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After Yellow Fever decimated the crew of Alan Lewrie's HMS Proteus, it had seemed like a knacky idea to abscond with a dozen slaves from a Jamaican plantation to help man his frigate. But two years later, Lewrie is now suspected of the deed. Slave-stealing is a hanging offense, and suddenly his neck is at risk of a fatal stretching.
Once Lewrie has escaped, the master Foreign Office spy, Zachariah Twigg, arranges for a long voyage even further out of the law's reach, to Cape Town and India, as escort to an East India Company convoy. At the Cape of Good Hope a British circus and theatrical troupe also joins the party, teeming with tempting female acrobats, nubile bareback riders, and alluring "actresses" like the seductive but deadly archer Eudoxia Durschenko.
It will take all Lewrie's shrewd guile, wit, and steely self-control to worm his way out of trouble, and keep his breeches chastely buttoned to avoid even more troubles . . . or will he?
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The powder-packed thirteenth installment in a classic naval adventure series.
Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal Navy, is just discovering the truth of the old adage that “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished!”
After a bout of Yellow Fever decimated the crew of Lewrie’s HMS Proteus in 1797, it had seemed like a knacky idea to abscond with a dozen slaves from a coastal Jamaican plantation to help man his frigate, a grand jape on their purse-proud master and a righteous act, to boot. But now . . . two years later, the embittered Beauman clan at last suspects Lewrie of the deed. Slave-stealing is a hanging offense, and suddenly Alan Lewrie’s neck is at risk of a fatal stretching!
Patrons finagle an official escape from Jamaica to England, where the nefarious and manipulative master Foreign Office spy, Zachariah Twigg, is just too nice and helpful to be credited on his behalf, arranging a long voyage even further out of the law’s reach, to Cape Town and India, as escort to an East India Company convoy led by one of Lewrie’s old captains, who still despises him worse than cold, boiled mutton!
To the Cape of Good Hope, where French cruisers prowl, where a British circus and theatrical troupe joins the convoy, just teeming with tempting female acrobats, nubile young bareback riders, and alluring “actresses” like the seductive but deadly archer, Eudoxia Durschenko!
It will take all Lewrie’s shrewd guile, wit, low cunning, and steely self-control to worm his way out of trouble, this time, and keep his breeches chastely buttoned up to avoid even more troubles . . . or will he? Praise for the Previous Book in the Series, The Captain’s Vengeance
“Every bit as atmospheric and addictive as its predecessors.”--Kirkus
“A wealth of historical detail and lively . . . supporting characters.”--Publishers Weekly
Praise for Dewey Lambdin and his Alan Lewrie Adventures
“You could get addicted to this series.”--The New York Times Book Review
“The brilliantly stylish American master of salty-tongued British naval tales.”--Kirkus
“Stunning naval adventure, reeking of powder and mayhem. I wish I had written this series.”--Bernard Cornwell “Rousing series of nautical adventures.”--Booklist“Lewrie is a marvelous creation, resourceful and bold.”--James L. Nelson, author of the Revolution at Sea saga“The best naval adventure series since C. S. Forrester.”--Library Journal
Dewey Lambdin is the author of the Alan Lewrie series. 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 makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, but would much prefer Margaritaville or Murrells Inlet.
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