Dillon, Eilís (1920-1994)
The Lost Island.
Faber & Faber, 1952. 201
For young readers. Boy sails off
with some friends
to find lost father.
The Singing Cave.
Faber & Faber, 1959. 186
In Connemara on the west of Ireland
a niche in a cliff that is known locally as "the singing cave". On the
day after a great March storm, Pat, the narrator, hears the cave begin
to sing. He discovers an inner chamber in the cave and in that chamber
the skeleton and tomb of a Viking warrior, but when he visits the cave
again the next day the Viking and his hoard have disappeared. Who has
stolen this treasure - and why? Pat has told nobody about it but his
grandfather and the local amateur archaeologist, Mr Allen. With the
quest for the missing Viking and his tomb, an exciting and perilous
adventure begins for Pat and for his friend, Tom Joyce. For young
The Cruise of the Santa Maria.
Funk & Wagnalls, 1967. 189
A newly built boat proves a launch
to adventure as two Irish boys seek to disprove that their vessel is
cursed. For young readers.
Funk & Wagnalls, 1968. 127
Pat Conneeley and three friends set
out for the mainland
in stormy weather to rescue his uncle Roddy wanted by the Black and
Tans for patriot activities.
The Island of Ghosts.
Scribner, 1989. 151
Before leaving Inishglass, an island
coast of Ireland, for school in Galway, Dara and Bran visit their tutor
who has moved to a haunted island and has plans to keep the boys on the
island forever. For young readers.
Voyage of the Devilfish.
D.I. Fine, 1992. 351
The FS KALININGRAD is the last great
triumph of Soviet submarine technology. Now it is at sea beneath the
polar icecap. Aboard is the most brilliant commander in the Russian
undersea fleet, Admiral Alexi Novskoyy. In his fanatic hands is the
power to turn back the clock to the cold war and restart the countdown
to doomsday. Opposing him in the killer-chase sub USS DEVILFISH is
Captain Michael Pacino. His orders: to find and destroy the invincible
Russian vessel. His private passion: to settle a score with the man who
killed his father.
Attack of the Seawolf.
D.I. Fine, 1993. 352
The nightmare fear of the US had
One of our finest submarines, the USS TAMPA, on a top-secret spying
mission, had fallen into Chinese Communist hands. The Communists,
fighting for survival in a savage civil war, now held not only the sub,
the crew, and the gutsy Commander Sean Murphy hostage, but US power and
prestige as well. America had one last desperate card to play. The most
advanced submarine in the world, the still untried USS SEAWOLF, under
command of maverick daredevil Captain Michael "Patch" Pacino. The
SEAWOLF had to steal back the TAMPA from where it lay guarded by the
entire Chinese fleet armed to the teeth with technology from the
Phoenix Sub Zero.
D.I. Fine, 1994. 381
The HEGIRA was the finest super-sub
that Arab oil
money could buy. But the US Navy was only now learning just how good
this undersea sword of Islam was. Already one American sub had been
destroyed, and another crippled, as the Hegira broke out of the
Mediterranean and headed toward America to deliver its lethal payload.
It was up to Captain Michael Pacino and the USS Seawolf to find the
enemy and destroy it in the ultimate battle between the most advanced
weapons technology on the planet and the most primal courage and
Barracuda Final Bearing.
D.I. Fine, 1997. 365
A volatile new state calling itself
Greater Manchuria emerges out of the political military strife of Asia.
Thanks to the connections of its brash leader, it boasts an atomic
arsenal. Japan, threatened by its proximity to nuclear disaster,
shocks the world by launching a sophisticated preemptive strike against
its new neighbor. Worldwide outrage at this aggression provokes the UN
to blockade the trade-dependant nation. But Japan is ready - its sub
fleet is armed to the teeth and thoroughly equipped to destroy the
blockade. With the world now at the boiling point of all-out war,
Admiral Michael Pacino gives his captain a "mission impossible" order
to sink the Japanese submarine fleet.
