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A King's Trade
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Dewey Lambdin is the author of the 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 on a rather tatty old sloop. He makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee.

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The 13th title in Lambdin's popular series finds salacious Royal Navy captain Alan Lewrie in hot water for "liberating" a dozen slaves from their Caribbean plantation and putting them to work on his ship, the HMS Proteus. Facing the prospect of court martial and a civil trial, Lewrie reluctantly agrees when Zachariah Twigg of the Foreign Office suggests a scheme that might save his career: recasting the incorrigible captain as an abolitionist hero. Noting that Lewrie is "a much easier man to extol at long-distance," Twigg arranges for him to convoy some merchantmen and an unlikely floating Russian circus between St. Helena and Cape Town. As usual, Lambdin (The Captain's Vengeance) provides realistic detail of naval life in the late 18th century, but here the plot is slender and the action brief and sporadic. The circus ship offers a potential romantic interest in an exotic "raven-haired wench" named Eudoxia, but nothing comes of it. There are two skirmishes with French raiders-the second a decisive victory for Lewrie. Even so, the cloud over Lewrie's career lingers, perhaps to be dissipated in the next title in a series that has proven popular with fans of nautical fiction. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Praise for Dewey Lambdin and the Alan Lewrie series "You could get addicted to this series. Easily." ---"The New York Times Book Review" "The brilliantly stylish American master of salty-tongued British naval tales." ---"Kirkus Reviews" "The best naval adventure series since C. S. Forester." ---"Library Journal" Praise for Dewey Lambdin and the Alan Lewrie series"You could get addicted to this series. Easily." ---"The New York Times Book Review" "The brilliantly stylish American master of salty-tongued British naval tales." ---"Kirkus Reviews" "The best naval adventure series since C. S. Forester." ---"Library Journal"

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