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Collenette, Eric J.
     Sub-Smash, 1958 (Life aboard a RN submarine in peacetime. The sub and
       occupants become trapped at the bottom of the sea.)
     Ninety Feet to the Sun, 1984 (In 1940 when the officers of the British
       submarine SCAVENGER are killed in an attack off the Norwegian coast it
       is the coxswain, Ben Grant, who has to assume command of the damaged
       vessel and complete her vital mission.)
     The Gemini plot, 1986 (The submarine in which coxswain Ben grant is
       serving, HMS AVON, is sunk by German stukas in Malta after she returns
       from an abortive attempt to deliver tank spares to the army at Tobruk
       (Its 1942). He finds himself selected for a secret mission in Greek
       waters; the destruction of a new type of U-boat undergoing trials.
       Sequel to NINETY FEET TO THE SUN.)
     Atlantic Encounter: a novel of World War Two at sea, 1987
     Secret of the Kara sea, 1987 (WW II. A Ben Grant adventure.)

Collett, Bill
     The Last Mutiny, The Further Adventures of Captain Bligh, 1995 (The year
       is 1817, and Vice Admiral William Bligh is settled into a distinctly
       unpeaceful retirement in rural Kent. Bligh has been dogged by mutinies
       and accusations of tyranny. Even in retirement, there is no rest. Beset
       by the dumb insolence of neighbors, the domestic mutinies of his
       daughters, the folly of doctors, and the rebellion of his own failing
       health, Bligh casts his mind back over his life, reliving Cook's last
       voyage, the famous victories at Camperdown and Copenhagen, encounters
       with the natives of Timor, his governorship of New South Wales, and the
       mutiny of his friend Fletcher Christian. [description swiped from the
       Norton Web site.])

Collingwood, Harry (William Joseph Cosen Lancaster) 1851-1922
     The Log Of the FLYING FISH: A story of aerial and submarine peril and
       adventure, 1887 (This author was responsible for so many boys nautical
       adventure stories that received popular acclaim that to find he
       ventured into the realms of science fiction strikes one as odd. This
       story, that travels from the Arctic to Africa, concerns the invention
       of a super light metal from which a ship that can fly is built (its
       propeller works in the air and on and under water). Its underwater mode
       and its occupants use of the German inventor's (the attempt at writing
       his accent phonetically borders on the farcical) various underwater
       apparatus is a major feature.)
     The Rover'S Secret: A tale of the pirate cays and lagoons of Cuba, 1888
     Under the Meteor Flag; The log of a midshipman during the French
       revolutionary war, 188?
     The Log of a Privateersman, 1896 (In 1804 George Bowen completes his
       seven-year apprenticeship in the merchant marine and becomes 2nd mate
       of a privateer. After exploits which include defeating French
       privateers and a French frigate, he is put in command. In mid-Atlantic
       lightning sets his ship on fire, and he and a few shipmates survive
       days in an open boat before being picked up by a rascally French
       pirate. Bowen and his men capture the pirate, and sail to Jamaica,
       where he is first with the news that Villeneuve's fleet is in the West
       Indies. Following a successful mission for the Navy he captures a
       Spanish galleon laden with 20 tons of gold and a large box of gems. His
       sagacity, skill, and daring are recognised by the admiral, who
       commissions him as lieutenant in the Royal Navy. A tale for lads.)

Collins, Norman 1907-
     Black Ivory, 1948 (Set in the 1820s this is the story of a youngster
       forced to sign on as cabin boy in the brigantine NERO. He subsequently
       discovers that the ship is a slaver, and she is bound for West Africa
       for another cargo of slaves.)

Collins, Warwick
     America's Cup trilogy: (Set in the near future (up to 2010) and deal with
       a Cup competition between the US, Estonia and Russia. In the "sailing
       thriller" genre.)
         New World
         Death of an Angel, 1992

Connery, Tom
     George Markham, Royal Marines series:
      *A Shred of Honour, 1996 (In 1793 George Markham, an infantry lieutenant
         with a past, is seconded to the Royal Marines, together with a
         platoon of misfits from his Regiment. An Irishman and a Papist,
         Markham had gained a reputation as a coward during the American War
         of Independence. Knowing nothing about ships or how to fight them, or
         even the duties of a marine officer, he soon earns the wrath of the
         captain of the ship he is assigned to. However, the action soon moves
         ashore, as Markham and his platoon are landed at Toulon, then in the
         hands of the Bourbon French, to help in its defense against the
         Revolutionary forces. During the course of his stay Markham meets
         both Nelson, then Captain of the AGAMMENON, and Bonaparte, then a
         Captain in the Revolutionary Army Artillery. The plot involves spies,
         a false Dauphin, betrayal, and various other nefarious activities.
         The book may briefly be summed up as "Bolitho merged with Sharpe
         bashes the French and annoys the Boss".)
       Honour Redeemed, 1997 (Our hero, son of an English general and an Irish
         servant, is accused of cowardice and must clear his name and rebuild
         his military career.)

