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The French admiral
Lambdin, Dewey.
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New York : D.I. Fine, [1989]

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Fast-moving at sea, nicely lewd ashore, a hugely likeable hero, a huge cast of sharply-drawn supporting characters: there's nothing missing. Wonderful stuff. -- Kirkus Reviews.

Author Notes

Dewey Lambdin was born in 1945. He received a degree in film and television production from Montana State University in 1969. He worked for local television stations and in advertising. After being laid off, he started writing fiction. His first novel, The King's Coat, was published in 1989. He is the author of the Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures series and What Lies Buried: A Novel of Old Cape Fear.

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Booklist Review

In the second in a planned series of naval adventures, midshipman Alan Lewrie sails on the frigate Desperate to defend the crown at Yorktown. Not only is the fracas his first land battle--and a horribly bloody one at that--it also brings him closer to a piece of his own mysterious heritage, as well as into an encounter of the amorous sort. Lambdin, a professional sailor, spins an enchanting yarn that blends the saltiness of the seafarer's tongue with the lyrical cadences of an old maritime ballad. A distinctive story, rich in atmosphere, peopled with fascinating characters. Midshipman Lewrie's first outing was The King's Coat (Donald I. Fine, 1988). --Mary Banas

Library Journal Review

This second novel in a new sea adventure series continues the story of Alan Lewrie, the reluctant British midshipman. This time, Alan finds himself involved in the battle of Yorktown during the American Revolution. His unhappiness with the Royal Navy also begins to be replaced by a sense of dedication and duty. The story is technically correct and historically accurate, but sea genre fans will be disappointed that so much of the action takes place on land. Though Lewrie observes the battle of the Chesapeake, he is on duty with the defenders of Yorktown and barely sees his ship during half the novel. Still, this is an excellent and exciting adventure in what promises to be the best naval series since C.S. Forester. Recommended for public libraries.-- C. Robert Nixon, M.L.S., Lafayette, Ind. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.