Margaret K. McElderry, 2006.
Sam Robbins is a farm boy, kidnapped
to serve on HMS Victory, the ship on which Lord Nelson will die a hero's death
at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Molly Jennings is a twenty-first-century
English girl transplanted to the United States by her stepfather's job, who's
fighting her own battle against loss and loneliness.
Corbett, Julian Stafford (1854
A Business in Great Waters.
Methuen, 1895. 361
A naval story set in the 1790's when
England is at war with France. Based around smuggling in late 18th Century
Sussex it features the Quiberon Expedition (1795) and provides a detailed look
at the state of the French navy after the Glorious First of June
Little, Brown, 1957. 248
A tale of the US Naval Academy set
background of a real cruise.
Dead Before Docking.
Little, Brown, 1972. 134
A young boy accidentally discovers
murder is planned on board his Panama-bound freighter. Who is the
victim? Who is the killer? For young readers.
Captain Butcher's Body.
Little, Brown, 1976. 168 p.
Two boys confront
the ghost of a long-dead
pirate on an island off the coast of New England. For young
Corkum, Captain Alexander
Musings of a Mariner.
Atlantic Printing Co., 1921.
Privately published book of
Corder, Eric (1941- ) [pseud.
McKay, 1969. 278
Middle passage voyage aboard the
turns into a struggle between a journalist aboard to write an expose,
and her power-crazed captain, with the slaves aboard looking for an
opportunity to kill everyone and regain their
Doubleday, 1977. 259
Apollo 19 splashes down in the
Bermuda Triangle... with
the three US astronauts missing. Spooky suspense
Cornwell, Bernard (1944- )
Putnam, 1989. 317
Also published as Sea Lord. John
Rossendale, a sea gypsy, is called into action when he returns to England and
becomes a reluctant player in a dangerous game of blackmail and
Putnam, 1988. 320
Nick Sandman won a Victoria Cross in
the Falklands War, but his heroism cost him his marriage, his savings and two
years in the hospital. Determined to start afresh, he plans to sail his
beloved ketch Sycorax to New Zealand. But then he finds his boat beached,
looted and rotting near his former home, now owned by media star Tony
Bannister. To earn money to restore it, Nick agrees to captain Tony's yacht,
Wildtrack, in a transatlantic race. Soon Nick is sucked into Tony's messy
private life: Bannister may have been responsible for his wife's death, and
her father is plotting to kill him. And now Nick is falling in love with
Tony's mistress, Angela. Before long Nick finds his own life on the line as he
battles human treachery and nature's storms on a mid-Atlantic "killing
HarperCollins, 1990. 308
Drug pirates stalk their victims in
the treacherous waters of the Bahamas, then return to their fortress island of
Murder Cay like primal sharks after a kill. Then along comes skipper Nicholas
Breakspear with the son and daughter of a U.S. Senator. What should have been
a simple de-tox cruise soon lurches into a voyage of terror and death when
Breakspear is lured into a horrifying plot of cocaine, cash, and cold-blooded
killings. Suddenly, he's racing through the shadowy kingdom of drug lords to
save the woman he loves ... one step ahead of his own murder, and one step
away from the big crackdown on Murder Cay.
HarperCollins, 1991. 358
Yachtsman and boatbuilder Tim
Blackburn embarks on a
mission to rescue his daughter from suspected environmental terrorists
in Patagonia. An American journalist looking for a story accompanies
Sharpe's Devil : Richard Sharpe and the
Emperor, 1820-1821. HarperCollins, 1992. 280 pages
Cochrane's adventures commanding the Chilean navy in the war of
independence against Spain. Most action is ashore, but there is some at
sea, and an interesting portrayal of
Sharpe's Trafalgar : Richard Sharpe and the
Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805.
HarperCollins, 2000. 276
Sharpe's voyage home from India is
interupted by the French warship Revenant. Soon, Sharpe finds himself caught
up in the one of the greatest naval battles in British
Sharpe's Prey : Richard Sharpe and the
expedition to Copenhagen, 1807. HarperCollins, 2002. 262 pages
It is 1807. Lieutenant Richard
Sharpe, newly returned to England, now wants to leave the army. One last job
is offered to him. Go to Copenhagen, help the Hon. John Lavisser deliver a
bribe and so stop a war. It seems easy, but nothing is easy in a Europe
stirred by French ambitions. The Danes possess a battle fleet that could
replace every warship the French lost at Trafalgar, and Napoleon's forces are
gathering to seize it. The British have to stop them, while the Danes, caught
between two rival armies, insist on being neutral.
