• Blown Off Course

  • A Firebrand John Pearce Adventure, Book 7
  • By: David Donachie
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Series: John Pearce, Book 7
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-26-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Soundings
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (40 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Lieutenant John Pearce is in London seeking protection for his friends, the Pelicans, from a reluctant Admiralty. Sitting in the tavern where they were first press ganged, Pearce considers his future.
Lacking the evidence of perjury he once had to bring Captain Ralph Barclay to justice, his prospects are not promising. Ralph Barclay’s young wife, Emily, is refusing to live under the same roof as him and she has the means to get her own way: the evidence Pearce believes was lost at sea.
Pearce’s companions finally arrive in London just in time to join Pearce in fetching a ship laden with contraband back from France - an illegal act but very profitable. Are Pearce and his Pelicans sailing into prosperity or danger?
©2010 David Donachie (P)2011 Soundings
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3 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 04-06-15

A cross channel escapade

This is the seventh book in the John Pearce Series. This series must be read in order otherwise one is lost.

The first half of the book deals with Pearce and the Pelicans trying to have the Admiralty agree to try Captain Barclay for perjury. All of the evidence Pearce had went down with the sinking of his last ship. The monies Pearce has coming from prize money is still tied up by the prize board. The three pelicans were forced off the ship they were supposed to wait on for John Pearce to come and get them. They have to make it on their own to London avoiding Press Gangs all the way.

Pearce is sitting in the Pelican Pub when a stranger offers him and his friends’ employment. The task is illegal but should be profitable. They are to fetch a ship laden with contraband back from France.

The book does not have a much of the sea action as prior books. As usual the book is well written, the history and setting is well drawn. Jonathan Keeble narrated the book.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Anderson Clipper on 10-08-12


What disappointed you about Blown Off Course?

The story is boring. Mr. Donachie is locked in a world where he loves his own sense of humor. Problem is, it falls flat.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Gary on 04-25-15

The sea has dried up!

Has Blown Off Course put you off other books in this genre?

not the genre, just by this author

Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Keeble’s performances?


What character would you cut from Blown Off Course?

John Pearce

Any additional comments?

The series started off well betrayal intrigue action and adventure but after book 5 i started to realise, the author is gonna spin this yarn out and now after reading up to book 8 in the series we still have no real resolve of any of the core issues i feel cheated and i wont be reading further titles in this series or by this author

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4 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 07-11-15

John Pierce a story that continues

A little long winded,but worthwhile audio listen. The Audio narration good. I could recommend if the John Pierce saga is of interest to you

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