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Havoc's Sword (Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures) [Paperback]

Dewey Lambdin
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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (16 Dec 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312315481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312315481
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 508,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Havoc's Sword, by Dewey Lambdin 20 Dec 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I sincerely hope that this book isn't the "shot through the bottom" for this series, which is now sinking under the weight of its own "Irish Pennants" (unresolved issues). Our former rakish action hero now seems to be slipping into a middle-age funk where he is involved in long passages of mental gymnastics, on inconsequential issues, and actions with frustrating conclusions. The authors ability to creatively, and believably, conclude unresolved issues from past episodes, now seems beyond his reach. Instead, the issues are merely prolonged, with new, mundane and unrealistic, ones being added at an alarming rate.
I really hope this is only a "glitch on the screen", but the poor and fabricated writing in the final action scene bodes poorly for the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lambdin rocks! 19 April 2004
By Gil Kibby - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you're interested in a dry, historically precise, nautical read lacking humor, this may not be the read for you. However, if you enjoy spot-on period characterizations of the late 18th early 19th century nautical world, this is a book you should read.
Lambdin writes with great humor; sometimes tongue in cheek. His characters are captivating, often flawed but always in keeping with the mores of the time. For an American, his knowledge of British seamanship and ability to write from an English perspective is nothing short of amazing. His ability to incorporate historical events into stories of great adventure will certainly encourage younger readers as well amateur historians to do further research on the events he cites. (...)
At no small expense, I have managed to collect all of Dewey Lambdin's books in hardcover so that future generations of my family may be thoroughly entertained by an arousing romp through the "not-so-distant past". I highly recommend all of Lamdin's work to those readers who possess a love of adventure as well as a sense of humor. Warning: Not for the prudish.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars these books keep me up until my eyes are blurred 15 May 2010
By King of the ice - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Another great addition to the Lewrie series. Discovered them a few months ago and sadly only a few more to go. I have read these nonstop to the point my wife thinks I am addicted, and as Lewrie would say " my arse on a bandbox, I am.
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4.0 out of 5 stars setting the stage...stand by 28 Jan 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
While this latest adventure doesn't have the punch of some of the earlier novels it does set the stage for Alan Lewrie's followers to have some interesting reading in the future. Very solid in maintaining Lambdin's grasp of the nautical aspects...although I will say that Soft Rabbit's son making an appearance is a bit of a stretch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Alan Lewrie Novel to date from Dewey Lambdin 3 Aug 2004
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Although Dewey Lambdin will never surpass the late Patrick O'Brian for literary quality, he does approach the latter's high standards, in this, the latest installment in the Alan Lewrie naval series. Here Captain Lewrie must contend again with his French nemesis Guillaume Choundas, mired in political intrigue which will affect both Great Britain and the United States. Lewrie must contend with two British government spies and become uneasy allies with American naval officers, uniting briefly to deal with Capitaine Choundas. Lambdin offers a realistic view as to what life must have been like aboard a Royal Navy frigate at the turn of the 18th Century, coupled with his good humor and wit. This is a fine addition to the Alan Lewrie series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Duel, An American Relation and the Return of Choundas... 18 Mar 2010
By A. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It's 1798, and while Nelson is achieving greatness in the Mediterranean with the Battle of the Nile, Alan Lewrie is still cruising the Caribbean on the HMS Proteus. But Lewrie's old enemy, the hideously disfigured Guillaume Choundas has newly arrived, to make life interesting, and so have two British spies who have the usual outlandish plans in the works. Lewrie has different aims in mind, of course, and for once things seem to be going his way. He's still in utter disgrace on the domestic front, however, which means he's actually trying to behave...!

This is the 11th Alan Lewrie adventure, so if a reader has made it this far, they are either somewhat compulsive or masochistic, or they really enjoy this series. And there is a lot to enjoy. Lewrie remains both very human and very likable, and his adventures are just a lot of fun to read. The series is best read from the beginning, and I for one, would heartily recommend the entire series. I can't wait to get on to read the next book.
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