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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors Ree - Rh

Reed, Don C.

The Kraken. Boyds Mills Press, Caroline House, 1995. 217 pages

Boy from 19th century Newfoundland fishing village battles giant squid. For young readers.






Reed, Douglas (1895-1976)

Rule of Three. Jonathan Cape, 1950. 253 pages

A miserable Equitorial crossing by a run-down tramp steamer drives passengers and crew to their breaking point.






Reed, Talbot Baines (1852-1893)

Sir Ludar : a story of the days of the great Queen Bess. Religious Tract Society, 1889. 343 pages

England vs. the Great Armada. First serialized in The Boy's Own Paper






Reeman, Douglas (Alexander Kent [q.v.]) (1924-2017)

A Prayer For The Ship. Jarrolds, 1958. 254 pages

WW II adventure on British MTBs in the English Channel.




High Water. Jarrolds, 1959. 255 pages

RNVR veteran, finding it hard to make ends meet in postwar Britain, gets tangled up in smuggling and other criminal activities in an effort to pay off the debts on the boat he purchased for a charter service. Reeman's second novel.




Send a Gunboat. Jarrolds, 1960. 255 pages

Antiquated Royal Navy river gunboat and her disgraced captain are sent to evacuate British citizens from an island off the Chinese coast threatened by invasion by the Communist Chinese.




Dive in the Sun. Jarrolds, 1961. 257 pages

British midget submarine in action against the Germans in the Adriatic during WW I.




The Hostile Shore. Jarrolds, 1962. 223 pages

Early in WW II an old passenger launch is used in the flight from Singapore before the Japanese invasion and disappears. Rupert Blair's family were among the passengers. Twenty years later Blair, now rich and famous, has never forgotten or abandoned his obsessive need to find out exactly what had happened. He hires an old, beat up schooner with assorted misfits for a crew and hangers-on and finds his answers in the New Hebrides Islands. Not bad, but not up to Reeman's war novels.


The Last Raider. Jarrolds, 1963. 381 pages

A WW I German surface raider, and the relationship between the raider's captain and a female British captive.




With Blood And Iron. Jarrolds, 1964. 288 pages

The son of Captain Von Steiger of The Last Raider commands a small U-boat squadron based in a quiet French town on the Bay of Biscay in 1944, when Germany was losing "The War of the Atlantic".




H.M.S. Saracen. Jarrolds, 1965. 320 pages

WW I and WW II adventures of a Royal Navy monitor and the man who served on her as a midshipman in WW I, and captain in WW II.




Path of the Storm. Hutchinson, 1966. 320 pages

Superannuated USN subchaser is ordered to a desolate island group in South China Sea to prepare them for use as a naval base in 1965.




The Deep Silence. Hutchinson, 1967. 303 pages

A Royal Navy nuclear attack submarine is rushed through its trials and hastily ordered to the Far East for a geopolitical confrontation with the Chinese.




The Pride And The Anguish. Hutchinson, 1968. 320 pages

HMS PORCUPINE, a gunboat, in action against the Japanese invading the Malay penninsula from December '41 through February '42 -- including an escape to the Dutch East Indies during the fall of Singapore.




To Risks Unknown. Hutchinson, 1969. 320 pages

A British corvette's 1943 actions against the Nazis in the Adriaic Sea.




The Greatest Enemy. Hutchinson, 1970. 320 pages

A strong-willed captain takes a clapped-out WW II-era corvette into action against the Communist Chinese. The story takes place in the South China Sea in 1970.




Rendezvous - South Atlantic. Hutchinson, 1972. 320 pages

A British Armored Merchant Cruiser in action in WW II. The story ends in a climactic battle against a German heavy cruiser in the South Atlantic.




Go In and Sink! Hutchinson, 1973. 400 pages

US title: His Majesty's U-boat. German U-Boat, captured by the British, is pressed into service against her former owners.




The Destroyers. Hutchinson, 1974. 317 pages

A flotilla of eight V-class and W-class British destroyers in action in 1943 as the group is transferred to Special Operations.




Winged Escort. Hutchinson, 1976. 286 pages

British escort carrier group fights the Germans and Japanese in WW II. U.K. title: Blaze of Glory.




Surface with Daring. Hutchinson, 1976. 272 pages

X-craft raid on Norway in 1944.




Strike From The Sea. Hutchinson, 1978. 255 pages

British seize and use a formerly French submarine that is a sister of the SURCOUF (8" gun turret) as a raider against the Japanese.




A Ship Must Die. Hutchinson, 1979. 285 pages

A British light cruiser seeks a German surface raider in the Indian and Pacific Oceans in 1944.




Torpedo Run. Hutchinson, 1981. 290 pages

A flotilla of British MTBs is transferred to the Black Sea in 1943 to assist the Soviets fight the Germans.




The Volunteers. Hutchinson, 1985. 280 pages

Special Operations units carrying out raids on enemy coasts and shipping in 1943-44.




The Iron Pirate. Putnam, 1986. 295 pages

Aboard the Kriegsmarine heavy cruiser PRINZ LUITPOLD in action against the Allies in the summer of 1944 as it prowls the Atlantic Ocean.




In Danger's Hour. Putnam, 1988. 319 pages

HM Minesweeper ROB ROY in action in the Mediterranean and English Channel during the last half of WW II.




The White Guns. Heinemann, 1989. 325 pages

It is May 1945. The Germans have just surrendered. But as a small flotilla of British light craft begin occupation duty in Kiel Harbor, they discover that enemies exist even in peacetime.




