Nautical / Naval Fiction

The Nautical Fiction List (John Kohnen): A readers' list of novels, novelettes, short stories, poetry and drama of the sea, in English. Over 800 authors and over 2,100 titles, with entries arranged in alphabetical order by author's last name. Many summaries provided. Series are listed.

Set Sail for Adventure: Tales of Derring-Do on the High Seas (Lynne M. Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): Almost 150 novels listed (some in series), with author, publication info, and summary for each title or series. From James Fenimore Cooper's The Red Rover (1828) to James L. Nelson's The Blackbirder (2001).

Anchors Aweigh! A Naval Adventure Fiction Booklist (Lincoln City Libraries, NE): 'Extensive list of Naval Adventure fiction, set from the 1600s through the early 1900s. Most of these titles are military fiction, with a few pure 'adventure' novels thrown in. All the novels in this list feature adventures aboard sailing vessels.' Titles and series listed by author, with webcat links. Hundreds of books listed.

UP Periscope!: Submarine Adventures (Lynne M. Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): List of 65 titles, with author, publication info, and summary for each title. From Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1870) to H. Jay Riker's The Silent Service: Grayback Class (2000).

Nautical and Maritime Fiction (Auburn Hills PL, MI): 'Stories involving sailing, boating, etc. and the people who participate in such activities.' Author and title only for about 15 series and 30 other books. Updated July2007.

Saltwater Sagas: Adventures On and Under the Sea (Pratt Free Library, Baltimore MD): Title, author, summary, publication year, and webcat link for about 25 novels, from Goliath by Steve Alten to Typhoon by Robin White. Mostly recent novels, with a few classics thrown in. Compiled 2004.

Sea Stories (Halton Hills Public Library -- Georgetown, Ontario, CAN): Author, title, webcat links for about 70 books (listed alphabetically by author), from Cyrill Abraham's The Onedin Line series to Anthony Trew's Death of a Supertanker.

Sea Stories (State Library of Tasmania): Author, title, a few summaries for about 80 novels, from Bruce Alexander's Watery grave to Stuart Woods' White cargo.

On the High Seas - Nautical Adventures (Nashville PL, TN): Author, title, webcat link, summary for 30 fiction titles, from Watery Grave by Bruce Alexander to The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk, and author, title, webcat link for 15 nautical series. Compiled 2006.

Sea Stories(Debbie Musselman, Wolfner Library, MO): Author, title, summary for about 10 novels. Also: Sea-Swept Stories (compiled by Paul Mathews), 'action-packed stories of murder and adventure on the high seas,' which lists another 10.

Sea Stories (Springfield-Greene County Library, MO): Author, title, webcat link, and summary for about 12 novels.

Sea Stories (Hampshire County Council Library): Author, title, summary for 10 books, from Signals of Distress by Jim Crace to Losing Nelson by Barry Unsworth. Unusual selection.

Naval Adventure on the High Seas (Manchester Public Library, Manchester, CT): Author and series summaries for about 15 series. Titled listed. Jan. 2004, updated Nov. 2006.

Before the Mast: Historical Sailing Fiction (Williamsburg Public Library, Virginia): All these works are set in the 18th and 19th centuries, and many of them are the first work in a series. Lists 17 authors and titles, with summary/review of each title. Compiled June 1999.

Nautical Fiction Series in Order (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Listed by time period of setting, provides author and titles in order, and some series names. From Rafael Sabatini's books set in the 1600s to Patrick Robinson's series set in the early 2000s. Over 40 series in all.

High Seas (Reader's Advice): Thrillers involving sea adventures. Author, title, and Amazon link for about 30 titles, from Dave Barry's Tricky Business to Jules Verne's The Mighty Orinoco. Compiled April 2000, regularly.

Sea Adventures (Carol A. Kubala, Fiction-L): Compiled July 2006. Author and title for 8 series and about 65 novels and short story collections of sea adventures, from Mammoth Book of Hearts of Oak: Classic and New Stories from the Age of Fighting Sail (ed. Mike Ashley) to Jay Worral's Any Approaching Enemy: A Novel of the Napoleonic Wars.

