Top 20 Ocean Novels
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.

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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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
The Deep Range
The Ripple Effect: A Novel of Suspense
Sanibel Flats
Sea Change
Dark Gold
Wired Kingdom