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  • Hardcover: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (4 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250030056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250030054
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 651,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for "The King's Marauder" "With Lewrie in command, action, adventure, and intrigue are guaranteed to keep discriminating fans of maritime historical fiction hugely entertained." --"Booklist
""Another rollicking Lewrie adventure of iron men in wooden ships...When guns are run out, Lambdin always offers a powder-reeking precis on fighting under sail.... Great fun on every page, and with more over the horizon." --"Kirkus Reviews" "Dewey Lambdin's humor and charm, spiced with a healthy measure of salt air and the pungent aroma of burnt gunpowder, continues to engage readers.... Lambdin remains one of nautical fiction's finest contemporary authors." --"Quarterdeck
""Sir Alan's adventures provide a wonderful brush with which to paint pictures of life in the Royal Navy during these history-rich years of revolution, diplomacy, and intrigue." --"Chapter 16
"Praise for the Alan Lewrie series
"Great naval action and deep historical detail in the vein of O'Brian and Forester." --"Kirkus Reviews" (starred)
"You could get addicted to this series. Easily." --"The New York Times Book Review
""The best naval adventure series since C. S. Forester." --"Library Journal
""Check the log, shipmate: Dewey Lambdin has left Alexander Kent and C.S. Forester hull-down in an ocean of words and is closing on Patrick O'Brian as the most prolific historical novelist to celebrate a Royal Navy mariner during the age of sail." --"The Washington Times
""Lambdin succeeds with high-seas action, bravado, and Lewrie's characteristic antics, putting himself in good company with Julian Stockwin and Seth Hunter as worthy successors to the popular 18th- and 19th-century naval adventures of Forester, Kent, and Pope. ... Lewrie is a delightfully randy and irreverent character, the perfect man to walk the quarterdeck of a Royal Navy frigate." --"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
"A hugely entertaining naval adventure (a la Forester and O'Brian) with a different kind of protagonist. ... Not merely a worthy entry in the very popular Lewrie series but a top-of-the-line naval adventure that can be thoroughly enjoyed by readers who've never met Captain Lewrie until now." --"Booklist
""The brilliantly stylish American master of salty-tongued British naval tales." --"Kirkus Reviews
""Lewrie is a marvelous creation, resourceful and bold." --James L. Nelson, author of the Revolution at Sea Saga
"Stunning naval adventure, reeking of powder and mayhem. I wish I had written this series." --Bernard Cornwell
"Naval adventures in the time of wooden ships and iron men form a distinct literary genre. Nashville novelist Dewey Lambdin has mastered it." --"Chapter 16"

"With Lewrie in command, action, adventure, and intrigue are guaranteed to keep discriminating fans of maritime historical fiction hugely entertained." --"Booklist
""Another rollicking Lewrie adventure of iron men in wooden ships. ... When guns are run out, Lambdin always offers a powder-reeking precis on fighting under sail. ... Great fun on every page, and with more over the horizon." --"Kirkus Reviews""Dewey Lambdin's humor and charm, spiced with a healthy measure of salt air and the pungent aroma of burnt gunpowder, continues to engage readers. ... Lambdin remains one of nautical fiction's finest contemporary authors." --"Quarterdeck
""Sir Alan's adventures provide a wonderful brush with which to paint pictures of life in the Royal Navy during these history-rich years of revolution, diplomacy, and intrigue." --"Chapter 16
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"Great naval action and deep historical detail in the vein of O'Brian and Forester." --"Kirkus Reviews" (starred)
"You could get addicted to this series. Easily." --"The New York Times Book Review
""The best naval adventure series since C. S. Forester." --"Library Journal
""Check the log, shipmate: Dewey Lambdin has left Alexander Kent and C.S. Forester hull-down in an ocean of words and is closing on Patrick O'Brian as the most prolific historical novelist to celebrate a Royal Navy mariner during the age of sail." --"The Washington Times
""Lambdin succeeds with high-seas action, bravado, and Lewrie's characteristic antics, putting himself in good company with Julian Stockwin and Seth Hunter as worthy successors to the popular 18th- and 19th-century naval adventures of Forester, Kent, and Pope. ... Lewrie is a delightfully randy and irreverent character, the perfect man to walk the quarterdeck of a Royal Navy frigate." --"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
"A hugely entertaining naval adventure (a la Forester and O'Brian) with a different kind of protagonist. ... Not merely a worthy entry in the very popular Lewrie series but a top-of-the-line naval adventure that can be thoroughly enjoyed by readers who've never met Captain Lewrie until now." --"Booklist
""The brilliantly stylish American master of salty-tongued British naval tales." --"Kirkus Reviews
""Lewrie is a marvelous creation, resourceful and bold." --James L. Nelson, author of the Revolution at Sea Saga
"Stunning naval adventure, reeking of powder and mayhem. I wish I had written this series." --Bernard Cornwell
"Naval adventures in the time of wooden ships and iron men form a distinct literary genre. Nashville novelist Dewey Lambdin has mastered it." --"Chapter 16"

