The Baltic Gambit

Written by Dewey Lambdin
Review by John R. Vallely

The Royal Navy’s incorrigible Alan Lewrie has been outsmarting and outfighting Britain’s enemies while simultaneously practicing adultery on a Herculean scale for fifteen novels. He is an immensely likable man who fits the term “rake” and “rogue” as do few others in historical fiction.

Dewey Lambdin’s latest adventure finds Captain Lewrie in a courtroom battle carried over from previous escapades. His troubles with the law take up almost half this book, but even the hardiest sailor will find the description of trials in early 19th century England entertaining and amusing. The most engaging aspects of the English courts of the day were the almost total absence of law and justice in favor of political and social connections. Lewrie’s triumph in the halls of justice leads into his service in the naval battle at Copenhagen and in convoying agents into tsarist Russia. Has Napoleon ever faced a more redoubtable, and jaded, foe? From courtroom to brothel to quarterdeck, Alan Lewrie is once again proving to be an unstoppable force.