By the Mast Divided : John Pearce

  • by David Donachie
  • Narrated by Peter Wickham
  • Series: John Pearce
  • 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

London: 1793. Young firebrand John Pearce, on the run from the authorities, is illegally press-ganged from the Pelican tavern into brutal life aboard HMS Brilliant, a frigate on her way to war. In the first few days, Pearce discovers the Navy is a world in which he can prosper. And he is not alone; he is drawn to a group of men who eventually form an exclusive gun crew, the Pelicans, with Pearce their elected leader. During an action-packed two weeks, as HMS Brilliant chases a French privateer across the English Channel, these disparate men form friendships that will last a lifetime.


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Didn't work for me

I wasn't expecting this to live up to Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series,let alone Patrick Tull's magnificent narration, but I needed to feed my nautical fiction habit somehow. Maybe in later books Pearce performs heroic feats worthy of his predecessors in the genre, but not in this one. What a wimp!
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- Michael E

Might not be what you think

This isn't an action series. The sea battle aspect of this series is not the focus. Rather, this series is a work of historical interest which illuminates the life of the times and the politics of the times. If history interests you, then you are in the right place. If you want sea battles and dashing heroes, you best look elsewhere.
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- Jeffrey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-03-2007
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books