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An Awkward Commission (John Pearce #3)

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Stranded in Portsmouth, John Pearce has once again failed to secure the release of those who depended on him - his fellow Pelicans. They have been shipped off to the Mediterranean while he was indulging himself in London. So he must take ship and follow them. His application to William Pitt for a place finds him as 8th lieutenant on HMS Victory, flagship of Admiral Lord Ho ...more
Hardcover, 315 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Allison & Busby
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Jean Poulos
This is book three in the 1790 naval series of John Pearce. In book one John Pearce and friend were illegally caught by a press gang in London at a Pub called the Pelican. So the group called themselves the Pelican from there on. The Napoleonic war has started and Britain’s navy is short of men. At the end of book two, Pearce is separated from his friends and made a Lieutenant by the King.

In this book he is hunting for his friends on the HMS Leander commanded by a flogging captain. The HMS Brill
Nov 02, 2008 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't say it has wedged in my mind very well. Just one of the many sea-yarns that wile away the hours on the motorway.
The library's summary is " Since being pressed into service, John Pearce has endured a hectic whirlwind of events, facing wild storms at sea and bitter battles with the enemy. His recent, surprising promotion means that he is now finally free to follow his own wishes, rather than being forced to serve in King George's Navy. However, the same does not apply for the trio of Pearce'
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Apr 13, 2013 Annie Burrows rated it really liked it
The series has really got going now, and John Pearce is rising through the ranks. Trouble is, I'm hooked now but I've only bought the first 3 in the series...
Sep 03, 2015 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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aka Tom Connery, Johnny 'Two Combs' Howard, Jack Ludlow.

David Donachie was born in Edinburgh in 1944. He has had a variety of jobs, including selling everything from business machines to soap. He has always had an abiding interest in the naval history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, which he drew upon for the many novels he has set in that period. The author of a number of bestselling
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