The first volume in the beloved Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures series by Dewey Lambdin
At the height of the American Revolution, our hero Alan Lewrie (seventeen-year-old bastard son of Sir Hugo Willoughby) has been shipped off to the Royal Navy to be out of sight and, all had hoped, lost at sea. Instead he took to the sea and ships, to war and leadership. And leaving his boyhood behind, he sets off on a brilliant naval career.
Dewey Lambdin (1945–2021) was a sailor for many years and also worked as a director, writer, and producer in television and advertising. He was a member of the U.S. Naval Institute, the Cousteau Society, and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and was a Friend of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England. Besides the Alan Lewrie series, he was also the author of What Lies Buried: A Novel of Old Cape Fear. He lived in Nashville, Tennessee.
You could get addicted to this series. Easily.
. . . stacks up well against C.S. Forester’s Hornblower and Alexander Kent’s Bolitho.
If Horatio Hornblower is the gentleman’s sailor and Jack Aubrey is the thinking man’s sailor, Lewrie is of and for the working class. Pugnacious and randy, he’s a refreshing sea breeze.
. . . this auspicious beginning of a series has a very modern sensibility.
. . . his portrayal of the foul conditions aboard the creaking, uncomfortable vessels of the 18th century are well done. For readers who enjoy action and adventure, this one is sure to please.
Stunning naval adventure, reeking of powder and mayhem. I wish I had written this series.
The brilliantly stylish American master of salty-tongued British naval tales.