Ulett, V. E.
Blackwell's Adventures series:
Captain Blackwell's Prize. Old Salt Press, 2013. 272 pages
In 1802 Captain James Blackwell attacks and takes La Trinidad, a Spanish frigate aboard which Blackwell finds 35,000 gold dollars and the American woman Mercedes de Aragon. On putting into Gibraltar with his treasure and his new mistress Blackwell is informed by his irate evangelical admiral of the Treaty of Amiens, denying him prize money earned by the capture and setting Mercedes at liberty. But the self-possessed American has formed a strong attachment to lusty Captain Blackwell. When she journeys with the captain to the North African coast and is taken into the Dey of Oran's harem, Captain Blackwell must follow his own code of morality and honor to rescue the woman on whom his future happiness depends. Revised edition from the 2011 audiobook.
Blackwell's Paradise. Old Salt Press, 2013. 300 pages
The repercussions of a court martial and the ill-will of powerful men at the Admiralty pursue Royal Navy captain James Blackwell into the Pacific, where danger lurks around every coral reef. Even if Captain Blackwell and Mercedes survive the venture into the world of early nineteenth century exploration, can they emerge unchanged with their love intact. The mission to the Great South Sea will test their loyalties and strength, and define the characters of Captain Blackwell and his lady in Blackwell's Paradise.
Blackwell's Homecoming. Old Salt Press, 2014. 278 pages
The Blackwell family's eventful journey from England to Hawaii, by way of the new and tempestuous nations of Brazil and Chile, provides an intimate portrait of family conflicts and loyalties in the late Georgian Age.
Ullman, James Ramsey (1907-1971)
Fia Fia. World, 1962. 298 pages
A WW II flyer has a mid-life crisis, and returns to the Pacific island where he was his happiest. Reality slaps him in the face.
Unsworth, Barry (1930-2012)
Sacred Hunger. Hamish Hamilton, 1992. 630 pages
Through the story of an 18th century slave ship, this novel explores moral choices, the corruptions of greed and material gain, and men's behaviour "in extremis". It also articulates current concerns of corruption and distress. The author was awarded the 1992 Booker Prize for this novel.
Classic Sea Stories. Bracken, 1994. 616 pages
Huge book has 80 classic tales, accounts of great navigators, fierce sea battles, legends, sea gods and lost islands. Authors include Homer, Conrad, Melville, H. C. Anderson, Poe, Washington Irving, Defoe and Jules Verne.
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