Piranha Firing Point.
Onyx, 1999. 400
Six Japanese submarines are attacked
believed destroyed in the East China Sea. To the world, it seems like
an accident. But to former submarine commander Dick Donchez it is the
first act of war. He alone knows the truth: that the old guard of Red
China has stolen the subs to wage a massive attack against the new Free
China. Vice Admiral Michael Pacino can't prove Donchez's theory. The US
government will not officially retaliate. But when a full-scale battle
erupts, Pacino is quickly given command of the Navy's latest undersea
weapon: the highly classified submarine known as SSNX. It is America's
most advanced and sophisticated warship - and the world's only hope in
the final, desperate war for freedom.
Onyx, 2000. 555
With a renegade sub commander on the
loose and in the employ of an organization bent on disrupting international
trade, the USS Devilfish is called in to stop the sinking of a cruise ship
carrying most of the US Navy's top brass.
New American Library, 2002. 414
The final undersea showdown between
Admiral Michael Pacino and his most hated nemesis, Alexi Novskoyy.
New American Library, 2004. 411
U.S. Navy submarine commander Peter
Vornado is taken out of service by a devastating illness that ends his career
and leaves him in a deep depression, but when a terrorist cabal acquires a
scrapped Soviet sub that allows them to fire torpedos directly at Israel,
Peter is asked to infiltrate the group and stop a worldwide
New American Library, 2005. 427
When a band of Algerian terrorists
hijack a French nuclear submarine so advanced it can elude any radar system,
two NATO subs are called into action and Burke Dillinger and Peter Vornado
must join forces to stop the terrorists before they can destroy Russia and the
Dingle, Captain Aylward Edward
Pipe All Hands!
J.B. Lippincott, 1935. 382
Short stories about an old whaling
captain. Contents: The tarrible Swede -- Pearls for swine -- The spouter --
The anchor -- Salvage -- The hulk -- Cap'n Jethro's luck -- Tippy Knute -- Old
men of the sea -- The devil in the jade -- Ocean magic -- The knell of the
Disney, Dorothy Cameron (1903-
The 17th Letter.
Random House, 1945. 248
Sea-going espionage and skulduggery
in New York, Halifax and Reykjavik.
Divine, Arthur Durham (1904-
U-Boat in the Hebrides.
Collins, 1940. 252
Dodson, Kenneth (1907-1999)
Away All Boats.
Little, Brown, 1954. 508
Classic story of attack transport
USS BELINDA and
her role landing marines in the Pacific. To some, one of the best WW II
naval novels ever.
Stranger to the Shore.
Little, Brown, 1956. 324
Tale of one Kurt Mueller, on the
Cape Falcon, a freighter on a dangerous mission from the Coral Sea to Chile.
With the port of Felicidad torn internally by conflict with the local Nazis,
the peace-loving, shy Kurt tangles with a local trouble maker- and also falls
A House at War.
Xlibrus, 2000. 492
Cover: a ship and a family do battle
against the sea and the Nazis.
Donachie, David (1944- )
Privateer captain Harry Ludlow
Ex-privateer Harry Ludlow is
into the RN in 1892. His brother is accused of murder amidst
shipboard intrigue and politics. Revised in
Ludlow goes to Genoa to find out why
English captain was hanged.
Harry Ludlow comes home to England
Harry Ludlow sails to the West
into a struggle for control of the seas in
In their latest adventure, the
find an abandoned merchant ship as they convey a group of French
mariners fleeing the French Revolution to the New Orleans of 1795.
The Spanish authorities are suspicious of the Ludlows and desperately
interested in finding out what happened to the ship. Large sums of
money and revolutionary politics are involved. As a result the
Ludlows are pinned under the guns of New Orleans until they can solve
The Ludlows, homeward bound from
encounter a French privateer that is capturing an Indiaman. Bested by
the Frenchman, Harry Ludlow gets drawn into a duel of wits with the
French captain in which Harry's fortune, ship, and life end up as
stakes on the board -- all against the backdrop of the Great Mutiny
-- which forms a second game into which both Ludlows get drawn by
both commissioned acquaintances and forecastle
John Pearce series
Young firebrand John Pearce, on the
run from the authorities, is illegally press-ganged from the Pelican tavern
into brutal life aboard HMS Brilliant, a frigate on its way to war. In the
first few days Pearce discovers the Navy is a world in which he can prosper.
