Fresh from duty on the frigate Desperate in her fight with the French Capricieuse off St. Kitts, Midshipman Alan Lewrie passes his examination board for lieutenancy and finds himself commissioned first officer of the brig o'war Shrike. There's time for some dalliance with the fair sex, and then Lieutenant Lewrie must be off to patrol the North American coast and attempt to bring the Muskogees and Seminoles onto the British side against the American rebels (dalliance with an Indian maiden is just part of the mission). Then it's back to the Caribbean, to sail beside Captain Horatio Nelson in the Battle for Turks Island.
Naval officer and rogue Alan Lewrie is a man of his times and a hero for all times. His equals are Hornblower, Aubrey, and Maturin - sailors beloved by readers and listeners all over the world.
©1996 Dewey Lambdin; (P)2010 Random House
"Fast-moving. . . A hugely likable hero, a huge cast of sharply drawn supporting characters: there's nothing missing. Wonderful stuff." (Kirkus Reviews)
What a nice surprise! I have been looking for a new historical series for some time and this one is a hit. I bought and listened to the second in the series immediately after finishing this one and downloaded the next 2 in the series. Of course...John Lee is usually very good but he was great in this one.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is my first book by Dewey Lambdin. I love sailing stories of the 1700's so I am surprised I had not discovered this author before this. The action was fast and the march in the swamps of Florida had me scratching insect bites. The only thing I did not like about the book was all the sex and going from women to women every time Alan was on land. John Lee did a great job narrating the book. Excellent English accents. An added plus was Lord Nelson in the story.
I think the narrated version is excellent
Alan Lewrie because it is his story.
Any of the scenes at sea.
I am half way through the series by now and each time I finish a book I cannot wait to get the next one.
Lots of good historical naval detail, a much more rascally and less obviously heroic main character than Sir Horatio, a bit more like Richard Sharpe with sails and an anchor. VERY well performed and Lambdin is seldom boring.
Great listening on a long drive.
I had read this book about seven years ago while recovering from surgery. I read everything in the series that I could buy at the B & N store down the street and around the corner. I ordered all the books they didn't have from someplace else (don't remember). So much has changed in the years since then.
The characters that come and go are well developed. The action is well discribed.
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.
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