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Havoc's Sword (Alan Lewrie #11)

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Dewey Lambdin's lovable but incorrigible rogue, Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal Navy, is back to cut a wide and wicked swatch through the war-torn Caribbean in Havoc's Sword, an entirely new high seas adventure.

It's 1798, and Lewrie and his crew of the Proteus frigate have their work cut out for them. First, he has rashly vowed to uphold a friend's honor in a duel to the death.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 16th 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2003)
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Mike (the Paladin)
I will be assuming that you have read the prior books in this series therefore there will be at least minor spoilers for those earlier books.

Here we go again, at sea with Alan more ways than one. I've mentioned before that I like this series except for any time Alan leaves his ship. Then the novels slow down...abominably. This can be especially true of accounts of Alan's love life. Well, in earlier volumes Alan's amorous adventures have finally turned and bitten him on the....well, t
Dec 28, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: naval-fiction
In this, the 11th of Dewey Lambdin's Alan Lewrie series of naval adventures, Lewrie remains captain of the British frigate, HMS Proteus, serving in the Caribbean. The year is 1798.

In this book, Lewrie is once again confronted with his nemesis, Guillaume Choundas, a French naval officer with whom Lewrie has battled twice before - each has a personal grudge against the other. Lewrie also comes into contact with an American naval captain, who is related to an American that Lewrie knew years ago wh
Jun 04, 2011 Johnny rated it really liked it
It’s unusual, these days, for me to listen to a novel on CD rather than to read one on my commuter train. However, I prepared to drive on a lengthy trip by visiting my local library and checking out their Books on CD collection. I was delighted to find a fighting sail novel by Dewey Lambdin that I hadn’t read, Havoc’s Sword and even more delighted as I began to listen to the fabulous performance by John Lee. Lee is truly a one-man show with spot-on local accents and enough vocal variety that one ...more
Apr 17, 2016 Justin rated it really liked it
Shelves: historic-fiction
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Oct 06, 2014 Don Casto rated it liked it
Still a great story . . .but this one went too far with the dialog in French again.
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Mar 24, 2012 Aspen Junge rated it liked it
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.
Sep 30, 2011 Diane rated it it was ok
Felt like I needed more education about ships and the history of the period before I could begin to follow this book--especially listening to it while driving.
Jun 04, 2013 David rated it liked it
Been working my way through this series and have been enjoying it, obviously. This one wasn't a good as some of the others in the series
Dec 17, 2007 Renee rated it really liked it
Like Pirates of the Caribbean, but with English Navy vs. the French Navy, with the Americans pitching in against the French.
Jun 21, 2013 Eric rated it liked it
Slow starter builds to action, ends.
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Excellent as always.
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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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