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Master and Commander
by Patrick O'Brian
Historical sea tale chronicles the adventures of Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy, master and commander of the brig Sophie, as he and his crew battle the French and Spanish in the Mediterranean during the Napoleonic wars.
Mr. Midshipman Hornblower
by C.S. Forester
The early career of Horatio Hornblower of the British Royal Navy is traced in a series of adventurous episodes. They illustrate the quick thinking, brilliant intuition, and decisiveness characteristic of our hero, and leave him with the rank of lieutenant.
Run Silent, Run Deep
by Edward Beach
This novel about a submarine war patrol that pursues a Japanese ship in the Pacific Ocean is based on the author’s World War II experiences.
The Bounty Trilogy
by Charles Nordhoff
"Mutiny on the Bounty" is based on the actual mutiny that took place on board the HMS Bounty, which sailed from England in 1787 bound for Tahiti. The story recounts the sailors' rebellion against the brutal captain, and the consequences of their actions. Also included are the novel's two sequels, "Men Against the Sea" and "Pitcairn's Island."
With These Hands
by Louis L'Amour
Eleven action-filled stories set in such places as Hollywood, the South Seas, and Japan. The characters range from boxers, cowboys, and detectives to pilots and sea captains. In the title piece, the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Arctic wilderness of Alaska summons the will to stay alive.