On a Particular Service
1796, and Lieutenant John Pearce is headed to England on board a hospital ship, his future uncertain. But first there is a small matter of avoiding capture by an Algerine warship, and a Royal Navy ship looking to illegally press able bodied seamen into its own crew. Then there is a problem with his complicated love life, murder, forged wills and a dangerous spy mission.
This is the 14th book in the very popular John Pearce series by prolific writer David Donachie. With a tight plot, strong characters and action on both land and sea, this novel races along with the speed of a frigate under full sail. Pearce is opinionated, selfish, outspoken, brave, skilful and totally believable. The author effectively evokes the attitudes and culture of the time, both at sea and on land. Although the latest in the series, this can be read as a standalone, as there is plenty of back story to bring the reader up to speed. If you are looking for a story of swashbuckling derring-do, skulduggery and naval action, this is for you. Pour yourself a tot of rum—and enjoy. Recommended.