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The Captain's Vengeance (Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures) Hardcover – October 21, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures (Book 12)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (November 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312315473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312315474
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This 12th installment of the Alan Lewrie naval adventure series sends the British captain to 1799 New Orleans in pursuit of pirates. Unlike the manly, ship-shape society aboard his frigate, New Orleans seems dominated by seductive women, especially the coquettish pirate ringleader Charité, who is plotting an insurrection against Louisiana's slothful Spanish rulers that will reunite it with Republican France and forestall a takeover by the uncouth but energetic Americans. Crying "laisser les bons temps rouler," Charité fights for her right " 'to be French... to take joy in being sans moralité' "; for her, the French Revolution—the great problem of the naval adventure genre—is not a sociopolitical rupture but a new, unconventional defense of traditional Gallic decadence and frivolity against the encroachment of Yankee industriousness. Out of his depth, Lewrie confronts her unruly French femininity the only way he can on dry land—through noisy, seven-condom sex marathons ("her pleasure made her squawl out loud... grunting and lowing like a heifer being taken by a rutting bull") undertaken while his associates unravel the various intrigues. Throughout, Lambdin layers on period minutiae of clothing, weapons, customs and patois (" 'You cheese-paring bougre!' ") along with accounts of Mississippi valley trade and settlement patterns. A wealth of historical detail and lively, if stereotyped, supporting characters partly make up for the novel's slack plot and overdone sex.
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From the Inside Flap

It is early February, 1799, a year of war.


Sailing in the Caribbean, Captain Alan Lewrie, RN, is once again pursuing a chimera.
A rich French prize ship he’d left at anchor at Dominica has gone missing, along with six of his sailors. What starts as a straightforward search for it, and them, from Hispaniola to Barbados, far down the Antilles, leads Lewrie to a gruesome discovery on the Dry Tortugas and to a vile cabal of the most pitiless and depraved pirates ever to sail under the "Jolly Roger"... and the suspicion that one of his trusted hands just may be the worst of them all!
Against his will---again---the usuallyirrepressible Lewrie is made his superiors’ "cat’s-paw" once more, and his covert mission this time is to go up the Mississippi in enemy-held Spanish Louisiana to the romantic but sordid port of New Orleans in search of pirates and prize, where one false step could betray Lewrie and his small party as spies. Beguilements, betrayal, and death lurk ’round every corner of the Vieux Carré, and it’s up to Lewrie’s quick but cynical to win the day wits for their survival and wreak a very personal vengeance on his foes!

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

The Alan Lewrie series is simply outstanding.
Kindle Customer
Unlike most Lewrie adventures this one bogs down on land for way too long and rather too gently meanders to a naval conclusion.
C. Schmidt
I continue to enjoy myself immensely with this series and can't wait to read the next book.
April

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Harnett VINE VOICE on May 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Lambdin's 12th Captain Alan Lewrie adventure begins in 1799 with the sadistic marooning of a small group of sailors on a desolate island in the Dry Tortugas, 70 miles off Key West. The pirates responsible for abandoning the sailors and stealing their boat - a rich prize captured from the French by Capt. Lewrie, Royal Navy - are four young French Creoles from New Orleans. Depraved, idle, rich and spoiled, these two brothers, their beautiful sister and a fourth man, determined to win the girl by proving his bloodlust, have taken up the cause of ousting the Spanish and returning New Orleans to its rightful French masters.

Lewrie, who would very much like to catch these pirates, finds himself down the Mississippi without a boat of his own. He has been ordered on a covert mission to scout out the political landscape and work out the feasibility of a British invasion to take over New Orleans. Posing as a security detail for a wealthy merchant shipper, he soon makes the steamy acquaintance of Charité, the ravishing and wanton female pirate, as well as her brothers and would-be lover, and an American contingent clearly up to the same invasion scouting as Lewrie.

