The Baltic Gambit: An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure Hardcover – Feb 17 2009
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Praise for Dewey Lambdin and the Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures
“You could get addicted to this series. Easily.” --The New York Times Book Review
“His mastery of period naval warfare gives his battles real punch.” --Publishers Weekly
“Stunning naval adventure, reeking of powder and mayhem. I wish I had written this series.” --Bernard Cornwell
“The brilliantly stylish American master of salty-tongued British naval tales.” --Kirkus Reviews
“The best naval adventure series since C. S. Forester.” --Library Journal
“Lewrie is a marvelous creation, resourceful and bold.” --James L. Nelson, author of the Revolution at Sea Saga
“A rousing series of nautical adventures." --Booklist
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Praise for author Dewey Lambdin:
"You could get addicted to this series. Easily." --The New York Times Book Review
"His mastery of period naval warfare gives his battles real punch." --Publishers Weekly
"Stunning naval adventure, reeking of powder and mayhem. I wish I had written this series." --Bernard Cornwell
"The brilliantly stylish American master of salty-tongued British naval tales." --Kirkus Reviews
"The best naval adventure series since C. S. Forester." --Library Journal
"Lewrie is a marvelous creation, resourceful and bold." --James L. Nelson, author of the Revolution at Sea Saga
"A rousing series of nautical adventures." --Booklist--This text refers to the Paperback edition. See all Product Description
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On the final hand, we are treated to Lambdin's sly narratorial voice. The book is narrated from the conventionally strict third-person omniscient point of view. Except. Except, Chapter Six opens with these words: "The Admiral Boscawen Coffee House, at the corner of Oxford Street and Orchard Street (site of the present day Selfridge's)..." Wow! This sole explicit intrusion of the 21st Century into the book colors the whole story. It tells us that we must drop all pretense that perspective is limited to 1801. Suspend disbelief at your own risk, reader -- you have been warned that you'll need to be looking through two lenses at the same time: Alan Lewrie's from 1801 and Dewey Lambdin's puckish view from 2009. At one point, Lewrie muses about an abolitionist who cares nothing for the suffering of slaves because his sole object is to tear the United States apart. (After all, the North and South are sure to be at each other's throats if slavery is abolished.) I can almost hear that 21st Century narrator chortling over his own cleverness.
Once Lewrie gets his ship, the frigate Thermopylae, we settle with a happy sigh into enjoying Lambdin's peerless passages of ship handling and fighting. Lewrie's cruise in the Baltic is, like the best of his adventures, ambiguous. The naval mission is combined with a "diplomatic" task, arranged by his shadowy mentor, Zachariah Twigg. The story culminates with a fine fictional account of the Battle of Copenhagen, including Nelson famously turning the blind eye and a cameo appearance by William "Breadfruit" Bligh. As always, we are left wondering about several unresolved threads which Lambdin promises to take up in the next book, King, Ship, and Sword.
By the way, we've had a basinful of Russian acrobat beauties with irascible fathers! Please kill them off,Mr Lambdin!
Wolf de Vallette