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Donachie, David 1944-

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Works: 71 works in 221 publications in 1 language and 6,657 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Naval history  History  Sea stories  Historical fiction  Suspense fiction  Biographical fiction  Love stories 
Classifications: PR6053.O483, 823.914
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Publications by David Donachie
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A flag of truce by David Donachie( Book )
6 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 426 libraries worldwide
John Pearce comes back from Corsica demanding that Captain Barclay of HMS Brilliant, the man who originally pressed him and his fellow Pelicans into the Navy, be tried at home by a civilian court. Against the background of the ongoing siege of Toulon and with the Revolutionary Army massing to attack, no one in authority sees this as a good time to accede to his requests
An awkward commission by David Donachie( Book )
6 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 414 libraries worldwide
Since being pressed into service, John Pearce has endured a hectic whirlwind of events, facing wild storms at sea and bitter battles with the enemy. His recent, surprising promotion means that he is now finally free to follow his own wishes, rather than being forced to serve in King George's Navy. However, the same does not apply for the trio of Pearce's closest friends who, with Pearce as their leader, call themselves the Pelicans. Whilst Pearce is indulging himself in London, his friends are shipped off to the Mediterranean. Riddled with guilt over leaving them and still haunted by his father's execution at the guillotine, Pearce vows to liberate the men who have stuck by him through thick and thin. Having spent months trying to get on dry land, he now has no choice; he must take ship and follow them. His application to William Pitt for a place finds him sailing towards the Mediterranean with secret despatches for Admiral Lord Hood. South and ahead of him, his Pelicans are serving under a brutal tyrant aboard a 74-gun ship. Meanwhile, just off Toulon, Pearce's sworn enemy, Captain Ralph Barclay, puts the lives of his crew as well as that of his beautiful young wife at risk in his vain search for glory. With help being withheld by all higher powers, Pearce is obliged to embark on a dangerous mission before he can free his friends: at stake, the whole British position in the Mediterranean
The admirals' game by David Donachie( Book )
7 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 394 libraries worldwide
Lieutenant John Pearce is caught up in the feuding of a trio of admirals. One puts him in a position of maximum danger, while another asks him to undertake a hazardous commission in order to protect his friends, the Pelicans. Meanwhile Pearce is trying to construct a perjury case against Admiral Ralph Barclay. Setting out for Tunis to garner support for the siege of Toulon, Pearce faces the wiles of the beautiful Lady Emma Hamilton. Having escaped her clutches he finally has the evidence he needs to nail Barclay and secure the release of the Pelicans, but time is running out
A shot rolling ship by David Donachie( Book )
8 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 387 libraries worldwide
"Pressed into King George's Navy for the second time in a month, John Pearce and his comrades, the Pelicans, find themselves working aboard HMS Griffin, a slow and overcrowded ship, sailing the Channel in search of the numerous French privateers that prey on English merchant shipping. Her task: to stop them, and if possible capture or destroy them. But Pearce has greater things on his mind. He must rescue his ailing father from the dangers of revolutionary Paris, and to do that he must somehow leave the ship. He does so with the help of Benjamin Colbourne, the captain aboard Griffin, a man with a subtle mind, who finds a way to both meet his needs and make it appear to the Pelicans that their leader has deserted them."--P. [4] of cover
An ill wind by David Donachie( Book )
7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 376 libraries worldwide
Toulon, 1793. With the Republican Army at the gates, the citizens are trying to flee the retribution of the guillotine. Amongst this confusion John Pearce and the rest of the Allied forces must put the needs of war before their lives: the Arsenal and dockyard must be destroyed, the ships they cannot get away must be set alight. Pearce is tasked with evacuating the hospital and finds himself sailing in close proximity to Ralph Barclay - the man he intends to have court-martialled. As matters come to a head Pearce is sucked into a web of intrigue and devious politics
A game of bones by David Donachie( file )
6 editions published between 1997 and 2003 in English and held by 363 libraries worldwide
The long-awaited return of the Bucephalas to the safety of the Cinque Ports is interrupted by a disastrous engagement in the Channel. The looming shape of a merchantman becalmed in fog presents an almost irresistible allure. But for Harry Ludlow and his battle-weary crew, the pursuit of one last easy prize leads to a desperate fight
Blown off course by David Donachie( Book )
6 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 359 libraries worldwide
"Lieutenant John Pearce is in London seeking protection for his friends, from a reluctant Admiralty. Sitting in the tavern where he and the Pelicans were first press ganged he considers his future. Lacking funds, an occupation if he leaves naval service, or the evidence of perjury he once had to bring to justice Captain Ralph Barclay, who pressed he and his companions into the Navy. After many trials, dodging press gangs and writs, Pearce's companions finally arrive in London just in time to join Pearce and to fetch a ship laden with contraband back from the French. Is it prosperity or danger for Pearce and his Pelicans?"--P. [4] of cover
Enemies at every turn by David Donachie( Book )
7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 354 libraries worldwide
