The Baltic Gambit (Alan Lewrie Naval Series #15)

The Baltic Gambit (Alan Lewrie Naval Series #15)

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by Dewey Lambdin
     
 

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January 1801, and Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal Navy, known as ""St. Alan the Liberator"" for freeing (stealing!) a dozen black slaves on Jamaica to man his frigate years before, is at last being brought to trial for it, with his life on the line. At the same time, Russia, Sweden, Denmark, and Prussia are forming a League of Armed Neutrality, to Napoleon Bonaparte's

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January 1801, and Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal Navy, known as ""St. Alan the Liberator"" for freeing (stealing!) a dozen black slaves on Jamaica to man his frigate years before, is at last being brought to trial for it, with his life on the line. At the same time, Russia, Sweden, Denmark, and Prussia are forming a League of Armed Neutrality, to Napoleon Bonaparte's delight, to deny Great Britain their vital exports, even if it means war. England will need all her experienced sea dogs, but … even Alan Lewrie?

Ultimately Lewrie is acquitted, but he's also ignored by the Navy, so it's half-pay on ""civvy street"" for him, and with idle time on his mischievous hands, Lewrie is sure to get himself in trouble---again!---especially if there are young women and his wastrel public school friends involved…and they are! A brawl in a Panton Saint brothel, a drunk, infatuated young Russian count, precede Lewrie's summons to Admiralty and the command of the Thermopylae frigate to replace an ill captain as the fleet gathers to face down the League of the North, and its instigator, the mad Tsar Paul.

Lewrie must take the Thermopylae into the Baltic in the dead of winter, alone and with no support, to scout the enemy fleets and iced-in harbors, deal with a fellow officer who is less of a friend than he thought, and be saddled with a pair of Russian noblemen as a last-minute peace delegation, but if the wily Foreign Office spy-master, Zachariah Twigg, sent them, what else might their mission be?

All that and the Battle of Copenhagen, too, and it's broadsides at close quarters, and treachery for Lewrie, forcing him to use all his wiles to survive! The Baltic Gambit is one of Dewey Lambdin's most enjoyable naval adventures yet.

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Praise for Dewey Lambdin and the Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures

“You could get addicted to this series. Easily.” —The New York Times Book Review

“His mastery of period naval warfare gives his battles real punch.” —Publishers Weekly

“Stunning naval adventure, reeking of powder and mayhem. I wish I had written this series.” —Bernard Cornwell

“The brilliantly stylish American master of salty-tongued British naval tales.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The best naval adventure series since C. S. Forester.” —Library Journal

“Lewrie is a marvelous creation, resourceful and bold.” —James L. Nelson, author of the Revolution at Sea Saga

“A rousing series of nautical adventures." —Booklist

Publishers Weekly

Lambdin and his Napoleonic War hero, Capt. Alan Lewrie, do their usual nautical thing in the series' 15th installment, but this account of the Battle of Copenhagen takes a backseat to the main character's Tom Jones antics and some underdeveloped espionage activities. The novel begins, in prologue, with unfinished business from the previous novel (Troubled Waters), and soon, after cooling his heels in London and plotting personal revenge, Lewrie gets his new orders to deliver a peace delegation to Russia. Lewrie is then pressed into service to help Vice Adm. Lord Horatio Nelson defeat the Danish fleet at Copenhagen. For those who know history, the outcome of this engagement is never in doubt, but the author still has one surprise in store when the true purpose of the peace delegation is revealed. With his mannered style, leering sensibility and attenuated plotting, Lambdin has always been second tier to C.S. Forester. This new novel is no exception but it does the trick as an entertaining time killer. (Feb.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312603489
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
03/16/2010
Series:
Alan Lewrie Naval Series , #15
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
194,573
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Dewey Lambdin is the author of fourteen previous Alan Lewrie novels. A member of the U.S. Naval Institute and a Friend of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, he spends his free time working and sailing (he's been a sailor since 1976). He makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, but would much prefer Margaritaville or Murrell's Inlet.

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The Baltic Gambit (Alan Lewrie Naval Series #15) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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Very entertaining! Ramcat Lewrie gets a new ship, a new Russian enemy, and joins the Battle of Copenhagen, helping Nelson defeat the Danish Fleet. What more could any reader want?
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zeendil More than 1 year ago
I so enjoy all of Lambdin's books about the guy. He's a bit older in this one. I recommend starting with the earlier books, so that you can see how Alan got to be a Post Captain, notwithstanding his inability (let's be clear, his unwillingness) to keep his pants closed. But the books are about much more than swash-buckling, whatever that is. The recounting of battles and such is done in a way that the non-sailor will understand. I would not recommend this for kids, as the few sex scenes are somewhat graphic. If you have a young kid that has already read the Hornblower books, best to get him or her on Patrick O'Brien's books. This is not up to the literary quality of O'Brien, but it is good and decidedly adult.
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Dewey Lambdin's character Capt. Alan Lewrie R.N. escapes the clutches of the Beauman clan and goes to sea again under Admiral Lord Nelson during the siege of Copenhagen. In this fictitious account of actual events during the Baltic War of 1801, Lewrie finds himself embroiled in a feud between two Russian counts because of his romance with a London whore who has also caught the eye of the younger count. His newest book, 'King, Ship and Sword' will be on the shelves soon and will continue the adventures of Lewrie as he goes to sea under Nelson.
Kajal More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book as soon as it was released, and had finished the previous book troubled waters in less then three days, so while waiting for this release earlier this year I re-read the entire 12 books including troubled waters again, when this title was released i was half way through Troubled waters, so I put it in on the shelf where it patiently waited for me :) it was worth the wait! For those not familiar with Allan Lewrie, you are missing out on an excellent title! I highly recommend Mr. Lambdins creation to any who love nautical/high seas adventures in a much simpler time, though they were starting to get a bit complex for our intrepid capt lately. If you have read and/or enjoyed the A&E series Hornblower, you will not be disappointed with (imo) with Adventures of Allan Lewrie.
JSF More than 1 year ago
Good solid addition to the series. Some questions answered and some solutions are developing. While the later books like this one lack some of the energy of the earlier novels they are still a satisfying read. If you don't know the series you must start from the beginning. But then you are in for a treat. Lewrie grows and matures realistically as the series progresses.