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The Captain's Vengeance (Alan Lewrie #12)

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It is early February, 1799, a year of war.

Sailing in the Caribbean, Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal Navy, is once again pursuing a chimera.
A rich French prize ship he'd left at anchor at Dominica has gone missing, along with six of his sailors.

What starts as a straightforward search for it, and them, from Hispaniola to Barbados, far down the Antilles, leads Lewrie to a gruesom
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2004)
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Apr 17, 2016 Justin rated it really liked it
Shelves: historic-fiction
To some extent, this ends the Caribbean arc that he began in "Sea of Grey" and continued in "Havoc's Sword". Some of the events are set during the Haitian revolt and the US-France Quasi-War. In the middle is Alan Lewrie. Someone once coined the phrase "Fog of War" and that phrase is very apt in this period. There are plenty of players with a stake in Caribbean at this point and everyone is playing for keeps. I didn't realize the British historically wanted to seize Haiti and exert more influence ...more
Jan 05, 2016 Jim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: naval-fiction
This is the 12th in the Alan Lewrie series of naval adventures by Dewey Lambdin. The year is 1799 and Lewrie is still in Caribbean as captain of the British naval frigate, "Proteus." In the last book, Lewrie's captured prize, along with a minimum crew of 6, disappeared while waiting for a prize court to decide on the value of the vessel and its cargo. Lewrie is unable to find the ship, but suddenly locates his missing crew members, minus the midshipman, in a hospital in Jamaica.

Events lead him
May 08, 2016 William rated it it was ok
I didn't enjoy this novel as welll as others I have read by Dewey Lambdin. It seemed that he was forcing a story out of a very little plot. Instead of a sea story, it was more of a spy novel which I don't particularly enjoy.
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I normally love classic sea-faring stories. Hornblower is awesome and introduced me to the genre; after that came Jack Aubrey and, last of all, Naomi Novik's Temeraire. Temeraire isn't a sea-faring story, but close enough (dragons harnessed in warfare, 1800s-era). This I liked but didn't love: the plot is relatively dry, and Captain Lewrie doesn't express himself in the language of a gentleman. He is a working-class officer, with hobbies to match. Took away some of the charm for me.
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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.
Jul 11, 2012 Paul rated it liked it
Better than a 3, not a 4. Another good read in this series. Style varies a little from previous episodes but still very enjoyable. On to the next 'A King's Trade'.
Dec 08, 2012 jallioop rated it liked it
Get back on the water CAPT Lewrie! Yet another "nautical" adventure that takes place mostly on land. I want more sailing and sea battles, Mr. Lambdin!
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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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