Conrad, Joseph (Josef Teodor Nalecz Korzeniowski) 1857-1924 (Polish seaman and
  novelist, twenty years under sail and steam.)
     Almayer's Folly, 1895
     An Outcast of the Islands, 1896
    +Nigger of the Narcissus, a Tale of the Forecastle, 1897 (Conrad's first
       sea story; a sailing ship voyage from Bombay to London with a dying
       black seaman aboard.)
     The End of the Tether, 1898 (Upright 67 year old Captain Whalley
       compromises with his own rectitude without understanding the evil
       around him. As his coastal steamer sails through the Pacific his own
       falsehoods and the ambitions and obsessions of his crew bring on
    +The Heart of Darkness, 1899 (Marlow tells of his voyage in command of a
       steamboat far up the Congo River to relieve the mad ivory trader Kurz.
       Adapted to fit the Vietnam War and filmed by Francis. F. Coppola as
       Apocalypse Now in 1979. "The Horror! The Horror!")
    +Lord Jim, 1900
     Typhoon, 1903 (The steamer NAN-SHAN, with 200 Chinese coolies aboard,
       encounters a terrible storm in the China Sea.)
     Nostromo, a Tale of the Seaboard, 1904
     Chance, 1913
     Victory, 1915
     Arrow of Gold, 1920
     The Rescue, 1920
     The Rover, 1924 (Retired French freebooter settles near Toulon, where the
       French fleet under Villeneuve is bottled up by Nelson. In early 1805,
       urged by compassion for a brave young officer, the old salt sacrifices
       his life to deceive Nelson into withdrawing the British fleet, allowing
       the French to escape to ultimate doom at Trafalgar. Most of the novel
       covers life ashore, but the sea scenes are well drawn. One of very few
       books showing the war from the French point of view.)
       Youth, 1902 (Tale of the 400 ton barque JUDEA and its attempt to sail
         from Scotland to Bangkok. We meet a young Marlow.)
       The Brute, 1908 (The story of an evil ship, seemingly malevolent, which
         kills a crewman on every voyage, and at last is destroyed in a freak
         accident. Short story in the collection A SET OF SIX.)
      +The Secret Sharer, 1910
       The Shadow Line, 1916
     Within the Tides (tales)
     (Also wrote nonfiction MIRROR OF THE SEA one of the best.)

Cooper, James Fenimore 1789-1851 (Cooper's sea tales are supposed to be
  much better than his famous frontiersmen stuff, but this is, sadly,
  incorrect. The plots and characterisation are just as good, but the writing
  is just as stilted.)
     The Pilot, 1823 (American revolutionary seaman terrorises the coast of
       Northeast England in the late 1770s; probably suggested by exploits of
       John Paul Jones.)
     The Red Rover, 1827 (Elusive Red Rover, aboard frigate DOLPHIN, fights
       British during the Revolutionary War.)
     The Water Witch, 1830 (Smuggling in the New York/New Jersey area around
     Homeward Bound, or The Chase: A Tale of the Sea, 1838 (An American packet
       ship, bound to New York from London, is chased by a British
     The Two Admirals, 1842 (The two heroes, friends from youth, espouse
       opposite sides in the Jacobite rebellion of 1745.)
     Wing and Wing, 1842 (A French privateer in the Mediterranean, 1799,
       involved with the Neapolitan admiral Caracciolo, who Nelson hanged; a
       Yankee soldier of fortune plays a significant part. One of very few
       books showing the war from the French point of view.)
     Ned Myers, or A Life Before the Mast, 1843 (Claims to be the real-life
       autobiography of a seaman, edited by Cooper. Contains an eye-witness
       description of the 1813 naval campaign in Upper Canada.)
     Afloat and Ashore, 1844 (Adventures of two Yankee lads in the East Indies
       and the Pacific and Indian Oceans.)
     Miles Wallingford, 1844 (A sequel to AFLOAT AND ASHORE, extending the
       action to the Atlantic.)
     The Sea Lions, or, The Lost Sealers, 1849 (Two Yankee schooners compete
       for the riches of a secret sealing ground in Antarctica, but co-operate
       when forced to over-winter (1819-20) under appalling conditions. In
       this, his last adventure novel, Cooper writes in a far less stilted
       style than in previous novels, and the book is a pleasure to read. Also
       reflects on the decline in Yankee morality, into mere hypocritical
       money-grubbing. "A page-turner - try it!" [NW])

Cooper, Jefferson
     Captain Seadog, 1959 (Lusty swordsman Michael Goddard is falsely accused
       of treachery when he returns to England rich from plundering the
       galleons of the Spanish Main. A beautiful woman he has never seen
       before helps Goddard escape -- and then Queen Elizabeth herself orders
       him to perform a service upon which the fate of England hangs. Is this
       a trap laid by an evil beauty or a chance for our hero to regain his
       honor and gold? A steamy bodice-untier.)

