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Pearce, John (Fictitious character)

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Works: 15 works in 61 publications in 1 language and 2,586 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Naval history  History  Sea stories  Historical fiction  Suspense fiction 
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 439 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 )
    5 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 430 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
    An ill wind by David Donachie( Book )
    7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 400 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
    The admirals' game by David Donachie( Book )
    5 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 378 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 339 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 294 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 )
    3 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 119 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 83 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?
    Blown off course by David Donachie( Sound Recording )
    3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 34 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 28 libraries worldwide
    A flag of truce by David Donachie( Sound Recording )
    2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 20 libraries worldwide
    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. But although he returns with a prize in tow, he receives a mixed welcome from his colleagues. With the fierce Siege of Toulon escalating in violence and the massing forces of the revolutionary army preparing to attack, Pearce is entrusted with the task of escorting 5,000 radical French sailors to a port on the Atlantic coast where they are to be set free. But when the assignment goes awry, it is up to Pearce and his trio of friends, the Pelicans, to prevent judicial murder
    A sea of troubles by David Donachie( Sound Recording )
    4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 9 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 8 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
    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
    An awkward commission by David Donachie( Sound Recording )
    2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 2 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
 
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