Killing Ground. Heinemann, 1991. 312 pages

Battle of the Atlantic as seen from the bridge of the destroyer HMS GLADIATOR on convoy escort duty.<




Sunset. Heinemann, 1994. 276 pages

LCDR Brooks, aboard HMS SERPENT in Hong Kong just prior to Japanese attack in 1941, refuses to admit defeat.




A Dawn Like Thunder. Heinemann, 1996. 258 pages

The human torpedo is the ultimate weapon in a high-risk war, and only men of extreme courage or recklessness volunteer for the Special Operations requiring its use.




Battlecruiser. Heinemann, 1997. 274 pages

Follows the fictitious HMS RELIANT, a battlecruiser from WW I, on convoy duty in the Atlantic during WW II.




For Valour. Heinemann, 2000. 292 pages

Odds are long for the British destroyers assigned to escort vital northern convoys through the bitter Arctic Sea in the bloodiest days of WWII. Commander Graham Martineau, still haunted by the loss of his ship and crew to Nazi destroyers, must take on a new command: the Tribal Class destroyer Hakka.



Twelve Seconds to Live. Heinemann, 2002. 310 pages

The mine is an impartial killer, and a lethal challenge to the men of the Royal Navy's special countermeasures. Lt-Commander David Masters, haunted by a glimpse of the mine that destroyed his first and only command. Lt Chris Foley, mine-laying off the enemy coast rolls on an uneasy sea with a live mine jammed by a broken release bracket. And Sub-Lt Michael Lincoln, hailed as a hero, but dreading exposure as a coward even more than the gentle whirr of the activated fuse which signals the last twelve seconds of his life.


The Glory Boys. Arrow, 2008. 312 pages

They are called The Glory Boys, by those who regard their exploits with envy or contempt. Bob Kearton is one of them. Already a veteran and survivor of the close action in the English Channel and North Sea, in January of 1943, he is ordered to the Mediterranean and beleagured Malta, a mere sixty miles from occupied Sicily.




Blackwood - Royal Marines series:

  1. Badge of Glory. Hutchinson, 1982. 336 pages

    Captain Phillip Blackwood, Royal Marines, and his marine contingent in action battling slavers off the coast of West Africa, from the 90 gun HMS AUDACIOUS, and his further adventures in the Crimea during the 1840s.




  3. The First to Land. Hutchinson, 1984. 294 pages

    Captain David Blackwood, Royal Marines, takes his men into action during the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900.





  5. The Horizon. Heinemann, 1993. 289 pages

    The novel covers the Gallipoli campaign and the story of the Naval Division in Flanders during WW I.





  7. Dust on the Sea. Heinemann, 1999. 304 pages

    The Mediterranean, 1943: At long last the British Army has won a victory, and Rommel's Afrika Korps is in retreat. Into this new phase of the war comes Captain Mike Blackwood, Royal Marine Commando.




  9. Knife Edge. Heinemann, 2004. 279 pages

    Set in fifties Malaya and Singapore, at the height of the new terrorist attempts to subvert the creation of the new federation. The Royal Marines, the Commandoes, were used in jungle operations at a time when it was said that the post-war promise of a stable Malaya was on a knife-edge.






Reid, Captain Mayne (1818-1883)

The Boy Tar, or A Voyage in the Dark. Ticknor and Fields, 1860. 356 pages

Young Philip Forster runs away and tries to join the ship INCA, bound for Peru, but the captain and crew just laugh at the wee lad, but he manages to stow away in the hold. He falls asleep and awakes to find that he's been trapped in the pitch dark hold! A horrifying ordeal follows, as he tries to escape to daylight.




The Ocean Waifs, A Story of Adventure on Land and Sea. Ticknor and Fields, 1865. 366 pages

A tale of adventure and shipwreck, for the juvenile reader.






Reiner, Larry (1930- )

Minute of Silence. Integra, 1990. 268 pages

The first part takes place in the 1950s and is woven around the terrors and crimes committed at sea as seamens' unions and shipowners fought for control of the American waterfront. The setting for the second part is from the mid 1980s to date and depicts the result of corporate greed's destruction of the United States Merchant Marine, making disasters such as the Exxon Valdez inevitable.




Reit, Seymour (1918-2001)

Ironclad! : A true story of the Civil War. Dodd, Mead, 1977. 92 pages

Presents the historic Civil War battle between two ironclad ships, the MERRIMAC and the MONITOR, from the viewpoint of a youth serving aboard the MONITOR.





Reyher, Ferdinand (1891-1967)

David Farragut, sailor. Lippincott, 1953. 238 pages







Reynolds, Howard

The Defector. Viking, 1986. 327 pages

A Soviet physicist defects to the West with a devise capable of crippling Russian submarines






Rhinehart, Luke [pseud. George Cockcroft] (1932-2020)

Long Voyage Back. Delacorte, 1983. 395 pages

Family and friends are sailing Chesapeake Bay in a trimaran on a pleasure cruise when WW III breaks out, and are forced to use the sea to survive the ensuing holocaust.





Rhodes, James A. [Allen] (1909-2001) and Jauchius, Dean [Rollin] (1921-1994)

The Court-Martial of Commodore Perry. Bobbs Merrill, 1961. 192 pages

Speculative novel about a conspiracy to ruin Perry after the battle of Lake Erie






Rhoscomyl, Owen [pseud. Arthur Owen Vaughan] (1863-1919)

The Jewel of Ynys Galon, being a hitherto unprinted chapter in the history of the sea rovers. Longmans, Green, 1895. 329 pages

Sir Henry Morgan sails again





Rhys, Ernest (1859-1946)

The Man at Odds : a story of the Welsh Coast and the Severn Sea. Hurst and Blackett, 1904. 316 pages

Smuggling on the Welsh coast in 1745






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