Coote, John (editor)
     Norton Book of the Sea, 1989 (Coote, a former submarine captain and avid
       yachtsman, provides a guided tour through the fiction and non-fiction
       literature of the sea.)
     Norton Book of the Sea Volume II, 1993 (Anthologizes only fiction and
       provides a peek at Forester, Conrad, Cooper, Gallico, Hemingway,
       Parkinson, Marryat.)

Corbett, Scott
     Midshipman Cruise, 1957 (A tale of the US Naval Academy set against the
       background of a real cruise.)
     Dead Before Docking, 1972 (A young boy accidentally discovers that a
       murder is planned on board his Panama-bound freighter. Who is the
       victim? Who is the killer? For young readers.)
     Captain Butcher's Body, 1976 (Two boys confront the ghost of a long-dead
       pirate on an island off the coast of New England. For young readers.)

Corkum, Captain Alexander C.
     Musings of a Mariner, 1921 (Privately published book of poems.)

Corder, Eric 1941-
     Slave Ship, 1969 (Middle passage voyage aboard the slaver JUBILATION
       turns into a struggle between a journalist aboard to write an expose,
       and her power-crazed captain, with the slaves aboard looking for an
       opportunity to kill everyone and regain their freedom.)

Corley, Edwin
     Sargasso, 1977 (Apollo 19 splashes down in the Bermuda Triangle... with
       the three US astronauts missing. Spooky suspense novel.)

Cornwell, Bernard (Also author of the Sharpe's Rifles series and novels of the
  American Civil War.)
     Killer's Wake, 1989 (Also published as Sea Lord. An ever-deepening
       mystery of ransom and betrayal sucks in the ocean-wandering John
     Wildtrack, 1989 (Crippled vet, now captain of a celebrity's yacht, tries
       to figure out why movie star's wife died at sea.)
     Crackdown, 1990 (An ordinary de-tox cruise to the Bahamas becomes an
       adventure involving money, drugs, and murder. The terror heightens as
       skipper Nicholaw Breakspeare's own life is threatened.)
     Stormchild, 1991 (Yachtsman and boatbuilder Tim Blackburn embarks on a
       mission to rescue his daughter from suspected environmental terrorists
       in Patagonia. An American journalist looking for a story accompanies
     Sharpe's Devil: Richard Sharpe and the Emperor, 1820-1821, 1992 (Lord
       Cochrane's adventures commanding the Chilean navy in the war of
       independence against Spain. Most action is ashore, but there is some at
       sea, and an interesting portrayal of Cochrane.)

Cornwell, John
     The Free and the Brave (Young man caught bootlegging volunteers for the
       US Navy after Pearl Harbor to avoid jail, goes through boot training,
       and joins a 4-piper destroyer converted to a seaplane tender cruising
       the Caribbean and Pacific Coast in the opening days of the war. After
       the ship's alcohol-sodden commander dries up, the ship straightens out
       and becomes a hero ship in an action with a U-boat. Book ends with the
       protagonist entering flight school on the strength of the medal he's

Costain, Thomas B. 1885-
     For My Great Folly, 1942 (English pirate John Ward fights Spaniards,
       London underworld, and gentlemen swordsmen in the early 1600s.)

Couch, Dick, 1943-
     Pressure point, 1993 (Contemporary USN SEAL adventure.)
     Silent Descent, 1993 (A US diesel sub loaded with SEAL Team Two sneaks
       stealthily into the Soviet Arctic to see if they can successfully
       rescue a CIA mole from the frozen Kola Penninsula where she's
       investigating an entrepreneurial Russian colonel who's selling off the
       nuclear weaponry he's supposed to be dismantling to any tin-pot
       dictator or rogue state with the cash. The colonel isn't in the racket
       for personal gain, he's just trying to keep his men paid and prevent
       the collapse of his command.)
     Rising wind, 1996 (Chilling thriller that raises disturbing questions
       about leftover World War II animosities, as a Japanese terrorist group
       captures a key US chemical weapons facility in the Pacific and takes
       1,000 American hostages.)

Crace, Jim
     Signals of Distress, 1995 (In the 1830s an American barque is grounded by
       a storm on sandbar off small village in the west of England. Americans
       prove to be a disturbing presence.)

