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H.M.S. Cockerel | [Dewey Lambdin]

H.M.S. Cockerel

A farmer, a bloody farmer! Knee-deep in dung and fathoms from the nearest port, Alan Lewrie, swashbuckling naval warrior turned family man, longs for battle. And when it comes, a battle royal it is! Called to the H.M.S. Cockerel, a sleek frigate captained by a malaria-stricken tyrant, First Officer Lewrie soon vaults to command, taking Cockerel from the lush pleasures of the Kingdom of Naples to a smoking cauldron called Toulon.
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Publisher's Summary

A farmer, a bloody farmer! Knee-deep in dung and fathoms from the nearest port, Alan Lewrie, swashbuckling naval warrior turned family man, longs for battle. And when it comes, a battle royal it is! Called to the H.M.S. Cockerel, a sleek frigate captained by a malaria-stricken tyrant, First Officer Lewrie soon vaults to command, taking Cockerel from the lush pleasures of the Kingdom of Naples to a smoking cauldron called Toulon. There, an outnumbered coalition of former enemies is being drawn into a terrible land-sea battle against the revolutionary French, in a siege of blood and terror that will send shock waves around the world.

He's fought and loved on land and bounding sea from America to the East Indies. Alan Lewrie is the unforgettable hero-rogue of the age of wooden-walled, spray-lashed fighting ships.

©1997 Dewey Lambdin; (P)2010 Random House

What the Critics Say

"This is Lambdin's usual satisfying brew....A fast-moving yarn loaded with action, colorful characters, and marvelous period detail." (Publishers Weekly)
"Great fun...Lambdin continues to plunk Alan Lewrie down in the midst of interesting times with humor and plenty of authentic detail." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Barbarossa Parts Unknown 02-25-13
    Barbarossa Parts Unknown 02-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Just good entertainment"

    As with the other stories in the Alan Lewrie series, this is just a good "Boy's Own" type adventure. Keeping in mind the stories are just fiction, the detail to accuracy and nautical terms of the time add to the colour and flavour of the of this period piece. I highly reccomend this as a "Just Fun" type of listen. I must add that John Lee is one of my favourite narrators.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    George Sun City West, AZ, United States 11-22-12
    George Sun City West, AZ, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Terrific series"
    Would you listen to H.M.S. Cockerel again? Why?

    Yes, great performance, good yarn.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Descriptions of the old sailing days.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Taking of the French ship.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Move over, Master and Commander.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 11-22-12
    Mike 11-22-12 Member Since 2005
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    "The Lewrie saga continues!"
    What made the experience of listening to H.M.S. Cockerel the most enjoyable?

    The narrator's ability to present so many different characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of H.M.S. Cockerel?

    The escape sequence from Toulon aboard the Radical and the successful engagement with two French corvettes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Lewrie's encounter with Lady Emma Hamilton.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Each of Dewey Lambdin's Alan Lewrie novels is a joy to read, and H.M.S. Cockerel is especially intriguing with the inclusion of Horatio Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton. His command of 19th century English, naval terminology, geography and history are impressive. The Lewrie series is truly a gift to those who enjoy naval fiction, especially when the hero is such a "ram cat"!

    John Lee's performance as narrator was again outstanding! His amazing ability to develop distinct voices for each of the characters made this Lewrie adventures come to life. Lee is an artist of the first order!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gary W Camphouse Walworth, WI USA 06-11-13
    Gary W Camphouse Walworth, WI USA 06-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "do you understand French"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Half the book (or it seems like half) of the book is in French. I don't understand French so a lot of the book meant nothing to me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's part of the series


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    French accent


    Any additional comments?

    These are not cheap books. I will try 1 more and see how it is.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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