Troubled Waters

An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure

Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures (Volume 14)

Dewey Lambdin

Thomas Dunne Books

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The fourteenth tale in Dewey Lambdin’s classic naval adventure series

Spring of 1800, and Captain Alan Lewrie, fresh from victory in the South Atlantic, is reckoned a hero on a par with Nelson in all the papers. Back in England, he’s fitting out his new frigate, HMS Savage, the fruits of that victory, the largest and best-armed frigate he’s ever commanded. But you can’t leave Lewrie ashore too long without trouble arising.

A Jamaica court has tried him in absentia and sentenced him to hang for the theft of a dozen Black slaves to man his old ship, HMS Proteus. A crime, or was it liberation, as his London barrister argues? The vengeful slaveowner, Hugh Beauman, has come to London to seek Lewrie’s end . . . with or without the majesty of the Law!

Then there’s the matter of those anonymous letters sent to his wife, Caroline, portraying him as a faithless rakehell and serving up the most florid lies . . . along with some unfortunately florid truths. Lewrie appeals to the “retired” Foreign Office spy, Zachariah Twigg, to “smoak out” the hand that guides the poison pen, even while wondering why Twigg seems so eager to help his legal case, of a sudden. Is the devious old devil ready to sacrifice him for some motive of his own?

A fortunate legal ruling, which only delays the matter of Lewrie’s utter ruin, leaves him free to take Savage to sea upon the King’s business, to join the close blockade of the Gironde River in Sou’west France, and plug the threat of enemy warships, privateers, and  neutrals smuggling goods in and out of Bordeaux. It could be a dull and plodding dreariness, but . . . a bored Captain Alan Lewrie, safe in his post for the moment, can be a dangerous fellow to his country’s foes. If only to relieve the tedium!   

 

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Chapter 1
Captain Alan Lewrie, RN, stepped out of the doors of the George Inn, just as the watch bells of a myriad of warships and merchant vessels in Portsmouth Harbour began to chime the end of the Morning Watch—Eight Bells, and the start of the Forenoon—in a distant, jangly ting-tinging much like what a rider near London might hear from church bells of a Sunday morning.
Not exactly a sound to set one’s pocket-watch by, that chiming, for each ship depended on the turning of sand-glasses to measure hours and half hours, quarter hours for the Dog Watches, the initial turning

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Praise for Dewey Lambdin and the Alan Lewrie series

 

 “You could get addicted to this series. Easily.”

---The New York Times Book Review

 

“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

 

 

 


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About the Author

Dewey Lambdin

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

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Troubled Waters
An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure
Dewey Lambdin

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
January 2008
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ISBN: 9781429995160
ISBN10: 1429995165
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 320 pages, Includes one black-and-white map and two illustrations
$9.99

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St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
January 2009
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ISBN: 9780312539375
ISBN10: 0312539371
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 320 pages, Includes one black-and-white map plus 2 illustrations
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