Craig, Mary Shura
     Pirate's Landing, 1983 (Saga of an American colonial family who "ploughed
       the land and sailed the seas" in the early 18th century.)

Crane, Stephen 1871-1900
     The Open Boat (Short story about four shipwreck survivors who set out for
       safety in a lifeboat.)

Crawford, Iain, 1922-
     The Burning Sea, 1962 (Saga of a WW II British rescue tug in the Atlantic
        and Mediterranean.)

Crofts, Freeman Wills, 1879-? (Author of at least 32 non-nautical mysteries)
     The Loss Of The Jane Vosper, 1936 (The first 40 pages are afloat, the
       rest of the book solves the mystery. )

Currey, Commander Edward Hamilton
     Ian Hardy - Naval Cadet, 1918 (For young boys - the "hero" is ten at the
       start. A troublesome son, after nearly half a book of non-nautical
       adventures, is taken to sea by his uncle as a cadet to combat slavers
       etc. The story is set in the latter half of the nineteenth century. At
       the story's end he is about fourteen and ready to be promoted

Cussler, Clive ("Bestsellers")
     Dirk Pitt series: (Dirk Pitt is an American "James Bond" only better, the
     books all have a substantial nautical element even if it not the main
     plot element.)
       The Mediterranean Caper, 1973 [1]
       Iceberg, 1975 [2] (Ship found frozen in iceberg. Crazed maniac tries to
         take over the world. Dirk Pitt tries to stop him.)
       Vixen 03, 1978 [3] (In 1954 a plane, Vixen 03, bound for the South
         Pacific with canisters of a virulant organism, vanishes. In 1988 Dirk
         Pitt discovers the remains of the plane whilst on holiday. The lethal
         canisters are recovered - but not all are accounted for.)
       Raise the Titanic!, 1976 [4] (Special ore from the only known source in
         the world sinks with the TITANIC. Dirk Pitt sets out to recover it.
         Story predates finding the TITANIC by 15 years.)
       Pacific Vortex!, 1983 (Undersea adventurer Dirk Pitt faces the toughest
         challenge of his life when he plunges into the deadly Pacific Vortex,
         a fog-shrouded zone where dozens of ships have vanished without a
         trace, the latest being the gigantic STARBUCK, America's deep-diving
         nuclear arsenal. Dirk battles deep-sea assassins and an exotic beauty
         as he tries to find and salvage the huge submarine before it
       Deep Six, 1984 (From the icy Alaskan waters to a Korean shipbreakers,
         from a Caribbean shipwreck to the Mississippi, trouble shooter Dirk
         Pitt tracks down a fiendish conspiracy.)
       Cyclops, 1987 (Dirk Pitt is confronted with the hijacking on a golf
         course of one of the world's most powerful leaders; an exotic but
         outrageous undercover operation in the Caribbean and the sinister
         intrigue of a secret power base on the moon. He also is on the trail
         of the legendary lost lady of Eldorado, a fabulous treasure hidden in
         the depths of the ocean.)
       Treasure, 1988 (In 391 a fanatical Emperor orders the destruction of
         the Library at Alexandria. A small group of conspirators secretly
         remove some of the most precious items and hides them in a distant,
         desolate land in an underground redoubt. In 1991 a UN plane is shot
         down over Greenland. Dirk Pitt, in the area on a search mission for a
         crippled Soviet submarine, is caught up in a vortex of of complex
         intrigue. An archaeologist working nearby has found an ancient gold
         coin far further north than it should have been.)
       Dragon, 1991 (Dirk Pitt gets involved with an Japanese attempt to take
         over the world again. The ending is the best piece of "TAKE THAT" the
         reviewer has ever read!)
       Shock Wave, 1995 (Dirk confronts his most sinister villain yet -- a
         billionaire diamond king with three beautiful Amazon daughters. Dirk
         discovers that a deadly plague in the Pacific is being caused by a
         strange ultrasound resonance which produces shock waves under the
         sea that kill ever living thing for miles around when they converge.
         Dirk must stop whoever is generating these waves because the next
         ones may kill millions of people!)

D'Amato, Barbara
     Hard Tack, 1991 (A Cat Marsala mystery. A locked room murder mystery on a
       sailboat in the Great Lakes. The author is not a sailor and is only a
       so-so writer but the whole book does take place on a boat.)

Dahl, Mary
     Free Souls, 1969 (Novel based on the true story of the capture of the
       Spanish slaver AMISTAD by its "cargo" in 1839.)

Davidson, Louis Bennett 1894-
     Captain Marooner, 1952 (Fictionalized account of the mutiny aboard the
       American whaleship GLOBE in the 1820s, in the Pacific, and the pursuit
       of her by USS DOLPHIN.)