There's a cartoony element to the swashbuckling - lots of "gawping" and "japing" - and the evil characters are particularly, but colorfully, one-dimensional. And the sex scenes are lustily over-the-top. But there's humor too and the historical setting is rich, deep and fascinating. Patrick O'Brian fans may not be satisfied, but those who would just as soon leave the social byplay out of their naval adventure should enjoy it.

Portsmouth Herald
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chris F. Wood on January 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The series continues with Alan hunting some pirates in New Orleans. It's great stuff if you've been reading the series you wont be disappointed. I even liked it better than the last one. If your new to this series or looking for some tall ship nautical adventure, I recommend starting from the beginning.

Other naval recommendations - James L Nelson; Biddlecomb series "By Force of Arms"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Mann on July 10, 2006
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I should start by saying I'm a fan of this series, however I've found this novel to be the least entertaining that I've read in this story line. If you have found that you are enjoying the series, and you want to continue the saga, then this is a must read. If however you are sampling one of the books to see how you like the Lewrie novels... don't start here.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steven Vornov on November 9, 2006
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Lambdin has good ideas and plotting but he writes in such turgid prose, I had trouble getting through the novel.

I wish Mr. Lambdin would can the dialect. I'm sure he is transcribing an accurate version of an Irish brogue or a pirates patois, but have some pity on the poor reader.

Dialect is good in a film or play perhaps, but not in an adventure novel. After going through this latest Alan Lewrie adventure, I have a new appreciation for Patrick O'Brian's elegant prose.

I have read the previous eleven installments of the Alan Lewrie saga.The time has come to bring the series to a close or discipline the writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Schmidt on June 11, 2014
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Unlike most Lewrie adventures this one bogs down on land for way too long and rather too gently meanders to a naval conclusion. While worth reading and in no way a severe blow to a reader trying to maintain their momentum through the series, it's no where near the best read in the series. Yes, probably the least up to this point
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Mack on June 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have read the entire series and was very disappointed with this one. If you like the series, one must read it but it's not one that I would relish keeping on my shelf. I'd recommend reading a library copy.
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Captain Alan Lewrie of HMS Proteus has been hunting a hijacked prize ship all around the Caribbean unsuccessfully. He returns to port expecting the same old censorious, useless complaints from his superiors, but instead finds someone a little more nice in charge. This turns out to be a mixed blessing since more spy-work is involved. His missing prize is likely in the hands of pirates working out of New Orleans and Lewrie is sent to that town, already fabled as a den of iniquity, to smoke them out. Will Lewrie, who has been trying to be on best behavior in order to not further antagonize his wife, be able to resist the charms of a ruthless but beautiful young female pirate? Don't bet on it.

This 12th book in the series contains even more light-hearted adventure than usual, with its doings of pirates and undercover-missions and treasure. But it's definitely a lot of fun, and we do get to explore a bit of the times and the society of a new area with the irrepressible Lewrie. I continue to enjoy myself immensely with this series and can't wait to read the next book.
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This book is fairly formulaic. I've been reading the Lewrie series as it becomes available for kindle and not necessarily in order. Here, Lewrie is on the defensive, trying to recapture a missing prize and discovery the fate of the prize crew. Later he gets willingly rolled up by his Chief of Staff, Captain Nicely, and bundled off on a misadventure to New Orleans to scout the city in the event of a British invasion of the Spanish territory. Along the way Lewrie meets up some American spys, an avaricious English merchant, and a beautiful yet cruel and wanton Creole pirate gang. Will Lewrie be able to seduce the gorgeous woman and defeat the pirates? Will he be found out and exposed as a spy by the Creole pirates? Will the Americans blow his cover to the Spanish, causing him to be hung as a spy? Well, if you haven't read the Lewrie series you may be surprised by the ending, but if you've been skipping around you know exactly what will happen. Still a very entertaining read with a wealth of local and historical detail.
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Dewey Lambdin is the author of fourteen previous Alan Lewrie novels. A member of the U.S. Naval Institute and a Friend of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, he spends his free time working and sailing (he's been a sailor since 1976). He makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, but would much prefer Margaritaville or Murrell's Inlet.