Allan, Philip K.
Alexander Clay series
First Lieutenant Alexander Clay of the Agrius is self-made, clever, and ready for the new age. But the old world, dominated by patronage, retains a tight hold on advancement. Though Clay has proven himself many times over, Captain Percy Follett is determined to promote his own nephew. But before Clay finds a way to receive due credit for his exploits, he'll first need to survive them
Alexander Clay, commanding The Rush, is sent to blockade the French island of St Lucia and to support a landing by British troops to attempt to take the island from the French garrison. The crew and officers of the Rush are repeatedly threatened along the way by a singular Spanish ship, in a contest that can only end in destruction or capture. And from the ranks, comes an accusation of murder leveled against Clay by the nephew of his former captain.
Newly promoted to Post Captain, Alexander Clay returns home from the Caribbean to recover from wounds sustained at the Battle of San Felipe. However, he is soon called upon by the Admiralty to take command of the frigate Titan and join the blockade of the French coast. But the Titan will be no easy command with its troubled crew that had launched a successful mutiny against its previous sadistic captain.
In 1798, the Royal British Navy withdrew from the Mediterranean to combat the threat of invasion at home. In their absence, rumors abound of a French Army gathering in the south of France under General Napoleon Bonaparte, and of a large fleet gathering to transport them. Alexander Clay and his ship, Titan, are sent to the Mediterranean to investigate.
A powerful French naval squadron is at large in the Indian Ocean, attacking Britain's vital East India trade. Together with his friend John Sutton, Alexander Clay is sent as part of the Royal Navy's response.
Alexander Clay and the crew of the Titan are sent on a secret mission across the Channel. Amongst the forests and marshes of Southern Brittany, a Royalist rebellion is building and the Government at home is keen to support it. But as the uprising grows, Clay finds himself being drawn into a world of deception, intrigue and treachery.
As the long war with France enters its eighth year, there is trouble in the Baltic. Napoleon is busy recruiting new allies to cut off Britain’s vital trade in naval supplies. Captain Alexander Clay is given a new command, the Royal Navy frigate Griffin, and sent ahead of the British fleet on a vital diplomatic mission. In that cold northern sea, the dangers he face are legion. Snow and ice, French opponents, palace conspiracies and an assassin trained in the orient.
On a hot night in the Caribbean, a lone Royal Navy ship commanded by a sadistic captain, succumbs to bloody mutiny. With the Peace of Amiens imminent, Captain Alexander Clay and the crew of the Griffin are sent to track down and recapture the rebel ship. But when they arrive in the Leeward Islands, they find that much more is at stake. Smuggling and corruption seem to be rife in those sunlit waters, while ghosts from the past stir in the shadows.
Spring 1803 finds Captain Alexander Clay and his crew dispersed and struggling to adjust to a life of peace at home. Meanwhile, in the wider world, Europe is sliding back towards war. When news arrives that a powerful squadron has left Brest on a secret mission to the east commanded by the crack French Admiral Linois, Clay is given his old command back and is sent in pursuit. The Griffin arrives in Regency India, where treasure fleets worth millions ply the seas and France and Britain fight for influence among powerful local rulers.
Sea of Wolves. self published, 2020. 308 pages
Set in the Second World War during the Battle of the Atlantic. It follows three separate stories, one set on a U-boat, one on a convoy escort and a female codebreaker working in the Naval Section at Bletchley Park.
Allen, Conrad [pseud. Keith Miles] (1940- )
George Porter Dillman and Genevieve Masefield series
Allen, Hervey (1889-1949)
Anthony Adverse. Farrar and Rinehart, 1933. 1224 pages
Traces the fortunes of its hero, Anthony Adverse, from his illegitimate birth through his struggle to claim his rightful inheritance. Many ocean sequences.
Allen, Thomas B. and Polmar, Norman
Ship of Gold. Macmillan, 1987. 273 pages
Submarines seek a sunken ship, as the CIA, Pentagon, etc. strive to solve the forty year old mystery surrounding the OSAKA MARU.
Allis, Marguerite (1886-1958)
Water Over the Dam. Putnam, 1947. 376 pages
Connecticut in 1820. Story of the building of the Farmington canal and the people involved.
Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror. Doubleday, 1997. 278 pages
A prehistoric shark surfaces off California and proceeds to wreck havoc. Sixty feet long, it is a member of a species living in the ocean depths for the last 100,000 years. Jonas Taylor, a paleontologist and deep-sea submariner, tries to capture it for an aquarium.
Alter, Robert Edmond (1925-1966)
Red Water : A Story of the Whale Trade. Putnam, 1968. 233 pages
Shanghaied aboard a whaling ship in 1820, seventeen-year-old Jess grows to maturity at sea and eventually becomes captain of the vessel whose crew had kidnapped him.
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