1794. Free from jail, John Pearce is not free from the smugglers whose boat he stole - they want bloody revenge and are prepared to chase him to the ends of the earth to get it. While lying low at Emily Barclay's, Pearce soon has other pressing concerns on his mind: fellow Pelicans Charlie and Rufus remain incarcerated in the Chatham hulk prison ship, and Emily's rescue of the court martial papers that threaten to damn Pearce are at risk due to the dangerous scheming of Ralph Barclay and his slippery clerk, Gherson. Granted a commission by William Pitt, John Pearce soon evades his pursuers by undertaking a dangerous mission in support of a massive revolt in the Vendee region of France. As high rebellious ambition turns to bloody disaster, Pearce must extricate himself from peril and rejoin Admiral Howe's fleet as it heads off a French fleet and American grain convoy
By the mast divided by David Donachie( Book )
7 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 343 libraries worldwide
"London 1793: Young firebrand John Pearce is illegally press-ganged from the refuge of the Pelican tavern to a brutal life aboard HMS Brilliant, a frigate on its way to war. In his first few days Pearce discovers the Navy is a world in which he can prosper. But he is not alone; he is drawn to a group of men--fly Charlie Taverner; quiet Ben Walker; tired old Abel Scrivens; the bairn of the group, Rufus Dommet; the droll, tough Irish labourer, Michael O'Hagan; and the bumptious Gherson--pressed men like him, who eventually form an exclusive gun crew, the Pelicans, with Pearce their elected leader. During an action-packed two weeks, as HMS Brilliant chases a French privateer across the English Channel, this disparate group of men form friendships that will last a lifetime."--P. [4] of cover
The Devil's Own Luck by David Donachie( file )
4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 297 libraries worldwide
Harry Ludlow, forced out of the Royal Navy, becomes a privateer in partnership with his younger brother James. But for the Ludlows, murder and intrigue take more of their time than hunting fat trading vessels. Harry and James find themselves aboard the Navy's 74-gun Magnanime. In command is a captain with whom Harry has crossed swords in the past. When James is found standing over the body of a dead officer, Harry's feud shifts into the background
The Dying Trade by David Donachie( file )
3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 254 libraries worldwide
Arriving in the squalid, seething port of Genoa, Harry Ludlow and his partner and younger brother, James, find it a tinderbox of tension, fed by the discovery of a hanged British sea captain and packs of English and French sailors at each other's throats
A Hanging Matter by David Donachie( file )
3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 238 libraries worldwide
Returning to England, Harry and James become embroiled in a vicious struggle between rival smugglers played out in the English Channel. Witnesses to a bloody confrontation, they flee to Deal--only to find that, behind its picturesque facade, the town is a haven for traders in contraband, seething with corruption and violence
An Element of Chance by David Donachie( file )
3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 234 libraries worldwide
As war spreads across the globe, Harry Ludlow joins the struggle for the richest trade in the world. When half his crew is illegally pressed into the Royal Navy by the vicious Captain Toner, Harry sets off in pursuit. Toner's ship reaches the West Indies with Harry close behind, and they sail into a maelstrom of piracy, corruption, and murder stirred up by a French privateer
The Scent of Betrayal by David Donachie( file )
3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 229 libraries worldwide
The discovery of an abandoned Spanish merchant ship off the coast of America plunges the Ludlows into a far-reaching conspiracy fueled by jealousy, ambition and nationalistic fervor. The Bucephalas lies trapped under the gaping muzzles of the 32-pounder Spanish guns of New Orleans' harbor fort. It quickly becomes clear that the corridors of the governor's residence are just as busy with treachery, doubled-dealing, and murder as the back alleys of the sweltering city outside
On a making tide by David Donachie( Book )
6 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 220 libraries worldwide
A sea of troubles by David Donachie( Book )
6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 199 libraries worldwide
"1794. In the wake of the Glorious First of June, an equivocal success for the British naval fleet against the French Revolutionary forces, 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 who, estranged from her husband, is now under Pearce's protection. Meanwhile, smugglers whose ship Pearce inadvertently stole are on his tail, determined to get their money or kill him in revenge -- possibly both. And it is not only John Pearce who has his fair share of trouble. The triumphant Channel Fleet returns, with Ralph Barclay limping from a musket ball in the thigh, Cornelius Gherson fuming at the jokes about his cowardice, and bully-boy Devenow sporting a wounded shoulder and a cauliflower ear. But the battle is already the subject of controversy -- both the French and British claim victory, and Barclay is accused of holding back from the action. Pearce turns the tables on his enemies with the aid of his crew, conjures up a trick to free his friends and sets off for the Mediterranean with Emily Barclay. He must fight a ferocious sea battle on the way to aid an old friend, and can only hope that his troubles will end along with his mission. But are they only just beginning?"--Jacket
A hanging matter by David Donachie( Book )
7 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 155 libraries worldwide
The devil's own luck by David Donachie( Book )
6 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in English and held by 142 libraries worldwide
The dying trade by David Donachie( Book )
4 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 140 libraries worldwide
Breaking the line by David Donachie( Book )
5 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 139 libraries worldwide
With rising resentment, Nelson and Emma are forced to keep up appearances--unable to acknowledge in public their love or their daughter. As the war with Napoleon drags on, Nelson is finally given the change he's been waiting for off a little-know Spanish cape called Tafalgar. He will finally be able to show the world what he's made of
 
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