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Panton, Leslie & Company

In the third of Dewey Lambdin’s Alan Lewrie novels, The King’s Commission, freshly commissioned Lieutenant Alan Lewrie finds himself assigned the mission of escorting a covert British mission to arm Indians in North Florida and encourage them to raid into Georgia. The trade network of a company called Panton, Leslie & Company is used to contact the Indians and facilitate the transfer of arms and trade goods.

In The Captain’s Vengeance, Lewrie is again detached to undertake a covert mission against pirates based in Spanish New Orleans. Again, Panton, Leslie & Company is the front used for the operation.

As with most of the side trips Lambdin takes us on, Panton, Leslie & Company was real and it did work hand in glove with the British government.

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Troubled Waters

When we left Dewey Lambdin’s naval character Alan Lewrie in A King’s Trade he has just returned from his convoy mission to the Cape of Good Hope something of a minor celebrity due to his victory over a French frigate larger than HMS Proteus. While denied a knighthood because of the odor attached to his personal life, he was rewarded with a new command: HMS Savage, a 36-gun 18-pounder frigate and sent back to sea to get him out of sight.

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Sea of Grey

Sea of Grey is the tenth of the Alan Lewrie novels by Dewey Lambdin.

A Sea of Grey picks up at the conclusion of King’s Captain. Regaining control of his ship in the aftermath of the mutiny at The Nore, Lewrie joins the squadron of Admiral Adam Duncan blockading the Dutch port of Texel.

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Jester’s Fortune

Jester’s Fortune picks up the career of Dewey Lambdin’s character, Alan Lewrie, where A King’s Commander ended.

It is 1796 and Admiral Sir John Jervis has just succeeded Admiral Sir William Hotham to command of the Mediterranean theater. A previous obscure Corsican artilleryman is beating the unbeatable Austrians like a rented mule and the various Italian states are falling like dominoes.

Jervis decides to send a small squadron into the Adriatic to harry French commerce and to demonstrate support to both Venice and Austria.

Major spoilers to follow.

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Another side of Lord Nelson

Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson is one of several historical characters with whom Dewey Lambdin’s character Alan Lewrie has significant contact.

We haven’t profiled Nelson yet mostly because he is so well known but we’ve found the portrayal of Nelson by Lambdin to be one of the most fascinating we’ve seen in fiction and a welcome change.

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HMS Cockerel

The Gun Ketch covers the year 1793 in the career of Dewey Lambdin’s naval character, Alan Lewrie.

As the story opens in January, 1793. Lewrie has been living for 4 years as a tenant farmer on the estate of Caroline’s uncle, Phineas Chiswick. Lewrie is bored. His grandmother has died living him well off financially. He has three children. He was called up in 1791 for six weeks during the Nootka Sound crisis but the rest of the time he’s been on half pay. He also has feelings of inadequacy as he simply isn’t mastering farming the way he did seamanship, even though the has applied himself diligently. He and Caroline, because of the circumstances of their wedding (see The Gun Ketch) finds himself socially isolated for the local gentry.

As war with Revolutionary France becomes inevitable he receives a message from the Admiralty directing him to report to London for an assignment.

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Alan Lewrie Characters

The file of characters, ships, and literary references from Dewey Lambdin’s Alan Lewrie novels has been updated to include the King’s Privateer.

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The King’s Privateer

The King’s Privateer, the fourth in the Alan Lewrie series by Dewey Lambdin, picks up with Alan’s return to London after bringing the HMS Shrike back from the West Indies (See The King’s Commission) and seeing her paid off and laid up in ordinary. The American Revolutionary War is over and Europe is momentarily at peace.

Lewrie is enjoying his life as a gentleman of leisure in the winter of 1783-84 but all of that changes rapidly.

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Recurring Alan Lewrie Characters

Posted an update of the list of characters from the Alan Lewrie novels. This update covers The King’s Commission.

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The King’s Commission

The King’s Commission continues the story of Lewrie’s first term of service in the Royal Navy. It begins in January 1782 and takes Lewrie’s career through September 1783. In this novel we see more of Lewrie’s development into a skilled naval officer and a gradual maturing of his character.

The novel opens with the Battle of St. Kitts.

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