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Donachie, David 1944-

Works: 127 works in 459 publications in 3 languages and 8,784 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Naval history  History  Historical fiction  Sea stories  Sea fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Thrillers (Fiction)  Detective and mystery fiction  Biographical fiction 
Roles: Author, Creator
Classifications: PR6053.O483, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by David Donachie
The devil's own luck by David Donachie( Book )

20 editions published between 1991 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the Napoleonic Wars, Harry and James Ludlow are aboard the Magnanime, a gunship under the command of Oliver Carter. Oliver and Harry are old rivals and when James is found near the dead body of the First Lieutenant, Carter assumes James is the murderer. Harry has to prove otherwise
The admirals' game by David Donachie( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since being illegally press-ganged into joining King George's Navy, John Pearce has overcome numerous adversaries, securing 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 )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 399 WorldCat member 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
The dying trade by David Donachie( Book )

15 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With Europe in the grip of the Revolutionary Wars, the Mediterranean is alive with smugglers and privateers who ply their trade from North Africa to the ports of southern Europe
A hanging matter by David Donachie( )

12 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1794, the revolutionary wars provide English smugglers with a ready opportunity for illicit enterprise. Ex-privateer Harry Ludlow becomes embroiled in a vicious and underhand battle of wills with an unseen, but omnipresent enemy whose only concern is protecting his illicit livelihood
A game of bones by David Donachie( )

8 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The long-awaited return of the Bucephalas to the safety of the Cinque Ports is interrupted by a disastrous engagement in the Channel. The looming shape of a merchantman becalmed in fog presents an almost irresistible allure. But for Harry Ludlow and his battle-weary crew, the pursuit of one last easy prize leads to a desperate fight
A shot rolling ship by David Donachie( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Pressed into King George's Navy for the second time in a month, John Pearce and his comrades, the Pelicans, find themselves working aboard HMS Griffin, a slow and overcrowded ship, sailing the Channel in search of the numerous French privateers that prey on English merchant shipping. Her task: to stop them, and if possible capture or destroy them. But Pearce has greater things on his mind. He must rescue his ailing father from the dangers of revolutionary Paris, and to do that he must somehow leave the ship. He does so with the help of Benjamin Colbourne, the captain aboard Griffin, a man with a subtle mind, who finds a way to both meet his needs and make it appear to the Pelicans that their leader has deserted them."--Page 4 of cover
An element of chance by David Donachie( )

9 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and German and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After members of Harry Ludlow's crew are illegally pressed into the Royal Navy, Harry sets out to rescue them, but when he finally finds them in the West Indies, he becomes entangled in a web of piracy and murder
The scent of betrayal by David Donachie( )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fifth adventure of Harry Ludlow, privateer, and his brother James, includes a hazardous journey into the political intrigue of the city of New Orleans, a trek into the woods of the American hinterland, and an escape up the Mississippi from under the guns of Spanish forts
A flag of truce by David Donachie( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member 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
Blown off course by David Donachie( Book )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Pearce is in London, his problems being how to pursue Ralph Barclay for perjury without his written evidence, compounded by the needs of his companions - the Pelicans, who require protections from the Press Gang. A call on William Pitt is unsatisfactory - there is no immediate prospect of a return to the Mediterranean - so he has repaired to the Pelican Tavern in the faint hope that someone will recognise him and recall the night he was pressed. If so they might remember Barclay in the mix. While sitting in gloom, he is approached by a well-dressed and amiable stranger who engages him in conversation, one in which Pearce outlines his dilemma; to even have a chance of seeing Barclay arraigned he must have funds and even with his due prize money and pay he is woefully short of what is required. The stranger, having introduced himself as Nicholas Fairbairn, tells Pearce he may have a solution, he being an unemployed naval officer and Fairbairn being in need of a sailor ... Pearce is about to embark on another high seas adventure!"--Publisher description
An awkward commission by David Donachie( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member 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
Enemies at every turn by David Donachie( Book )

2 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member 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
By the mast divided by David Donachie( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

London, 1793: Young firebrand John Pearce is illegally press-ganged from the refuge of the Pelican tavern to a brutal life aboard HMS Brilliant, a frigate on its way to war. The pressed men from the tavern eventually form an exclusive gun crew, the Pelicans, with Pearce their elected leader. During an action-packed two weeks, as HMS Brilliant chases a French privateer across the English Channel, this disparate group of men form friendships that will last a lifetime
A divided command by David Donachie( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member 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
The devil to pay by David Donachie( Book )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 196 WorldCat member 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 is 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 save himself and his charges from captivity and then free them from the enemy? It is a battle that will require all their wits
A sea of troubles by David Donachie( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member 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?"--Jacket
Enemies at every turn by David Donachie( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Having been caught on smuggling charges, Lieutenant John Pearce escaped incarceration when two of his Pelicans 'volunteered' for service in his Majesty's Navy; now, Pearce is determined to get them back. Pearce heads to Dover to attempt a rescue, but not everything goes quite as planned. Pearce and O'Hagan discover that their friends have already shipped out, under the command of old adversary Ralph Barclay. Convinced that his old nemesis would never willingly let his two friends go, Pearce and O'Hagan fear that all hope is lost - until the offer from First Minister Pitt himself seems to turn their luck around
A treacherous coast by David Donachie( )

4 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1796. Pearce and his wife Emily are in living in Bath, when Minister of War Henry Dundas turns up and suggests a second mission to the Vendee, this time as a liaison between the French emigres intending to land in Brittany and the British naval and military commanders who will accompany them. The proposed expedition looks promising and Pearce takes the bait. Once at sea, however, Pearce and his crew encounter a French fleet and an indecisive battle ensues off the Ile de Groix. Pearce, accompanied by his faithful Pelicans, must go ashore into dangerous territory to check the lay of the land, find the allies and seek to co-ordinate actions in a situation where the forces of the Republic are gathering to crush the rebels
On a making tide by David Donachie( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Horatio Nelson and Emma Lyon are both determined to rise from obscurity and set about making their ways through the world with corresponding recklessness and precocious ambition. Nelson enters the Royal Navy at the age of twelve and is made post captain at the age of twenty--his reputation as a daring yet benevolent officer secured in the American War of Independence. Emma, luscious but penniless, cannily confronts her limited prospects to rise through the social ranks from teenaged bawd to nobleman's courtesan to celebrated artist's model. On a Making Tide is rich in historical detail, full of authentic sea action and offers a rare peek into London's demi-monde, where the lives of a beautiful courtesan and Britain's greatest naval hero collide
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An awkward commission
The admirals' gameAn ill windThe dying tradeA hanging matterA game of bonesA shot rolling shipAn element of chanceThe scent of betrayal
Alternative Names

controlled identityConnery, Tom, 1944-

controlled identityLudlow, Jack, 1944-

David Donachie British writer

David Donachie Brits schrijver

David Donachie escriptor britànic

David Donachie escritor británico

David Donachie escritor británicu

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