AOS Other Nautical Fiction


cuttysarkWhen doing research for historic naval fiction books to add to this site I often find ones about merchant ships and other stories set in the age of sail. Some of these may be of interest to naval fiction fans so I am adding them to this index. If you are interested in purchasing any, and direct links are not provided from the book, please visit and search the online stores.

An epic voyage, undertaken with the grandest of ambitions.

When Lapérouse leaves France in the Spring of 1785 with two ships under his command, he knows that he sails with the full backing of the French government. This is to be a voyage of scientific and geographical discovery - but every person on board has their own hopes, ambitions and dreams.

As the ships move across vast distances in their journey of nearly four years, the different characters step forward and invite us into their world. From the remote Alaskan bay where a dreadful tragedy unfolds, to the wild journey Barthélemy de Lessups undertakes from the far east of Russia to St Petersburg, the reader sees the emotional, physical and mental toll exacted by such an endeavour.

Landfalls marks the launch of a brilliant new writer, who creates an unforgettable world through a web of voices and narratives.



While investigating the murder of an American missionary in Ethiopia, young State Department lawyer Jaqueline Quartermane stumbles upon a magical word square in an underground church that guards the tomb of the biblical Adam. Drawn into a web of esoteric intrigue, she becomes the target of an elusive Pakistani opium kingpin who intends to convince the world that he is the Mahdi, the long-awaited Muslim Messiah of the Apocalypse. Her evangelical faith is tested when she thrown together with a roguish antiquities thief named Elymas, a Jewish atheist. This unlikely duo must race the Mahdi impostor to find the Thirteen Treasures of the Holy of Holies needed to resurrect Solomon's Temple. A trail of cabalistic clues leads them to the catacombs of Rome, the crypt below Chartres Cathedral, a Masonic shaft in Nova Scotia, a Portuguese shipwreck off Sumatra, and the caverns under the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Intertwined with this modern mystery-thriller, a parallel duel is waged: The year is 1452. One of the most secretive societies in history, Portugal's Order of Christ, is led by a reclusive visionary, Prince Henry the Navigator. His medieval combination of NASA and the CIA schemes to foil its archenemies, the Inquisitor Torquemada and Queen Isabella of Castile, who plan to bring back Christ for the Last Judgment by ridding the world of Jews, heretics, and unbelievers. Separated by half a millennium, two conspiracies to usher in the Tribulations of the Book of Revelation dovetail in this fast-paced thriller to expose the world's most explosive secret: The true identities of Christopher Columbus and those now trying to spark the End of Days.

The Virgin of the Wind Rose


"I see things other people don’t see; I hear things other people don’t hear." Fifteen-year-old James McCafferty is an unwilling sailor aboard a traditional Chinese Junk operated as adventure-therapy for troubled teens. Once at sea, James believes the ship is being taken over by the spirits of courtiers who fled the Imperial palace during the Ming Dynasty, more than 600 years earlier, and sailing to its doom.

Water Ghosts

Author: Linda Collison

Title: Water Ghosts


First Published by: Old Salt Press


Format: PB

Date: 27 May 2015

ISBN-10: 1943404003

ISBN-13: 9781943404001




  Shipwrecked on the small Caribbean island of Petite Silhouette after the Great War, Aussie Captain Jack McLeod builds a new life as a smuggler, schooner captain, boatbuilder and family man. But dark clouds loom on the horizon. World War II sees the Caribbean become a battleground between the Allied Forces and the marauding U-boats of Nazi Germany, and the captain and crew of the schooner Roulette become embroiled in espionage and intrigue as they use their wits, experience and local knowledge to battle a ruthless and unseen foe.

Splicing historical fact with fiction, 'Tradewinds' takes the reader on a thrilling ride through the exotic Caribbean at a time when the Outside World invades these idyllic islands, changing them forever.

Tradewinds: A Tale of the Caribbean


In 1849, Honolulu town, newly named the Hawaiian kingdom's capital, is caught halfway between worlds. The former backwater is now an international port for whalers and merchants, and Honolulu is where men go to seek their fortunes - until the discovery of gold in California changes everything.

Amid these early days of the Gold Rush, whaleship captain Daniel Ellis and Takao, his boatsteerer, sail into Honolulu for a brief stopover. When things don't go as planned, they'll need to turn to someone for help. Who better than Takao's brother, Shima, who now lives just outside Honolulu, working as a physician and well connected within the Hawaiian elite?

But Shima has changed, too, and he has his own secrets. In this sequel to "The Sea-God at Sunrise", Ellis and Takao may find that the biggest battles they'll face are not at sea against monsters of the deep, but in the harbors and valleys of Oahu against friend and brother.



Slavery. A crime against humanity and basis for a whole economy in one of the most shameful aspects of our history is the backdrop against which Storm Warning is painted. Based on a true and all but forgotten incident, part sea chase and part courtroom drama, it is the story of the capture, trial and execution of Captain Nathanial Gordon, the only man in history to face conviction for slave trading, Commander Sylvanus Godon, who captured him at sea and those men who brought him to justice and fought in his defense in a landmark case that reaches from the Circuit Court of the Southern District of New York City all the way to Washington and the new President Lincoln.

Storm Warning

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