But he is not alone; he is drawn to a group of men who eventually form an
exclusive gun crew, the Pelicans, with Pearce their elected leader.
Pressed into King George's Navy for
the second time in a month, John Pearce and his Pelicans find themselves
working aboard HMS Brazen. But Pearce must find a way off the ship to rescue
his ailing father from the dangers of revolutionary Paris.
Stranded in Portsmouth, John Pearce
has once again failed to secure the release of those who depended on him - his
fellow Pelicans. They have been shipped off to the Mediterranean while he was
indulging himself in London. So he must take ship and follow them. His
application to William Pitt for a place finds him as 8th lieutenant on HMS
Victory, flagship of Admiral Lord Hood.
John Pearce comes back from Corsica
demanding that Captain Barclay of HMS Brilliant, the man who originally
pressed him and his fellow Pelicans into the Navy, be tried at home by a
civilian court. Barclay's patron Admiral Hotham contrives a way out of the
dilemma. He staffs the ship Pearce captured in Corsica with members of the
Revolutionary Navy refusing to serve under the Bourbon flag and gives it to
Henry Digby, with Pearce and his Pelicans under him, so that they may
transport the renegade French sailors to an Atlantic port and set them free.
Lieutenant Pearce's continuing
conflict with Captain Ralph Barclay, the man responsible for press-ganging
Pearce and his companions into the Navy, intensifies as Barclay faces a court
martial for his actions. But with Barclay's superiors, Admiral Lord Hood and
Admiral Hotham, in dispute over how to deal with Barclay's misgivings and with
his wife, Emily, struggling to cope with his barbarous nature, Barclay's
future looks uncertain.Pearce's hope for retribution may occur sooner than he
anticipated, but would it be to his advantage? <
Toulon, 1793. With the Republican
Army at the gates, the citizens of Toulon are panicking, trying to flee the
retribution of the guillotine. Amongst this confusion John Pearce and the rest
of the Allied forces must put the needs of war before their lives: the Arsenal
and dockyard must be destroyed, the ships they cannot get away must be set
alight to deny them to the enemy. And Pearce is entrusted with dangerous tasks
by Admiral Hotham.
Lieutenant John Pearce is in London
seeking protection for his friends, the Pelicans, from a reluctant Admiralty.
Sat in the Pelican Tavern where they were first press-ganged, he wonders what
future he has, lacking funds and an occupation if he leaves Navy, and without
the evidence that would bring Captain Ralph Barclay to justice for perjury.
Problems are mounting for Barclay as well. Emily, his young, estranged wife,
is refusing to live under the same roof as him and intends to use the evidence
Pearce thinks is lost to get her own way. What action will be necessary to
silence those who spell trouble for Barclay?
1794. Free from jail, John Pearce is
not free from the smugglers whose boat he stole - they want bloody revenge and
are prepared to chase him to the ends of the earth to get it. While lying low
at Emily Barclay's, Pearce soon has other pressing concerns on his mind:
fellow Pelicans Charlie and Rufus remain incarcerated in the Chatham hulk
prison ship, and Emily's rescue of the court martial papers that threaten to
damn Pearce are at risk due to the dangerous scheming of Ralph Barclay and his
slippery clerk, Gherson.
In the wake of the Glorious First of
June, an equivocal success for the British naval fleet against the French
Revolutionary forces, John Pearce has pressing matters to attend to. He has an
urgent commission from Lord Hood, he must track down Midshipman Toby Burns and
placate Emily who, estranged from her husband, Pearce 's enemy Captain Ralph
Barclay, is now under his protection. Meanwhile, Pearce finds himself aboard
HMS Agamemnon, and in series of actions and shore raids, impresses Horatio
Nelson with his bold and brave manoeuvers.