Davies, Lieut. John, RNVR 1913-
     Lower Deck, 1945 (Six weeks service in a fictional destroyer until she is
       sunk in 1942 in the Eastern Mediterranean seen, as the title suggests,
       from the lower deck.)
     Stone Frigate, 1947 (Prequel to LOWER DECK. Covers the transition of
       civilian to sailor while being trained as an ordinary seaman.)

Davis, A. Kennard (Arthur Kennard) 1910-
     The Gentle Captain, 1954 (In bad weather the tramp steamer ANTARES is in
       trouble and her master Captain O'Maras experience of the sea, and
       probably more importantly, human nature, is severely tested as he
       attempts to save his ship and her people.)

Davis, Bart 1950-
     Full Fathom Five, 1987 (US Navy must recover stolen Soviet nuclear sub.)
     Raise the Red Dawn, 1991 (The Soviet sub RED DAWN is trapped under ice
      while on a secret mission. A US sub tries to rescue her and capture
      her secrets while a Soviet killer sub tries to protect the prize.)
     Destroy the Kentucky, 1992 (Terrorists seize the minisub USS KENTUCKY
       and plan to attack Moscow with nuclear missiles. The Soviets put an
       American captain in a Russian sub to hunt her down.)

Davis, John 1774-1854
     The Post Captain, 1805 (Reprinted in the Nautilus Library, 1936. Lively
       adventures, both afloat and ashore, in rollicking language.)
     Jack Ariel; or Life on Board an Indiaman, 1847 (Events in the East India
       merchant service, during a voyage from London via Bombay to Canton and

Davis, John Gordon
     Cape of Storms, 1971 (Southern Ocean whaling based in South Africa.)
     Leviathan, 1976 (Oceanographer's son tries to save the whales by sinking
       a Soviet whaling factory ship in the Antarctic with a midget sub,
       helicopter and other hi-tech toys he inherited from his dad.)

Dawlish, Peter
     North Sea Adventure, 1949 (Trainee fishermen on board a trawler in the
       North Sea in winter with a gale blowing. For young readers.)

Dawson, Michael (Pseudonym)
     The "Schaduw" Dives, 1948 (In a long and complicated story, we follow the
       fortunes of the Dutch submarine SCHADUW from her escape to Britain as
       the Nazi Germans invade Holland, to the war in the Pacific.)

Day, Edgar (Editor)
     The Saturday Evening Post Reader of Sea Stories, 1962 (Includes
       Hornblower and the Man Who Felt Queer and Dr. Blanke's First Command by
       C. S. Forester, and The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms by Ray Bradbury.)

Day, Holman 1865-1935
     Blow the Man Down; A Romance of the Coast, 1916 (Yacht captain works
       among the rich and beautiful, falls for boss's daughter, gets in
       trouble, and quits to work as freighter captain.)

De Camp, L. Sprague 1907- (Notable SF and historical author)
     The Golden Wind, 1969 (Exploits of Eudoxos of Kyzikos, as he attempts
       to establish a commercial route from the Mediterranean to India during
       the time of the Ptolemys. He leads two profitable expeditions across
       the Indian Ocean, only to be robbed and imprisoned by the Ptolemys on
       his return in each case, then attempts to reach India without going
       through Egypt by circumnavigating Africa.  Novel inspired by actual
     The Arrows of Hercules, 1965 (While not strictly nautical has
       considerable nautical content, including two sea voyages and a stint
       where the protagonist is employed at the world's first naval research
       laboratory in ancient Syracuse.)
     The Hand of Zei, 1981 (Takes place on the planet Krishna, one of Sprague
       De Camp's favorite venues. Krishna is inhabited by people very like
       humans, except for being oviparous and having "antennae" on their
       foreheads that function as organs of smell. The planet is politically
       and technologically about like Europe in the 16th century, and
       interstellar law has placed an interdict on the importation of more
       advanced technology. This makes Krishna an ideal place for De Camp to
       introduce Terran heroes, who can disguise themselves as Krishnans and
       undertake some derring-do, while maintaining a more sophisticated
       attitude towards it all. In this book Zei, a princess of one of the
       Krishnan kingdoms, has been kidnapped by pirates who haunt a Sargasso
       Sea-like swamp in the middle of one of the major oceans, studded with
       the wrecks of ships of various origins and kinds. The Terran hero has
       the task of rescuing the princess. Since she can only be reached by
       sea, the job gives De Camp, who is interested in the history of
       technology, a chance to describe the ships and techniques the hero
       encounters. At one point a crisis is handled by changing the rig of a
       ship, under way, to a more efficient one that the local seamen are
       unfamiliar with. A good yarn, with a fair dose of seafaring and
       nautical hardware.)

