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  • A Treacherous Coast | David Donachie

    A Treacherous Coast

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Winter 1795. Lieutenant John Pearce, reckoning to have finally ditched his old enemy, Admiral Hotham, has found a new one in Henry Digby, previously a friend. Meanwhile, Pearce's pregnant and recently widowed lover is adamant they cannot be seen together for the sake of their unborn child as she seeks respectability in society. Aboard HMS Flirt as part of the squadron led by Horatio Nelson, Pearce and his Pelicans soon join them on a reconnaissance which results in the destruction of a key French battery.

  • By the Mast Divided | David Donachie

    By the Mast Divided

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
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    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    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.

    Jeffrey says: "Might not be what you think"
  • The Devil's Own Luck | David Donachie

    The Devil's Own Luck

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
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    (13)
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    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    1793: the onset of Britain's conflict with Revolutionary France. Ex-captain turned privateer, Harry Ludlow finds himself on board the naval 74-gun Magnanime, with his brother James. In command is Oliver Carter, a captain with whom Harry has an unfortunate history. But when James is found standing over the body of a dead officer, old scores appear to be put aside…at least for the time being. Blinded by his own prejudice, Harry sets out to prove his brother’s innocence, but it is soon apparent that his feud with Carter is not the only dark secret aboard the Magnanime.

  • The Admirals' Game | David Donachie

    The Admirals' Game

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
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    (47)
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    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    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.

    Jean says: "Engaging"
  • 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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    (59)
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    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.

    Jean says: "A Rollicking Tale"
  • The Perils of Command | David Donachie

    The Perils of Command

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (18)
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    (18)
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    (18)

    John Pearce, having negotiated the highly questionable sale of the two French prizes taken in The Devil to Pay, has left HMS Flirt, as well as the crew and the wounded Henry Digby in Brindisi, and is headed for Naples to see his lover. In an uncomfortable journey, he seeks to work out a way to best both Admiral Sir William Hotham and Captain Ralph Barclay, men who are his sworn enemies. All his calculations are thrown into turmoil when he discovers that Emily is pregnant.

  • 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
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    (82)
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    (45)
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    (45)

    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.

    Jean says: "Rollicking yarn"
  • A Hanging Matter: The Privateersman Mysteries, Volume 3 | David Donachie

    A Hanging Matter: The Privateersman Mysteries, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
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    (23)
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    (13)
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    1794...Returning to England, Harry and James become embroiled in a vicious struggle between rival smugglers played out in the English Channel. Witnesses to a bloody confrontation, they flee to Deal - only to find that, behind its picturesque facade, the town is a haven for traders in contraband, seething with corruption and violence.

  • 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
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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.

    Jean says: "Engaging"
  • A Divided Command | David Donachie

    A Divided Command

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (23)
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    (21)
    Story
    (19)

    Unbeknown to John Pearce, the private letter he is delivering on behalf of the prime minister carries the dismissal of the very man he is sailing to see. The need for a government majority to pursue the war with France means John Pearce must step down as Britain’s best sailor, regretfully relinquishing the position to the incompetent Admiral Hotham. Hotham is equally less than pleased about John Pearce, as he is the one person who knows the truth about his dishonest naval career.

    Jean says: "Rehashing"
  • A Sea of Troubles | David Donachie

    A Sea of Troubles

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (24)
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    1794. In the wake of the Glorious First of June, Lieutenant John Pearce has pressing matters to attend to. He must undertake an urgent commission from Lord Hood, track down midshipman Toby Burns, and placate Emily Barclay. Meanwhile smugglers whose ship Pearce inadvertently stole, are on his tail. And it is not only John Pearce who has his fair share of trouble. The triumphant Channel Fleet returns, but the battle is already the subject of controversy –and Ralph Barclay is accused of holding back from the action.

    Jean says: "The Pelicans are reunited"
  • Honour be Damned | David Donachie

    Honour be Damned

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Gerry O'Brien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (9)
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    (8)

    The French Revolution is turning in on itself even as the war with the English drags on. As the armies move towards Italy, George Markham and his Marines find themselves assigned to the sloop Sylphide under the impetuous Captain Germain. Set ashore in the midst of the French army, Markham is charged with escorting a group of loyalists on a secret mission and is soon wishing he was back in the thick of it at sea.

    Jean says: "Betrayal"
  • The Devil to Pay | David Donachie

    The Devil to Pay

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Jean says: "A fun sea tale"
  • A Shred of Honour | David Donachie

    A Shred of Honour

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Gerry O'Brien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (24)
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    (22)
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    (21)

    Introducing George Markham, lately of the 65th Regiment of Foot, now Lieutenant of Marines on His Britannic Majesty’s frigate Hebe. Irishman, papist, reputed coward; he is a man with something to prove. As the winter of 1793 comes to the Mediterranean coast of France, so too does the chill wind of the Revolutionary terror. When the Hebe is sent to help the Bourbon city of Toulon, Markham will have to prove he is a worthy officer of Marines…or die in the attempt.

    Jean says: "Action and Mayhem"
  • 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
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    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    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.

    Jean says: "A clever blend of fact and fiction"
  • Honour Redeemed | David Donachie

    Honour Redeemed

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Gerry O'Brien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (19)
    Story
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    With his fiery Irish blood and well-known reputation for trouble, Lieutenant George Markham leads his embattled Royal Marines against the French in Corsica. His mission: to seize the island. Markham ventures across the island to persuade the veteran war hero Pasquali Paoli to unite the Corsicans behind him. But their loyalty remains torn by a heritage of vendettas, French bribery, and cross and double cross.

    Jean says: "Highly Entertaining"
  • The Scent of Betrayal: The Privateersman Mysteries, Volume 5 | David Donachie

    The Scent of Betrayal: The Privateersman Mysteries, Volume 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
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    (15)
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    (11)
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    (11)

    New Orleans, 1795. The discovery of an abandoned Spanish merchant ship off the coast of America plunges the Ludlows into a far-reaching conspiracy fuelled by jealousy, ambition and nationalistic fervour. The Bucephalas lies trapped under the gaping muzzles of the 32-punder Spanish guns of New Orleans’ harbour fort. It quickly becomes clear that the corridors of the governor’s residence are just as busy with treachery, double-dealing, and murder as the back alleys of the sweltering city outside.

  • 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
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    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.

    Christopher says: "ennui..."
  • A Game of Bones: The Privateersman Mysteries, Volume 6 | David Donachie

    A Game of Bones: The Privateersman Mysteries, Volume 6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
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    (11)
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    1796… The long-awaited return of the Bucephalas to the safety of Cinque Ports if interrupted by a disastrous engagement in the Channel. The looming shape of a merchantman becalmed in fog presents an almost irresistible allure. But for Harry Ludlow and his battle-weary crew, the pursuit of one last easy prize leads to a desperate fight. Yet, it is events closer to home that present the greatest danger.

  • On a Making Tide | David Donachie

    On a Making Tide

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    On a Making Tide chronicles the fascinating early years of Horatio Nelson and Emma Lyon. Both determined to rise from obscurity, they set about making their ways through the world with corresponding recklessness and precocious ambition. Nelson enters the Royal Navy at the ae of twelve and is made a post captain at the age of 20 – his reputation as a daring yet benevolent officer secured in the American War of Independence.

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