For a fellow like Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal Navy, who despises the French worse than the Devil hates Holy Water, it's hellish-hard to gain a reputation for saving them not once but twice!
Back in England for the first time in two years, there are honours from the Crown for gallant service . . . a lot more than he expected from King George III, who was having a bad morning, then a chance to move in Society after an introduction to an intriguing daughter of a peer.
But then come secret orders to experiment with several types of 'infernal engines of war,' which might delay or postpone the dreaded cross-Channel invasion by Napoleon Bonaparte, his huge army, and his thousands of invasion craft. For the rest of 1804, Alan Lewrie and his crew of the Reliant frigate will deal with things more dangerous to them than they may prove to be to the French!
Number seventeen in The Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures, The Invasion Year is perfect for fans of Patrick O'Brian, Julian Stockwin and C.S. Forester.
‘You could get addicted to this series. Easily’ New York Times Book Review
'The best naval series since C. S. Forester… Recommended’ Library Journal
‘Fast-moving… A hugely likeable hero, a huge cast of sharply drawn supporting characters: there's nothing missing. Wonderful stuff’ Kirkus Reviews
Set in 1803, Lambdin's less than exciting 17th Alan Lewrie adventure (after King, Ship and Sword) finds the rakish Royal Navy captain and his ship in Haiti. After helping to rescue a French fleet from a bloody slave rebellion, Lewrie and crew escort a convoy of merchant ships back to Europe. Once in London, Lewrie is knighted for exploits covered in previous books and is assigned to an experiment in torpedoes, which may prove useful against the expected French invasion. In fine debauched form, Lewrie balances, often to comic effect, seduction, heavy drinking, hangovers, attempts to avoid paying a debt to a fellow officer, and his cheerful determination to annoy senior officers. Lambdin's frequent references to events from earlier installments might interest new readers, but will bore fans already familiar with Lewrie's seagoing antics. Hopefully, the next book will revive the usual effortless zip of the series.