John Pearce
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(3.1 based on 12 ratings)
  • 1
    By the Mast Divided | David Donachie

    By the Mast Divided

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    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
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    London: 1793. Young firebrand John Pearce, on the run from the authorities, is illegally press-ganged from the Pelican tavern into brutal life aboard HMS Brilliant, a frigate on her way to war. In the first few days, Pearce discovers the Navy is a world in which he can prosper. And he is not alone; he is drawn to a group of men who eventually form an exclusive gun crew, the Pelicans, with Pearce their elected leader.

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    A Shot Rolling Ship: A John Pearce Novel | David Donachie

    A Shot Rolling Ship: A John Pearce Novel

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    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
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    Pressed into King George's Navy for the second time in a month, John Pearce finds himself working aboard HMS Griffin, sailing the Channel in search of the numerous French privateers preying on English merchant ships. Pearce, however, has other things on his mind. He must find a way off the ship in order to rescue his ailing father from the dangers of revolutionary Paris.

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    An Awkward Commission | David Donachie

    An Awkward Commission

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    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
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    John Pearce's recent promotion means that he is finally free to follow his own wishes. But the same can't be said for his trio of closest friends, who are shipped off to the Mediterranean. Pearce vows to liberate them from the brutal tyrant they are serving under. His application to William Pitt finds him sailing off with secret dispatches for Admiral Lord Hood. But when Captain Ralph Barclay puts the lives of his crew at risk, Pearce must embark on a dangerous mission before he can free his friends.

    Not enjoyable for me

    Really not my sort of book. Need a synopsis of books before you buy them.

    Reviewed on 02 September 2016 by Jocelyn Leniston ()
  • 4
    A Flag of Truce | David Donachie

    A Flag of Truce

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    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
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    Firebrand John Pearce has been promoted to lieutenant and is in a position of command on board HMS Faron when he returns to Toulon from his successful mission in Corsica.

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    The Admirals' Game | David Donachie

    The Admirals' Game

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    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
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    1794. Lieutenant John Pearce is caught between a feuding trio of admirals. One puts him in a position of danger while another asks him to undertake a hazardous commission in order to protect his friends, the Pelicans. Meanwhile, Pearce is also trying to construct a perjury case against Admiral Ralph Barclay.

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    An Ill Wind | David Donachie

    An Ill Wind

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    • By David Donachie
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    It is 1793. John Pearce and his Pelicans are going home - to gain their freedom and put the treacherous Captain Ralph Barclay in the dock. Emily Barclay discovers Pearce has papers that would ruin her husband’s career and her future security. And then comes that dread thing, a fire aboard a wooden ship of war! Cast adrift, Pearce and his Pelicans find help from an unlikely source.

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  • 7
    Blown Off Course: A Firebrand John Pearce Adventure, Book 7 | David Donachie

    Blown Off Course: A Firebrand John Pearce Adventure, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    Lieutenant John Pearce is in London seeking protection for his friends, the Pelicans, from a reluctant Admiralty. Sitting in the tavern where they were first press ganged, Pearce considers his future. Lacking the evidence of perjury he once had to bring Captain Ralph Barclay to justice, his prospects are not promising. Ralph Barclay’s young wife, Emily, is refusing to live under the same roof as him and she has the means to get her own way: the evidence Pearce believes was lost at sea.

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    Enemies at Every Turn: John Pearce, Book 8 | David Donachie

    Enemies at Every Turn: John Pearce, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Michael Tudor Barnes
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    The year is 1794. Free from jail, John Pearce is not free from the smugglers whose boat he stole. While lying low, Pearce soon has other pressing concerns on his mind. Granted a commission by William Pitt, John Pearce evades his pursuers by undertaking a dangerous mission in France. As rebellious ambition turns to bloody disaster, Pearce must try to re-join Admiral Howe. Also serving with Howe is Ralph Barclay - who has somehow contrived to yet again press Pearce’s friends into his crew.

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    A Sea of Troubles | David Donachie

    A Sea of Troubles

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    • By David Donachie
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    1794: In the wake of the Glorious First of June, Lieutenant John Pearce has pressing matters to attend to. He must undertake an urgent commission from Lord Hood, track down midshipman Toby Burns, and placate Emily Barclay. Meanwhile smugglers whose ship Pearce inadvertently stole, are on his tail. And it is not only John Pearce who has his fair share of trouble. The triumphant Channel Fleet returns, but the battle is already the subject of controversy - and Ralph Barclay is accused of holding back from the action.

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  • 10
    A Divided Command | David Donachie

    A Divided Command

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    • By David Donachie
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    Unbeknown to John Pearce, the private letter he is delivering on behalf of the prime minister carries the dismissal of the very man he is sailing to see. The need for a government majority to pursue the war with France means John Pearce must step down as Britain’s best sailor, regretfully relinquishing the position to the incompetent Admiral Hotham. Hotham is equally less than pleased about John Pearce, as he is the one person who knows the truth about his dishonest naval career.

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  • 11
    The Devil to Pay | David Donachie

    The Devil to Pay

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
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    It's 1794. Stuck in Palermo harbour, the headstrong Lieutenant John Pearce and his trusty Pelicans must repair the battle-damaged HMS Larcher with only meagre funds to do so. Sailing into danger, they encounter enemies. Pearce has no option but to run until, trapped in an Italian bay, he is forced to abandon his ship. Pearce must face a court martial for his actions, but his troubles are only just beginning.

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  • 12
    The Perils of Command | David Donachie

    The Perils of Command

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
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    John Pearce, having negotiated the highly questionable sale of the two French prizes taken in The Devil to Pay, has left HMS Flirt, as well as the crew and the wounded Henry Digby in Brindisi, and is headed for Naples to see his lover. In an uncomfortable journey, he seeks to work out a way to best both Admiral Sir William Hotham and Captain Ralph Barclay, men who are his sworn enemies. All his calculations are thrown into turmoil when he discovers that Emily is pregnant.

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