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    • Breaking the Line

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
    • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
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    1799: Having evacuated the King and Queen of Naples ahead of Napoleon’s advancing army, Nelson must now await developments in Sicily. In the meantime, he and Emma savour their passionate affair, and when Nelson travels back to Britain with the Hamiltons, he finds he is the toast of Europe. To the British elite, however, Nelson is a dangerous upstart, and his love for Emma is his weakness. With rising resentment, Nelson and Emma are forced to keep up appearances. As the war with Napoleon drags on, Nelson engages the Danish fleet at Copenhagen with stunning results.

    Regular price: $23.66

    • A Sea of Troubles

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
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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.

    Regular price: $23.56

    • On a Making Tide

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
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    On a Making Tide chronicles the fascinating early years of Horatio Nelson and Emma Lyon. Both determined to rise from obscurity, they set about making their ways through the world with corresponding recklessness and precocious ambition. Nelson enters the Royal Navy at the ae of twelve and is made a post captain at the age of 20 – his reputation as a daring yet benevolent officer secured in the American War of Independence.

    Regular price: $26.13

    • Tested by Fate

    • The Nelson & Emma Trilogy, Part Two
    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
    • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
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    It’s 1784, and Nelson is sent to the Caribbean to enforce the hated Navigation Acts. While there, he marries Franny Nisbet. Ordered next to the Mediterranean, he engages in a string of spectacular naval battles. The ravages of war take their physical toll on Nelson, even as he gains the fame and honour he craves. At the same time, Emma, mistress of Charles Greville, sits as an artist’s model....

    Regular price: $26.13

    • The Devil to Pay

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
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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.

    Regular price: $31.21

    • A Divided Command

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
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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.

    Regular price: $22.61

    • Enemies at Every Turn

    • John Pearce, Book 8
    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
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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.

    Regular price: $21.56

    • Blown Off Course

    • A Firebrand John Pearce Adventure, Book 7
    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
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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.

    Regular price: $22.61

    • A Close Run Thing

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
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    John Pearce is hiding in Gravelines with his mysterious companion, known to him as Oliphant. Although they find a crew willing to take them back to England, they learn on the journey that Pearce’s old enemies, the Tolland brothers, are still active on the route and may have been responsible for the murder of Catherine Carruthers. Back in England their problems continue: Pearce must seek to mend fences with Emily Barclay, in a relationship in which nothing is simple.

    Regular price: $28.25

    • An Ill Wind

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
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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.

    Regular price: $20.96

    • A Flag of Truce

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
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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.

    Regular price: $42.58

    • The Admirals' Game

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
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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.

    Regular price: $25.37

    • An Awkward Commission

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
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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.

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    • By Jocelyn Leniston on 02-09-2016

    Regular price: $37.28

    • A Shot Rolling Ship

    • A John Pearce Novel
    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
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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.

    Regular price: $40.16

    • By the Mast Divided

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
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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.

    Regular price: $38.75

    • Honour be Damned

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
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    The French Revolution is turning in on itself even as the war with the English drags on. As the armies move towards Italy, George Markham and his Marines find themselves assigned to the sloop Sylphide under the impetuous Captain Germain. Set ashore in the midst of the French army, Markham is charged with escorting a group of loyalists on a secret mission and is soon wishing he was back in the thick of it at sea.

    Regular price: $29.96

    • Honour Redeemed

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
    • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
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    With his fiery Irish blood and well-known reputation for trouble, Lieutenant George Markham leads his embattled Royal Marines against the French in Corsica. His mission: to seize the island. Markham ventures across the island to persuade the veteran war hero Pasquali Paoli to unite the Corsicans behind him. But their loyalty remains torn by a heritage of vendettas, French bribery, and cross and double cross.

    Regular price: $33.57

    • A Shred of Honour

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
    • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
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    Introducing George Markham, lately of the 65th Regiment of Foot, now Lieutenant of Marines on His Britannic Majesty’s frigate Hebe. Irishman, papist, reputed coward; he is a man with something to prove. As the winter of 1793 comes to the Mediterranean coast of France, so too does the chill wind of the Revolutionary terror. When the Hebe is sent to help the Bourbon city of Toulon, Markham will have to prove he is a worthy officer of Marines…or die in the attempt.

    Regular price: $24.00

    • On a Particular Service

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
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    John Pearce is going home. But he has to avoid capture by an Algerine warship, having his Pelicans pressed into a British frigate, and that's before they are at risk of being hanged for desertion once home. Then there is the problem of Emily Barclay and their son, Adam. By cunning and bluff, he protects his friends but not his troubled love life. In a whirlwind of action, there are forged wills, devious trades, contrived murders and dangerous spy missions, with so much deceit that Pearce does not know whom to trust. All he can hope to do is survive.

    Regular price: $32.31

    • A Treacherous Coast

    • By: David Donachie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
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    Winter 1795. Lieutenant John Pearce, reckoning to have finally ditched his old enemy, Admiral Hotham, has found a new one in Henry Digby, previously a friend. Meanwhile, Pearce's pregnant and recently widowed lover is adamant they cannot be seen together for the sake of their unborn child as she seeks respectability in society. Aboard HMS Flirt as part of the squadron led by Horatio Nelson, Pearce and his Pelicans soon join them on a reconnaissance which results in the destruction of a key French battery.

    Regular price: $31.00

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