If you're interested in making your nonfiction story read like bestselling fiction, but are unsure how, considering picking up a copy of Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War, a book by W. Craig Reed and published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins.
The Morgan Hill, CA, writer is a former submariner who's also the son of submariner William J. Reed, "who helped devise and deploy the top-secret Boresight program."
Rather than dump a lot of chronologically-organized facts onto the page, Reed wrote this tale of underwater subterfuge in the manner of a thriller that proves fascinating due to the firsthand technical knowledge and depiction of so many tense moments.
1. made his father the main character, who had to operate under extraordinary pressure
2. wrote the story in scenes that take readers into the submarine at moments when life-and-death decisions are being made
3. builds tension throughout by folding in information rather than allowing the story to sag due to long flashbacks or too much technical information delivered all at once
My guess is if you contact Mr. Reed via his website, he'll be happy to divulge how he got such a marvelous blurb by bestselling thriller writer James Rollins:
If Tom Clancy had turned The Hunt for Red October into a nonfiction thriller, Red November might be the result... Not to be missed!
As an important aside for aspiring writers, Mr. Reed said that though the book was published by a major house that's promoted the book to a fair degree, he hired a book publicist to make sure his story gets the type of major media coverage and reviews it deserves.
Congratulations, Mr. Reed!