Sea Stories (Suzanne Booker, Monroe County Public Library, IN): Author and title only for about 45 books and series about the sea. Updated Dec. 2006.

Shipping Lanes (Lake County Public Library, Merrillville, IN): 'Stories of shipboard adventure, mystery and romance.' Lists author and title of 12 adventure novels, 6 books about the Titanic, 9 mysteries, and about a dozen romances.

Adventure on the High Seas (Lake County Public Library, Merrillville, IN): Author and series title for 7 historical naval adventure series, and author and title for 15 more tales of the sea.

Armchair Sailing: Cruises in Fiction (Omaha Public Library, NE): Lists author and title for almost 20 novels featuring sea cruises, from The Cruise of a Deathtime by Marian Babson to A Necessary Woman by Helen Van Slyke.

Murder Onboard: Cruising and Sailing Mysteries (Springfield Library, Springfield, MA): By author, lists title. Updated Aug. 2006.

Naval Fiction (Novi Public Library, MI): Author and title only for about 50 novels.

Tales of the Titanic: Fiction (Laura McGrath, Skokie Public Library, IL): Lists 14 books about the Titanic sinking. Summaries, webcat links and publication years. Also list of related films.

Ship Disasters(Ginny Ryan, Wolfner Library, MO): Author, title, summary for about 15 books about ship disasters.

Shipwrecked! (Winfield PL, IL): Author, title, summary for six titles, including Yann Martel's The Life of Pi and Barbara Delinsky's The Summer I Dared.

Pirates!(Cheryl Hassler, Wolfner Library, MO): Books featuring 'high seas adventure and swash-buckling pirates.' Author, title, summary for about 25 books.

Pirates (Overbooked): These books have received starred reviews from the major reviewing sources. Author, title, publication info, brief reviews, and sometimes external links for 12 fiction titles, plus a list of about 35 more novels (classics, romance, other fiction with pirates) and a list of several nonfiction titles and several fiction titles for 'kids of all ages.' Updated May 2007.

Pirates (Madison Public Library, WI): Author, title, webcat link for about 35 non-fiction titles, followed by a list of about 25 fiction titles. Updated April 2007.

Stories of the Navy SEALS (Springfield-Greene County Library, MO): Author, title, webcat link, and summary for about 10 novels featuring Navy SEALS.

Anchors Aweigh(Susan Higgins, Wolfner Library, MO): These books feature Navy SEALS. Author, title, summary for about 10 books.

If You Like Clive Cussler (Overbooked): 'Novels (mostly crime fiction) which may include seagoing action and adventure, over the top excitement, an ongoing archetypal series character AKA a James Bond clone, a very fast pace, the lure of treasure and historical or technological detail.' Author, title, publication info, and summary for about 15 novels.

Cussler-Like (Reader's Advice): 'Suspense/thrillers with a sea connection.' Author, title, and Amazon link for about 100 titles, from Steve Alten's The Trench to Peter Tonkin's Richard Mariner series. Compiled Sept. 1999, updated regularly.

If You Like Clive Cussler (Kent Library District, MI): PDF. Author, title, pub. year, and summary for 12 books.

Masters and Commanders (Central Rappahannock Public Library, VA): Books similar to Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey and Maturin series: 'These books, many part of a series, feature unforgettable captains facing the rigors and horrors of the boundless deep.' Author, title, summary, webcat link for about 20 books, from Apprentice to the Sea by Philip McCutchan to Tom Cringle's Log by Michael Scott.

If You Like Patrick O'Brian (Multnomah County Library, OR): Author, title, publication year, and summary for 7 fiction and 4 non-fiction titles similar to Patrick O'Brian's naval series.

Don't Go Near the Water(Paul Mathews, Wolfner Library, MO): Eight books about when 'things go wrong near the water.' Author, title, summary.

Sailor Beware! (Tulsa City-County Library, OK): 'These tales of the sea and survival are all the more thrilling because they are true.' Author, title, pub. year, webcat link and summary for 7 books.