The Invasion Year is the seventeenth tale in Dewey Lambdin's smashing naval adventure series.
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, when the French refugees from Haiti surrender to England rather than the vengeful ex-slave armies in November of 1803!
After that, it could be "all claret and cruising" in the Caribbean, but for a home-bound sugar convoy, one so frustrating as to make even the happy-go-lucky Alan Lewrie tear his hair out, kick furniture, and curse like . . . well, like a sailor!
Back in England for the first time in two years, there are honors 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!
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. \n
The Invasion Year
An enjoyable read if you love nautical traditions and naval warfare set in 1800. I have read the entire series by the author and love them all...addictive and wonderfully written with characters to love and dislike. These are fun books to read and capture the flavor of the times and some real history to boot. not as detailed as O'Briens novels, easier reads. Try THe Baltic Gambit first.
Very well done
As a fan of the series I'm sure this book will bring enjoyment. If you're new to the series this wouldn't be a good place to start.