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Old 20-03-2016, 23:05   #1
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Not sure this is the best place for this question

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I am curious if anyone knows of any exciting fiction books that includes sailing . I realize it might be hard to keep a person on the edge of their
edge of their seats at 7 MPH but I was hoping to find a fictional novel ,maybe a spy thriller that was based around sailin g..
any ideas would be appreciated
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Old 20-03-2016, 23:36   #2
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The Riddle of the Sands
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Old 21-03-2016, 01:26   #3
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The Riddle of the Sands
Yep, that's the classic of the genre. And it's available as a free download from Project Gutenberg:

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2360
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any of Tristan jones's books,not spy thrillers,but very readable
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Sam Llewellyn (samllewellyn.com) has written some good sailing thrillers and also Bernard Cornwell (www.bernardcornwell.net) has written several. I always thought of the Sam Llewellyn books rather like the Dick Francis of the sailing thriller. Enjoy his books very much and also loved the Bernard Cornwell books.

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C.S.Foresters' Hornblower series has it all: spies, sailing, battles..
if you don't mind the environment to be 200 years ago ,)

and the book, Forester got his inspiration from: Peter Simple
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The Ship Killer by Justin Scott.

Brilliant!

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Try series of 3-4 books by Ferenc Mate'. Very entertaining. Wish he would write some more, but he grows grapes now in Tuscany.
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Sam Llewellyn (samllewellyn.com) has written some good sailing thrillers and also Bernard Cornwell (www.bernardcornwell.net) has written several. I always thought of the Sam Llewellyn books rather like the Dick Francis of the sailing thriller. Enjoy his books very much and also loved the Bernard Cornwell books.

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Anothe vote from me. got me a signed copy from Sam of one oh his books book when he was at Southampton boat show.
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The Ship Killer by Justin Scott.

Brilliant!

Yes agreed. My wife was reading this one day in the Western approaches to the English channel, we were sailing slowly, north to south about mid Channel in very light winds from astern and this ship was coming up from dead astern. Not sure which way to turn for best option and being the 'stand on vessel' since we were being overtaken, I tried calling on VHF but got no reply. BAR Steward actually passed us down our starboard side about 50 yds away after we had altered to port and turned on our engine just in case. I called the UK Coastguard in Falmouth and was advised that the ship, called 'Lloyd Pacifico' had left Plymouth some 70 miles away earlier that day and had been reported several times by other vessels for anti-colreg antisocial behaviour. Anyway, it brought 'Shipkiller' really to Life and is remembered to this day, probably 20 years later. MY good lady decided to finish the book after we finished that passage and were safely anchored up in Southern Brittany.
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Joseph Conrad wrote several excellently written books about the sea, worth reading for his literary skill.
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QUOTE=watson1990;2077488]BUT :
I am curious if anyone knows of any exciting fiction books that includes sailing . I realize it might be hard to keep a person on the edge of their
edge of their seats at 7 MPH but I was hoping to find a fictional novel ,maybe a spy thriller that was based around sailin g..
any ideas would be appreciated
mike[/QUOTE]
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Oh, man! No one mentioned the Patrick O'Brian Series: Master and Commander, et al. The Best!!
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Hi I would recommend the thrillers of Charles Williams, usually taking place on smaller yachts. He's not very well known but an excellent writer. One of the books made a major movie "Dead Calm" with Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman and Billy Zane. Execellent movie. The Riddle of the Sands is magnificient, and I would add the thrillers of Geoffrey Jenkins, a South African novelist. The Diamond River is a nautical classic.
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The boat who wouldn't float by Farley mowat
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