Top 20 Ocean Novels
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Top 20 Ocean Novels
The ocean has fascinated novelists throughout time.  One only has to think about Robinson Crusoe stranded on an island to Moby Dick and the hunt for the great white whale to appreciate the intensity that the ocean has brought to the world's great writers.  This section of the portal will bring you the top 20 ocean novels of all time and many more!  The list below is only to get us started.  At some point we will conduct an online poll and see which novels you think belong in the top 20.
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A Salty Piece of Land (2004)
Jimmy Buffet








Billy Budd (1924)
Herman Melville








Cannery Row (1945)
John Steinbeck











Caribbean (1989)
James Michener










Chesapeake (1978)
James Michener










Dead Calm (1963)
Charles F. Williams









Deep Fathom (2001)
James Rollins










Hawaii (1959)
James Michener









Jaws (1974)
Peter Benchley









Moby Dick (1851)
Herman Melville










Mutiny On The Bounty (1932)
Charles Nordhoff and
James Norman Hall








Robinson Crusoe (1719)
Daniel Defoe











South Pacific (1992)
James Michener








Tales of the South Pacific (1947) James Michener









The Hunt for Red October (1984)
Tom Clancy











The Old Man and The Sea (1951)
Ernest Hemingway









The Pearl (1947)
John Steinbeck









The Reef (1912)
Edith Wharton








Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea (1870)
Jules Verne









Typee (1846)
Herman Melville

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Suggested Ocean Novels

The novels listed on this page are not intended to be comprehensive.  If you have suggestions for ocean novels that we should add to the list, please let us know by filling out this form!

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Some Ocean Novels Suggested by Others


NEW (April 2013)
Life of Pi (2000)

Should These Be in the Top 20?
On the Line (2012), Jackie Nastri Bardenwerper
92 in the shade (1982), Thomas McGuane
MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror
The Loch
Sphere
The Deep Range
The Ripple Effect: A Novel of Suspense
Sanibel Flats
Kronos
Sea Change
Dark Gold
Wired Kingdom