Posted by: Jacqui Murray | January 16, 2017

10 Great Books (plus 3) to Read Before You Become a Midshipman

military booksI review a lot of military books every year. these are selected as great reading to prepare high schoolers for the USNA or a life in the military. Here are the top ten based on reader observations:

  1. Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell
  2. Galloping Ghost by Carl LaVo
  3. Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield
  4. Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton
  5. No Easy Day by Mark Owen
  6. Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian–in fact, read the entire series. So much great information on *** warships
  7. Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James D. Hornfischer
  8. Big Red by Douglas Waller
  9. One Hundred Days by Sandy Woodward
  10. Fortunate Son by Lewis B. Puller Jr.

There are also three more–all that I’ve written. Check them out and see if they’re right for you:

Building a Midshipman–the story of one woman’s journey from carefree high school student to United States Naval AcademyMidshipman

To Hunt a Sub–By all measures, Rowe and Delamagente are an unlikely duo. Rowe believes in brawn and Delamagente brains. To save the America they both love, they find a middle ground, guided by the wisdom of a formidable female who died two million years ago.

Twenty-four Days–(publication date: Summer 2017) A former SEAL, a brilliant scientist, a love-besotted nerd, and a quirky AI have twenty-four days to stop a terrorist attack. The problems: They don’t know what it is, where it is, or who’s involved.


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and To Hunt a Sub, her debut thriller. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a tech columnist for TeachHUB, a program reviewer for CAEP ISTE, and freelance journalist on tech ed topics. She is the parent of a Naval Officer and an Army Sergeant. Currently, she’s editing the sequel to To Hunt a Sub–Twenty-four Days–which should be out this summer.

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