This isn't an action series. The sea battle aspect of this series is not the focus. Rather, this series is a work of historical interest which illum..Show More »inates the life of the times and the politics of the times. If history interests you, then you are in the right place. If you want sea battles and dashing heroes, you best look elsewhere.
This is book two of the John Pearce historical novel series. In this book John Pearce and comrades, the so called Pelicans, find themselves aboard th..Show More »e HMS Griffin, a slow, overcrowded ship. The ship is tasked to stop the French privateers that are raiding the English merchant ship in the Channel. The time frame is 1793, and in the prior book John was trying to save his father from the guillotine in Paris when he was caught by a Press gang in a London pub called the Pelican. The men that were captured with him stayed together and call themselves the Pelicans. The first two books are different from other naval stories of this period in that the hero is a landlubber that has entered the navy via a press gang and has to learn to be a sailor. The other books have the hero as an officer and are career navy. In this book John is still trying to save his father and is serving on a naval vessel in the English Channel. You will have to read the book to find out if he is successful in saving his father.
The book is well written, with memorable characters and has some great moments of action that is quite gripping. Donachie makes his characters come alive. The author uses less nautical terms than some of the other authors writing in the genre. The story is well paced and engaging. Donachie astutely blends fact with fiction.
David Donachie was born in Edinburgh in 1944. He writes under a number of pseudomonas. He has an interest in naval history of the 18th and 19th century. Currently he lives in Deal Kent with his wife the novelist Sarah Grazebrook and their two children. He wrote the Nelson and Emma Trilogy about Horatio Nelson and Emma Hamilton. I am looking forward to reading book three in the series. Peter Wickham narrated the book.
This is book three in the 1790 naval series of John Pearce. In book one John Pearce and friend were illegally caught by a press gang in London at a P..Show More »ub called the Pelican. So the group called themselves the Pelican from there on. The Napoleonic war has started and Britain’s navy is short of men. At the end of book two, Pearce is separated from his friends and made a Lieutenant by the King.
In this book he is hunting for his friends on the HMS Leander commanded by a flogging captain. The HMS Brilliant captained by Ralph Barclay has been send to the Mediterranean. Pearce is sent to the Mediterranean to be an 8th lieutenant on HMS Victory the flag ship of Admiral Lord Hood. The action moves to the port of Toulon, the tension between crews and Captains intensifies coming to a brilliant head when HMS Leander is detached from the fleet under orders of Captain Horatio Nelson bound for North Africa.
The book is well written and has some exciting sea battles. The author obviously knows his history and the book is well researched. The story is complex and at times filled with power plays, plots twist and suspense. My only complaint is the author leaves too many unresolved threads to carry forward to the next book.
For anyone who is enthusiastic about seafaring stories as I am will enjoy the book. Peter Wickham does a good job narrating the story.
I am now at book four in the John Pearce series and I am happy I discovered David Donachie.
The year is 1793 and John Pearce and friends have..Show More » just returned from a successful mission in Corsica. The siege of Toulon is escalating in violence and the Revolutionary Army is preparing to attack. Pearce has been assigned to escort five thousand radical French sailors to a port on the Atlantic coast, where there are to be set free. As you can predict, the assignment goes awry.
The book is well written and well researched. Donachie brilliantly combines a gripping adventure with intricate historical detail of the French Revolution, in this case the Siege of Toulon, to explosive effect.
If you enjoy a good Royal Navy story set during the Napoleonic Wars this is a book for you. Peter Wickham narrated the book.
This is the fifth book in the John Pearce Pelican series. Please note you should read this series in order as each book builds on the next.
..Show More »/>The series is set against the backdrop of the French Revolution in 1794. We learned in prior books that Pearce and a group of men from the Pelican Pub was gang pressed into the Royal Navy by Captain Ralph Barclay. Pearce and the Pelican claim to have been illegally seized in an area that was off limits to press gangs. Pearce due to his ability and bravery was appointed a lieutenant by the King which caused some hostility from officers who have worked their way up the ranks. In this story the British are starting to lose the battle for Toulon as a new commander has taken over the French artillery. Hurrah! I knew Napoleon would be showing up in this battle.
Pearce’s main assignment in this book is to take a message to Naples, an Italian State ruled by Spanish Bourbons with a Hapsburg Queen (sister of Marie Antoinette), to seek assistance to help the British and the French Royalist hold Toulon.
