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Product Details

  • Paperback: 446 pages
  • Publisher: McBooks Press (Oct. 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590130340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590130346
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #310,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"You could get addicted to this series. Easily."  —The New York Times


"Stunning naval adventure, reeking of powder and mayhem. I wish I had written this series."  —Bernard Cornwell

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Dewey Lambdin, a self-proclaimed "Navy brat," is the author of the Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures, which are set in the Royal Navy of Nelson's time. He has worked for a network affiliate TV station as a producer/director for twelve years, for an independent station as production manager and senior director/writer/ producer for three years, all in Memphis, and as a writer/producer with a Nashville advertising/production facility.A member of the U.S. Naval Institute, a Friend of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England; Cousteau Society; the former American Film Institute; and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Lambdin spends his free time working and sailing on his beloved sloop, Wind Dancer.

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By tertius3 on Aug. 6 2003
Format: Paperback
In this eighth novel, Commander Lewrie, in his sloop-of-war Jester, is attached to a British squadron tasked to the Adriatic to cooperate with incompetent Austrian and uncooperative Venetian allies. In desperation the British are driven to attempt to enlist the assistance of Serbian pirates to harass French trade in naval stores. A quirk of this novel is that Lewrie spends a lot of time on shore or in negotiations, rather than in his usual settings of boudoir or battle. While offered opportunities to play his usual "ram-cat," Lewrie now acts like an "old maid." Maybe it's understandable why this particular volume fell out of print.
On the other hand, an attactive new plot device here is that the Great Enemy, Napoleon, is seen closeup with his admiring staff, plotting the ever-surprising tactics of his rapid conquest, er "liberation," of Italy, in occasional chapters counterpoised to slow Allied expectations or Commander Lewrie all at sea. Also, in one surprising chapter we have no idea what's going on-has the author gone mad?-until the ruse is explained in the next chapter. While the infamous Alan Lewrie contends with the expectable obstructive superior, here this stock character becomes much more understanding and empathetic than usual, to Lewrie's discomfiture. Travel quotations from an ancient Roman author are vaguely relevant. A map of the Adriatic would help visual the movements.
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By rjp on Dec 14 2002
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Disappointed with this adventure as felt author used too much padding and not sufficient flow of the story. Although background detail is important I felt the attempts to captivate dialects made the reading very sluggish.
I'm about to start on 'The King's Captain' and hope that this gets back to a good rollicking type yarn.
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By Georgie McLean on May 9 2015
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Hubby loved it.
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A mature Lewrie? Aug. 6 2003
By tertius3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In this eighth novel, Commander Lewrie, in his sloop-of-war Jester, is attached to a British squadron tasked to the Adriatic to cooperate with incompetent Austrian and uncooperative Venetian allies. In desperation the British are driven to attempt to enlist the assistance of Serbian pirates to harass French trade in naval stores. A quirk of this novel is that Lewrie spends a lot of time on shore or in negotiations, rather than in his usual settings of boudoir or battle. While offered opportunities to play his usual "ram-cat," Lewrie now acts like an "old maid." Maybe it's understandable why this particular volume fell out of print.
On the other hand, an attactive new plot device here is that the Great Enemy, Napoleon, is seen closeup with his admiring staff, plotting the ever-surprising tactics of his rapid conquest, er "liberation," of Italy, in occasional chapters counterpoised to slow Allied expectations or Commander Lewrie all at sea. Also, in one surprising chapter we have no idea what's going on-has the author gone mad?-until the ruse is explained in the next chapter. While the infamous Alan Lewrie contends with the expectable obstructive superior, here this stock character becomes much more understanding and empathetic than usual, to Lewrie's discomfiture. Travel quotations from an ancient Roman author are vaguely relevant. A map of the Adriatic would help visual the movements.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Roger's review Dec 14 2002
By rjp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Disappointed with this adventure as felt author used too much padding and not sufficient flow of the story. Although background detail is important I felt the attempts to captivate dialects made the reading very sluggish.
I'm about to start on 'The King's Captain' and hope that this gets back to a good rollicking type yarn.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good but not the best May 1 2011
By Lewis S. Gossette - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This series is captivating, but the quality is somewhat varied. I suppose that it's hard to maintain the same interest throughout a series as long as this. I'd equate Lambdin with O'Brian.
poor writing habits mar good yarns June 20 2013
By odyssoma - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The farther I get into the Lewrie series, the more annoying become a few of Lambdin's peculiar writing habits. His work is generally literate, and his characterization good, until he insists on his characters drawling, sneering or snapping their dialog. This is a capital error in nearly all fiction, where "said," or even nothing at all (if context suffices) is preferable. Similarly, Lambdin curiously repeats words in succeeding sentences or even the same phrase, using them in different contexts, almost mirroring the dreaded zeugma.

Repeated annoyances like this spoil what is otherwise a very good, and historically accurate, series of novels. I would like to see Mr. Lambdin take a bit more careful control of his dialog and description. Or, aren't there any editors left who can help with this kind of thing? I realize that it's a bit late in the game to hope for any of this, but better late than never?
A worthy successor to Forester and O'Brian Dec 14 2012
By JPDworkin - Published on Amazon.com
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I have recently purchased not only this book, but the entire series. Dewey Lambdin is a worthy successor to O'Brian and Forester although with a touch more explicit sexuality and a streak of 'Flashman' as well. Alan Lewrie, like Horatio Hornblower and Jack Aubrey before him, is witness to and participant in some of the major actions of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars with fascinating side trips to China and the West Indies between the wars and illuminates some of the lesser known aspects of those times.


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