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5.0 out of 5 stars unexpectedly valuable insights, Jan. 7 2013
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Raymond Thompson (Kentville, Nova Scotia Canada) - See all my reviews
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The novel sprawls rather, but this is to be expected since it deals with an untidy war. What distinguishes it from most novels of this type are the insights into the vulnerable situation of women in the late 18th century in general, and in the midst of a savage war in particular; and the even-handed treatment of both sides in the American War of Independence. The novel offers an unflinching scrutiny of the harsh conditions at the time, whether in an authoritarian and tradition-bound naval service or in what is essentially a civil war, with its horrifying spiral of atrocity and counter-atrocity (Syria being but one of the most recent examples).
Lewrie is a callous, self-centered rogue, but he learns from his experiences and grows more sympathetic towards others, particularly those for whom he feels a responsibility. The author does a fine job of allowing his hero's experiences to develop his character credibly, while avoiding the trap of romanticizing the process. An excellent addition to the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I found it!!!!!!!!!!!!, June 27 2001
Fans of this series have been stumped by this book's continuing unavailability and the unfulfilled publisher's promises to put out a paperback copy. Well I finally found this book at the local library in the LARGE PRINT fiction section. It is published by G.K.Hall who also have published the eighth in the series, Jester's Fortune in a large print addition. So check it out at your local library or ask them to order it. It is every bit as good as the others in the series so it is not on account of quality that it has been mysteriously made unavailable. If only the author would stop confusing sex with acrobatics!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why can't I get this book?, Jan. 31 2001
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Jim Lenahan (Reseda, CA United States) - See all my reviews
I have read the entire series of Alan Lewrie novels EXCEPT THIS ONE! According to other reviews it was supposed to become available again in June or July of 1999. It is now the end of January 2001 and I STILL CAN'T GET IT! I am a huge fan of the series as (apparently) are a lot of other people. We are all stymied by our inability to get this book. What's up at the publishers???
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best book of a great series., April 15 1999
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Lambdin's flawed hero is always exciting and matures quite a deal in this novel. Great excitement and true to the rough nature of the American Revolution. While this book is now only available in libraries and used book stores, the back cover of one of his more recent novels stated that it will be rereleased in fall 1999. Don't miss it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZON.COM Must have some influence, March 27 1999
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Surely AMAZON.COM can come to the aid of its customers. The French Admiral is a lynch pin in Lambdin's series and it is disturbing not to be able to get my hands on it
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5.0 out of 5 stars BE PATIENT!, March 10 1999
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I recently purchased another of Lambdin's series and blurb in back from publisher says French Admiral is "forthcoming."
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5.0 out of 5 stars When are they going to reprint The French Admiral ?, March 8 1999
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I think the publisher should listen to the public and reprint The French Admiral. As soon as you have available copies please notify me at -> nfurman@jps.net Thanks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read all his others...can't get this one, Feb. 28 1999
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Ross Durham (Lookout Mountain, Georgia United States) - See all my reviews
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Why is the book out of print? I note that the first book in the series has been reprinted, and have only one question. Are plans afoot to reprint The French Admiral -- or do you know?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the series; can't get the book!, Nov. 23 1998
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I am an old salt and a devoted reader of O'brian, Nelson, Marryat, Forester, etc. I have read Lambdin's first Alan Lewrie novel, The King's Coat and thoroughly enjoyed it. I bought the rest of the series - all but the second, The French Admiral, in which a major adversary is introduced. For some unexplained reason, the publisher has failed to republish this single book in the series. I am now attempting to locate a copy because I wish to read the series in order.It is a major absence in the highly engaging narrative and in the development of the fascinating characters!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why is it out of print?!, Oct. 3 1998
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I wanted to order this book for my husband because he has been gobbling up Dewey Lambdin's Alan Lewrie series since he discovered them. Like the reader from Seattle (Aug.26/98) he is incredibly frustrated that he can't get the second book in the best naval series he's read since Patrick O'Brien's. Perhaps the publisher should listen to readers on this!
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