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The Gun Ketch

Narrated by: John Lee
Series: Alan Lewrie, Book 5
Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Summary

1788--Bahamas Squadron . . .

A fighter, rogue, and ladies man, Alan Lewrie has done the unthinkable and gotten himself hitched--to a woman and a ship! The woman is the lovely Caroline Chiswick. The ship is the gun ketch, Alacrity, bound for the Bahamas and a bloody game of cat and mouse with the pirates who ply the lunatic winds there. But while war comes naturally to the young husband, politics doesn't. Sure that a powerful Bahamian merchant is behind a scourge of piracy, Lewrie runs afoul of the Royal Governor--who holds the most precious hostage of all. . . .

From the windswept Carolinas to the exotic East Indies, Alan Lewrie fights and frolics with all the wild abandon of the high seas themselves. He's a true swashbuckling naval hero in the age of great sailing ships.

©2006 Dewey Lambdin (P)2010 Random House

Critic reviews

"You could get addicted to this series. Easily." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"Grand, satisfying . . . Fans as well as newcomers will relish Lambdin's unerring depiction of Navy politicking, the niceties of Nassau society . . . and, in fact, all the rich details of late-18th-century life at sea and shore." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • David
  • 01-10-12

By far the best sailing books I've listen to

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gun Ketch?

I have just finished The Gun Ketch as well as books 1 thur 4 in the Alan Lewrie Series.
Dewey Lambdin is great! The best sailing writer I’ve found to date.
I’ve listen to the complete Alexander Kent Bolitho series as well as the complete Master and Commander, Hornblower, Two years before the mast and many many others.

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  • Khatmandu
  • 31-12-10

Lewrie. Alan Lewrie

Just another fun book in the Alan Lewrie series made even better with John Lee's narration. Any of the books in the series are worth the time to enjoy if you like the Age of Sail, high seas action and a flawed hero with a penchant for getting into trouble with the ladies and for the thunder of cannons.

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  • richard
  • 28-06-19

too much boring non-nautical fluff

The nautical / ship handling/ broadside action is well done, unfortunately it occupies less than the soap opera, YA romance nonsense that takes place ashore.
I read/ listen to nautical stories for the nautical part primarily, but enjoy well written character driven plots etc as much as the next guy and this author has skills.. but the breathless , juvenile romance subplot could be skipped entirely.
Unfortunately, as mentioned it occupies more of the book than the seafaring part.
The narrator is quite skilled

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  • msjamie
  • 18-07-18

So rich!

I must say, love these stories, details & especially the Rogue :)
Quality audible meal!

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  • Thom M. Eldridge
  • 03-05-18

Great combination of naval and land battles

One of the more interesting requirements on the Royal Navy. But always a good time.

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  • Michael
  • 20-02-18

What a GREAT adventure

The story is outstanding. The history is correct. The battle descriptions are among the best that I have read (more than 50) and the seamanship explanations are terrific.

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  • Michael
  • 14-01-18

another great adventure.

i really enjoyed this book. it was a good window into pirate life and the Bahamas

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  • Thomas
  • 15-05-16

Great fun

Really enjoyed, wonderful fun for a Truck Driver needing a story to help the miles go by

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  • Jim
  • 11-06-15

I loved it

The story, the side lines and characters all brilliant. Shows the hypocrisy of the 'society ' of then and now.

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  • C. C. Southerland
  • 15-06-14

The absolute BEST of the Lewrie novels

Dewey Lambden does a fabulous job with this novel. The villains are vile, the heros are noble and we all get to fall in love with Caroline, Alan Lewrie's wife and paramour. Would that she could remain so. But alas, tis not the nature of our parsimonious Alan to stay on a somnolent sea for long. GREAT read!!! Best of all the series (this is my third reading of the lot).