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Liston, Robert A.

The Seraphim Code. Tom Doherty, 1988. 343 pages

Sloane had left the Central Security Agency and made it clear to everyone that he was out of it. Completely. Until a KGB agent dies on Sloane's suburban doorstep, and someone takes a shot at him. Now Sloane's running again, a target of both U.S. and Soviet intelligence services. The dying man had told him something, whispered the words Seraphim Code to him, and those are words no one was supposed to hear, words known only to The Committee. While the retired spy runs for his life on land, helped only by his wife Freddy, a Russian submarine, carrying a full load of nuclear missiles, runs silently beneath the waters of the Atlantic, cruising toward an unexpected rendezvous with disaster.



Littell, Robert (1935- )

Sweet Reason. Houghton Mifflin, 1974. 210 pages

Vietnam era dark comedy. Describes the first three days that the EUGENE EBERSOLE, a superannuated WWII-era destroyer, spends off Yankee Station during the Vietnam conflict. Naturally, the ship has an incompetent, glory-seeking captain, misfit officers and crew, and orders incompatible with its capabilities. Would be funnier if it did not try so hard.




Little, George (1791-1849)

Life on the Ocean; or, twenty years at sea: being the personal adventures of the author. Waite, Peirce, 1843. 395 pages

The American cruiser, or, The two messmates, a tale of the last war. Waite, Peirce, 1846. 408 pages


Livingstone, David Stanley

Full and By [Reminiscences of Sailing Ships]. Dodge, 1936. 233 pages

The story of the voyage of a fifty-year old coasting schooner with a cargo of scrap iron from Boston to St. John and back, a hard luck voyage from start to finish. The author apparently credited F. Scott Fitzgerald with some literary assistance


Litvig, Irving ( -2005)

Commodore Levy: A Novel of Early America in the Age of Sail. Texas Tech University Press, 2014. 672 pages

This richly detailed historical novel closely follows the actual events of Levy's life: running away from his Philadelphia home to serve as a cabin boy at age ten; his service during the War of 1812 aboard the Argus and internment at the notorious British prison at Dartmoor; his campaign for the abolition of flogging in the Navy; and his purchase and restoration of Monticello as a tribute to his personal hero, Thomas Jefferson.




Llywelyn, Morgan (1937- )

Grania: She-King of the Irish Seas. Crown, 1986. 437 pages

Fictionalized story of Grace of Umhall, notorious pirate of Connaught, as she rules the Irish Sea, fights English ships, and preserves Irish independence.





Llewellyn, Sam (1948- )

George le Fanu Gurney series:

  1. Gurney's Revenge. Arlington Books, 1977. 235 pages

    George LeFanu Gurney is disgraced by the machinations of an enemy, Ottway. He is forced to resign his commission as a lieutenant in the Royal Navy. Seeking to rehabilitate his reputation and destroy his accuser he embarks on nautical adventures from the Mediterranean to the South China Sea, and back to England. Takes place 1820-22. Llewellyn's first novel. US title: Sea Devil.



  3. Gurney's Reward. Arlington Books, 1978. 269 pages

    Gurney, reputation restored, now married and running a shipyard is forced by the Admiralty to take to the seas once more to rescue a Dervish that aided him in SEA DEVIL. Numerous nautical adventures in Greece during the War of Greek Independence. US title: Devil's Reward.




  5. Gurney's Release. Arlington Books, 1979. 320 pages

    On returning home to Sea Dalling, Gurney becomes involved in a duel - the outcome is death, and with it news of an old enemy. The blood spilled that day was the first of a long trail stretching across the Atlantic to the Jamaican plantation-house at Silverwood, and on by the old slave routes to the fever-swamps of the unexplored Niger delta, And as the trail grew longer it became clearer, until it bore the unmistakable mark of one Mathias Otway, merchant, hypocrite and thief, making a final desperate bid for power and riches, while teetering on the brink of insanity.




Blood Orange. Summit, 1986. 255 pages

Blackmail, corruption and lethal accidents beset a high-tech catamaran crew in the Round Britain race.





Sea Story. St. Martin's, 1987. 396 pages

UK title: Great Circle. A cast of thousands sort of book about an around the world sailing race. Exciting, fast reading.





Dead Reckoning. Summit, 1987. 229 pages

A boat of his own design takes down Charlie Agutter's own brother. Now he sets sail on a personal mission: to track down a murderous saboteur.





