It's 1794. Stuck in Palermo harbour, the headstrong Lieutenant John Pearce and his trusty Pelicans must repair the battle-damaged HMS Larcher with only meagre funds to do so. Sailing into danger, they encounter enemies. Pearce has no option but to run until, trapped in an Italian bay, he is forced to abandon his ship. Pearce must face a court-martial for his actions, but his troubles are only just beginning.
A deadly plan is contrived to send the unwitting Pelicans into mortal danger against a bloodthirsty, piratical Turk called Mehmet Pasha: The aim is to force them into a disastrous fight they cannot win. Only luck and Pearce’s fiery thirst for battle can save them now....
©2014 David Donachie (P)2015 Soundings
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is another book in the John Pearce series. As with the prior books in the series, Donachie spends half the book repeating information from the prior books in the series. The Story seems to be stuck.
John Pearce’s ship is in need of repair. Captain Ralph Barclay thinks Emily is still with Pearce and has sailed for the Mediterranean to rescue her. Meanwhile Pearce is fighting to save himself and his crew from capture by the Pasha and to be free of the enemy and get their prize ships to port.
Donachie needs to end this series; it has played itself out. Donachie can write a good sea tale but I think I am bailing out of this series now.
Peter Wickham does a good job narrating the series.
Probably not in the John Pearce series.
Donachie needs to bring this story to climax. He spends half the book retelling the previous books in the story, then doesn't go anywhere with the tale. This book, especially, didn't actually accomplish anything substantial to the story.
Wickham is a good actor, and does voices very convincingly.
I'm angry that the book don't go anywhere, and didn't advance the story line.
I won't read another book in this series unless it is headlined as the final novel. The author has milked these characters dry.
"What comes next"
I like the way a lower rank can sometimes out do their seniors
Life at sea, which must have been pretty tough for the ratings.
No particular scene, I had trouble turning the book off, like I do with the other titles in the series.
A fight for love and revenge
When is the next book arriving, or is it already out? It should be book 12 or maybe another title.
"Was it worth waiting for?"
About time it was released in Audio format. Well worth the wait. A bit slow to start but picked up quickly and full of intricate plots and double plots. John Pearce survives another day.
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