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The King's Commission | [Dewey Lambdin]

The King's Commission

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).
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"Fast-moving. . . A hugely likable hero, a huge cast of sharply drawn supporting characters: there's nothing missing. Wonderful stuff." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Richard apo, AE, United States 08-06-12
    Richard apo, AE, United States 08-06-12
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    "Great naval historical"
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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-13-10
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-13-10 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "The King's Commission"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    George Sun City West, AZ, United States 09-06-12
    George Sun City West, AZ, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Part of a terrific series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The King's Commission to be better than the print version?

    I think the narrated version is excellent


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alan Lewrie because it is his story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any of the scenes at sea.


    Any additional comments?

    I am half way through the series by now and each time I finish a book I cannot wait to get the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Weston, MA, United States 02-16-12
    Michael Weston, MA, United States 02-16-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Hornblower with more humor."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Salt Lake City, UT, United States 01-23-12
    Edward Salt Lake City, UT, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Book number three is just as good as the first two"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The King's Commission to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters that come and go are well developed. The action is well discribed.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    No favorite.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Walker Camarillo, California, USA 01-04-13
    Craig Walker Camarillo, California, USA 01-04-13

    Traveler, Reader, Political Blogger.

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    "Great read but CAUTION!"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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