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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)
The tales of Ram Cat Lewrie continue and with the recent preceding novels I have gotten used to the format of learning more of the era of the early 1800s than watching Lewrie have... Read morePublished 4 months ago by David Wilkin
Not one of Lambdin's best. I've read the whole series and unfortunately this one is dull; missing the action of past Lewrie adventures.Published 6 months ago by Jim in DC
Perhaps all good series come to a fading end. The Lewrie series certainly is. It didn't happen with Aubrey or Hornblower... Read morePublished 10 months ago by C. Schmidt
Entertaining episode in the saga of Captain Alan Lewrie of the Royal Navy, circa 1804. Once again, I was blown away by the amount of technical detail and period dialogue (naval... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Blue in Washington
From a Hornblower fan. Very good series. History and action interwoven through the life and times of the fictional character.Published 15 months ago by Swat N Shovel