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The King's Coat (Alan Lewrie #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,681 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
The very first Alan Lewrie naval adventure in this classic series is now back in print!

1780: Seventeen-year-old Alan Lewrie is a brash, rebellious young libertine. So much so that his callous father believes a bit of navy discipline will turn the boy around. Fresh aboard the tall-masted Ariadne, Midshipman Lewrie heads for the war-torn Americas, finding--rather unexpectedl
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 29th 1998 by Fawcett (first published 1989)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Nov 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Not a bad book (series of books, does anyone write stand alone novels anymore?), not Patrick O'Brian, or C. S. Forester, but not bad. I enjoyed some of this book and it's got it's points (good and bad). The story telling might be a little more shallow than the writers I listed above, but it's readable.

Since my attention was drawn back to this short review, I'll mention that so far as plot and storytelling goes I thought the book faltered whenever Our hero wasn't at sea...
Jan 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nautical-fiction
In The King's Coat first in the series, Lewrie is forcibly introduced to the navy. Nicknamed "the little bastard" by his father, he was the product of an early premarital and pre-war fling of Sir Hugh, his father, adopted, pampered and rather spoiled. Alan, at age eighteen, enjoys the ladies, but even he is surprised when his half-sister, Belinda, propositions him. They are busy having a grand old time in bed, thinking the house is empty, when much to their, or Alan's, consternation, they are su ...more
Dec 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
I tried, but the explicit sex scenes threw me off and I didn't get very far into this book. It's not that I'm a huge prude, and I know that Age of Sail adventure stories often include romance, but it was just a bit much for a book that isn't categorized as erotica. Perhaps if the scenes were a bit more tasteful, but the problem is that Lewrie is a scoundrel, doesn't seem to particularly like women, and the sex scenes are vaguely misogynistic and somewhat vulgar. There are so many better examples ...more
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
LOVE these books. Far less serious than the Hornblower or the O'Brien books, lots of fun and action. If you love nautical fiction try the first anyhow.
This is another book read about the British Navy in my renewed passion for the naval genre.

In 1780 Alan Lewrie is shipped off to the navy by his father to avoid a family scandal. Older than most other midshipmen, he relies on the kindness of several of his shipmates to help him catch up in his studies and learn the basics of ship board life. As time progresses he finds that he enjoyes his new life and career.

If this book hadn't been written with a male lead I would have classified it as a romanc
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you want a protagonist who is not brave, loyal, or honorable, this book is for you. Alan is a womanizing, spoiled, rich kid who is forced to join the navy. Most of his captains don't like him & the feeling is mutual. But, he has one saving grace. He can fight. If you are tired of honorable stuff shirt, King & Country captains, this book is for you.
Felicia LIttle
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unexpected surprise! I loved this (nautical) historical novel. The protagonist is a ne'erdowell shipped off to the navy. It's a fate worse than death until he finds that sailing is a job he excels at. Alan Lewrie is a flawed protagonist but I could not help but root for him. The technical details of sailing are intricate but not un-interesting. The sea battles are engrossing. I found myself not wanting this book to end. Thank goodness this is only the first book in a series.
Jean Poulos
I enjoy historical novels about the British Naval during the era of sail, particularly in the late 1700s to the early 1800s. There are many great writers in this genre that I have enjoyed such as C. S. Forester, Patrick O’Brian, Dudley Pope and so many more. In 2010 I found and read a book on Audible by Dewey Lambdin. I enjoyed the book but it has taken me until 2015 to get back to read more of this author. I had read book three in the Alan Lewrie series. I now start with book one in the series. ...more
I have to say, I found this book quite disappointing. I'm a huge fan of the genre, having read all of Patrick O'Brian, C.F. Forrester, Alexander Kent, Dudley Pope (which I enjoyed less than the previous) and Bernard Cornwell (not nautical). This series... it seems like both the plot and the writing were done by a 15-year-old boy. The writing is poor, there is a crass obsession with cheap vulgarity and faecal matter, the sex scenes are explicit (which isn't per se always a problem) and tactless ( ...more
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Yet another series that I need to get into. This is the first book that follows the adventures of Alan Lewrie, a young British man who is forced into service in the Navy during the American Revolutionary War. The story covered a great amount of detailed history of the world of a British Naval Ship, and had enough character to keep the pace moving. Some reviewers have commented that Lewrie has a junior high school sense of sexuality, and I think that criticism is fair, but probably not far off fr ...more
John Williams
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
A good naval adventure in the Horatio Hornblower tradition with considerably more baudy scenes. I had already read the first 25 Bolitho adventures and part of the Lord Ramage Series and was looking for something knew. I would recommend this only to fans of naval fiction
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Never heard of Lambdin or Alan Lewrie before but I am going to read one or two of this series every year. Just a fun read. Certainly more fun than Hornblower or Aubrey. Alan is a rogue and there is good action at sea and ashore.
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sea
I think anyone who enjoyed O'Brien or Forester would enjoy
Lambdin. Alan Lewrie is not the most moral individual, but probably
more realistic than most. The book was a fun read.
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this a great deal. A bit more to it than either the Hornblower or Ramage characters. Lewrie isn't the same paladin as the other two. Makes for a more interesting looks
Aug 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like O'brian & Forester
Recommended to Joel by: John McIntosh
Shelves: nautical
Enjoyed this book and look forward to catching up with the rest of a long series. Loved Lewrie as the rogue hero.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
For me, this was one of those books that you read and then move on from.

