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Old 04-07-2018, 04:29 PM   #1
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Boat books, fiction

On another thread, a few of us were commenting about good reads of boating fiction.

I bet our collective experience can recommend some. Do you have one?

I mostly gave up fiction in my 30's and 40's for purposeful non-fiction reads. I've been coming back to fiction more recently. For me, non-fiction is about understanding things that might matter in the future. Friction is about enjoying myself right now, in the present...

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Old 04-07-2018, 04:33 PM   #2
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Try Sloane Wilson's "Away from it all".
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"Riddle of the Sands" by Childers.
Boats, spy's, espionage, and an uncanny forecast to Hitler's plans in WW II.
All in a book written in 1903.

And the author ended up being shot by firing squad !!

Made me wonder.....
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10 books by ed robinson.
Trawler trash
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No better collection of sea tales than the Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O’Brien; about the RN in the Napoleanic Wars. 1st in series is called “Master and Commander.”
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No better collection of sea tales than the Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O’Brien; about the RN in the Napoleanic Wars. 1st in series is called “Master and Commander.”
And by the time you finish all 19, you'll be ready to read them again.
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And by the time you finish all 19, you'll be ready to read them again.
I almost made the same comment. . I think I’ve read the whole series three times in the last 20 years. At least twice for certain. Must mean it’s time to dig them out again!
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10 books by ed robinson.
Trawler trash

As a redneck from Texas, I enjoyed those books. Fun boat reading.

Jimmy Buffett’s books are also good for boat reading.
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Clive Cussler has written many paperbacks, most with a nautical theme. My favorite is his 'Oregon' series, that being the name of a tramp steamer for appearances-sake that is really a high-tech spy ship. Yes, the story lines are predictable, but the books move fast with lots of action, great reading when you're on the hook. And the main character always gets the girl, which is the most important.......isn't it?
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"Riddle of the Sands" by Childers.
Boats, spy's, espionage, and an uncanny forecast to Hitler's plans in WW II.
All in a book written in 1903.

And the author ended up being shot by firing squad !!

Made me wonder.....
One of the finest books ever written in my opinion, love it. I can pick it up, start and its like visiting with an old friend. Childers story is an interesting one, read a bio recently. The movie isn't half bad either, though should have been longer.
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Try Sloane Wilson's "Away from it all".
Same author "Ice Brothers". Excellent story.
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The Hornblower series by C.S. Forester, the man who taught O’Brien how to write a sea story.
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Same author "Ice Brothers". Excellent story.
As a naval officer myself, I found Ice Brothers fascinating. However, I consider The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Montserrat the greatest novel about naval warfare ever written.

For non-naval fiction, check out a number of books by Bernard Cromwell. He's more commonly know for historical fiction such as the Sharpe series, but his sailing thrillers such as Wildtrack are excellent.
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The Hornblower series by C.S. Forester, the man who taught O’Brien how to write a sea story.
And ultimately laid the foundations for the character of Captain Kirk.
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Clive Cussler has written many paperbacks, most with a nautical theme. My favorite is his 'Oregon' series, that being the name of a tramp steamer for appearances-sake that is really a high-tech spy ship.

I’ve been a huge fan since 1990 and was honored when he mailed me a few of the original pages from Titanic, typed and with hand scribbled corrections.

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I would recommend Clyde Ford, author of several crime novels that take place in the San Juan Islands. The main character lives aboard a Willard 36 aft cabin trawler in Bellingham, Washington. Clyde's first book is "The Red Herring", followed by "Precious Cargo". These are fun reads...only wish he's continued writing the series.
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Also David Poyer, the Dan Lenson series. Julian Stockwell, Dewy Lambdin, for stories in the style of Patrick O'Brian.
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Also David Poyer, the Dan Lenson series. Julian Stockwell, Dewy Lambdin, for stories in the style of Patrick O'Brian.
I also recommend the Poyer series - “Tales of the Modern Navy” I think he or the publisher calls them. A nice mix of political fiction and drama on the entertainment end, with the reality of naval life underpinning and authenticating it. He is a USNA alum and former line officer.
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I also recommend the Poyer series - “Tales of the Modern Navy” I think he or the publisher calls them. A nice mix of political fiction and drama on the entertainment end, with the reality of naval life underpinning and authenticating it. He is a USNA alum and former line officer.
If you enjoy David Poyer, you may also like P. T. Deuterman. Not all of his are sea stories, but he is a former Navy Officer, and an excellent writer. In my opinion.
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