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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 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,205 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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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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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa07b0318) out of 5 stars 37 reviews
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa07cad5c) 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.
HASH(0xa07cadb0) out of 5 stars ... anguish of otherwise well written naval heroes has grown tiresome, this is the book for you July 19 2015
By Larry Kennedy - Published on Amazon.com
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If the constant soul searching and anguish of otherwise well written naval heroes has grown tiresome, this is the book for you. A well written series about a brash and unrepentant sailor rapidly developing his un-chosen profession.
HASH(0xa061c0a8) out of 5 stars great series as a young man comes of age Sept. 18 2013
By Gerald Conway - Published on Amazon.com
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Try to read books in order, characters come to life and it is not just action and adventure. I am suprised that the purser had such power and wealth. No wonder men died young, with their diet and lifestyle. Seaman were basically slaves to the ship. This is a history lesson.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa07caf84) out of 5 stars Roger's review Dec 14 2002
By rjp - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa061c5dc) 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.


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