What makes a great sea adventure book?
If the smell of salt water stirs your senses and a life spent close to the sea is your ideal, books telling of rip-roaring sea adventures are probably going to excite and enthral you.
Maybe you’ve fantasized about being a pirate or hunting down pirates, or perhaps you’ve served in the navy or other sea-faring branch of the military. Then again, you might feel at home on a fishing boat. Even if you get sea sick and prefer to stay on dry land, the good news is that you can still enjoy reading about people who spend time on the water.
5 things to look for when choosing a sea adventures book
- Look for a sea adventure that blends other genres. In addition to the obvious military or action themes, you can find stories that include science fiction, romance or supernatural elements, just to name a few.
- Decide if you want to read about a psychological adventure where the main character undergoes a transformation or a more visceral tale of action, such as fighting pirates or looking for a killer shark on the high seas.
- Think about whether you want to read a historical or contemporary sea adventure as there are a variety of both types of stories available in the genre. So, whether you enjoy stories of Vikings, new world explorers or tales of mystery and murder on luxury liners, you should be able to find a book that floats your boat.
- Choose your transportation. Do you enjoy sailing, speedboat racing or would you rather leave the driving to someone else and spend time on a cruise ship? The vessels featured in sea adventures run the gamut.
- Pick a locale that interests you. Whether you’d like to read a story about dodging icebergs in the Artic Circle or tropical storms in more temperate waters, there are books to suit your preferences. The right sea adventure book can take you to the exotic destination of your choice, whether its the Horn of Africa, the North Sea or the Great Barrier Reef and tropical islands.
5 great sea adventures books
- If you like a touch of the paranormal with your sea adventure, you could try Frederick Marryat’s The Phantom Ship (published 1839) which includes a ghost ship, the Flying Dutchman and a werewolf.
- In Herman Melville’s classic, Moby Dick (published 1851), the main character wages battle against a great white whale.
- Alternatively, you can read about a fight against a large fish in Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man And The Sea (published 1952).
- In Jack London’s, The Sea Wolf (published 1904), the battle at sea takes on a psychological aspect as the main character ends up being rescued after being involved in a boating accident. He’s picked up by a fishing ship which has a tyrannical captain.
- In Joseph Conrad’s, Lord Jim (published 1900), the title character deals with the repercussions and stigma of abandoning ship.
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