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Jester's Fortune [Paperback]

Dewey Lambdin
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Oct. 1 2002 Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures (Book 8)
The year is 1796 and the soil of Piedmont and Tuscany runs with blood, another battle takes shape on the mysterious Adriatic Sea. Alan Lewrie and his 18-gun sloop, HMS Jester, part of a squadron of four British warships, sail into the thick of it. But with England's allies failing, Napoleon busy rearranging the world map, and their squadron stretched dangerously thin along the Croatian coast, the British squadron commander strikes a devil's bargain: enlisting the aid of Serbian pirates.

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars A mature Lewrie? Aug. 6 2003
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Roger's review Dec 14 2002
By rjp
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars 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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not the best May 1 2011
By Lewis S. Gossette - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars sailing again July 5 2014
By Walter Speelman - Published on Amazon.com
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good book in series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure on the high seas and in port as well May 28 2014
By georgi-girl - Published on Amazon.com
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I am rereading this series and am enjoying it for a second time. It is going back in time to a period that causes admiration for courage, honor, deviltry, excitement, and hard work.
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