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Donachie, David 1944-

Works: 56 works in 274 publications in 3 languages and 7,529 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Naval history  History  Sea stories  Historical fiction  Biographical fiction  Love stories  Suspense fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6053.O483, 823.914
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A flag of truce by David Donachie( Book )
8 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 390 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 )
8 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 382 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 2013 in English and held by 382 libraries worldwide
Since being illegally press-ganged into joining King George's Navy, John Pearce has overcome numerous adversaries, which have secured him a position of command on board HMS Faron. Having successfully overcome the French at the Siege of Toulon, Pearce and his comrades, the Pelicans, now face the on-going, bloody battle to defend the port
An ill wind by David Donachie( Book )
7 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 375 libraries worldwide
John Pearce and his Pelicans are going home - to gain their freedom and, using the evidence they have from Admiral, Lord Hood, to put Captain Ralph Barclay in the dock. But first they must take part in the evacuation of Toulon
Enemies at every turn by David Donachie( Book )
6 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 363 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
Blown off course by David Donachie( Book )
5 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 358 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?"--Page 4 of cover
A shot rolling ship by David Donachie( Book )
8 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 338 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."--Page 4 of cover
By the mast divided by David Donachie( Book )
8 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 304 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."--Page 4 of cover
A sea of troubles by David Donachie( Book )
6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 293 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
The devil's own luck by David Donachie( Book )
17 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 261 libraries worldwide
It is 1792 and Harry and his brother James are on board a naval seventy-four gunship. They are under the command of a man with whom Harry has crossed swords before. James is accused of murdering a ship's officer and dark secrets emerge
A divided command by David Donachie( Book )
5 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 235 libraries worldwide
In his latest adventure, trouble follows John Pearce to the Mediterranean. He has to fight admirals, a duel and even Emily Barclay, the woman he loves, while back in London his mortal enemy and her husband, Captain Ralph Barclay, is seeking a way to confound him
The dying trade by David Donachie( Book )
13 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 224 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( Book )
10 editions published between 1994 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 204 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
Devil to pay by David Donachie( Book )
5 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 175 libraries worldwide
Faced with a ship in need of repair, enemy attacks and the threat of wily Admiral Hotham, John Pearce is sailing into danger. Meanwhile Ralph Barclay is on his way to the Mediterranean. Thinking his wife still with Pearce and that he can repair his marriage by rescuing her, he sails in pursuit, Hotham half-hoping he suffers the same fate as the admiral has in store for Pearce. Can John Pearce fight to first save himself and his charges from captivity and then to be free from the enemy? It is a battle that will require all of his wits
An element of chance by David Donachie( Book )
8 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and German and held by 170 libraries worldwide
After members of Harry Ludlow's crew are illegally pressed into the Royal Navy, Harry sets out to rescue them, but when he finally finds them in the West Indies, he becomes entangled in a web of piracy and murder
A game of bones by David Donachie( Book )
6 editions published between 1997 and 2003 in English and held by 164 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
On a making tide by David Donachie( Book )
10 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 161 libraries worldwide
Starting with Nelson's arrival at Chatam aged 12 to join his first ship the Raisonable and with Emma rejecting life as a domestic servant to live in a bawdy house, On a Making Tide will take Nelson and Emma to 1798 and the battle of the Nile
The scent of betrayal by David Donachie( Book )
10 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 157 libraries worldwide
The fifth adventure of Harry Ludlow, privateer, and his brother James, includes a hazardous journey into the political intrigue of the city of New Orleans, a trek into the woods of the American hinterland, and an escape up the Mississippi from under the guns of Spanish forts
Breaking the line by David Donachie( Book )
7 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 117 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
Tested by fate by David Donachie( Book )
4 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 68 libraries worldwide
Emma, mistress of Charles Greville, sits as an artist's model, her pictures selling briskly. When Chares's uncle, Sir William Hamilton, joins them in Naples, Emma finds herself the object of Hamilton's desire, and when the mercurial Nelso plays them a visit, she is inexplicably drawn to the brash sea captain
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Alternative Names

controlled identity Connery, Tom, 1944-

controlled identity Ludlow, Jack, 1944-

David Donachie British writer
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