Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures

 Dewey Lambdin chronicles the adventures, and comic mis-adventures, of Alan Lewrie of the Royal Navy. More Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones or George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman than C.S. Forester’s hand-wringing, insecure Horatio Hornblower or Patrick O’Brian’s Jack Aubrey, Lewrie cuts a wide and joyous swath through the American Revolution, “war on the cheap,” ‘tween the wars, the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, and the Great Age of Sail . . . tongue firmly planted in his cheek all the way, truly a man of his times. 

Alan didn’t intend to join the Royal Navy and become a hero for King and Country, but got “Impressed” in 1780 by his rakehell father, Sir Hugo St. George Willoughby, just before he was to inherit from his deceased mother’s side, and Sir Hugo needed the money “perishin’ bad!” Hard cheese for young Lewrie, being an official bastard (that would be said of him quite often in his career, none of it endearingly!) and shoved in King’s Coat in the middle of the American Revolution, made a Midshipman at 17, and torn from his carousings, late night partying, and the bosoms (so to speak) of willing young ladies. 

The Royal Navy may beat nautical knowledge and stern Duty into him, drag him kicking and screaming into harum-scarum, neck-or-nothing action, but . . . give him but one day ashore, and Lewrie will usually find a way to get himself into trouble, mostly with the ladies (“some no better than they ought to be!”). Though he doesn’t gamble (not too deep, anyway) doesn’t smoke (except when with Muskogee Indians in Spanish Florida) and doesn’t get too “cup-shot,” his lifelong fascination for “doing the needful” will always trip him up. 

No matter how drear a task Lewrie’s superiors at Admiralty give him, he’ll always find a way to liven things up, and do his foes “the dirty.” Lewrie may be bright, but not quite as “sly-boots” as he imagines, so the bad guys can take him two falls out of three, though he’ll find a way to win in the end, and “put the boot in” quite gladly! When things are going too well, Dame Fortune usually awakes from a nap and kicks him in the fundament, just to keep him humble.  

Along the way there’s a colourful collection of characters (a host of ‘em female, o’ course!); “Captain Sharps” and cads, personal foes and his King’s enemies; pirates from the Caribbean to the China Seas, spies and finaglers of every stripe, jaunts to Africa, a traveling circus, rebels and royalists; grudges, spites, petti-coat interest and leery superiors, a suspicious wife and doubting in-laws, and, his cats, along with bastard offspring of his own, so many that one character termed them the “Lewrie Miscellany.” 

 

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Kings and Emperors
Kings and Emperors

Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures (Volume 21)

Dewey Lambdin

St. Martin's Press

In Kings and Emperors, the twenty-first book in Dewey Lambdin's beloved Alan Lewrie series, Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal Navy, is still in Gibraltar, his schemes for raids along the coast...

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The King's Marauder
The King's Marauder

Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures (Volume 20)

Dewey Lambdin

St. Martin's Press

The year 1807 starts out badly for Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal Navy. His frigate HMS Reliant has a new captain, he’s living at his father’s estate at Anglesgreen, among spiteful...

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Hostile Shores
Hostile Shores

Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures (Volume 19)

Dewey Lambdin

St. Martin's Press

Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal Navy, was having a good year in the summer of 1805, commanding a small squadron of sloops in pursuit of French and Spanish privateers, till rumors of a huge...

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Reefs and Shoals
Reefs and Shoals

Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures (Volume 18)

Dewey Lambdin

St. Martin's Press

Pity poor Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal Navy! He’s been torn away from a warm shore bed--and the viscount's daughter who shared it with him--and ordered by Admiralty to the Bahamas, into...

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The Invasion Year
The Invasion Year

Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures (Volume 17)

Dewey Lambdin

St. Martin's Press

The Invasion Year is the seventeenth tale in Dewey Lambdin's smashing naval adventure series.For a fellow like Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal Navy, who despises the French...

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King, Ship, and Sword
King, Ship, and Sword

Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures (Volume 16)

Dewey Lambdin

St. Martin's Press

December, 1801. The Peace of Amiens ends the long war with Napoleon Bonaparte’s France, but Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal Navy, is appalled by its consequences. What is a dashing...

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The Baltic Gambit
The Baltic Gambit

Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures (Volume 15)

Dewey Lambdin

St. Martin's Press

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...

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Troubled Waters
Troubled Waters

Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures (Volume 14)

Dewey Lambdin

St. Martin's Press

Troubled Waters is the fourteenth tale in Dewey Lambdin's classic naval adventure series.It is the spring of 1800. Captain Alan Lewrie, fresh from victory in the South Atlantic,...

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A King's Trade
A King's Trade

Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures (Volume 13)

Dewey Lambdin

St. Martin's Press

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

---Bernard Cornwell

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The Captain's Vengeance
The Captain's Vengeance

Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures (Volume 12)

Dewey Lambdin

St. Martin's Press

It is early February, 1799, a year of war.  Sailing in the Caribbean, Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal Navy, is once again pursuing a chimera. A rich French prize...

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Havoc's Sword
Havoc's Sword

Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures (Volume 11)

Dewey Lambdin

St. Martin's Press

Dewey Lambdin's lovable but incorrigible rogue, Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal Navy, is back to cut a wide and wicked swatch through the war-torn Caribbean in an entirely new high seas adventure.

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Sea of Grey
Sea of Grey

Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures (Volume 10)

Dewey Lambdin

St. Martin's Press

Captain Alan Lewrie returns in Dewey Lambdin's tenth roaring adventure on the high seas. This time, it's off to a failing British intervention on the ultra-rich French colony of Saint Domingue,...

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King's Captain
King's Captain

Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures (Volume 9)

Dewey Lambdin

St. Martin's Press

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:...

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