As with the prior episodes in the series we have feuding senior naval officers’ striving for political sponsorship and battle honor. Each naval battle is well written and gripping to read. The historical detail is accurate and makes the story absorbing and exciting to read. Donachie’s ability to write realistic and historically accurate naval battle is improving with each book. He is becoming to naval battles what Bernard Cornwell is to land battle scenes. Peter Wickham narrated the book.
This is book number seven in the John Pearce series. It is important to read this series in order as Donachie is going through the battle of Toulon s..Show More »tep by step with each book in the series. This story is also set in 1793. The British navy is withdrawing from Toulon as the force led by Napoleon is overcoming the British defenses.
Lt. Pearce is caught between the rivalries of two leading admirals and threatened by the machination of the villainous captain Ralph Barclay. There is a sharp divide between good and bad senior officers in this story. Pearce is beginning to question himself that he maybe obsessing over Captain Barclay.
The author has done his research about the battle of Toulon and the British Navy. This historical novel does an excellent job of putting the reader right into the action at Toulon. Donachie does a good job in his depictions of a storm at sea and fire on board a wooden ship. Donachie writes a good Royal Navy historical novel but it is not in the class of Forester or O’Brien.
I keep wondering if Pearce and his fellow Pelicans will ever be free of the Royal Navy. Peter Wickham narrated the story.
This is the seventh book in the John Pearce Series. This series must be read in order otherwise one is lost.
The first half of the book deal..Show More »s with Pearce and the Pelicans trying to have the Admiralty agree to try Captain Barclay for perjury. All of the evidence Pearce had went down with the sinking of his last ship. The monies Pearce has coming from prize money is still tied up by the prize board. The three pelicans were forced off the ship they were supposed to wait on for John Pearce to come and get them. They have to make it on their own to London avoiding Press Gangs all the way.
Pearce is sitting in the Pelican Pub when a stranger offers him and his friends’ employment. The task is illegal but should be profitable. They are to fetch a ship laden with contraband back from France.
The book does not have a much of the sea action as prior books. As usual the book is well written, the history and setting is well drawn. Jonathan Keeble narrated the book.
Best: Finally! Finally, there was some sort of a continuation of the story! I thought Mr Donachie had fallen asleep.Least: It felt as if the story w..Show More »as written because it had to be. It seemed shallow, dragging and it could have starred as well or better as just a chapter in a book. The whole book sort of slogged along, and as far as a conclusion... It just seemed to die in mid-plot. I did get the next book just to see where it was leading and it was pretty much the same. I've gone back to re-reading O'Brian & Lambdin; I get more pleasure out of those old stories. It may be time to wrap it up and move on to something else. Or rest on one's laurels.
This is the ninth installment in the John Pearce series. The year is 1794 and Pearce has become a grudging secret-errand boy to the powerful minister..Show More » Henry Dundas. Emily Barkley wants Pearce to track down her nephew Midshipman Toby Burns.
Toby Burns is now assigned to the HMS Agamemnon commanded by Lord Horatio Nelson. They go on a series of actions and shore raids. Pearce is living with Emily and Captain Barkley will soon find out, and the Pelicans are all together now.
There is a feeling of transition to the whole story, as Pearce deals with the aftermath of the previous mission and prepares for the next. Donachie builds great characters and the story moves right along. There is lots of action and suspense in the story. Please note that this series must be read in the order it was written. I am getting the feeling the series might be winding down. The book is narrated by Peter Wickham.
At the end of the last book Pearce left Emily in the Tuscan port of Leghorn and sailed on to fleet command Mediterranean headquarters to deliver a let..Show More »ter from the Admiralty to Admiral Hotham. Unfortunately it was a letter of promotion for the Admiral. Pearce gets tangled in a political plot that puts him and his friends in danger. Pearce fights a duel against a British Army officer which makes Emily upset.
Emily sees no future with Pearce and leaves when he is conveying letters from Horatio Nelson to the British Ambassador. Pearce set off in pursuit and takes on a superior force of Barbary Corsairs who have targeted the merchant ship Emily is on. The book provides sea battles and lots of swashbuckling action and suspense.
Donachie has spent half the book rehashing the prior installments. The series has been dragged out about as far as it can. Let’s end the series. Donachie, it is time to start a new series. Peter Wickham narrated the story.
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 p..Show More »rior 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.