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The Invasion Year (Alan Lewrie #17)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  306 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews

The Seventeenth Tale in Dewey Lambdin’s Smashing Naval Adventure Series

For a fellow like Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal Navy, who despises the French worse than the Devil hates Holy Water, it’s hellish-hard to gain a reputation for saving them, not once but twice, when the French refugees from Haiti surrender to England rather than the vengeful ex-slave armies in Novembe

368 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 7th 2011)
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Jun 06, 2015 D.w. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The tales of Ram Cat Lewrie continue and with the recent preceding novels I have gotten used to the format of learning more of the era of the early 1800s than watching Lewrie have his career at sea explored. The mainstay of this type of fiction is to generally have few reports of what happens ashore and more at what happens at sea, but now in the career of Lewrie, who for a few pages has a ship seconded to his command, we learn of what affects his career with court intrigue and affects his life ...more
Sep 28, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The year is 1804, and Alan Lewrie, Captain of the HMS Reliant, has just returned from the Caribbean, escorting a large convoy of British trading ships. At this point, only Britain is at war with France, and there is great fear in Britain that Napoleon is going to make good on his threat to cross the English Channel with an invasion army.

The story line of this novel, the 17th in Dewey Lambdin's Lewrie naval adventures, takes the hero to London to meet the King (and to meet a new amorous lady) and
John Hammer
Oct 03, 2015 John Hammer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Certainly not one of Lambdin's best. Too much rehash. Too much detail about sailing terms.It's almost as if Lambdin is trying to tell us how much he knows. For those who have read him before, he has shown that he knows a lot about the times and sailing. It's OK to slip some in, but to have lists of shipboard items or past history really gets boring. Alan Lewrie is a great character mired in detail in this book. I am still looking forward to the sequel.
Chris Shockey
Dec 29, 2015 Chris Shockey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Triumph!

Yet another cracking good yarn in the Adventures of Alan Lewrie! Mr. Landing and his rake-hell captain carry on their amazing adventures in the tradition of Hornblower and Aubrey/Maturin. I can hardly wait for the next installment. These need to be motion pictures!
Aspen Junge
I read the entire series largely back-to-back (my local public library is well-stocked). One of the great things about this series is that we get to watch Alan Lewrie, the main character, grow up from a callow, self-indulgent teenager to a mature, thoughtful, and responsible adult.
Harry Moncelle
Fun book and as an avid Lambdin reader I was not disapointed. I can't wait for the next one!
Sep 05, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

Great exciting book that gives you everything you want from a fun read. Alan is a great character to root for
John Powell
The lastest, but not last, in the Alan Lewrie series. Having read the earlier stories, it's like sitting down with an old friend.
Apr 23, 2012 Edward rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I agree with many other reviews...this particular installment doesn't really have the depth and breadth I have come to expect from Lambdin over the years.
Jan 18, 2011 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite installment, but it moves the story forward. Looking forward to Sir Alan's next adventure.
real tedious. very slow, and disappointing.
Aug 30, 2012 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author has a rich host of characters to expand upon in future books. There is a fair amount of rehash in this book and many loose ends.
David Rubin
Sep 25, 2013 David Rubin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Give us more Alan Lewrie, Mr. Lambdin. We need to know how his love live and naval career are progressing. All great stuff!
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Dewey Lambdin (1945- ) is an American nautical historical novelist. He is best known for his Alan Lewrie naval adventure series, set during the Napoleonic Wars. Besides the Alan Lewrie series, he is also the author of What Lies Buried: a novel of Old Cape Fear.

A self-proclaimed "Navy Brat," Lambdin spent a good deal of his early days on both coasts of the U.S.A., and overseas duty stations, with h
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