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1781: Held by the British, the Chesapeake Bay port of Yorktown is under siege. Pounded by the American forces on land and the deadly warships of their French allies at sea, the once-proud city is aflame and near ruin. But on the horizon, the Royal Navy fleet, with heavily armed frigates, is poised to break through the French blockade. Aboard HMS Desperate, Midshipman Alan Lewrie sets his gunners to their lethal work firing broadsides of 24-pound shot at the enemy vessels.

©2002 Dewey Lambdin (P)2010 Random House

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Great Read but CAUTION!

If you are a fan of Patrick O’brian, you will love Dewey Lambdin equally if not more. In the Alan Lewrie series Lambdin is equally historically accurate and perhaps even more engaging, but without the problem I often found of wondering who is speaking at a given time. Lambdin’s characters are very clear and concise. One major word of caution however. These books aren’t cheap, and after reading the first 10, Audible dropped the remaining eight of the series. So, unless you want to take an ending of the series on faith, until the remainder of the series reappears, I suggest not starting.

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Great !!!!

What did you like best about this story?

I have just finished The Gun Ketch as well as books 1 thur 4 in the Alan Lewrie Series.<br/>Dewey Lambdin is great! The best sailing writer I’ve found to date. <br/>I’ve listen to the complete Alexander Kent Bolitho series as well as the complete Master and Commander, Hornblower, Two years before the mast and many many others. <br/>

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  • Edward
  • Salt Lake City, UT, United States
  • 01-31-12

Spectacular

What did you love best about The French Admiral?

Another installment in the Alan Lewrie series. Addiction.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The French Admiral?

Don't remember any one thing that sticks out. I'm sad when the book ends and can't wait for another to start.

What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is an excellent narrator.

Who was the most memorable character of The French Admiral and why?

Alan Lewrie of course

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 04-02-15

British Viewpoint

“The French Admiral” is book two in Dewey Lambdin’s Alan Lewrie series. Lewrie was sent off by his father to the Royal Navy. Alan finds he is a born sailor and is enjoying his life at sea.

As a Midshipman we find him in this book at the siege of Yorktown, near the end of the American Revolutionary War. The Royal Navy, with heavily-armed frigates, is posed to break the French blockade. The French Navy is commanded by Admiral de Grasse.
Lewrie is aboard HMS Desperate. Midshipman Lewrie is in charge of 24 pounder guns firing broadsides at the French vessels.

The book is well written and researched but I am still having trouble liking the hero of the book Alan Lewrie. I shall read a few more books in the series while I look for another series about the Royal Navy vs. Napoleon.

One of my favorite narrators, John Lee is narrating the book. That alone keeps me listening.

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Combines British Navy with American Revolution

In this book, the British come out the losers as they are kicked out of America by the French and Americans. It is a good addition to the series and gives some fairly good historical perspective about the war in Maryland and siege of Yorktown. The British come off as fairly incompetent in their war in America. The Hero, Alan Lewerie manages to escape, just barely. Of course I can't possibly spoil the ending since we all know the British lost the war of Independence. The British Admirals are shown as timid whose ranks are determined by political influence rather than competence. There might have been a different outcome if they had an Admiral Nelson in instead.

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More than I expected!

If u enjoy the British war novels of the late 18th and early 19th century this one stands out. Set in revolutonary, colonial america east coast waters, this is an opportunity to learn what war against the rebels was like for the brits and the loyalists.I enjoyed both the sea and land military battles. My only complaints was that this cost 2 credits, but worth it. A trip to the library for more audio fare filled my needs for the rest of the month. I already have spent another 2 credits for the next book in the series..II've become an Allen Lewrie fan. Of course having been in the US Navy myself I'm a sucker for stories of sea adventure. Reading this author is recommended.

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  • Michael
  • Diamond Bar, CA, United States
  • 11-13-17

Terrible Title - Terrific Story

Alan is being forced to mature and is doing a very good job of it. His technical skills are increasingly improving and his "social" life continues to get more interesting.

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Best in the series!

This is my second time through the series and this is the most fun adventure.

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  • KEITH
  • Canyon Country, CA, United States
  • 01-05-16

A different view of the American Revolution

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a great historical novel that shows what that the revolution was also a civil war. There are the Americans who are left in the wake of a victory by the founding fathers. These people lost all that brought them to America for in the first place.

What other book might you compare The French Admiral to and why?

Much like Bernard Cornwell Sharpe character. Great battle scenes. The authors ability to have us understand that a fatal wound was anything within the torso.

Which scene was your favorite?

The final battle scene on land.

If you could rename The French Admiral, what would you call it?

A Midshipman comes of Age.

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  • john
  • New Fairfield, CT, United States
  • 06-01-14

Im hooked on this series

A great story of the British Navy involvement in the American revolutionary war. Midshipmen Alan Lewrie is a captivating character whose escapades I have to follow in the next book in the series. John Lee is masterful in his command of English which we Americans call the "English accent". I was reminded once by a Brit that he speaks English. We (Americans) have the accent. If you like to hear English in its finest form you will love Dewey Lambdin's writing and Lee's narration. Lee also does a great interpretation of a southern ladies and slaves.The book is loaded with nautical terminology which may go over the head of someone not familiar with sailing but its a minor distraction. The dialog between the ships crew members when they are at sea is easy to follow.