- Hardcover: 360 pages
- Publisher: Donald I Fine (1 June 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 155611446X
- ISBN-13: 978-1556114465
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 703 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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H.M.S. Cockerel: An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure Hardcover – 1 Jun 1995
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Lewrie gets revenge23 August 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
Spoiler Alert - You may want to skip this review if you have not yet read this book. Alan is assigned as 1st Officer on HMS Cockerel commanded by a Capt. Braxton who is a Capt Bligh type who insures his power through nepotism and strict discipline with gratuitous floggings to keep the crew under a tight thumb. I was afraid Dewey Lambdin would turn Lewrie into another Fletcher Christian but fortunately not. Then the story turned sour for me in two areas, first was Lewrie getting involved with Lady Emma Hamilton while docked in Naples and then later with Sophie in Toulon. Since I really cherish the sea battles these romantic diversions lead me to start skipping pages to get to the action. Particularly annoying was the extensive use of French while Lewrie is in Toulon which makes for slow and boring reading. In the end though there is a good sea battle where Lewrie sees Cockerel dodge a battle and he has to use his best seamanship and strategy to take on and whip two French Corvettes. The ending is great with Lewrie seeing Admiral Hood finally get wise to Capt Braxton's cowardice and finally reward Lewrie with his own command. Now I. like Alan, can look forward to following him where he is in command and can begin to show his true talents as a ship's captain and probably beyond in the Royal Navy.
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Wow!13 January 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
I'm reading the series a second time in anticipation of the new book coming out in a couple of months. I'm not prone to reading more than once unless I think the book is entertaining and there is a lack of other entertaining new material. I'm reading the whole series again and I'm reminded why I enjoyed them so much the first time. Lewrie is an interesting character in interesting times. Lambdin takes advantage of the fact that it is unlikely any sailor would participate in every major sea battle of the times and uses lesser tactical operations to build Lewrie's reputation and career. Each vignette could be a book unto itself and it is amazing that so much happens in each full book while Lambdin makes the action and activities full and well rounded. He probes the inner depths of the Lewrie character in such a way that I feel like I'm getting a good look into the soul of a human rather than a fictional character. Lambdin reminds us that Lewrie knows his faults but just can't stop himself from continuing the unfortunate behavior that truly makes each story interesting and worthwhile for reading. I am a Lewrie/Lambdin fan and I recommend the series to anyone considering reading this as their entertainment. It's a lot cheaper than movies and Lambdin's descriptive powers along with your imagination will make for some fun reading.
Not one of the best29 August 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
Very slow moving at times and ridiculous amount of French language which was never translated. Yes I can usually figure out the gist of things but way too much for.me to enjoy. May not move on to the next volume, but will miss it not. Maybe one more chance.
Another true-to-life book covering an interesting era21 July 1998 - Published on Amazon.com
It is 1793, and promotions have been slow with the bulk of the British Navy laid up between the wars. Alan Lewrie is still a lieutenant and, without a naval commission, living the life of a country squire with his wife and children. But war breaks out with France, and Lewrie is called to arms, only to find himself with a thankless job in port until he wrangles a commission aboard a frigate with a less than competant captain. Naval service takes him to the British intervention in Toulon, and once again Lambdin carries out some excellent research and covers events not well covered by other writers of historical novels. This is a grand account of the events at Toulon, with a sidelight when the upstart Captain Bonaparte takes Lewrie's sword. Events put temptation into Lewrie's path as beautiful and poor Phoebe is thrown into his arms during the evacuation. Action against the enemy finally brings him promotion, but he must take a ship home for refitting, along with the ! young French refugee Sophie who knows all too much about Phoebe whom he has carefully left in Gibralter. Can he trust Sophie's discretion when he leaves her in the care of his wife? After all, she is French, and are they not more understanding about such matters?
Best sea battle passage I ever read31 October 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
I can't put books in this series down. If you love seafaring novels and period dramas its hard to beat the Lewrie series. This episode has Lt Lewrie rakehelling his way across the Med and then engaging in a pitched sea battle against two French corvettes and a frigate. The action is intense and non-stop and peppered with so many square rigger terms of art you are constantly drawn in to envisioning the action. Great book. Only lost a star because the transliteration of conversations with French characters is near impossible to wade thru at normal reading pace.