Troubled Waters: An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure Paperback – Jan 6 2009
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During the Napoleonic Wars, Royal Navy Capt. Alan Lewrie (Sea of Grey) finds that he has been sentenced to death in absentia by a Jamaican kangaroo court for stealing slaves, and is pursued to England by enemies trying to carry out that sentence. As the famously byzantine British legal system grinds on, Lewrie becomes a cause célèbre among William Wilberforce's abolitionists, who hire a hotshot barrister to defend Lewrie. While waiting for his case to come up, Lewrie (released until then because of his social standing) returns to H.M.S. Savage, now on blockade duty off southwest France. He quickly turns a dull assignment on its ears by organizing an amphibious raid against fortifications on the French coast while dealing with an old rival with a grudge and a secret. Lambdin manages to make the Bleak House–like British legal system of the era comprehensible to the layman, while his mastery of period naval warfare gives his battles real punch. (Jan.)
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Meanwhile William Wilberforce and his abolitionist backers see Lewrie as an opportunity to focus on the inhumanity of slavery. They hire him a highly regarded barrister to defend him in court once his case appears on the docket. Freed because he is an aristocrat, Lewrie returns to his ship the H.M.S. Savage, blockading the seas off southwest France. Instead of sitting around, Lewrie sees a chance to cause havoc by leading a naval assault against the French coast.
The Lewrie historical naval novels (see A KING'S COMMANDER and A KING'S TRADE, etc.) are always some of the best Napoleonic War military tales around. TROUBLED WATERS is much more although the at sea battles are as great as ever. However, this time the audience also gets a chance to follow the English legal system that makes the DNA double helix look like a kindergarten puzzle. Dewey Lambkin keeps his excellent series fresh and exciting.
If you're looking for a story with lots of cannon fire, smoke, guns and swords crossed then look no futher. Be sure to start at the beginning of the series with book #1 Kings Coat.
What new views of naval life do we get here? Capt. Lewrie is fitting out a new, better frigate, but we see more details of his ward, Sophie's, wedding. And more of the long-running, potentially lethal law case against him that fearfully drags on--with interesting details of how witnesses would be handled at trial. Remarkably, we finally get to read one of the infamous, anonymous, scurrilous letters that for years now have strained Lewrie's relations with his wife. Ah, whot troubl'd waters this mighty captain swims. Yet not so explicitly compromising as it would have been, I bet, if published in the days of Lewrie's rather graphic amours early in the series.
The title refers as much to the ongoing law suit against Capt. Alan Lewrie for theft and impressment of slaves, as to the French river mouth where his new ship patrols in 1800. The mission for small ships which Lewrie concocts on station is pointless--what do the British gain from their harrassment if they don't also plan to destroy the French ships abuilding? Lewrie should be charged with pointless murder, instead.
My title is also a recommendation to Dewey Lambdin.