De Felita, Frank
     Sea Trial, 1980 (An Orgy in the Caribbean aboard the sailboat PENNY
       DREADFUL turns into horror as something evil this way comes.)

Defoe, Daniel 1661?-1731
     Robinson Crusoe, 1719 (Classic tale of survival on a deserted island.
       Inspired by the real-life adventure of British privateer Alexander
       Selkirk, who was marooned on the island of Juan Fernandez off the coast
       of Chile, for four years before being rescued by Woodes Rogers in
     A New Voyage Round the World, 1724 (An entirely fictional account, in the
       style of Dampier's epoch-making accounts of his genuine voyages.)
     The Four Voyages of Capt. George Roberts, 1726
     The life, Adventures, and Pyracies of the Famous Captain Singleton:
       Containing an account of ... his many adventures and pyracies with the
       famous Captain Avery and others, 1720 (Alternate title: CAPTAIN

Delaney, Laurence
     The Triton Ultimatum, 1977 (Ten men steal the Triton sub LEWIS AND CLARK,
       demand ransom and wreak havoc on Sino-Soviet-US relations.)

Demarest, Phyllis Gordon
     What Happened on the Melisande?, 1971 (Murder mystery aboard the 65'
          MELISANDE in the South Pacific.)

DeMille, Nelson
     Plum Island, 1997 (Injured detective gets involved in investigating the
       murder of two friends who worked at a research facility rumored to be a
       germ warfare center. While the general belief is that they were offed
       in a germ sale or drug deal gone bad, the detective finds evidence for
       a pirate treasure hunt gone sour.)

Deutermann, Peter T. 1941- (Capt. USN (ret.) former destroyer commander.)
     Scorpion in the Sea: the Goldsborough Incident, 1992 (Libyan submarine
       seeks revenge for the US bombing of Tripoli by trying to sink the
       carrier CORAL SEA at her base in Florida.)
     The Edge of Honor, 1994 (During the Vietnam War, Lt. Holcomb becomes
       weapons deptartment head on USS HOOD and discovers the ship is riddled
       with problems that make it vulnerable to air assault--problems that
       the ship's enigmatic captaim seems unwilling or unable to address.
       Holcomb must decide between ignoring the problems, and possibly
       endangering the ship, or doing something and putting his career in
       jeopardy. Meanwhile, back home, his wife is having her own problems
       with being left alone.)
     Official Privilege, 1995 (The body of a young (coloured) naval
       lieutenant is found, chained inside a boiler of an old battleship
       mothballed in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Naval Commander Dan
       Collins and  Naval Service Investigator Grace Ellen Snow are assigned
       to investigate the murder. Questions about the killing lead them into
       Washington's highest circles.)
     Sweepers, 1997 (The inner ring of the Pentagon is being rocked by a
       Sweeper. A trained covert assassin, an ex-Seal, has gone rogue. A newly
       appointed Pentagon admiral is scrambling for his life and for his career.
       A police detective needs answers.)

Dibner, Martin (Served as gunnery officer on US cruiser and carrier during
  WW II.)
     WW II Trilogy:
       The Deep Six, 1953 (The battleship ATLANTIS and its task group patrol
         the Aleutians.)
       The Admiral, 1967 (Captain Harry Paige takes a crippled cruiser into
         battle, becomes a hero, gets carrier and becomes an Admiral.)
       The Trouble with heroes, 1971 (Why does the captain-hero of a US
         nuclear guided missile cruiser off Viet Nam refuse to carry out
         unjust order?)

Dillon, Eilis 1920-
     The Lost Island, 1952 (For young readers. Boy sails off with some friends
       to find lost father.)
    *The Singing Cave, 1959 (In Connemara on the west of Ireland there is
       a niche in a cliff that is known locally as "the singing cave". On the
       day after a great March storm, Pat, the narrator, hears the cave begin
       to sing. He discovers an inner chamber in the cave and in that chamber
       the skeleton and tomb of a Viking warrior, but when he visits the cave
       again the next day the Viking and his hoard have disappeared. Who has
       stolen this treasure - and why? Pat has told nobody about it but his
       grandfather and the local amateur archaeologist, Mr Allen. With the
       quest for the missing Viking and his tomb, an exciting and perilous
       adventure begins for Pat and for his friend, Tom Joyce. For young
     The Cruise of the Santa Maria, 1967 (A newly built boat proves a launch
       to adventure as two Irish boys seek to disprove that their vessel is
       cursed. For young readers.)
     The Seals, 1968 (Pat Conneeley and three friends set out for the mainland
       in stormy weather to rescue his uncle Roddy wanted by the Black and
       Tans for patriot activities.)
     The Island of Ghosts, 1989 (Before leaving Inishglass, an island off the
       coast of Ireland, for school in Galway, Dara and Bran visit their tutor
       who has moved to a haunted island and has plans to keep the boys on the
       island forever. For young readers.)

