John Pearce is the central character in a series of historical naval fiction by Scottish author David Donachie. Set in the late 18th century, Pearce is a young firebrand who has been taken from Pelican tavern to aboard the deck of the war-bound HMS Brilliant.

The John Pearce series began in 2004 with the novel By the Mast Divided. The series is currently ongoing. Below is a list of David Donachie’s John Pearce books in order of when they were originally published (which is also their chronological order):

Publication Order of John Pearce Books


By the Mast Divided(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Shot Rolling Ship(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
An Awkward Commission(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Flag of Truce(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Admirals' Game(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
An Ill Wind(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blown Off Course(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Enemies at Every Turn(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Sea of Troubles(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Divided Command(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Devil to Pay(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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