I didn't hate it and actually the pacing was really good. I will probably read the next book in the series. If this book were slightly less misogynistic, it probably would have rated 3 stars from me. As it was, women are definitely objectified in this book and are only ever inserted in the narrative as things to be used by the male characters, and not as characters in their own right. Perhaps this is a product of the time i
Mike Stewart
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Joe Grier for turning me on to Dewey Lambin. I've read C.S. Forester, Alexander Kent and Patrick O'Brien (my personal favorite) and I must say Lambdin must be included in that pantheon. His protagonist is part Tom Jones, part Flashman with a little bit of Willie Keith thrown in. Opportunistic, self-serving, brave but with good instincts, he's an all too human character. I loved all the period detail that brings life on a late eighteenth century British naval vessel alive.
Tim McRae
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book.

Would have given it 5 stars But 5 is perfect in my mind and no one is perfect wish there was a 4 1/2 star rating. I will read more of his books and maybe a 5 will pop up. Entertaining read, the writer knows his sailing ships and history.
John Sylvain
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a huge fan of Jack Aubrey and Richard Sharpe, I was attracted to the adventures of Lewrie. These books are a lot of fun. Lewrie has no moral compass but often does the right thing anyway. Quite a fun hero.
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! It's rough, course and humourous, and not one for purists or minors.
April Sanders
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Naval adventure with a hapless hero. Akin to Horatio Hornblower and/or Flashman type series. Makes the life at sea in the 1700s come to life.
Bob Harris
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it
The jacket describes Alan Lewrie as, "the working man's Tar," unlike Horatio Hornblower. Apt description. This guy gets down and dirty.
Roger Barnstead
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
addicting dam things these books
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it
The book was ok. Seemed like the author was just writing out his fantasies at some points, gross. Probably will read the next book in the series though as i'm kind of intrigued.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's maybe the best airplane book I've read. Completely awesome, trashy, goodness.
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
John Lee is a superb narrator. Got to listen to the entire Alan Lewrie series.
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Tom Jones dresses up like Horatio Horblower and meets Fanny Hill???

In the Tom Jones-esque prologue to Dewey Lambdin's The King's Coat (1989), the 17-year-old bastard Alan Lewrie is caught by an outraged posse--his natural father, his half-brother, his father's servant, his father's lawyer, and the new vicar--in bed in flagrento delicto with his half-sister. She immediately begins screaming that he has raped her (despite having been seducing him for two weeks) and Alan is in a fix. He is disowned
Greg Deane
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Alan Lewrie wasn't too bad, but too scurrilous for my taste in heroes, a type of amateur Flashman. There was too much attention to faecal matter and sexual interaction. I think Hornblower had 3 women in 11 books, but Lewrie had a score in one book, including his half-sister. The battle scenes were pleasantly gory, but there wasn't enough history. When Lambdin does talk about the ships, his purpose seems to be to overwhelm the reader rather than inform him. Also, the Puritan captain's attitude to ...more
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it
5 stars for the descriptions of life at sea in the age of sail and the nautical adventures; 1 reluctantly given star for the misogynistic hyper-masculine broishness and homophobia.
Apr 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dan L.
This book is set in the late 18th century and follows to doings of a young aristocratic rake who is bundled off into the Navy seemingly to avoid a family scandal. Alan Lewrie discovers to his surprise and private revulsion that he makes a decent seaman, a reasonably good officer, and that he enjoys his life at sea.

Lamdbin's writing style is rough and overly bawdy at times. The books don't have the authentic period feel to them that you get from O'Brian. Nore does it read with that high literatur
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