Captain Alan Lewrie returns for espionage and action in the sixteenth entry of this popular series of historical adventures
In the latest installment of a series that has drawn comparisons to C.S. Forester and attracted the envy of Bernard Cornwell, the lovable rogue Alan Lewrie finds himself in Paris rubbing shoulders with soldiers, spies, and even Napoleon himself. But the peace between France and England proves to be short-lived, and after an abrupt, dangerous departure, Captain Lewrie soon has the chance to seek revenge on his former French host in a stunning sea chase.
Packed with Lewrie’s characteristic humor, action, and bedroom liaisons, Dewey Lambdin delivers everything that dedicated fans love about this series.
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.)