The King's Commission (Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures (Paperback))

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1782 First officer on brig o'war . . .
Fresh from duty on the frigate Desperate in her fight with the French Capricieuse off St. Kitts, Midshipman Alan Lewrie passes his examination board for Lieutenancy and finds himself commissioned first officer of the brig o'war Shrike. There's time for some dalliance with the fair sex, and then Lieutenant Lewrie must be off to patrol the North American coast and attempt to bring the Muskogees and Seminoles onto the British side against the American rebels (dalliance with an Indian maiden is just part of the mission). Then it's back to the Caribbean, to sail beside Captain Horatio Nelson in the Battle for Turks Island. . . .
Naval officer and rogue, Alan Lewrie is a man of his times and a hero for all times. His equals are Hornblower, Aubrey, and Maturin--sailors beloved by readers all over the world.
Praise for The Naval Adventures of Alan Lewrie
"Plenty of action . . . Fast-paced, graphically descriptive and well-plotted."
--The Virginian-Pilot & The Ledger-Star
"Fast-moving. . . A hugely likable hero, a huge cast of sharply drawn supporting characters: there's nothing missing. Wonderful stuff."
--Kirkus Reviews

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Dewey Lambdin, a self-described navy brat, has been a sailor since 1976, with a special taste for cruising the Gulf of Mexico in his sloop. He is the author of the seven Alan Lewrie novels: The King’s Coat, The French Admiral, The King’s Commission, The King’s Privateer, The Gun Ketch, H.M.S. Cockerel, and A King’s Commander. A member of the Naval Institute, Dewey Lambdin makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Fans garnered by Alan Lewrie (in The King's Coat and The French Admiral ) will gladly follow the 19-year-old scamp in his latest maritime adventure. In 1783, three years after being forced into the Royal Navy, Alan has risen to first lieutenant on the brig Shrike. Commanded by 50-year veteran Lt. Lilycrop, the brig does brisk business in taking French and Spanish prizes in the Caribbean. Learning seamanship under Lilycrop, Alan grudgingly realizes he enjoys the Navy. He continues to enjoy women: jolly war-widow Dolly; voracious adulteress Betty; sweet Indian maid Rabbit; rich, pretty and dumb Lucy (the last, chastely). An attempt to enlist Indian allies in West Florida ends badly and bloodily but with kudos for Alan. Horatio Nelson appears in a rare defeat and the book ends with the crusty Lilycrop's delivering a nicely sentimental, stiff-upper-lip farewell and Alan's taking command of Shrike. Lots of nautical color, especially war's gore and "the usual human odors" aboard crowded ships, accompany Alan's good-natured journey through admiralty policies and politics.
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