Much Ado About Lewrie by Dewey Lambdin


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Dewey Lambdin (1945- ) is an American nautical historical novelist. He is best known for his Alan Lewrie naval adventure series, set during the Napoleonic Wars. Besides the Alan Lewrie series, he is also the author of What Lies Buried: a novel of Old Cape Fear.

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The twenty-fifth novel in Dewey Lambdin’s beloved series of historical naval adventure

Lewrie loses his ship and his command when he receives news that Vigilance must return to England to be decommissioned and turned over to the dockyards for a complete refit. Lewrie is grounded, put on half-pay, and his crew disperses to look for new positions.

It’s late Autumn, and being ashore is heavenly, after a time. Lewrie spends time with his wife Jessica, helps his son Hugh find a new ship, and happily marries off Charlotte. Life onshore is quiet until Lewrie finds himself once again in the headlines of the city papers after discovering a dognapping gang and uncovering stolen Bisquits and Rembrants. The headlines should be positive, but soon the tides turn against Lewrie once again. There’s never a dull moment for Lewrie.

Dewey Lambdin is the reigning master of maritime fiction, celebrated as the heir to Patrick O’Brian and C.S. Forester. For over…

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J.J. Rusz: Nothing damages an action series more than domestic bliss, but that’s what Dewey Lambdin serves up in his latest Alan Lewrie novel, written in the manner of Henry Fielding meets Jane Austen. The warning is right there in its title: Much Ado About . . . Nothing. And that’s what the author serves up.

It’s not that Sir Alan hasn’t been stuck in England between commissions before. Truth be told, some of those earlier books have been tedious too, though enlivened in one case by a trial for stealing slaves and the pursuit of a new bride in another.

This time around? Lewrie deals with cooks, helps with wedding preparations, and chases thieves (of various sorts). There’s no arc to the story, just episodes. Turns out that the craft Lambdin brings to describing military matters is less engaging when applied to vegetables and desserts.

Why four stars then? Because Lambdin writes so darn well. And there’s a logic to this comic tale. Lewrie is no longer young, he has responsibilities to home and family, and most of the French fleet is bottled up by British blockades. What’s a fellow to do?

Plenty, it would seem, to judge from Lambdin’s Afterword.

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