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Publisher's Summary

It is 1780, and 17-year-old Alan Lewrie is a brash, rebellious young libertine. So much so that his callous father believes a bit of naval discipline will turn the boy around. Fresh aboard the tall-masted Ariadne, Midshipman Lewrie heads for the war-torn Americas, finding - rather unexpectedly - that he is a born sailor, equally at home with the randy pleasures of the port and the raging battles on the high seas. But in a hail of cannonballs comes a bawdy surprise.
©1998 Dewey Lambdin (P)2010 Random House
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3 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 03-06-15

Absorbing tale of tall ships

I enjoy historical novels about the British Naval during the era of sail, particularly in the late 1700s to the early 1800s. There are many great writers in this genre that I have enjoyed such as C. S. Forester, Patrick O’Brian, Dudley Pope and so many more. In 2010 I found and read a book on Audible by Dewey Lambdin. I enjoyed the book but it has taken me until 2015 to get back to read more of this author. I had read book three in the Alan Lewrie series. I now start with book one in the series.

In book one “The King’s Coat” in the year 1780, Alan’s father thinks Alan needs more discipline so at the age of seventeen Alan finds himself a new midshipman aboard the 64 gun HMS Ariadne. It also appears that the father is ripping off Alan’s inheritance. In this book we see Alan go from a spoiled teenager into a competent naval officer.

Lambdin is a good writer and I think he writes a great description of sea battles. I have two complaints. My first is trouble warming to the hero Alan Lewrie. So far he is too much of a scoundrel for me to relate to. And my second complaint is the story is a bit to bawdy at times for my taste. I will see how book two goes before making up my mind about this series. One of my favorite narrators, John Lee narrated the book

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Andrew on 05-16-10

"Sex, Swords, Sailing Ships"

Fun series of books.

This is the first of the series.

Currently, the second and third books are two credits (a bit high priced). If you liked books by Bernard Cornwell (Sharp's Rifles Series), C.S. Forester's Hornblower saga, Frederick Marryat - Peter Simple saga, and Patrick O'Brian - Jack Aubrey series you will also like this series.

Some books of the series are a bit slow (at parts), and lots of sailing until the battles and sex... Dewey Lambdin writing is excellent but is not worth the extra credit with the choice of comparable books.

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