DiMercurio, Michael (Served as chief propulsion engineer in submarines)
     Voyage of the Devilfish, 1992 (The FS KALININGRAD is the last great
       triumph of Soviet submarine technology. Now it is at sea beneath the
       polar icecap. Aboard is the most brilliant commander in the Russian
       undersea fleet, Admiral Alexi Novskoyy. In his fanatic hands is the
       power to turn back the clock to the cold war and restart the countdown
       to doomsday. Opposing him in the killer-chase sub USS DEVILFISH is
       Captain Michael Pacino. His orders: to find and destroy the invincible
       Russian vessel. His private passion: to settle a score with the man who
       killed his father.)
     Attack of the Seawolf, 1993 (The nightmare fear of the US had come true.
       One of our finest submarines, the USS TAMPA, on a top-secret spying
       mission, had fallen into Chinese Communist hands. The Communists,
       fighting for survival in a savage civil war, now held not only the sub,
       the crew, and the gutsy Commander Sean Murphy hostage, but US power and
       prestige as well. America had one last desperate card to play. The most
       advanced submarine in the world, the still untried USS SEAWOLF, under
       command of maverick daredevil Captain Michael "Patch" Pacino. The
       SEAWOLF had to steal back the TAMPA from where it lay guarded by the
       entire Chinese fleet armed to the teeth with technology from the
       bankrupt Russians.)
     Phoenix Sub Zero, 1994 (The HEGIRA was the finest super-sub that Arab oil
       money could buy. But the US Navy was only now learning just how good
       this undersea sword of Islam was. Already one American sub had been
       destroyed, and another crippled, as the Hegira broke out of the
       Mediterranean and headed toward America to deliver its lethal payload.
       It was up to Captain Michael Pacino and the USS Seawolf to find the
       enemy and destroy it in the ultimate battle between the most advanced
       weapons technology on the planet and the most primal courage and
     Barracuda Final Bearing, 1997 (A volatile new state calling itself
       Greater Manchuria emerges out of the political military strife of Asia.
       Thanks to the connections of its brash leader, it boasts an atomic
       arsenal. Japan, threatened by its proximity to nuclear disaster,
       shocks the world by launching a sophisticated preemptive strike against
       its new neighbor. Worldwide outrage at this aggression provokes the UN
       to blockade the trade-dependant nation. But Japan is ready - its sub
       fleet is armed to the teeth and thoroughly equipped to destroy the
       blockade. With the world now at the boiling point of all-out war,
       Admiral Michael Pacino gives his captain a "mission impossible" order
       to sink the Japanese submarine fleet.)
     Piranha Firing Point, 1999 (Six Japanese submarines are attacked and
       believed destroyed in the East China Sea. To the world, it seems like
       an accident. But to former submarine commander Dick Donchez it is the
       first act of war. He alone knows the truth: that the old guard of Red
       China has stolen the subs to wage a massive attack against the new Free
       China. Vice Admiral Michael Pacino can't prove Donchez's theory. The US
       government will not officially retaliate. But when a full-scale battle
       erupts, Pacino is quickly given command of the Navy's latest undersea
       weapon: the highly classified submarine known as SSNX. It is America's
       most advanced and sophisticated warship - and the world's only hope in
       the final, desperate war for freedom...)

Dingle, Captain Aylward Edward (Sinbad) 1874-
     Cap'n Jethro, 1944 (Short stories about an old whaling captain.)

Dodson, Kenneth (Served in attack transports in WW II)
     Away All Boats, 1954 (Classic story of attack transport USS BELINDA and
     her role landing marines in the Pacific. To some, one of the best WW II
     naval novels ever.)

