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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

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"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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  • Jean
  • 13-04-20

18th Century British Royal Navy

I am a fan of historical naval novels about the British Royal Navy during the Napoleonic War. My favorite author in this genre is Patrick O’Brian. Lambdin is not as good as O’Brian, but is a good writer and knowledgeable about sailing ships of the 18th and 19th century. The book is well written and researched. The characters are interesting and the story fun to read. My only complaint is the repetition about some historical details. Most of the action is in the second half of the book. This makes a fun get-away-from-it-all read. The book is narrated by my favorite audiobook narrator. The book is thirteen hours and nine minutes. John Lee does an excellent job narrating the book. Lee is a British actor and voice actor. He has won many Audie Awards and Audiofile Earphone Awards. Lee was named the 2009 Golden Voice by Audiofile Magazine.

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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.