1781: Held by the British, the Chesapeake Bay port of Yorktown is under siege. Pounded by the American forces on land and the deadly warships of their French allies at sea, the once-proud city is aflame and near ruin. But on the horizon, the Royal Navy fleet, with heavily armed frigates, is poised to break through the French blockade. Aboard HMS Desperate, Midshipman Alan Lewrie sets his gunners to their lethal work firing broadsides of 24-pound shot at the enemy vessels.
©2002 Dewey Lambdin (P)2010 Random House
I am an avid eclectic reader.
“The French Admiral” is book two in Dewey Lambdin’s Alan Lewrie series. Lewrie was sent off by his father to the Royal Navy. Alan finds he is a born sailor and is enjoying his life at sea.
As a Midshipman we find him in this book at the siege of Yorktown, near the end of the American Revolutionary War. The Royal Navy, with heavily-armed frigates, is posed to break the French blockade. The French Navy is commanded by Admiral de Grasse.
Lewrie is aboard HMS Desperate. Midshipman Lewrie is in charge of 24 pounder guns firing broadsides at the French vessels.
The book is well written and researched but I am still having trouble liking the hero of the book Alan Lewrie. I shall read a few more books in the series while I look for another series about the Royal Navy vs. Napoleon.
One of my favorite narrators, John Lee is narrating the book. That alone keeps me listening.
Traveler, Reader, Political Blogger.
If you are a fan of Patrick O’brian, you will love Dewey Lambdin equally if not more. In the Alan Lewrie series Lambdin is equally historically accurate and perhaps even more engaging, but without the problem I often found of wondering who is speaking at a given time. Lambdin’s characters are very clear and concise. One major word of caution however. These books aren’t cheap, and after reading the first 10, Audible dropped the remaining eight of the series. So, unless you want to take an ending of the series on faith, until the remainder of the series reappears, I suggest not starting.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
In this book, the British come out the losers as they are kicked out of America by the French and Americans. It is a good addition to the series and gives some fairly good historical perspective about the war in Maryland and siege of Yorktown. The British come off as fairly incompetent in their war in America. The Hero, Alan Lewerie manages to escape, just barely. Of course I can't possibly spoil the ending since we all know the British lost the war of Independence. The British Admirals are shown as timid whose ranks are determined by political influence rather than competence. There might have been a different outcome if they had an Admiral Nelson in instead.
I have just finished The Gun Ketch as well as books 1 thur 4 in the Alan Lewrie Series.
Dewey Lambdin is great! The best sailing writer I’ve found to date.
I’ve listen to the complete Alexander Kent Bolitho series as well as the complete Master and Commander, Hornblower, Two years before the mast and many many others.
Another installment in the Alan Lewrie series. Addiction.
Don't remember any one thing that sticks out. I'm sad when the book ends and can't wait for another to start.
He is an excellent narrator.
Alan Lewrie of course
If u enjoy the British war novels of the late 18th and early 19th century this one stands out. Set in revolutonary, colonial america east coast waters, this is an opportunity to learn what war against the rebels was like for the brits and the loyalists.I enjoyed both the sea and land military battles. My only complaints was that this cost 2 credits, but worth it. A trip to the library for more audio fare filled my needs for the rest of the month. I already have spent another 2 credits for the next book in the series..II've become an Allen Lewrie fan. Of course having been in the US Navy myself I'm a sucker for stories of sea adventure. Reading this author is recommended.
A great story of the British Navy involvement in the American revolutionary war. Midshipmen Alan Lewrie is a captivating character whose escapades I have to follow in the next book in the series. John Lee is masterful in his command of English which we Americans call the "English accent". I was reminded once by a Brit that he speaks English. We (Americans) have the accent. If you like to hear English in its finest form you will love Dewey Lambdin's writing and Lee's narration. Lee also does a great interpretation of a southern ladies and slaves.The book is loaded with nautical terminology which may go over the head of someone not familiar with sailing but its a minor distraction. The dialog between the ships crew members when they are at sea is easy to follow.
Exciting, Unique, and likeable characters.
If one were to look at this book, and compare it to an Alexander Kent book, would would find that Lambdin has a better way of displaying characters, and making them lovable and a lot of them stand out more.
I have two valuable scenes that I love, first is when Alan and Caroline are chatting on the ship. I felt invested and aware of the connection that they had with each other. The next scene that I loved listening to was the plot against Alan and his inheritance being unraveled; that bit of the story had me soaking in revengeful joy.
Overall the story is very well done, but the narration is a little strange. I am on the fence of whether or not I like John Lee, sometimes he portrays the character well, other times he falls flat, and it takes away a little of the story. But that is not the biggest problem. The editing is off, sometimes there would be a long pause in the middle of a long speech that would not exist in the dialogue or at the end of one when the chapter is hardly over. It is more of technical issue then a story problem, but I felt I should mention it. So be warned!
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