The King's Captain (Alan Lewrie Naval Series #9)

The King's Captain (Alan Lewrie Naval Series #9)

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by Dewey Lambdin

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Following the footsteps of Horatio Hornblower and Jack Aubrey, whose ripping adventures capture thousands of new readers each year, comes the heir apparent to the mantle of Forester and O'Brian: Dewey Lambdin, and his acclaimed Alan Lewrie series. In King's Captain, Lewrie is promoted for his quick action in the Battle of Cape St. Vincent, but before


Following the footsteps of Horatio Hornblower and Jack Aubrey, whose ripping adventures capture thousands of new readers each year, comes the heir apparent to the mantle of Forester and O'Brian: Dewey Lambdin, and his acclaimed Alan Lewrie series. In King's Captain, Lewrie is promoted for his quick action in the Battle of Cape St. Vincent, but before he's even had a chance to settle into his new role, a mutiny rages through the fleet, and the sudden reappearance of an old enemy has Lewrie fighting not just for his command, but for his life.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The ninth book in Lambdin's Alan Lewrie series (The King's Coat, etc.) begins rousingly enough with the famous British defeat of a Spanish armada at Cape Saint Vincent in 1797. Lewrie comes in for some glory by trusting Nelson and participating in an apparently foolhardy maneuver that ensures victory for the English. After a short visit at homeDdreaming all the while of anticipated prize moneyDLewrie is made captain of the brand-new frigate Proteus. Before he sets to sea, though, Lewrie and his officers are ensnared in the mutinies at Spithead and Nore. The tars are petitioning for fairer wages, medical care and shipboard treatment. Lewrie faces a fierce enmity from a seaman he isDerroneouslyDsure he has never met before and spends most of the book planning to wrest HMS Proteus away from the mutineers. Eventually, of course, he does, and again, of course, Lewrie comes out on top. The delivery of a last-minute anonymous letter detailing Lewrie's extramarital escapades acts as a teaser for the next book. It is impossible not to compare Lambdin's Lewrie adventures to Patrick O'Brian's dazzling Aubrey-Maturin seriesDand the comparison does not favor Lambdin. O'Brian would probably have dealt with the Nore mutiny in a chapter or two: Lambdin takes considerably more pages. There is less seamanship here and practically no memorable characters. Language veers from the quaintly archaic to the brashly anachronistic: "Do-able, d'ye think?" Despite efforts at painting Lewrie as a forerunner of Flashman, there's no real humor. Also, Lambdin's afterword explaining doings at the Nore should have been a foreword. Readers desperate for an O'Brianesque fix may squeeze some enjoyment out of Lambdin's latest, but they will perhaps not be surprised to discover that Alan Lewrie is no Jack Aubrey. (Dec. 15) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Thundering guns shiver the Atlantic to open the ninth Alan Lewrie British naval yarn (Jester's Fortune, 1999, etc.) set during the Napoleonic Wars. This will be Lewrie's last adventure aboard the Jester, since in the opening battle against the Spanish fleet at Cape St. Vincent, Lewrie and Jester handle themselves so well that he's promoted to commander and, with Jester in dry-dock, given a new frigate to command. When Lewrie returns home to wife Caroline to see to his lands and business affairs, taxes are high, wages low, and the Industrial Revolution has been jump-started by England's war needs. The industrial upheaval indeed accounts for scary mutineers, who run a red flag up ships at dock, and a call for higher wages. Lewrie discovers that even gathering a crew for His Majesty's Ship Proteus is a huge problem. With a Damme and a twinkle, Lambdin's chewy prose demands the reader parse echoes of an earlier day. Rich fun.

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St. Martin's Press
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Alan Lewrie Naval Series , #9
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First Edition
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Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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Off Jester's lee bow, down to the Sou'east, there were about eight or nine Spanish ships of the line, with accompanying frigates, and coming up slowly to merge with another pack. And that pack, Good God! Seventeen, at the last, tall-sided, ugly brutes there were; two-decker 68's, 74's and 80-gunners; some of them 3-deckers, and one monstrous 4-decker flying more admiral's flags than sail-canvas, it seemed. And so stuffed with guns that every time she lit off a broadside, it looked like a mountain blowing up!

"I can make out, sir..." Lt. Ralph Knolles attempted to say, as he took off his hat and swiped both forearms of his coat at his hair and brows. A bad sign, that; usually, one nervous hand over his blonde locks was sufficient sign of nervousness.

"Aye, Mister Knolles?" Commander Alan Lewrie replied, sounding almost calm in comparison.

"Beyond, sir." Knolles pointed towards the Spanish fleet. "It may not be a convoy. About eight or nine more rather large ships over the West-Nor'west. Do they all assemble, sir...Well!"

"Two-deckers, d'ye think, sir? Lewrie frowned, stepping to the starboard side of his quarterdeck, leaning on the bulwarks, and raising his telescope for a look-see.

"Cah-rrisstt!" Was Lewrie's sudden, un-captainly comment. And a rather loud comment it was, too.

In his telescope's ocular, he'd just discovered the fore-end of a ship of the line which wasn't crossing right-to-left, sailing obediently in the battle-line. He was looking at the beak-head and figure-head, the cutwater and frothing bow-wave below an out-thrust bowsprit and jib-boom of a warship - pointing right at him!

Meet the Author

Dewey Lambdin is the author of eight previous Alan Lewrie novels. A member of the U.S. Naval Institute and a Friend of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, he lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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King's Captain 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Preserved-Killick More than 1 year ago
OK, as far as the novel itself, it's very good - couldn't put it down, really, though the very beginning, Chapter One, seemed a bit abrupt. Any fan of the series will be more than entertained. Turns out there's a reason for that early abruptness. The text for the prolog comes at the very END of the book in the afterward! Came upon it and thought I was maybe reading a teaser for the next book in the series before realizing what I was stumbling into. So out of curiosity I immediately downloaded the next book in the series, AND IT'S THE SAME THING! In this case, though, the prolog text seems to be missing entirely, or at least I couldn't find it after a quick search. We're still trying to figure out how to produce ebooks, aren't we!
Theodorus More than 1 year ago
Killick appears to be correct; the 19-page "prologue" appears immediately following the afterward at page 367. There's really no excuse for this on the publisher's part...simply sloppy work with little to no attention to a simple detail such as putting the pages in sequential order. Disappointing. I'll continue slogging through the series, even so, as I enjoy the period setting and (generally) have liked the author's other work. On the weird off chance that Mr. Lambdin ever cruises by here: please, for the love of God, sir, stop writing foreign accented English in phonetic pidgeon. I can only take so much stuff like, "He egsblains vhy de big ships vit rich gargoes do not appear...", before I start skipping whole sections of dialogue. All his foreign characters remind me of Fabio hawking margerine: "I conned beleev id snot bawtter". Gee, maybe I can be a professional writer too...
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