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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors Jon - Ju

Jonas, Carl (1928-1976)

Beachhead on the Wind. Little, Brown, 1945. 212 pages

Tensions on a US Navy ship as it heads home.






Jones, J. Farragut [pseud. Len Levinson] (1935- )

Silent Service

  1. Waters Dark and Deep. Dell, 1981. 363 pages

    Brilliant engineer Lt. Cdr. Ben Mount has two obstacles to overcome in his dream of being a submarine commander: he's Jewish in the American Navy of 1940, and he suffers from claustrophobia! He is ordered to England to work with the RN sub service. At the climax of the book, he sees his British friend get wounded, boards his British sub, takes over command(!), and accomplishes the mission in a way that truly defies suspension of disbelief.



  3. Forty Fathoms Down. Dell, 1981. 378 pages

    Fictionalized account of a US sub that sinks during pre-WW II peacetime operations, requiring rescue of its crew. Based very loosely on the SQUALUS incident.




  5. The Scourge of Scapa Flow. Dell, 1981. 352 pages

    Fictionalized account of Gunter Prein's raid on Scapa Flow, including assistance by German agent's ashore.





  7. Pearl Harbor Periscopes. Dell, 1981. 332 pages

    The USS STICKLEBACK is off to attack the Japanese fleet in home seas, create illusion of entire killer pack.





  9. Tracking the Wolfpack. Dell, 1981. 319 pages

    Germany's leading submarine ace versus a Royal Navy bent of revenge.






Jones, Nard (1904-1972)

Shift Flows the River. Dodd, Mead, 1940. 449 pages

Ante-bellum taming of the Columbia River area in the Pacific Northwest






Jones, Robert F. (1934-2002)

Blood Tide. Atlantic Monthly, 1990. 272 pages

Young woman and her ex-Vietnam War POW father sail a schooner to the Philippines to recover her stolen ketch, encountering pirates and drug smugglers in the treacherous Flyaway Islands.





Jones, Tristan (1924-1995)

Dutch treat: a Novel of World War II. Andrews and McMeel, 1979. 271 pages

Thames barge at Dunkirk.





Aka. Macmillan, 1981. 205 pages

Dolphins try to save drowning solo yacht racer.






Jordan, Humfrey (1885-1963)

The Commander Shall --. Angus & Robertson, 1934. 280 pages

On Captain Gaunt's first voyage to Australia as commander of a fast passenger liner he has to deal with murder, a fire etc.




Sea Way Only. Hodder & Stoughton, 1937. 454 pages

The story of the Chief Officer of a passenger ship






Ship By Herself. Hodder & Stoughton, 1938. 384 pages






Anchor Comes Back. Hodder & Stoughton, 1939. 406 pages

Revised in 1948.






Tide Still Flowing. Hodder & Stoughton, 1940. 383 pages







This Island Demands. Hodder & Stoughton, 1941. 320 pages

The Second World War has just started and Captain Pell is bound to Australia, in his cargo ship, where he embarks passengers anxious to return to the UK. Now familiar with the foibles and quirks of the passengers and crew, we read how, in the Indian Ocean, a German surface raider destroys the radio and damages the ship's propeller. Pell and his crew struggle to save the drifting freighter so she can continue her voyage to Britain. A novel of the time and for the time.



Decency of Hate. Hodder & Stoughton, 1943. 192 pages






Day Without Evening. Hodder & Stoughton, 1944. 240 pages






Landfall then Departure. Hodder & Stoughton, 1946. 287 pages






From Such Freedoms. Hodder & Stoughton, 1947. 319 pages






The Islander. Hodder & Stoughton, 1951. 319 pages

British coaster in African waters





Overdue-Arrived. Hodder & Stoughton, 1953. 253 pages






Only a Real Jonah. Hodder & Stoughton, 1954. 253 pages






Blue Water Dwelling. Hodder & Stoughton, 1954. 191 pages

When Bill Dobb realised that he was not going to be offered a seat on the Board of the Ocean Transport Corporation, he accepted the blow with customary calm. But he was to have a better offer from another source which would give him the kind of future he had always dreamed of.




No One Way. Hodder & Stoughton, 1954. 250 pages






No Charts for the Job. Hodder & Stoughton, 1956. 224 pages






Found at Sea. Hodder & Stoughton, 1957. 224 pages

A voyage round the world gives four people the chance of putting their problems in proper perspective. A mid-ocean rescue of a distressed vessel brings them all face to face with the inner realities of their dilemmas.





Spoiling for Mischief. Hodder & Stoughton, 1958. 223 pages






Broken Link Holds. Hodder & Stoughton, 1960. 223 pages






Finished with Engines. Hodder & Stoughton, 1961. 223 pages






Not So Easy. Hodder & Stoughton, 1962. 223 pages







Joseph, Mark (1946- )

To Kill The Potemkin. D.I. Fine, 1986. 255 pages

Submarine thriller, set in 1968, about conflict between a US SKIPJACK-class submarine and the first Soviet Alfa-class boat. Poor on technical detail, but some good characterisation and a nicely twisted plot.




Typhoon. Simon & Schuster, 1991. 300 pages

Russian faction plans nuclear incident to regain Soviet power. Other Russian sub commander tries to prevent it, while US sub watches and tries to figure out what's going on.





Judah, Charles B. (1902-1975)

Tom Bone. W. Morrow, 1944. 499 pages

A romance set in the 17th Century slave trade in Rhode Island, where the title character discovers his spurned love on the auction block





Judd, Denis (1938- )

The Adventures of Long John Silver. St. Martin's, 1977. 219 pages

A dying John Silver finds an adult Jim Hawkins, and tells the good doctor of his exploits prior to the events in Treasure Island.




Return to Treasure Island. St. Martin's, 1978. 209 pages

During a reunion with Jim Hawkins, Long John Silver tells of his tireless quest to recover the remaining treasure from Treasure Island.




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