The Free & the Brave.
Nordon, 1978. 319
Young man caught bootlegging
volunteers for the
US Navy after Pearl Harbor to avoid jail, goes through boot training,
and joins a 4-piper destroyer converted to a seaplane tender cruising
the Caribbean and Pacific Coast in the opening days of the war. After
the ship's alcohol-sodden commander dries up, the ship straightens out
and becomes a hero ship in an action with a U-boat. Book ends with the
protagonist entering flight school on the strength of the medal he's
Costain, Thomas B. (1885-1965)
For My Great Folly.
Putnam's, 1942. 504
English pirate John Ward fights
London underworld, and gentlemen swordsmen in the early
Couch, Dick, (1943- )
Putnam, 1992. 287
Contemporary USN SEAL
Putnam, 1993. 298
A US diesel sub loaded with SEAL
Team Two sneaks
stealthily into the Soviet Arctic to see if they can successfully
rescue a CIA mole from the frozen Kola Penninsula where she's
investigating an entrepreneurial Russian colonel who's selling off the
nuclear weaponry he's supposed to be dismantling to any tin-pot
dictator or rogue state with the cash. The colonel isn't in the racket
for personal gain, he's just trying to keep his men paid and prevent
the collapse of his command.
Naval Institute Press, 1996.
Chilling thriller that raises
about leftover World War II animosities, as a Japanese terrorist group
captures a key US chemical weapons facility in the Pacific and takes
1,000 American hostages.
Coulter, Stephen (1914- )
Morrow, 1964. 215
An explosion brings the HMS Uranus
to rest on the ocean floor seven miles inside Russian territorial waters.
There is seven days of oxygen left for the twenty nine survivors. At 10
Downing St., the survivors count for little in what is debated as an
embarrassing accident that may hurt international relations because the sub
was in fact on a secret reconnaissance mission. The sub's commander is faced
with a mutinous crew led by the Communist saboteur who planned the wreck.
A Baltic Affair.
Indiego Publishing , 2013. 370
Captain Petroc Gray, commander of
the ship-rigged sloop of war, HMS Kestrel, is drawn into diplomacy, intrigue,
and espionage when he rescues the Freiherr von Dieffenbach and his family off
the island of Rügen in the Baltic. The Freiherr is an important and valuable
connection in the struggle to beat the Napoleonic Continental blockade of
British trade, and his daughter, Silke, is a delightful young woman with a
quick wit, brilliant intelligence, and a keen eye for observing the events
unfolding around them.
Signals of Distress.
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux,
1995. 275 pages
In the 1830s an American barque is
a storm on sandbar off small village in the west of England. Americans
prove to be a disturbing presence.
Jove, 1983. 331
Saga of an American colonial family
the land and sailed the seas" in the early 18th
Crane, Stephen (1871-1900)
The Open Boat.
Short story about four shipwreck
survivors who set out for
safety in a lifeboat. "The sternest, creepiest bit of realism ever
Flanagan and His Short Filibustering Adventure.
McClure's Magazine, October 1897.
The story of The Open Boat
told from the point of view of the Captain.
Crawford, Iain, (1922-2011)
The Burning Sea.
Cassell, 1959. 218
Saga of a WW II British rescue tug
in the Atlantic
Crichton, Michael (1942-2008)
HarperCollins, 2009. 312
Posthumous tale of pirates in The
Caribbean set in 1665.
Two American boys aboard a submersible.
Hurst, 1917. 305
The adventures of two American
schoolboys aboard an Allied submarine searching for marauding German
submarines and Greek blockade gun-runners during World War
Crofts, Freeman Wills (1879-
The Loss Of The Jane Vosper.
Dodd, Mead, 1936. 338
The first 40 pages are afloat, the
rest of the book solves the mystery.
Dive into Terror.