With Lewrie in command, action, adventure, and intrigue are guaranteed to keep discriminating fans of maritime historical fiction hugely entertained. "Booklist"

Another rollicking Lewrie adventure of iron men in wooden ships. ... When guns are run out, Lambdin always offers a powder-reeking precis on fighting under sail. ... Great fun on every page, and with more over the horizon. "Kirkus Reviews"

Sir Alan's adventures provide a wonderful brush with which to paint pictures of life in the Royal Navy during these history-rich years of revolution, diplomacy, and intrigue. "Chapter 16"

Great naval action and deep historical detail in the vein of O'Brian and Forester. "Kirkus Reviews (starred)"

You could get addicted to this series. Easily. "The New York Times Book Review"

The best naval adventure series since C. S. Forester. "Library Journal"

Check the log, shipmate: Dewey Lambdin has left Alexander Kent and C.S. Forester hull-down in an ocean of words and is closing on Patrick O'Brian as the most prolific historical novelist to celebrate a Royal Navy mariner during the age of sail. "The Washington Times"

Lambdin succeeds with high-seas action, bravado, and Lewrie's characteristic antics, putting himself in good company with Julian Stockwin and Seth Hunter as worthy successors to the popular 18th- and 19th-century naval adventures of Forester, Kent, and Pope. ... Lewrie is a delightfully randy and irreverent character, the perfect man to walk the quarterdeck of a Royal Navy frigate. "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

A hugely entertaining naval adventure (a la Forester and O'Brian) with a different kind of protagonist. ... Not merely a worthy entry in the very popular Lewrie series but a top-of-the-line naval adventure that can be thoroughly enjoyed by readers who've never met Captain Lewrie until now. "Booklist"

The brilliantly stylish American master of salty-tongued British naval tales. "Kirkus Reviews"

Lewrie is a marvelous creation, resourceful and bold. "James L. Nelson, author of the Revolution at Sea Saga"

Stunning naval adventure, reeking of powder and mayhem. I wish I had written this series. "Bernard Cornwell"

Naval adventures in the time of wooden ships and iron men form a distinct literary genre. Nashville novelist Dewey Lambdin has mastered it. "Chapter 16"

Dewey Lambdin's humor and charm, spiced with a healthy measure of salt air and the pungent aroma of burnt gunpowder, continues to engage readers. ... Lambdin remains one of nautical fiction's finest contemporary authors. "Quarterdeck""

With Lewrie in command, action, adventure, and intrigue are guaranteed to keep discriminating fans of maritime historical fiction hugely entertained. Booklist

Another rollicking Lewrie adventure of iron men in wooden ships. ... When guns are run out, Lambdin always offers a powder-reeking precis on fighting under sail. ... Great fun on every page, and with more over the horizon. Kirkus Reviews

Sir Alan's adventures provide a wonderful brush with which to paint pictures of life in the Royal Navy during these history-rich years of revolution, diplomacy, and intrigue. Chapter 16

Great naval action and deep historical detail in the vein of O'Brian and Forester. Kirkus Reviews (starred)

