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Pearce, John (Fictitious character)

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Works: 28 works in 94 publications in 1 language and 3,236 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Naval history  Sea stories  Historical fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Thrillers (Fiction) 
Classifications: PR6053.O483, 823.914
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    The admirals' game by David Donachie( Book )
    5 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 354 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
    Blown off course by David Donachie( Book )
    4 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 351 libraries worldwide
    "John Pearce is in London, his problems being how to pursue Ralph Barclay for perjury without his written evidence, compounded by the needs of his companions - the Pelicans, who require protections from the Press Gang. A call on William Pitt is unsatisfactory - there is no immediate prospect of a return to the Mediterranean - so he has repaired to the Pelican Tavern in the faint hope that someone will recognise him and recall the night he was pressed. If so they might remember Barclay in the mix. While sitting in gloom, he is approached by a well-dressed and amiable stranger who engages him in conversation, one in which Pearce outlines his dilemma; to even have a chance of seeing Barclay arraigned he must have funds and even with his due prize money and pay he is woefully short of what is required. The stranger, having introduced himself as Nicholas Fairbairn, tells Pearce he may have a solution, he being an unemployed naval officer and Fairbairn being in need of a sailor ... Pearce is about to embark on another high seas adventure!"--Publisher description
    Enemies at every turn by David Donachie( Book )
    5 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 271 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
    An awkward commission by David Donachie( Book )
    6 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 252 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
    A flag of truce by David Donachie( Book )
    4 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 231 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
    The devil to pay by David Donachie( Book )
    3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 131 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
    A sea of troubles by David Donachie( Book )
    4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 128 libraries worldwide
    1794. In the wake of the Glorious 1st of June, an equivocal success for the British naval fleet against Revolutionary France, John Pearce has pressing matters to which he must attend. He has an urgent commission from Lord Hood, he must track down Midshipman Toby Burns and placate Emily who, estranged from her husband, Pearce s enemy Captain Ralph Barclay, is now under his protection.Meanwhile, Pearce finds himself aboard HMS Agamemnon, and in series of actions and shore raids, impresses Horatio Nelson with his bold and brave maneuvers
    A divided command by David Donachie( Book )
    3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 91 libraries worldwide
    The Mediterranean is proving dangerous waters for John Pearce and his Pelicans. Having left his lover Emily, who is also the wife of his mortal enemy Ralph Barclay, Pearce is detained in Naples. When he unknowingly delivers a letter promoting the shady and incompetent Admiral Hotham, Pearce finds himself entangled in a political plot that soon puts those closest to him at peril. Emily decides that there is no future with Pearce and leaves on the merchant ship, the Sandown Castle, while Pearce conveys private letters to Horatio Nelson. Meanwhile Ralph Barclay has learned of his wife's desertion and is on his way to recapture her
    Perils of command by David Donachie( Book )
    3 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 83 libraries worldwide
    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. He seeks a way to defeat 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, but since she is still married to Ralph Barclay, by the laws of the time, he can claim the child as his own
    A treacherous coast by David Donachie( Book )
    2 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 54 libraries worldwide
    1796. Pearce and his wife Emily are in living in Bath, when Minister of War Henry Dundas turns up and suggests a second mission to the Vendee, this time as a liaison between the French emigres intending to land in Brittany and the British naval and military commanders who will accompany them. The proposed expedition looks promising and Pearce takes the bait. Once at sea, however, Pearce and his crew encounter a French fleet and an indecisive battle ensues off the Ile de Groix. Pearce, accompanied by his faithful Pelicans, must go ashore into dangerous territory to check the lay of the land, find the allies and seek to co-ordinate actions in a situation where the forces of the Republic are gathering to crush the rebels
    The devil to pay by David Donachie( Sound Recording )
    3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 42 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 is 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 ill wind by David Donachie( Sound Recording )
    3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 31 libraries worldwide
    "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. Finally back on British soil, they hope they have reached the end of their troubles, but with the documents missing the real concerns have only just begun. Emily Barclay holds the key, but where do her loyalties lie? "-- Publisher description
    An awkward commision by David Donachie( Sound Recording )
    2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 17 libraries worldwide
    Pearce's mission to deliver secret dispatches for Admiral Hood in the Mediterannean is jeopardized when Captain Barclay endangers his crew in his vain search for glory
    A flag of truce by David Donachie( Sound Recording )
    2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 14 libraries worldwide
    John Pearce returns to the besieged Toulon demanding that Captain Barclay face the law for pressing he and his fellow Pelicans into the Navy. However, Barclay is soon acquitted and the vengeful Pearce begins a long denied romance with Barclay`s wife as mayhem surrounds the evacuation of Toulon and the revolutionary forces, including Napoleon Bonaparte, are closing in to retake the port
    On a particular service by David Donachie( Sound Recording )
    3 editions published in 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 9 libraries worldwide
    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 who to trust. All he can hope to do is survive
    A treacherous coast by David Donachie( Sound Recording )
    3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 8 libraries worldwide
    1796. Pearce and his wife Emily are in living in Bath when Minister of War Henry Dundas turns up and suggests a second mission to the Vendee, this time as a liaison between the French emigres intending to land in Brittany and the British naval and military commanders who will accompany them. The proposed expedition looks promising and Pearce takes the bait. Once at sea, however, Pearce and his crew encounter a French fleet and an indecisive battle ensues off the Ile de Groix. Pearce, accompanied by his faithful Pelicans, must go ashore into dangerous territory to check the lay of the land and find the allies
    An ill wind by David Donachie( Book )
    1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 6 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
 
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