Black Forest Press, 1995. 348
The Islamic ibn Allah (ISA), a newly
formed terrorist organization is in the process of uniting all terrorist
factions worldwide. This new threat has split from Nidal's Black June and
other heretic terrorist groups. Nick Cutter, a lieutenant in the United States
Navy with the warfare specialty of SEAL, is recruited by an elite counter-
terrorist team, the Terrorist Neutralization/Hostage Extraction Squad (TNHES
or Tennis Team). His new mission, eliminate the most important cell of the
Currey, Commander Edward
Ian Hardy Series:
For young boys - the "hero" is ten
start. A troublesome son, after nearly half a book of non-nautical
adventures, is taken to sea by his uncle as a cadet to combat slavers
etc. The story is set in the latter half of the nineteenth century. At
the story's end he is about fourteen and ready to be promoted
Cussler, Clive (1931- )
Dirk Pitt series:
Dirk Pitt is up against an international
drug smuggling ring and the evil Bruno Von Till, a German pilot who survived
both World Wars to become one of the most ruthless smugglers in history. The
novel is set in the Aegean Sea, where Dirk Pitt has been sent with Al Giordino
to assist Rudi Gunn, with an expedition being conducted by NUMA.
Ship found frozen in iceberg. Crazed
maniac tries to
take over the world. Dirk Pitt tries to stop
Special ore from the only known
the world sinks with the TITANIC. Dirk Pitt sets out to recover it.
Story predates finding the TITANIC by 15 years.
In 1954 a plane, Vixen 03, bound for
Pacific with canisters of a virulant organism, vanishes. In 1988 Dirk
Pitt discovers the remains of the plane whilst on holiday. The lethal
canisters are recovered - but not all are accounted
The world is in the throes of an
energy crunch and the United States is on the brink of financial disaster.
Desperate to find any solution that can save the nation from national
bankruptcy, the President of the United States looks to Dirk Pitt and NUMA to
pull off an audacious double salvage operation.
Undersea adventurer Dirk Pitt faces
challenge of his life when he plunges into the deadly Pacific Vortex,
a fog-shrouded zone where dozens of ships have vanished without a
trace, the latest being the gigantic STARBUCK, America's deep-diving
nuclear arsenal. Dirk battles deep-sea assassins and an exotic beauty
as he tries to find and salvage the huge submarine before it
From the icy Alaskan waters to a
from a Caribbean shipwreck to the Mississippi, trouble shooter Dirk
Pitt tracks down a fiendish conspiracy.
Dirk Pitt is confronted with the
hijacking on a golf
course of one of the world's most powerful leaders; an exotic but
outrageous undercover operation in the Caribbean and the sinister
intrigue of a secret power base on the moon. He also is on the trail
of the legendary lost lady of Eldorado, a fabulous treasure hidden in
the depths of the ocean.
In 391 a fanatical Emperor orders
the destruction of
the Library at Alexandria. A small group of conspirators secretly
remove some of the most precious items and hides them in a distant,
desolate land in an underground redoubt. In 1991 a UN plane is shot
down over Greenland. Dirk Pitt, in the area on a search mission for a
crippled Soviet submarine, is caught up in a vortex of of complex
intrigue. An archaeologist working nearby has found an ancient gold
coin far further north than it should have
Dirk Pitt gets involved with an
Japanese attempt to take
over the world again. The ending is the best piece of "TAKE THAT" the
reviewer has ever read!
It is 1865. A Confederate ironclad,
Texas, fights her way through the Federal blockade and vanishes into the
Atlantic as Richmond falls, bearing a secret cargo that could change
history... It is 1931. A world-famous Australian aviatrix, Kitty Mannock,
vanishes mysteriously in the middle of the Sahara while attempting a record-
breaking flight from London to Capetown and is never see again. It is 1995.
Dirk Pitt, on a mission to find the remains of a Pharaoh's funeral barge
buried in the bottom of the Nile, rescues an attractive young woman, Dr. Eva
Rojas, a biochemist with the UN World Health Organization, from being murdered
by thugs on a beach near Alexandria.
An action-filled chase through the
Amazon jungle for 16th Century Spanish treasure. Joining in the pursuit are
Dirk Pitt, the hero, his congresswoman girlfriend, the FBI, the Customs
Service, archaeologists, a tribe of local Indians, smugglers and various
thieves. There's plenty of treasure for everyone, the gold requiring 200 men
just to lift.
Dirk confronts his most sinister
villain yet -- a
billionaire diamond king with three beautiful Amazon daughters. Dirk
discovers that a deadly plague in the Pacific is being caused by a
strange ultrasound resonance which produces shock waves under the
sea that kill ever living thing for miles around when they converge.
