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The French Admiral (Alan Lewrie #2)

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Alan Lewrie is a scandalous young rake whose amorous adventures ashore lead to his being shipped off to the Navy. Lewrie finds that he is a born sailor, although life at sea is a stark contrast to the London social whirl to which he had become accustomed. As his career advances, he finds the life of a naval officer suits him.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by McBooks Press (first published 1990)
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Alan Lewrie, Lambdin's reprobate midshipman brat and amoral waistrel, becomes a more than competent seaman in this second of the series. Lambdin ranks right up with Forester and O'Brian as one of the best writers of nautical fiction taking place during the late eighteenth century. Lambdin, an American, writes from the perspective of the British as they find themselves on the losing end of battles with American terrorists and rebels. It struck me again, while reading this, how wars are defined by...more
This is the second book in the Alan Lewrie stories. It covers actions in and around Yorktown, America, during the (American) Revolution. The hero, Alan Lewrie, stumbles and whores his way to glory and becomes a more experienced seaman and combatant in the process. I still find Lewrie a relatively unsympathetic 'hero', but the character has a wry wit and his tale is an interesting one, well told.

I am not familiar with the historical facts of the era this book is set in, but assuming they are accu...more
I picked this up to sate my need for more Patrick O'Brian and while I would (and do) read each of the 21 over and over again, once of this Dewey Lambdin is enough for me.

Lewrie spends quite a bit of energy trying to get ashore and into someone's bed in this book. While that in itself is not unusual for a sailor tale, it's the (too-high) level of details that turns me away from this character. Lewrie, as he gains his sea-legs through this book, matures as both man and sailor and it's that part of...more
Enjoyed this. Not much naval action, rather is about one small piece of the battle of Yorktown. I will probably research more about the involvement of naval guns in the siege - wonder whether any part of the story is based on truth. Other reviewers have remarked on the anachronisms in the language. I tend not to focus on such details, but there was one that was totally jarring - Alan worries that he would be blown to "atoms" by the rebel shelling - he must've been quite precocious to be worrying...more
I really really wanted to enjoy these novels. And the frustrating thing is that I almost did. The dialog between characters, particularly our hero rings so out of tune. Idioms that would be more at home in the mouth of a Vietnam War soldier rather than a Napoleonic War Seaman. I am almost positive that they did not say "shit on a piece of toast" in the early 19th century--only really annoying people say this in the 21st century. Phrases like this just sound a horrifically false note in this text...more
This second book in the Alan Lewrie series is set in America in the latter part of the Revolutionary War. Gives a view, rare among naval books about this era, of the often ugly conflict between rebels and loyalists, in this case, mostly in the Carolinas.
All the introductory, Lewrie-as-resentful-newbie stuff is behind us, in the first book. Lewrie is becoming much more naval, and the book, I am glad to say, is less concerned with foul language and sex, though the language is still worse than that...more
Benjamin Ford
My being a sailor who spent a lot of time on land to fulfill needs of the mission, I identified with Lewrie in this book. I felt the account of Yorktown had a realistic feel to living in a foxhole and I enjoyed the progression of maturity in his career and personal life. Looking forward to more career progression and hopefully a little privateering!
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.
Mike (the Paladin)
Not bad (except I'm an American and this is the Battle of Yorktown...and the hero is British, oh well.) Not so nautical as most of the story takes place ashore. Still pretty good read.
I liked it, however, I thought it could have been edited a little tighter. A great deal takes place on land and I felt as those parts would have been better served somewhat more condensed.
A series as terrific as Sharpe's.

Alan's past is revealed, at the end. A new woman is introduced.

John Lee is a terrific narrator.
RS Fuster
And the adventure continues. Please tell me he doesn't marry that tramp. She ain't no "Lady".
I liked this one well enough but I don't think I would enjoy eighteen books of Mr. Lewrie.
Well written and interesting. A good Naval story.
Again, another great adventure...
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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...more
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