John Pearce
Books in series8
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(3.8 based on 297 ratings)
  • 1
    By the Mast Divided | David Donachie

    By the Mast Divided

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
    Overall
    (78)
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    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    London: 1793. Young firebrand John Pearce, on the run from the authorities, is illegally press-ganged from the Pelican tavern into brutal life aboard HMS Brilliant, a frigate on her way to war. In the first few days, Pearce discovers the Navy is a world in which he can prosper. And he is not alone; he is drawn to a group of men who eventually form an exclusive gun crew, the Pelicans, with Pearce their elected leader.

    Might not be what you think

    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 »

    Reviewed on August 07 2013 by Jeffrey (Columbus, OH, United States)
  • 2
    A Shot Rolling Ship: A John Pearce Novel | David Donachie

    A Shot Rolling Ship: A John Pearce Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Pressed into King George's Navy for the second time in a month, John Pearce finds himself working aboard HMS Griffin, sailing the Channel in search of the numerous French privateers preying on English merchant ships. Pearce, however, has other things on his mind. He must find a way off the ship in order to rescue his ailing father from the dangers of revolutionary Paris.

    Rollicking yarn

    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 »

    Reviewed on November 24 2014 by Jean (Santa Cruz, CA, United States)
  • 3
    An Awkward Commission | David Donachie

    An Awkward Commission

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
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    John Pearce's recent promotion means that he is finally free to follow his own wishes. But the same can't be said for his trio of closest friends, who are shipped off to the Mediterranean. Pearce vows to liberate them from the brutal tyrant they are serving under. His application to William Pitt finds him sailing off with secret dispatches for Admiral Lord Hood. But when Captain Ralph Barclay puts the lives of his crew at risk, Pearce must embark on a dangerous mission before he can free his friends.

    Engaging

    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 »

    Reviewed on December 21 2014 by Jean (Santa Cruz, CA, United States)
  • 4
    A Flag of Truce | David Donachie

    A Flag of Truce

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
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    (40)
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    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Firebrand John Pearce has been promoted to lieutenant and is in a position of command on board HMS Faron when he returns to Toulon from his successful mission in Corsica.

    A Rollicking Tale

    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 »

    Reviewed on January 31 2015 by Jean (Santa Cruz, CA, United States)
  • 5
    The Admirals' Game | David Donachie

    The Admirals' Game

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    1794. Lieutenant John Pearce is caught between a feuding trio of admirals. One puts him in a position of danger while another asks him to undertake a hazardous commission in order to protect his friends, the Pelicans. Meanwhile, Pearce is also trying to construct a perjury case against Admiral Ralph Barclay.

    Engaging

    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.
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    Reviewed on February 25 2015 by Jean (Santa Cruz, CA, United States)
  • 6
    An Ill Wind | David Donachie

    An Ill Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    It is 1793. John Pearce and his Pelicans are going home - to gain their freedom and put the treacherous Captain Ralph Barclay in the dock. Emily Barclay discovers Pearce has papers that would ruin her husband’s career and her future security. And then comes that dread thing, a fire aboard a wooden ship of war! Cast adrift, Pearce and his Pelicans find help from an unlikely source.

    A clever blend of fact and fiction

    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 »

    Reviewed on March 14 2015 by Jean (Santa Cruz, CA, United States)
  • 7
    Blown Off Course: A Firebrand John Pearce Adventure, Book 7 | David Donachie

    Blown Off Course: A Firebrand John Pearce Adventure, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (15)
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    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Lieutenant John Pearce is in London seeking protection for his friends, the Pelicans, from a reluctant Admiralty. Sitting in the tavern where they were first press ganged, Pearce considers his future. Lacking the evidence of perjury he once had to bring Captain Ralph Barclay to justice, his prospects are not promising. Ralph Barclay’s young wife, Emily, is refusing to live under the same roof as him and she has the means to get her own way: the evidence Pearce believes was lost at sea.

    A cross channel escapade

    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 »

    Reviewed on April 06 2015 by Jean (Santa Cruz, CA, United States)
  • 8
    Enemies at Every Turn: John Pearce, Book 8 | David Donachie

    Enemies at Every Turn: John Pearce, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Michael Tudor Barnes
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    The year is 1794. Free from jail, John Pearce is not free from the smugglers whose boat he stole. While lying low, Pearce soon has other pressing concerns on his mind. Granted a commission by William Pitt, John Pearce evades his pursuers by undertaking a dangerous mission in France. As rebellious ambition turns to bloody disaster, Pearce must try to re-join Admiral Howe. Also serving with Howe is Ralph Barclay - who has somehow contrived to yet again press Pearce’s friends into his crew.

    ennui...

    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 »

    Reviewed on October 02 2012 by Christopher (Beaverton, OR, United States)