In his latest adventure, trouble
follows John Pearce to the Mediterranean. He has to fight admirals, a duel and
even Emily Barclay, the woman he loves, while back in London his mortal enemy
and her husband, Captain Ralph Barclay, is seeking a way to confound him. All
he has to rely on are his Pelicans, as well as the crew of his ship, HMS
Larcher and this is tested to the limit when he has take on a superior force
of Barbary Corsairs to both save Emily and the ship on which she is a
passenger, in a fierce battle he thinks he cannot win.
Faced with a ship in need of repair,
enemy attacks and the threat of wily Admiral Hotham, John Pearce is sailing
into danger. Meanwhile Ralph Barclay is on his way to the Mediterranean.
Thinking his wife still with Pearce and that he can repair his marriage by
rescuing her, he sails in pursuit, Hotham half-hoping he suffers the same fate
as the admiral has in store for Pearce. Can John Pearce fight to first save
himself and his charges from captivity and then to be free from the enemy? It
is a battle that will require all of his wits.
Fresh from battle in the Gulf of Ambracia with the villainous Turk Mehmet Pasha, Lieutenant John Pearce and his trusty Pelicans arrive in the Italian port of Brindisi, with captures in tow and his wounded superior, Henry Digby, in a convalescent state. Their landing in the harbour is met by crowds and local dignitaries who insist Digby is attended to by their best physician. Free from authority, Pearce travels to Naples to track down his lover, Emily Barclay. But upon finding her, Emily reveals astonishing news that will send her back to her brutish husband and Pearce’s longstanding enemy, Captain Ralph Barclay
Pearce and his wife Emily are in living in Bath, when Minister of War Henry Dundas turns up and suggests a second mission to the Vendee, this time as a liaison between the French emigres intending to land in Brittany and the British naval and military commanders who will accompany them. The proposed expedition looks promising and Pearce takes the bait. Once at sea, however, Pearce and his crew encounter a French fleet and an indecisive battle ensues off the Ile de Groix. Pearce, accompanied by his faithful Pelicans, must go ashore into dangerous territory to check the lay of the land, find the allies and seek to coordinate actions in a situation where the forces of the Republic are gathering to crush the rebels .
John Pearce is going home. But he has to avoid capture by an Algerine warship, having his Pelicans pressed into a British frigate and that's before they are at risk of being hanged for desertion once home. Then there is the problem of Emily Barclay and their son Adam. By cunning and bluff he protects his friends, but not his troubled love life. In a whirlwind of action, there are forged wills, devious trades, contrived murders and dangerous spy missions, with so much deceit that Pearce does not know who to trust. All he can hope to do is survive.
Nelson and Emma series
Starting with Nelson's arrival at
Chatham aged 12 to join his first ship the Raisonable (moored next to his
last, the Victory) and with Emma rejecting life as a domestic servant to live
in a bawdy house, this book will take Nelson and Emma to 1798 and the battle
of the Nile, the crushing victory which secured Nelson's fame. In the U.S.
this novel was split into two volumes consisting of On a
Making Tide and the first half of Tested by
Following Nelson's victory at the
Nile he was feted at home. Further victories against the French raised his
popularity with the public at large to fever pitch. But at court Nelson's ego
and his love for Emma Hamilton, seen as little more than a whore by the
courtiers surrounding George III, dogged his progress. Only in death was he
finally accepted at the heart of society. In the U.S. this novel was split
into two volumes consisting of the second half of Tested by
Fate and Breaking the
Doner, Mary Frances (1893-1985)
Not By Bread Alone. Doubleday, Doran, 1941. 322
The Great Lakes and its freighters and shipping as a background for a story of three generations of a family, and of how each woman, offered marriage with money, ease and security, took the hard way and married the men they had to support and protect.