It is 1796 and a diminutive, Corsican-born French general has inherited a ragtag army and turned it into an unstoppable fighting force. Within months, Napoleon's storm rolls across Italy and strikes a lethal blow against the Austrian empire.
But while the soil of Piedmont and Tuscany runs with blood, another battle takes shape on the mysterious Adriatic Sea. Alan Lewrie and his 18-gun sloop, HMS Jester, part of a squadron of four British warships, sail into the thick of it. But with England's alies failing, Napoleon busy rearranging the world map, and their squadron streched dangerously thin along the Croation coast, the British squadron commander strikes a devils bargain: enlisting the aid of Serbian pirates.
©2002 Dewey Lambdin (P)2011 Random House
I wish that Audiable would get the books in order. Book nine is still missing "The Kings Capstan" have books 10, and 11. I want to read in order.so putting off until book nine is available. You should start wiht the first book in the series
1 The King's Coat (1989)
2The French Admiral (1990)
3 The King's Commission (1991)
4 The King's Privateer (1992)
5 The Gun Ketch (1993)
6 H.M.S. Cockerel (1995)
7 A King's Commander (1997)
8 Jester's Fortune (1999)
9 The King's Captain (2000)
10 Sea of Grey (2002)
11Havoc's Sword (2003)
12 The Captain's Vengeance (2004)
13A King's Trade (2006)
14Troubled Waters (2008)
15The Baltic Gambit (2009
Each book gets better I promise
Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also
Well, the cast of characters work well together and Allen has got to keep his pants on
I read the #5 book and will read #6 next not one this entertaining
Mr John Lee is the best he adds so much to the characters it brings them to life
Allen of course
Look forward to reading them all
Although Jesters Fortune was most enjoyable the next in the series Kings Captain is missing from Audible. The Audible series skips to Sea of Gray missing the continuation of the series (Kings Captain). I would recommend that you purchase Kings Captain and read it before starting Sea of Gray. If not you are unsure how Jester's ends and the new ship and his promotion begins.
This is the eighth book in the series which is very entertaining. Unfortunately the next book is not available in audio formate. The one after that is in audio but its hit and miss from then on. I did read the entire series and I am currently reading the latest book on my kindle. I should say that most of these I read several years ago. As far as ranking I can't decide. It's like one continuous story. Some exciting times, some not so much, but fun and entertaining.
The entire Dewey Lambdin series.
Just the other Lambdin books. He is excellent.
Not for kids.
One of the best reads in the series. I didn't know any of napoleon's history.
As usual -great. John Lee is one of my favorite narrators.
Audible needs to complete the series - all of the lewrie tales.
A good history of more obscure naval activities in the Adriatic. But I would have liked a bit more military action with real combatants rather than beating up on the illegal merchant trade. A unusual glimpse into muslim and non muslim sensibilities of 200 years ago that still are inplay today. Who would have thought that the Brits would play this race card, even in a clandestine fashion. In this book and the last 2 books in the series, John Lee has been merciless to my ears in his rendition of other than English pronounciations. John spare your loyal listeners your take on French, German, Serbian, etc.
The sailing part.most interesting.The military action and its time in history also of interest. The hero's lustful torments is the least interesting.
Yes, speak clear English only.
There's a long series of books.
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