A Hard, Cruel Shore

A Hard, Cruel Shore

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"You could get addicted to this series. Easily."--- The New York Times Book Review

The year 1809 starts out badly for Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal Navy, and his ship, HMS Sapphire . They've extracted the sick, cold survivors of Sir John Moore's army from disaster at Corunna, got hit by lightning while escorting the army to England, and suffered a shattered mainmast which may end Lewrie's active commission if a replacement can't be found or fashioned soon. Admiralty needs troopships, not slow, old Fourth Rate two-deckers, so Lewrie must beg, borrow, steal, and gild the facts most glibly if he wishes to keep her and her skilled crew together.

Just when he imagines he's succeeded, new orders come appointing him a Commodore over a wee squadron assigned to prey upon French seaborne supply convoys off the treacherous north coast of Spain, better known as the Costa da Morte, the Coast of Death, where the sea may be more dangerous to him and his ships than the French Navy! Basing out of newly won Lisbon, where Lewrie hopes his mistress from Gibraltar, Maddalena Covilh#65533;, might move, he's sure of one thing: It's going to be a rocky year that, hopefully, doesn't involve wrecking on the rugged shores of Spain!

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250030092
1250030099
Branch Call Number: FIC Lambd
Characteristics: 339 pages : illustrations, maps.

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Pat_Kelly
Mar 20, 2016

Lambdin has matured in his story pacing and writing. For me this is one of his best balanced stories. It has the right blend of action at sea and land. The battles are as well written as any he has done in the past and the shore activities move along smartly. I had thought that after 21 novels we might be running out of gas, but he seems to have gotten his second wind. Looking forward to the next chapter.

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