Death Roll. Michael Joseph, 1989. 246 pages

A pretty convoluted plot. English sailor fights kidnappers, saboteurs, and real estate speculators on and off the water. Features exciting storm while delivering a yacht and match races between the hero and his nemesis. Great.




Hell Bay. Arlington, 1980. 465 pages

Irish doctor, fleeing a murder charge, gets wrecked on the Scilly islands. He falls in with the wreckers and smugglers on Tresco, is forced to flee to America, where he becomes rich through mining gold. Returning to the Scillys he confronts his past and learns the secret of his ancestry. Purportedly based on actual events. Marginally nautical.




Blood Knot. Michael Joseph, 1991. 307 pages

A former reporter plans a quiet retirement fixing up his wooden cutter and living on it with a crew of troubled kids, but a murder followed by attempts on his life lead him to the Baltic on a race against death in an open boat.




Deadeye. Summit, 1991. 281 pages

British yachtsman on his way to compete in the "Three Bens" sailing/climbing race on the west coast of Scotland bumps into an old fishing boat and finds love, murder and a deadly secret.




The Rope School. Walker, 1991. 176 pages

It's 1813 and, like many children, Kate Griffiths has a hard life. Then things get much harder. She stows away on a Royal Navy ship, is mistaken for one of the crew, and finds herself chasing an American man-o-war. Revised by the author in 1995. US title: Eye of the Cannon.




Riptide. Michael Joseph, 1992. 310 pages

Mike Savage builds a boat for his French sailing star friend. The boat is wrecked, his daughter threatened, friend disappears and he tries to solve all these problems.




Clawhammer. Pocket, 1993. 373 pages

"..thriller set in a world where everyone professes the best of intentions and no one is quite what they seem. Where a warlord is a democratic leader and food stolen from the starving is legitimate currency. Where a poet has to turn a lost cause into a violent crusade -if he wants to stay alive." (from the jacket blurb) Oh, and it seems to involve sailing a boat across the Atlantic.




Maelstrom. Pocket, 1994. 402 pages

A former anti-whaling activist gets involved with ex-Nazis, ex-KGB agents, Mideast terrorists in a deal to get art objects out of Russia. The plot takes he and his yacht to the Norwegian coast on a whaling expedition.




The Iron Hotel. Michael Joseph, 1996. 346 pages

Dire circumstances force a ship's captain to take a cargo of illegal Chinese immigrants across the ocean in an ancient rustbucket named GLORY OF SAIPAN.






Lobdell, Helen [Bernice] (1919-1971)

The King's Snare. Houghton Mifflin, 1955. 238 pages

Sir Walter Raleigh's disasterous expedition to the Orinoco told from the viewpoint of his young secretary






Lockridge, Richard (1899-1982)

Inspector's Holiday. Lippincott, 1971. 192 pages

Inspector M. L. Heimrich's wife, Susan, contracts pneumonia during a bad winter. Because of her slow convalescence, the doctor recommends a holiday in a warmer climate, so they take a cruise on an Italian vessel leaving New York for the Mediterranean. The accommodations and food are superb, and the other passengers interesting -- until Sir Ronald Grimes disappears. Grimes and his lovely young wife are returning to England on his retirement from the British Embassy. Unfortunately he is fated not to "raise roses -- or cabbages" as he had planned. The ship's captain calls on Heimrich for help and they discover a British Special Branch agent strangled in his cabin. Cruise ship routine forms a background while Heimrich tries to untangle a web of international intrigue.



Lodwick, John (1916-1959)

The Cradle Of Neptune. Heinemann, 1951. 285 pages

Set at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth between the world wars, this novel, is a study of young people from all walks of life, but all of a certain class, and their interaction as they are moulded into potential naval officers.





Lofts, Norah (1904-1983)

Here Was a Man : a Romantic History of Sir Walter Raleigh, His Voyages, His Discoveries, and His Queen. Methuen, 1936. 282 pages






Lomask, Milton

Ship's Boy with Magellan. Doubleday, 1960. 185 pages

Orphaned Pedro Molino ships out on Magellan's circumnavigation as a cabin boy to avoid getting killed by his Uncle, who wishes to steal the boy's estate. Young readers, written as part of a fiction series featuring Catholic world history.



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