Dirk must stop whoever is generating these waves because the next
ones may kill millions of people!
The coin of the realm for the
wealthy, insatiably greedy Chinese smuggler who is Dirk Pitt's adversary in
Flood Tide is human lives: much of his vast fortune has been made smuggling
Chinese immigrants into countries around the globe, including the United
States. Tracking the smuggler's activities leads Pitt from Washington State to
Louisiana, where his quarry is constructing a huge shipping port in the middle
of nowhere. Why has he chosen this unlikely location? The trail then leads to
the race to find the site of the mysterious sinking of the ship that Chiang
Kai-shek filled with treasure when he fled China in 1949, including the
legendary boxes containing the bones of Peking Man that had vanished at the
beginning of World War I. As Pitt prepares for a final showdown, he is faced
with the most formidable foe he has ever encountered.
A team of experts gazes in awe at a
wall covered in ancient inscriptions, moments before a dynamite blast seals
them deep beneath the rocky ground of Colorado ... A US research ship is
attacked by an impossibility - a vessel from a war that ended over half a
century ago ... Dirk Pitt, Director of Special Projects for the US National
Underwater and Marine Agency, knows that the incidents are connected - but
how? As his investigation deepens an astonishing truth becomes clear and a
terrible danger revealed. From the impossibly distant past has come a warning.
And from an enemy thought long defeated comes a threat to the future of all
mankind. Now the clock is ticking. And only one man stands in the way of
When the luxury cruise liner Emerald
Dolphin - powered by a revolutionary new propulsion system - becomes a raging
inferno and sinks mysteriously it is lucky that NUMA special projects director
Dirk Pitt is on hand to rescue the passengers and investigate the tragedy.
Sifting through the undersea wreckage for signs of foul play, Pitt is unaware
of powerful, dark forces playing their hand against him. Forced to fight for
his life - and those of friends and colleagues - against ever-more ruthless
enemies from a shadowy organization, Pitt finds himself caught between the
secrets of the past and the intrigues of the future. A future that will hold
the world to ransom.
Dirk Pitt battles his most dangerous
foe ever - with help from a very unexpected source. There is a black tide
infesting the ocean off the shore of Nicaragua. Whilst trying to determine its
origin, startling things begin to occur and the inhabitants of a floating
resort find themselves directly in the path of a violent storm. Dirk and the
NUMA crew rush to their rescue, but they discover that there is an all-too-
human evil at work and the black tide is only a by-product of its plan. Soon
its work will be complete - and the world will be a very different place?
In the waning days of World War II,
the Japanese tried a last desperate measure - a different kind of kamikaze
mission, this one carried out by two submarines bound for the west coast of
the United States, their cargo a revolutionary new strain of biological virus.
Neither sub made it to the designated target. But that does not mean they were
lost. Someone knows about the subs and what they carried, knows too where they
might be, and has an extraordinary plan in for the prize inside - a plan that
could reshape the world as we know it.
Dirk Pitt and the NUMA crew are
about to come head to head with their most dangerous ever enemy. A mysterious
Mongolian mogul harbors a dream of restoring the conquests of ancient
Mongolia. He holds a dark secret about Genghis Khan, his grandson Kublai Khan
and the treasures of Xanadu - treasures of gold, yes, but also much, much
more. His relentless pursuit of them will cause devastation to millions unless
Dirk Pitt can somehow find a way to stop him.
Written with Dirk Cussler. In 2011,
as the price of gas hits $10 a gallon, President Garner Ward must contend with
a corrupt Canadian cabal that's subverting efforts to solve America's energy
problems. Pitt barely escapes serious injury when a bomb destroys a D.C. lab
along with records of research into an artificial photosynthesis process that
could, almost immediately, eliminate the threat of global warming. That
discovery may be connected with a legendary failed 19th-century sailing
expedition to the Arctic as well as a series of deaths due to the phenomena
that the Native Americans of British Columbia know as the Devil's Breath.
In A.D. 327, a Roman galley barely
escapes a pirate attack with its extraordinary cargo. In 1916, a British
warship mysteriously explodes in the middle of the North Sea. In the present
day, a cluster of important mosques in Turkey and Egypt are wracked by
explosions. Does anything tie them together?