A farmer, a bloody farmer! Knee-deep in dung and fathoms from the nearest port, Alan Lewrie, swashbuckling naval warrior turned family man, longs for battle. And when it comes, a battle royal it is! Called to the H.M.S. Cockerel, a sleek frigate captained by a malaria-stricken tyrant, First Officer Lewrie soon vaults to command, taking Cockerel from the lush pleasures of the Kingdom of Naples to a smoking cauldron called Toulon. There, an outnumbered coalition of former enemies is being drawn into a terrible land-sea battle against the revolutionary French, in a siege of blood and terror that will send shock waves around the world.
He's fought and loved on land and bounding sea from America to the East Indies. Alan Lewrie is the unforgettable hero-rogue of the age of wooden-walled, spray-lashed fighting ships.
©1997 Dewey Lambdin; (P)2010 Random House
"This is Lambdin's usual satisfying brew....A fast-moving yarn loaded with action, colorful characters, and marvelous period detail." (Publishers Weekly)
"Great fun...Lambdin continues to plunk Alan Lewrie down in the midst of interesting times with humor and plenty of authentic detail." (Kirkus Reviews)
Yes, great performance, good yarn.
Descriptions of the old sailing days.
Taking of the French ship.
Move over, Master and Commander.
The narrator's ability to present so many different characters.
The escape sequence from Toulon aboard the Radical and the successful engagement with two French corvettes.
Lewrie's encounter with Lady Emma Hamilton.
Each of Dewey Lambdin's Alan Lewrie novels is a joy to read, and H.M.S. Cockerel is especially intriguing with the inclusion of Horatio Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton. His command of 19th century English, naval terminology, geography and history are impressive. The Lewrie series is truly a gift to those who enjoy naval fiction, especially when the hero is such a "ram cat"!
John Lee's performance as narrator was again outstanding! His amazing ability to develop distinct voices for each of the characters made this Lewrie adventures come to life. Lee is an artist of the first order!
As with the other stories in the Alan Lewrie series, this is just a good "Boy's Own" type adventure. Keeping in mind the stories are just fiction, the detail to accuracy and nautical terms of the time add to the colour and flavour of the of this period piece. I highly reccomend this as a "Just Fun" type of listen. I must add that John Lee is one of my favourite narrators.
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