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Pearce, John (Fictitious character)

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Works: 18 works in 72 publications in 1 language and 2,863 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Naval history  History  Sea stories  Historical fiction  Suspense fiction  Adventure stories 
Classifications: PR6053.O483, 823.914
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    A flag of truce by David Donachie( Book )
    6 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 389 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 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 387 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 )
    4 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 380 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 )
    6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 373 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
    Blown off course by David Donachie( Book )
    4 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 360 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 )
    6 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 268 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
    A divided command by David Donachie( Book )
    5 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 203 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
    A sea of troubles by David Donachie( Book )
    5 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 122 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 - or possibly both
    The devil to pay by David Donachie( Book )
    5 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 106 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
    Blown off course by David Donachie( Sound Recording )
    4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 40 libraries worldwide
    John Pearce is in London, pondering the problems of how to pursue Captain Ralph Barclay for perjury and how he will protect his companions from the press gang. While dealing with these conundrums, he is offered a job taking a ship laden with contraband back from a French port. But will Pearce be sailing into prosperity or danger?
    An ill wind by David Donachie( Sound Recording )
    3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 30 libraries worldwide
    A flag of truce by David Donachie( Sound Recording )
    2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 21 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
    The devil to pay by David Donachie( Sound Recording )
    3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 13 libraries worldwide
    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. A deadly plan is contrived to send the unwitting Pelicans into mortal danger against a bloodthirsty, piratical Turk called Mehmet Pasha: the aim is to force them into a disastrous fight they cannot win. Only luck and Pearce's fiery thirst for battle can save them now
    A sea of troubles by David Donachie( Sound Recording )
    4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 12 libraries worldwide
    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. Pearce turns the table on his enemies and sets off for the Mediterranean with Emily Barclay. He can only hope that his troubles will end along with his mission. But are they only just beginning?
    Enemies at every turn by David Donachie( Sound Recording )
    3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 11 libraries worldwide
    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 rejoin Admiral Howe. Also serving with Howe is Ralph Barclay - who has somehow contrived to yet again press Pearce's friends Charlie and Rufus into his crew. The danger for the Pelicans is only just beginning, however, as Howe's collision with the French fleet climaxes in one of the greatest battles of the Revolutionary War
    A divided command by David Donachie( Sound Recording )
    1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
    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. Pearce knows Hotham will try and destroy him any way he can to keep from being exposed, so he must navigate the dangerous waters whilst trying to return to Emily Barclay, the woman he loves
    An awkward commission by David Donachie( Sound Recording )
    2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 3 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
    The Admirals' Game by David Donachie( Sound Recording )
    3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
    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. Barclay's own wife has turned against him, but by law she cannot testify against her husband. Her cowardly nephew has become a pawn in the Admiral's game, the objective of which is to finally silence Pearce. After returning to France, Pearce has finally got the evidence he needs to nail Barclay. But the siege is coming to a climax and time is running out for Pearce
 
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