Apologies if these have already been mentioned, as I don't quite have time to read through the whole thread, yet...
Currently, I am reading a very nautically-themed book written by Herman Melville called Moby Dick, or to be more precise, I'm picking it back up after being forced by schedule to read a cruising textbook. And, you can actually read it online at Bartleby.com
However, the book(s) I wanted to recommend are from a fellow sailor and former Navy
Seal, Matt Bracken. I had just convinced myself to learn how to sail and taken ASA
101, when I discovered his novel, Enemies Foreign & Domestic. By the time I finished book #2 of the trilogy, I had found and bought my first sailboat. Matt didn't create in me the desire to become a sailor, but his writing surely did nurture that dream. An excerpt from Ch. 1:
Two hundred miles south of the stadium at the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay, thirty year old Brad Fallon sat alone in the tool-strewn cabin of his mastless 44-foot sailboat, staring at a small black and white television. A breaking news bulletin on the radio had caused him to put down his work and dig out the rarely watched portable 12 volt television. He sat transfixed, numb, the same way that he had up in Alaska when he had first seen the replays of the jetliners flying into the World Trade Center on another September day. No words spoken on the radio could duplicate the impact of seeing the actual events, even on a nine inch black and white screen.
His garage-sale Panasonic only received four broadcast channels, but it didn't matter, because the network anchors had been found and brought to the studios, preempting all other programs. All of them wore similar black suits and maintained a funereal demeanor as they read the latest updates, interspersed with frequently repeated replays of the worst imagery of the disaster. The usual network talking heads were inset in the corners of aerial views of the stadium in suburban Maryland, near the Washington Beltway, where a full blown mass casualty triage and evacuation was underway. Familiar sports announcers provided grim eyewitness accounts from inside of the stadium.
Someone on the first page of this thread mentioned Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged
, which is a great book but not particularly a seafaring tale. When I finished the EFAD trilogy, however, my first thought was, "If Ayn Rand would have known the sea as a sailor, these are the books she would have loved to have written."
All of Bracken's books, plus his fiction & non-fiction Anthology
, are available on Kindle, and he occasionally has arranged for them to be provided for free download at Amazon.
Read more HUGE excerpts at the author's website
. "Bleeding-edge dystopian thrillers, for readers who are tired of politically-correct fiction."