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Set in 1803, Lambdin's less than exciting 17th Alan Lewrie adventure (after King, Ship and Sword) finds the rakish Royal Navy captain and his ship in Haiti. After helping to rescue a French fleet from a bloody slave rebellion, Lewrie and crew escort a convoy of merchant ships back to Europe. Once in London, Lewrie is knighted--for exploits covered in previous books--and is assigned to an experiment in torpedoes, which may prove useful against the expected French invasion. In fine debauched form, Lewrie balances, often to comic effect, seduction, heavy drinking, hangovers, attempts to avoid paying a debt to a fellow officer, and his cheerful determination to annoy senior officers. Lambdin's frequent references to events from earlier installments might interest new readers, but will bore fans already familiar with Lewrie's seagoing antics. Hopefully, the next book will revive the usual effortless zip of the series. (Jan.)
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Newcomers to the series will delight in Lambdin's expert deployment of period detail; his mastery of the details of life on a 19th-century frigate; and the irresistible Captain Alan Lewrie himself. A pleasant blend of light humor, drama and cracking historical naval action. (Kirkus Reviews)

You might say Dewey Lambdin is in a groove. (HistoryWire.com)

Stunning naval adventure, reeking of powder and mayhem. I wish I had written this series. (Bernard Cornwell on the Alan Lewrie Adventure Series)

If Horatio Hornblower is the gentleman's sailor and Jack Aubrey is the thinking man's sailor, Lewrie is of and for the working class. Pugnacious and randy, he's a refreshing sea breeze. (San Jose Mercury News on the Alan Lewrie Adventure Series)

[A] smashing series. (The Washington Times on the Alan Lewrie Adventure Series)

Readers who haven't yet sampled Lewrie's adventures need only know that comparisons to Forester and O'Brian are entirely appropriate. (Booklist on the Alan Lewrie Adventure Series)

You could get addicted to this series. Easily. (The New York Times Book Review on the Alan Lewrie Adventure Series)

The brilliantly stylish American master of salty-tongued British naval tales. (Kirkus Reviews on the Alan Lewrie Adventure Series)

The best naval adventure series since C. S. Forester. (Library Journal on the Alan Lewrie Adventure Series)

Lewrie is a marvelous creation, resourceful and bold. (James L. Nelson, author of the Revolution at Sea Saga, on the Alan Lewrie Adventure Series)

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Product Details

  • Series: Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures (Book 17)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250001978
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250001979
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Steve Angers on January 25, 2011
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"The Invasion Year" is the seventeenth, and latest, installment in Dewey Lambdin's naval adventure series set in the late Eighteenth Century and early Nineteenth Century. Like the previous addition to the series, "King, Ship and Sword", "The Invasion Year" will be of much more interest to long-time devotees of Alan Lewrie, Lambdin's roguish and entertaining hero, than it will be to readers who are new to the series.

This novel follows the pattern of its predecessor as the story again takes the form of three loosely connected story arcs, although this time two of the arcs are also broken up into their own disparate episodes. The result is a chronicle of sequential events that don't necessarily feel like they have a lot to do with each other, nor do they appear to be of much significance.

The adventure begins in the West Indies in late 1803, where Lewrie has just been part of a very successful pursuit and action preventing the French from reinforcing their recently reacquired possession of Louisiana. He participates in the interdiction of the French evacuation of Saint Domingue, then some uninspiring patrol and convoy work, before returning to England. At home, he receives some well-deserved recognition for services to the King (and a little more, due to one of George III's `wandering moments') and begins to develop a serious new romantic interest. Then, quicker than he can say "Jack Ketch", he finds himself back at sea, embroiled in a series of hare-brained schemes and adventures revolving around the threatened French invasion of England. These events are largely inconsequential, although producing enough action to keep the reader engaged for the final third of the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Alsip on June 2, 2011
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Dewey Lambdin has been my favorite author since I read The French Admiral. Like the other 16 books in this series, there's a lot to like: characters you love; characters you hate; fascinating history mixed into the fiction; unmatched humor; a real page-turner as far as readability...

What's missing is a climactic ending. Sadly, like several of the recent books, the story builds and builds into... nothing. Unlike the best books in this series, there are no edge-of-your-seat sea battles. There are no evil villains (like Choundas) who either get away in the end -- or get what's coming to them. There is no cliff-hanger ending. The story just ends.

Please, Mr. Lambdin, return to the formula that made this one of the greatest historical fiction series ever.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KirkinDallas on May 20, 2011
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OK, so it's not Aubrey/Maturin.......I get it. It was written by an American, so it's not as authentic. But, damme, this series is a great read. In fact, I'm glad I finished the series 'cause now I'll get a decent nights sleep. These are really good stories, set in my favorite genre. They're a tasty blend of Bolitho, Hornblower, and Aubry/Maturin with a well researched and written hero that's full of self-doubt and self-depreciation worthy of your reading time. The best thing is, they get better as the series goes along. Sure, it's a baudy tale. Who imagines that any sailor of that period didn't have carnal desires travelling the world far from loved ones for years at a time? The author isn't shy when it comes to including historic figures either. Our hero serves with Nelson, escapes a confrontation with Bonaparte, is patronized by Hood, etc. My only complaint, if the author is listening (highly unlikely), is that the final book was not edited very well. My advice.... read these books!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Herbert W. Happel on May 10, 2011
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For those of us who have long been Alan Lewrie fans and who have followed his career through Dewey Lambdin's books, this was another chapter in Lewrie's life. For newcomers to the saga however, this book would probably not mean much. I would suggest starting with an earlier book, preferably the first one, and follow the story from the beginning. As always the book left me looking forward to the next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 22, 2011
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In 1803, British Royal Navy Captain Alan Lewrie saves a French fleet from a slave rebellion in Haiti though he wanted to ignore their deserved plight as he felt the Haitians were in the right. Soon afterward, Lewrie and his crew cross the Atlantic protecting merchant ships. In London King George III honors Lewrie for his patriotic endeavors by knighting him.

However, even he is taken back by his next assignment as he thought he had seen everything. Lewrie works on a torpedo experiment as a potential weapon to greet Napoleon when he crosses the Channel. Only debauchery and wenching keeps Lewrie afloat as the new weapon seems more dangerous to the handlers than the French.

The latest Lewrie historical military thriller (see King, Ship and Sword) is filled with trademark humor as the hero is more intoxicated then usual and has more senior officers who only get wet in Bath available to offend. The overall story line is fast-paced but overly cites (in detail) the protagonist's daring deeds that led to his knighthood. Still fans of the series will enjoy Lewrie's return home as Napoleon prepares for the French Invasion Year that the brass hopes they can torpedo with the hero as an expendable guinea pig.

Harriet Klausner
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