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    • A Close Run Thing

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    John Pearce is hiding in Gravelines with his mysterious companion, known to him as Oliphant. Although they find a crew willing to take them back to England, they learn on the journey that Pearce’s old enemies, the Tolland brothers, are still active on the route and may have been responsible for the murder of Catherine Carruthers. Back in England their problems continue: Pearce must seek to mend fences with Emily Barclay, in a relationship in which nothing is simple.

    Regular price: $20.28

    • A Divided Command

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 28
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
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      4 out of 5 stars 24

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Rehashing

    • By Jean on 07-16-15

    Regular price: $15.59

    • On a Particular Service

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 12
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      4 out of 5 stars 12

    John Pearce is going home. But he has to avoid capture by an Algerine warship, having his Pelicans pressed into a British frigate, and that's before they are at risk of being hanged for desertion once home. Then there is the problem of Emily Barclay and their son, Adam. By cunning and bluff, he protects his friends but not his troubled love life. In a whirlwind of action, there are forged wills, devious trades, contrived murders and dangerous spy missions, with so much deceit that Pearce does not know whom to trust. All he can hope to do is survive.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • needs refreshing.<br />

    • By theodore vawter on 01-28-18

    Regular price: $22.06

    • A Flag of Truce

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
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      4 out of 5 stars 39

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Rollicking Tale

    • By Jean on 01-31-15

    Regular price: $29.07

    • A Sea of Troubles

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 29
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
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      4 out of 5 stars 28

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The Pelicans are reunited

    • By Jean on 06-17-15

    Regular price: $16.09

    • The Devil's Own Luck

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 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.

    Regular price: $15.59

    • By the Mast Divided

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 124
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
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      4 out of 5 stars 70

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Might not be what you think

    • By Jeffrey on 08-07-13

    Regular price: $26.71

    • A Treacherous Coast

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    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.

    Regular price: $21.37

    • Blown Off Course

    • A Firebrand John Pearce Adventure, Book 7
    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 44
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
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      4 out of 5 stars 43

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A cross channel escapade

    • By Jean on 04-06-15

    Regular price: $15.59

    • Breaking the Line

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
    • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
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      4 out of 5 stars 6
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    1799: Having evacuated the King and Queen of Naples ahead of Napoleon’s advancing army, Nelson must now await developments in Sicily. In the meantime, he and Emma savour their passionate affair, and when Nelson travels back to Britain with the Hamiltons, he finds he is the toast of Europe. To the British elite, however, Nelson is a dangerous upstart, and his love for Emma is his weakness. With rising resentment, Nelson and Emma are forced to keep up appearances. As the war with Napoleon drags on, Nelson engages the Danish fleet at Copenhagen with stunning results.

    Regular price: $16.31

    • A Shot Rolling Ship

    • A John Pearce Novel
    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 95
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Rollicking yarn

    • By Jean on 11-24-14

    Regular price: $27.68

    • A Shred of Honour

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
    • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 25
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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      4 out of 5 stars 22

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Action and Mayhem

    • By Jean on 12-28-14

    Regular price: $17.23

    • An Awkward Commission

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 88
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
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      4 out of 5 stars 50

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Engaging

    • By Jean on 12-21-14

    Regular price: $25.45

    • Honour Redeemed

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
    • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
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      5 out of 5 stars 21
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Highly Entertaining

    • By Jean on 04-10-15

    Regular price: $24.10

    • An Element of Chance

    • The Privateersman Mysteries, Volume 4
    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    It is 1795. As war spreads across the globe, Harry Ludlow joins the struggle for the richest trade in the world. When half his crew is illegally pressed into the Royal Navy by the vicious Captain Toner, Harry sets off in pursuit. Toner's ship reaches the West Indies with Harry close behind, and they sail into a maelstrom of piracy, corruption, and murder, stirred up by a French privateer. Soon, the British officer in charge of the station calls upon each man to help as best he can.

    Regular price: $23.96

    • Enemies at Every Turn

    • John Pearce, Book 8
    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 34
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
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      4 out of 5 stars 33

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • ennui...

    • By Christopher on 10-02-12

    Regular price: $14.86

    • An Ill Wind

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 59
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 41

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A clever blend of fact and fiction

    • By Jean on 03-14-15

    Regular price: $14.45

    • The Perils of Command

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    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.

    Regular price: $22.06

    • The Devil to Pay

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
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      5 out of 5 stars 33
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A fun sea tale

    • By Jean on 08-17-15

    Regular price: $21.31

    • On a Making Tide

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    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.

    Regular price: $18.76

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