King, Ship, and Sword

An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure

Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures (Volume 16)

Dewey Lambdin

Thomas Dunne Books

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THE SIXTEENTH TALE IN DEWEY LAMBDIN’S CLASSIC NAVAL ADVENTURE SERIES

December 1801. The Peace of Amiens end the long war with Napoleon Bonaparte’s France, but Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal Navy, is appalled by its consequences. First, he’s been in the Navy since 1780 (most unwillingly, most of the time!) and at sea for the better part of nine years, since 1793, so what is a dashing and successful frigate captain to do with himself, if he’s ashore on half-pay, and if so, for how long?

Second, and even worse, is where will Lewrie twiddle his thumbs and be bored to death until the war begins again, as he’s sure it will? Will he idle in expensive, exciting London, or go home to his rented farm in Anglesgreen in Surrey, and rejoin his wife and in-laws who (mostly) despise him like the Devil hates Holy Water, where he knows as much of agriculture and animal husbandry as his two pet cats do of celestial navigation?

Peace and domesticity are hellish-hard on the rakehells!

Yet by the spring of 1802, Lewrie and his Caroline have somewhat reconciled (again) and are off to make a go of a second honeymoon – in Paris, France, of all places! But Lewrie’s notion to return the swords captured from deceased French officers to their kinfolk gets turned into a formal presentation at a levee in the Tuileries, and a face-to-face rencontre with the First Consul Napoleon Bonaparte. Lewrie can’t help spurring him into a “kick-furniture” rage, and he and Caroline must flee for their lives, with aid from the most unlikely source imaginable.

When war breaks out again in May of 1803, Lewrie has fresh orders, a new frigate, and a chance to punish and pursue the French, but it’s no longer for Duty or King and Country – now it’s personal!

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CHAPTER ONE HMS Thermopylae, a 38-gun Fifth Rate frigate, prowled slowly off the Texel to keep a wary eye on the Dutch coast . . .  for several years a con­quered “allied” power under French control, now named the Batavian Republic. It was a sullen endeavour for Thermopylae’s people, for the Dutch had not much of a fleet left since the Battle of Camperdown, four years before, in 1797, when Adm. Duncan had caught them, headed for the English Channel to combine with their French masters’ fleet for an invasion of Great Britain, had forced them to run for home close

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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 adventures 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


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About the Author

Dewey Lambdin

DEWEY LAMBDIN is the author of fifteen 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 Murrells Inlet.

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King, Ship, and Sword
An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure
Dewey Lambdin

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
March 2010
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ISBN: 9781429912396
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368 pages
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