Donachie, David, 1944-
     Napoleonic era naval yarns: (Featuring privateer captain Harry Ludlow,
     as well as the usual swash and buckle there is an element of the
     detective novel in the books. "Skulduggery...rousing battles.
     Authenticity guaranteed: taste the salt and smell the powder...." "High
     adventure and detection cunningly spliced. Battle scenes reek of blood
     and brine; excitements on terra firma to match.")
       The Devil's Own Luck, 1991 (Ex-privateer Harry Ludlow is impressed
         into the RN in 1892. His brother is accused of murder amidst
         shipboard intrigue and politics.)
       The Dying Trade, 1993 (Ludlow goes to Genoa to, to find out why an
         English captain was hanged.)
       A Hanging Matter, 1994 (Harry Ludlow comes home to England and becomes
         a smuggler.)
       An Element of Chance, 1994 (Harry Ludlow sails to the West Indies and
         into a struggle for control of the seas in 1795.)
      *The Scent of Betrayal, 1996 (In their latest adventure, the Ludlows
         find an abandoned merchant ship as they convey a group of French
         mariners fleeing the French Revolution to the New Orleans of 1795.
         The Spanish authorities are suspicious of the Ludlows and desperately
         interested in finding out what happened to the ship. Large sums of
         money and revolutionary politics are involved. As a result the
         Ludlows are pinned under the guns of New Orleans until they can solve
         the mystery.)
       A Game of Bones, 1997 (The Ludlows, homeward bound from America,
         encounter a French privateer that is capturing an Indiaman. Bested by
         the Frenchman, Harry Ludlow gets drawn into a duel of wits with the
         French captain in which Harry's fortune, ship, and life end up as
         stakes on the board -- all against the backdrop of the Great Mutiny
         -- which forms a second game into which both Ludlows get drawn by
         both commissioned acquaintances and forecastle mutineers.)

Dorling, Henry Taprell (Taffrail, Entered the RN in 1897. Took part in the
  relief of Peking. During WW I he served on destroyers and minelayers,
  mainly in the North Sea, and was awarded the DSO in 1918. He retired from
  the navy in 1929, though was recalled during WW II as a propagandist in the
  Minstry of Information.[From a TIMES obituary])
     Pincher Martin, O.D, a story of the inner life of the Royal Navy, 1917
       (WW I adventures.)
     Pirates, 1929 (An account of British gunboats tackling piracy in the
       Canton delta.)
     Endless Story, 1931 (Destroyers in WW I)
     Kerrell, 1931 (First lieutenant of a destroyer in action in the North Sea
       and with the Dover Patrol in WW I. Good substantial naval action
     Cypher K, 1932 (A book for older boys, The latest cypher is stolen from a
       RN cruiser and a retired naval officer in his sailing yacht manages to
       retrieve it.)
     The Scarlet Stripe, 1932 (Naval surgeon adrift in life-boat with 22 men
       after their Q ship is sunk by U-boat in WW I.)
     Dover-Ostend, 1933 (A cross-channel thriller. Piracy in the English
       Channel is resolved by a naval officer. Included are charts so the
       reader can follow the action which involves lots of coastal cruising
       aboard the officer's yacht.)
     Seventy North, 1934 (Plenty of statistics and social history are
       interestingly incorporated into a readable story involving a Hull
       trawler fishing in the arctic prior to WW II. Although written in the
       style of the day, reading the book now graphically illustrates how the
       importance and impact of fishing on the community has been eroded
     Second Officer, 1935 (Gives the reader an accurate picture of the
       pleasant side of life in the Merchant Navy of the day. (unlike MID
       ATLANTIC?) Large general cargo ships voyage London - Panama - Pacific
       to New Zealand with adventures on the way.)
     Mid Atlantic, 1936 (With this story the author takes up the cudgels on
       behalf of the merchant seamen of Great Britain during the Depression.
       Sailing aboard an ill-found tramp the unfailing courage and heroic
       tenacity of her people fail to save her after steering failure in
       severe weather. Plenty of technical, social and background detail.)
     Operation M.O., 1938 (Naval Intelligence track down and recover stolen
       state secrets, with the aid of the Royal Navy, from a merchantman off
       the Danish coast in this pre-war spy thriller. Really only 25%
     Fred Travis AB, 1939 (Naval action off the Spanish coast during the
       Spanish Civil War.)
     Chenies, 1943 (Two serving officers of the above name in the Royal Navy
       in the early years of WW2. Destroyer patrol, convoy duties, bad
       weather, U-boats and torpedoed ships combine to make a patriotic yarn.
       As the blurb says, Taffrail's first novel of the navy in action in
     Eurydice, 1954? (The Royal Navy destroyer HMS EURYDICE, badly damaged and
       only just afloat, survives the battle of the Java Sea and by evading
       the omnipresent Japanese Navy, survives to seek shelter at a small
       island in the Japanese dominated Eastern Archipelago. She can not
       remain undisturbed for long and the story unfolds with the attention to
       detail one expects from this author.)
     Arctic Convoy, 1956 (A story strongly based on fact. The Arctic convoys
       to North Russia from the perspective of a young officer serving in a
     Sketches and Stories:
       Carry On, 1916
       Stand By, 1917
       Off Shore, 1917
       Sea Spray and Spindrift, 1917
       Minor Operations, 1917
       The Watch Below, 1918
       A Little Ship, 1918
       HMS Anonymous, 1919

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