You could get addicted to this series. Easily. The New York Times Book Review

The best naval adventure series since C. S. Forester. Library Journal

Check the log, shipmate: Dewey Lambdin has left Alexander Kent and C.S. Forester hull-down in an ocean of words and is closing on Patrick O'Brian as the most prolific historical novelist to celebrate a Royal Navy mariner during the age of sail. The Washington Times

Lambdin succeeds with high-seas action, bravado, and Lewrie's characteristic antics, putting himself in good company with Julian Stockwin and Seth Hunter as worthy successors to the popular 18th- and 19th-century naval adventures of Forester, Kent, and Pope. ... Lewrie is a delightfully randy and irreverent character, the perfect man to walk the quarterdeck of a Royal Navy frigate. Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A hugely entertaining naval adventure (a la Forester and O'Brian) with a different kind of protagonist. ... Not merely a worthy entry in the very popular Lewrie series but a top-of-the-line naval adventure that can be thoroughly enjoyed by readers who've never met Captain Lewrie until now. Booklist

The brilliantly stylish American master of salty-tongued British naval tales. Kirkus Reviews

Lewrie is a marvelous creation, resourceful and bold. James L. Nelson, author of the Revolution at Sea Saga

Stunning naval adventure, reeking of powder and mayhem. I wish I had written this series. Bernard Cornwell

Naval adventures in the time of wooden ships and iron men form a distinct literary genre. Nashville novelist Dewey Lambdin has mastered it. Chapter 16

Dewey Lambdin's humor and charm, spiced with a healthy measure of salt air and the pungent aroma of burnt gunpowder, continues to engage readers. ... Lambdin remains one of nautical fiction's finest contemporary authors. Quarterdeck

" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Dewey Lambdin is the author of nineteen previous Alan Lewrie novels. A member of the U.S. Naval Institute and a Friend of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, he spends his free time working and sailing. He makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, but would much prefer Margaritaville or Murrells Inlet.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Highly enjoyable historic fiction set in the period of the Napoleonic Wars with Britain struggling to contain the French and their allies, largely at sea. Protagonist Captain Alan Lewrie is tossed back into this action after recovering from wounds inflicted on his last voyage out in the frigate Reliant. This time he's in charge of the Sapphire, a larger vessel with heavier firepower, and given responsibility for getting a convoy of merchant ships to British-held Gibraltar. Once safely there, the assignment changes to raiding the Spanish coast in an attempt to convince the Spanish government that its alliance with Napoleon is a major liability. Historically accurate or not, Lewrie more or less invents amphibious assault craft and tactics as he gleefully sets about his commando warfare.

"The King's Marauder" easily fits into the Lewrie series, with familiar characters, language, descriptions of early 19th Century life at sea, in the English countryside as a squire and in claustrophobic sandpile of Gibraltar. Author Dewey Lambdin's sea battle narratives are skilled and credible. There's a lot of research behind this book--and its predecessors--I always learn a lot about sea battles and obscure moments in history from them. Most of all, I enjoy the considerable wit and humanity vested in the novels. The characters often have the feel of real people going about their lives. Most of it's pretty gritty and often unpleasant. To be sure, there are times when historic reality gets a little bent to accommodate the storyline, and characters can get a little exaggerated to serve the same purpose. Whatever--it all adds up to enjoyable reading, which I hope will extend well into the end of the Napoleonic period at least.
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I'm never disappointed with an Alan Lewrie naval adventure. I always check back to what the latest news and developments are and I'm rewarded with hours of engrossing reading (I wish I could say days but honestly when I do get a new book in the series it's finished in one sitting).
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If you like a good naval read then it is hard to better this series by Dewey Lambdin.
I have the full set and have enjoyed every one of the books; long may the series continue.
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have now read all books 3 times over and are awaiting announcement of new title in this series.Recommended reading to everyone interested in Naval History.
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one of my favourate writers. together with Alexander Kent and C.S. Forester
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I suppose every author has 'off' days and this is an example.
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