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A Divided Command | [David Donachie]

A Divided Command

Unbeknown to John Pearce, the private letter he is delivering on behalf of the prime minister carries the dismissal of the very man he is sailing to see. The need for a government majority to pursue the war with France means John Pearce must step down as Britain’s best sailor, regretfully relinquishing the position to the incompetent Admiral Hotham. Hotham is equally less than pleased about John Pearce, as he is the one person who knows the truth about his dishonest naval career.
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Unbeknown to John Pearce, the private letter he is delivering on behalf of the prime minister carries the dismissal of the very man he is sailing to see. The need for a government majority to pursue the war with France means John Pearce must step down as Britain’s best sailor, regretfully relinquishing the position to the incompetent Admiral Hotham.

Hotham is equally less than pleased about John Pearce, as he is the one person who knows the truth about his dishonest naval career. Pearce knows Hotham will try and destroy him any way he can to keep from being exposed, so he must navigate the dangerous waters whilst trying to return to Emily Barclay, the woman he loves.

©2013 David Donachie (P)2014 Soundings

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    What a disappointment. This series started well enough (although the main character is so self-righteous as to basically be a jerk). But the last book before "A Divided Command" was really just a "half a book" that led me to think the author was just trying to earn a paycheck.


    What was most disappointing about David Donachie’s story?

    Divided Command is simply a lot of aimless rambling. It's like the plot is stuck in quicksand. The author rehashes and summarizes some of the early story lines but this book just goes nowhere.


    What aspect of Peter Wickham’s performance would you have changed?

    Peter Wickham is outstanding. He is the one shining aspect of this book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Divided Command?

    There are more bad scenes than good scenes so it wouldn't be a useful exercise.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read or heard all of the Forester, Kent, O'Brian, Lambdin, the Kidd novels, several others of similar genre and now the Sharp series. These last two by Donachie have been a sad disappointment on what was a good but not great series.

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