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Fletcher's Glorious 1st of June (udgave 2021)

af John Drake (Forfatter)

Serier: Fletcher (2)

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For a man who believed deeply that a mercantile fortune was greatly preferable to the glory of war, Jacob Fletcher was unlucky. Second mate on the merchantman Bednal Green, captured by an American privateer, persuaded to sail on the US Declaration of Independence, escaping under fire to the safety of the British frigate Phiandra and finding himself aboard General Lord Howe's flagship on the glorious 1st of June - a day of terrifying battle with the French - it seemed war would follow Jacob interminably. Neither were things easy on dry-land. Back in London, Samuel Slym, common thief with a bone to pick, was digging up the dirt on the absent Fletcher, while Lady Coignwood and her loathsome son Victor were plotting something sinister. This follow up to John Drake's successful Fletcher's Fortune is an epic tale of exciting naval battles, raunchy encounters and murderous villains, told by a likeable rogue to rival Harry Flashman. Fletcher's Glorious 1st of June is a gripping naval thriller from master author John Drake. It was previously published under the pen name J. C. Edwards. Praise for John Drake... 'Broad comedy, high drama, plenty of action, a pinch of sex ... the genre has room for this cheerily debunking outsider' - Daily Mail 'Swashbuckling adventure on the high seas doesn't get much better than this. [...] John Drake writes beautifully, and you'll be torn between savoring the words and quickly flipping the pages. Any favorable comparison to Stevenson or Patrick O'Brian is totally justified.' - Nelson DeMille, #1 New York Times bestselling author John Drake trained as a biochemist to post-doctorate research level before realizing he was no good at science. His working career was in the television department of ICI until 1999 when he became a full-time writer. John's hobby is muzzle-loading shooting, and his interests are British history and British politics (as a spectator), plus newspapers, TV news, and current affairs. He is married with a son and two grandchildren.… (mere)
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Titel:Fletcher's Glorious 1st of June
Forfattere:John Drake (Forfatter)
Info:Lume Books (2021), 308 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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This is the second book in the series and continues the story of the chequered career of Jacob Fletcher, the illegitimate son of Lord Coignwood who was pressed into the Royal Navy in order to prevent him from inheriting his father's estates. In fact, Lady Coignwood, Jacob's stepmother is behind this because she and her children were disinherited by the late lord. Having failed to have Seaman Fletcher killed in the previous book in this one she hires the thief catcher, Samuel Slym, to kill him for her.

This book has two naval battles, one, the 'Glorious First of June', is a well documented fleet action and the other is a seemingly fictional engagement. Both are well written and vividly described but are not to the standard of either CS Forester, Patrick O’Brian or Alexander Kent IMHO. The real problem with this book comes when Fletcher returns to England.

Lady Sarah Coignwood is an excellent villain, a total sexual predator who has an almost mystical power over men. She will perform every sexual act imaginable with anybody whom she thinks will help her own personal cause and then throw then off without a flicker of conscience despite being close to 40. She’ll stop at nothing to get hold of the Coignwood estate. Sam Slym is totally captivated by her and is an interesting character . However, none of the other characters are either well drawn or particularly believable.

Personally I feel that this was a mish-mash that would have made two pretty good books but as one it just doesn't really work. That said and done I still found it a compulsive read that I struggled to put down. ( )
  PilgrimJess | Mar 31, 2024 |
Starts well with Fletcher in America as a result of his merchant ship being taken by a colonial privateer. His gunnery prowess wins him a berth on the first US warship. They take on the Brits and their wt of metal is offset by the rate of fire from their opponent, so the match ends in a draw. Fletcher jumps ship and ends up on the British flagship for the Battle of the Saintes. Good sea story so far but it goes downhill rapidly as we go ashore in England and follow the other claimants to Fletcher's wealth.
It became very predictable and not very interesting. I was flipping pages to get through to the, only to find that all the villains survive for the next episode. ( )
  jamespurcell | Jul 21, 2018 |
The indomitable Jacob Fletcher reappears in this sequel to Fletcher’s Fortune. Having renounced the immense Coignwood riches to which he is heir, he sets out to make his own fortune in the triangular trade. He is captured by privateers and begins a series of adventures which culminate in his pivotal role in Howe’s victory at the Glorious First of June. Meanwhile, the utterly wicked temptress, Lady Sarah Coignwood and her depraved son are plotting to destroy Fletcher and regain the Coignwood millions. Working with the London thief-taker, Samuel Slym (pronounced slime), they set up a nasty surprise for Fletcher upon his return to England.

Part of the fun is Edwards’ overdrawn characters. Fletcher is larger than life – bigger, tougher and smarter than anyone else, he is a natural sailor, businessman, mathematician, gunner and leader of men. He can make maidens melt into a swoon at a single smoky glance. He is also a bit of a rogue. He cares nothing for high-falootin’ notions like honor and patriotism. Still, he is (mostly) loyal to his friends and winds up doing the right thing, even if for the wrong reasons. The Coignwoods are so evil that we want to hiss when they appear and the delightful Slym is a hard but upright man who is tempted to the dark side by Lady Sarah.

Edwards sets this melodrama in a rich and authentic portrayal of 18th century England, the shore side worlds of London and Portsmouth as well as aboard ship. There is plenty of action, spiced with a little sex, and it is compelling enough to make this book a page-turner. Edwards’ ending leaves room for more adventures but, alas, no Jacob Fletcher books have followed Fletcher’s Glorious 1st of June, and that’s a shame. ( )
  pipester | Apr 16, 2009 |
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For a man who believed deeply that a mercantile fortune was greatly preferable to the glory of war, Jacob Fletcher was unlucky. Second mate on the merchantman Bednal Green, captured by an American privateer, persuaded to sail on the US Declaration of Independence, escaping under fire to the safety of the British frigate Phiandra and finding himself aboard General Lord Howe's flagship on the glorious 1st of June - a day of terrifying battle with the French - it seemed war would follow Jacob interminably. Neither were things easy on dry-land. Back in London, Samuel Slym, common thief with a bone to pick, was digging up the dirt on the absent Fletcher, while Lady Coignwood and her loathsome son Victor were plotting something sinister. This follow up to John Drake's successful Fletcher's Fortune is an epic tale of exciting naval battles, raunchy encounters and murderous villains, told by a likeable rogue to rival Harry Flashman. Fletcher's Glorious 1st of June is a gripping naval thriller from master author John Drake. It was previously published under the pen name J. C. Edwards. Praise for John Drake... 'Broad comedy, high drama, plenty of action, a pinch of sex ... the genre has room for this cheerily debunking outsider' - Daily Mail 'Swashbuckling adventure on the high seas doesn't get much better than this. [...] John Drake writes beautifully, and you'll be torn between savoring the words and quickly flipping the pages. Any favorable comparison to Stevenson or Patrick O'Brian is totally justified.' - Nelson DeMille, #1 New York Times bestselling author John Drake trained as a biochemist to post-doctorate research level before realizing he was no good at science. His working career was in the television department of ICI until 1999 when he became a full-time writer. John's hobby is muzzle-loading shooting, and his interests are British history and British politics (as a spectator), plus newspapers, TV news, and current affairs. He is married with a son and two grandchildren.

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