It's not books I've been reading just recently, but I would like to recommend the maritime adventure stores by the late Patrick O'Brien.They are known as the Aubrey-Maturin series (after the main characters), and if you like swashbuckers which are meticulously researched, you should give them a try.
You need to read them in order, as they are pretty much sequential.
I've just finished Ernie's America, a selection of Ernie Pyle.s columns for the Scripps-Howard newspapers recounting his travels throughout the United States during the Great Depression. He was a gifted and sensitive reporter.
After the Depression, he was reassigned as a war correspondent during WW II. After reporting from Europe, he went to the Pacific... and ws killed during the invasion of Iwo Jima. I had followed his columns every day in his Washington paper, and was devastated at his death..