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A Shot Rolling Ship (John Pearce #2)

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Pressed into King George's Navy for the second time in a month, John Pearce and his Pelicans find themselves working aboard the HMS Brazen, sailing the Channel from Plymouth to Dover in search of the numerous French privateers that prey on English merchant shipping: her task to stop them and, if possible, to capture or destroy them. Pearce has greater things on his mind--h ...more
Paperback, 386 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Allison & Busby (first published 2005)
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Jaya Sharma
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable for the most part but some sections in the middle required more motivation to read.
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Title: A Shot Rolling Ship

Author: David Donachie

Genre: Naval/Historical/War/Adventure

Rating: **

Review: This is the second novel in Donachie’s John Pearce series. John Pearce is the son of Adam Pearce who is a fiery public speaker. His subjects are freedom, liberty, and the end of the monarchy. After the beginning of the French revolution, Adam Pearce becomes even bolder in his speeches against the king. When he oversteps the patience of the government, a warrant is is issued for the a
Jean Poulos
This is book two of the John Pearce historical novel series. In this book John Pearce and comrades, the so called Pelicans, find themselves aboard the HMS Griffin, a slow, overcrowded ship. The ship is tasked to stop the French privateers that are raiding the English merchant ship in the Channel. The time frame is 1793, and in the prior book John was trying to save his father from the guillotine in Paris when he was caught by a Press gang in a London pub called the Pelican. The men that were cap ...more
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I found this book without really looking for it in a bookstore at the Hartebeespoort Dam after returning from a trip to Pretoria. I think what got my attention was the idea of reading a book about a sail ship, which graced the cover. Having never really been one to read historic novels (a genre to which I now feel a slight attraction) the book seemed more a curious move than an actual desire to go back to the Age of Sail.

The book itself was good, although I must admit I rather regretted reading
Apr 06, 2012 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars
An enjoyable read and a good continuation of the John Pearce series that started with By the Mast Divided. I knocked off half a star because it did not grab me QUITE as much as the first book. The plot seemed a little bit rushed at times and I was annoyed that an important plot development was mentioned on the blurb at the back. I would have enjoyed it more if I did not know the outcome of one of the main story lines. That being said I dithered between 3.5 and 4 stars but plumped for 3.
Herman Dirk
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
As in part one a good nautical novel. Accept the promotion thing, or not. More Forester as O'Brian.
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: maritime
I am enjoying this series, can't wait for the next book even thought i am reading them out of order. Top read.
Annie Burrows
Apr 13, 2013 rated it liked it
It's the charactarization and period detail that have got me hooked on this series. I think I'm going to have to read them all...
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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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