Captain Alan Lewrie returns for espionage and action in the 16th entry of this popular series of historical adventures.
Alan Lewrie, intrepid sailor and charming scoundrel, is back in Lambdin's superb 16th Royal Navy adventure. Lewrie is an endearing character-hero, philanderer, smuggler, spy: a courageous naval officer unencumbered by high morals or indecision-and during the brief peace between England and France in 1801, while on a reconciliation vacation to Paris with his wife, Lewrie encounters old enemies and former lovers, all seeking revenge for past injuries and insults. A botched audience with Napoleon Bonaparte sets assassins on Lewrie's trail, and after they kill someone close to Lewrie, he vows bloody revenge. When war resumes in 1803, he is given command of a heavily armed frigate and another chance to go to sea and kill Frenchmen. The harrowing sea adventures that follow take Lewrie and his crew from France to Louisiana and put Lewrie's seamanship and quick thinking to the test. As expected, Lambdin leaves just enough loose ends in this swashbuckler to ensure there will be another sequel of intrigue and cannonballs. (Mar.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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1 . Good installment of my favorite series.
Posted December 22, 2010 by EFC , CambridgeWhile looking to see if the next book in the Alan Lewrie series of books I couldn't help but notice the two star rating for King, Ship and Sword. While I admit the series has taken a bit of a downward turn, it's not that bad. I really enjoyed King Ship and Sword, and it tied up a plotline that I believe was dragging the series down for the last couple of books. I admit this is not a book you want to read without having read the previous books. Having said that, you won't be disappointed in the time spent. They are still books that I really enjoy and they simply don't deserve 2 stars. They have a different feel that enjoy a bit more than the Aubry/Maturin series. Things are always a little more interesting with a scoundral as the lead. I also believe saying they aren't as good as one of the most widely acclaimed series in this genre is setting the bar a little high. By saying you don't like anything that isn't that good, you're saying you don't like anything else. While I loved the Aubry books, they are a finite set.
So in closing, if you have enjoyed Dewey Lambdins books in the past I believe you will enjoy this one. If you hven't read them and are interested in this genre, read them!
Thomas Dunne Books
March 14, 2010
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