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The King's Marauder: An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure par [Lambdin, Dewey]
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The year 1807 starts out badly for Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal Navy. In The King's Marauder, his frigate HMS Reliant has a new captain, he's living at his father's estate at Anglesgreen, among spiteful neighbors and family, and he's recovering from a wound suffered in the South Atlantic. At last, there's a bright spot. When fit, Admiralty awards him a new commission; not a frigate but a clumsy, slow two-decker Fourth Rate 50. Are his frigate days over for good?

Lewrie's ordered to Gibraltar, but Foreign Office Secret Branch's spies and manipulators have use for him, again! HMS Sapphire is the wrong ship for the task, raising chaos and mayhem along the Spanish coasts, and servicing agents and informers. And, what he's ordered to do needs soldiers, landing craft, and a transport ship, all of which he doesn't have, and must find a way to finagle it all.

He could beg off and say that it's asking too much, but . . . Alan Lewrie is not a man to admit failure and defeat, and his quest might prove the most daunting of his long naval career.

For fans of historical fiction, Dewey Lambdin's Alan Lewrie series ranks alongside such greats as Patrick O'Brian and C.S. Forester for its terrific period detail and irresistible hero.

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  • Editeur : Thomas Dunne Books (4 février 2014)
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HASH(0x9ad086a8) étoiles sur 5 A New Ship for Lewrie 8 février 2014
Par Peter - Publié sur
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Lewrie has recovered after the dramatic events off the coast of South America and after a suitable period of recovery, he is given a new ship, the Sapphire. Disappointed at first because it is not a frigate but in fact a bigger fourth rate, Lewrie is out of his comfort zone and has to get used to his new command.

He is sent to the Mediterranean to cause havoc at which he succeeds quite admirably.

There is a refreshing sense of renewal about this volume, suggesting that Mr. Lambdin has decided that it is time that Lewrie abandoned frigates and began the climb to a more senior command. There are hints that despite his own doubts and rather negative perception of himself (Lewrie pretty much believes that he has only reached his position by luck more than anything else) he is in fact highly regarded by his officers and his crew. This is also corroborated by William Marsden, the Admiralty Secretary, who admits in a roundabout way that the Sapphire is a test of Lewrie’s command ability due to past events; this leads one to think that if Lewrie succeeds with his new ship then further opportunities may open for him. Of course, conversely, if he fails…….

The methods that Lewrie uses to gain the respect of his crew, train his officers, irritate the French and even more amazingly, co-operate with the army in an Age when the two services had almost nothing to do with each other, makes for a very entertaining read and a great addition to this series.

I am already getting very fond of the Sapphire and very much looking forward to the next in the series.
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HASH(0x94c17ac8) étoiles sur 5 The author is finally hitting his stride 10 février 2014
Par Retired on Martha's Vineyard - Publié sur
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I have read the entire series, and while I was not particularly impressed at first, I could see the author becoming more and more adept with his characters and the novel's form. I thought The King's Marauder to be--in many, many ways--the best of the lot and a real step up. Lambdin seems to have discovered an increasing joy in the details of Lewrie's days, and this is all to the good. One gets a far better sense of Lewrie's character, and the novels don't try to do as much as they used to--and in doing less, they do much more. Is this Hornblower? Aubrey? Maturin? No. But it is more than simply good writing and more than enough to make one wish that the author could do one a month!
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HASH(0x94696258) étoiles sur 5 Captain Lewrie goes commando 19 février 2014
Par Blue in Washington - Publié sur
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Highly enjoyable historic fiction set in the period of the Napoleonic Wars with Britain struggling to contain the French and their allies, largely at sea. Protagonist Captain Alan Lewrie is tossed back into this action after recovering from wounds inflicted on his last voyage out in the frigate Reliant. This time he's in charge of the Sapphire, a larger vessel with heavier firepower, and given responsibility for getting a convoy of merchant ships to British-held Gibraltar. Once safely there, the assignment changes to raiding the Spanish coast in an attempt to convince the Spanish government that its alliance with Napoleon is a major liability. Historically accurate or not, Lewrie more or less invents amphibious assault craft and tactics as he gleefully sets about his commando warfare.

"The King's Marauder" easily fits into the Lewrie series, with familiar characters, language, descriptions of early 19th Century life at sea, in the English countryside as a squire and in claustrophobic sandpile of Gibraltar. Author Dewey Lambdin's sea battle narratives are skilled and credible. There's a lot of research behind this book--and its predecessors--I always learn a lot about sea battles and obscure moments in history from them. Most of all, I enjoy the considerable wit and humanity vested in the novels. The characters often have the feel of real people going about their lives. Most of it's pretty gritty and often unpleasant. To be sure, there are times when historic reality gets a little bent to accommodate the storyline, and characters can get a little exaggerated to serve the same purpose. Whatever--it all adds up to enjoyable reading, which I hope will extend well into the end of the Napoleonic period at least.

Postscript: If you're interested in the historic period that this novel covers, you might like "The Siege" by Arturo Perez-Reverte which was published in English recently. It picks up a year or two after "The King's Marauder" as the Spanish government in exile sets up in Cadiz and is supported militarily by the British. This was more or less the goal of Alan Lewrie and his masters. It's a very good read--historic fiction cum mystery.
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HASH(0x94696528) étoiles sur 5 Not his best effort...or worst 16 mars 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
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I'd place this one somewhere in the middle of the Lewrie canon. He's back to his old ram-cat ways (in bed, anyway), and once again, some interesting characters. Unfortunately, there was little ship to ship action, and what action there was, happened on shore to others, with Lewie only a far away observer. I guess this was bound to happen as his rank increases - you have to send out the others to do the dirty work.

Like his interaction with the spies...and his difficulties in working with the Port administration to outfit his expedition.
Though the one ship to ship action with the frigates was almost a throw in - "Oh yeah, this is an "Age of Sale" book - I've gotta have some action in it!
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HASH(0x94eaaf48) étoiles sur 5 an uncertain effort 12 février 2014
Par W. B Crews - Publié sur
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The King's Marauder is the 20th Alan Lewrie novel. It picks up where the previous left off with Lewrie uneasily convalescing at his family home. Despite his knighthood and popuiar acclaim he finds himself still on the outs with the local gentry and decidedly estranged from his daughter, who still carries her deceased mother's hatred of Lewrie's serial infidelities.

With the help of the indispensable Will Cony, former bosun and current innkeeper, he whips himself into shape and applies for a new command. He gets it. In spades. Instead of a dashing frigate he gets command of an obsolescent 4th Rate, the 50-gun HMS Sapphire. The ship is also divided into hostile camps because of the former commander. The saving grace is that he finds himself on detached duty supporting British intelligence efforts in the Western Mediterranean rather than being confined to convoy or blockade duty.

To a certain extent the novel is disappointing though no more so than the previous two. While Lambdin waxes poetic on food and scenery nothing is happening that moves either the story or the character forward. On the other hand, an older Lewrie is more introspective and self aware than the young Lewrie. He applies himself diligently to mastering the task at hand and shows he can handle all types of personalities.

It is a good addition to the Alan Lewrie series though it leaves the reader a bit unfulfilled in the end. Maybe the next one will be better...
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