Synopses & Reviews
THE SIXTEENTH TALE IN DEWEY LAMBDINS CLASSIC NAVAL ADVENTURE SERIES
December 1801. The Peace of Amiens end the long war with Napoleon Bonapartes France, but Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal Navy, is appalled by its consequences. First, hes been in the Navy since 1780 (most unwillingly, most of the time!) and at sea for the better part of nine years, since 1793, so what is a dashing and successful frigate captain to do with himself, if hes ashore on half-pay, and if so, for how long?
Second, and even worse, is where will Lewrie twiddle his thumbs and be bored to death until the war begins again, as hes sure it will? Will he idle in expensive, exciting London, or go home to his rented farm in Anglesgreen in Surrey, and rejoin his wife and in-laws who (mostly) despise him like the Devil hates Holy Water, where he knows as much of agriculture and animal husbandry as his two pet cats do of celestial navigation?
Peace and domesticity are hellish-hard on the rakehells!
Yet by the spring of 1802, Lewrie and his Caroline have somewhat reconciled (again) and are off to make a go of a second honeymoon - in Paris, France, of all places! But Lewries notion to return the swords captured from deceased French officers to their kinfolk gets turned into a formal presentation at a levee in the Tuileries, and a face-to-face rencontre with the First Consul Napoleon Bonaparte. Lewrie cant help spurring him into a “kick-furniture” rage, and he and Caroline must flee for their lives, with aid from the most unlikely source imaginable.
When war breaks out again in May of 1803, Lewrie has fresh orders, a new frigate, and a chance to punish and pursue the French, but its no longer for Duty or King and Country - now its personal!
"Alan Lewrie, intrepid sailor and charming scoundrel, is back in Lambdin's superb 16th Royal Navy adventure. Lewrie is an endearing character hero, philanderer, smuggler, spy: a courageous naval officer unencumbered by high morals or indecision and during the brief peace between England and France in 1801, while on a reconciliation vacation to Paris with his wife, Lewrie encounters old enemies and former lovers, all seeking revenge for past injuries and insults. A botched audience with Napoleon Bonaparte sets assassins on Lewrie's trail, and after they kill someone close to Lewrie, he vows bloody revenge. When war resumes in 1803, he is given command of a heavily armed frigate and another chance to go to sea and kill Frenchmen. The harrowing sea adventures that follow take Lewrie and his crew from France to Louisiana and put Lewrie's seamanship and quick thinking to the test. As expected, Lambdin leaves just enough loose ends in this swashbuckler to ensure there will be another sequel of intrigue and cannonballs." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
PRAISE FOR DEWEY LAMBDIN AND THE ALAN LEWRIE NAVAL ADVENTURES
“You could get addicted to this series. Easily.” -The New York Times Book Review
“His mastery of period naval warfare gives his battles real punch.” -Publishers Weekly
“Stunning naval adventure, reeking of powder and mayhem. I wish I had written this series.” -Bernard Cornwell
“The brilliantly stylish American master of salty-tongued British naval tales.” -Kirkus Reviews
“The best naval adventures series since C.S. Forester.” -Library Journal
“Lewrie is a marvelous creation, resourceful and bold.” -James L. Nelson, author of the Revolution at Sea Saga
“A rousing series of nautical adventures.” -Booklist
“Stunning naval adventure, reeking of powder and mayhem. I wish I had written this series.”
“His mastery of period naval warfare gives his battles real punch.”
“Readers who havent yet sampled Lewries adventures need only know that comparisons to Forester and OBrian are entirely appropriate.”
—Booklist“The best naval adventure series since C.S. Forester."---Library Journal
December, 1801. The Peace of Amiens ends the long war with Napoleon Bonapartes France, but Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal Navy, is appalled by its consequences. What is a dashing and successful frigate captain to do with himself ashore on half-pay? And where will Lewrie twiddle his thumbs until the war begins again, as hes sure it will? Rejoin his wife and in-laws who (mostly) despise him like the Devil hates Holy Water, on his rented farm in Surrey? Peace and domesticity are hellish hard on the rakehells!
Yet by the spring of 1802, Lewrie and his Caroline have somewhat reconciled and are off to make a go of a second honeymoon—in Paris, France, of all places! There, Lewrie finds himself rubbing shoulders with soldiers, spies, and even First Consul Napoleon Bonaparte himself. When Lewrie cant help spurring Napoleon into a “kick-furniture” rage, he and Caroline must flee for their lives.
When war breaks out again in May of 1803, Lewrie has fresh orders, a new frigate, and a chance to punish and pursue the French, but its no longer for duty or king and country—now its personal!
About the Author
DEWEY LAMBDIN is the author of fifteen 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 Murrells Inlet.