The Letter of Marque (Aubrey-Maturin Series #12)

The Letter of Marque (Aubrey-Maturin Series #12)

by Patrick O'Brian

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Overview

"Fine stuff...[The Letter of Marque] leaves the devotee of naval fiction eager for sequels."—Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World

Captain Jack Aubrey, a brilliant and experienced officer, has been struck off the list of post-captains for a crime he did not commit. His old friend Stephen Maturin, usually cast as a ship's surgeon to mask his discreet activities on behalf of British Intelligence, has bought for Aubrey his former ship the Surprise to command as a privateer, more politely termed a letter of marque. Together they sail on a desperate mission against the French, which, if successful, may redeem Aubrey from the private hell of his disgrace.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393063653
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 12/05/2011
Series: Aubrey-Maturin Series , #12
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 69,242
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Patrick O'Brian's acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin series of historical novels has been described as "a masterpiece" (David Mamet, New York Times), "addictively readable" (Patrick T. Reardon, Chicago Tribune), and "the best historical novels ever written" (Richard Snow, New York Times Book Review), which "should have been on those lists of the greatest novels of the 20th century" (George Will).Set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, O'Brian's twenty-volume series centers on the enduring friendship between naval officer Jack Aubrey and physician (and spy) Stephen Maturin. The Far Side of the World, the tenth book in the series, was adapted into a 2003 film directed by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany. The film was nominated for ten Oscars, including Best Picture. The books are now available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book format.In addition to the Aubrey/Maturin novels, Patrick O'Brian wrote several books including the novels Testimonies, The Golden Ocean, and The Unknown Shore, as well as biographies of Joseph Banks and Picasso. He translated many works from French into English, among them the novels and memoirs of Simone de Beauvoir, the first volume of Jean Lacouture's biography of Charles de Gaulle, and famed fugitive Henri Cherrière's memoir Papillon. O'Brian died in January 2000.

Date of Birth:

December 12, 1914

Date of Death:

January 2, 2000

Place of Birth:

Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire

Place of Death:

Dublin, Ireland

Education:

Shebbear College, Devon

What People are Saying About This

Robert Massie

I have been enthralled since reading Master and Commander. Now, having just finished Desolation Island, I find myself curiously anxious to slow down. True, nine volumes await me, but what I have read is so rich and splendid that I need to ponder and digest.

Eudora Welty

[Patrick O'Brian has] the power of bringing near to the reader...savagery and tenderness, beauty and mystery and boldness and dignity.

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The Letter of Marque 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a satisfying book to read - after so many reverses, Jack and Stephen "come home". Jack, back to his naval list and finally to financial security - Stephen back to his beloved Diana. I especially enjoyed Stephen - learning to cope with newly found riches and obsessing over Diana.
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drcmaint More than 1 year ago
This is the next book in the series that I needed to keep going. Well done. Not to mention, that it's hard to find good novels on the age of sail period. This helps with the mind's eye when building the wooden ship models. You feel that you are part of the crew in the novel, as well as, knowing the ship that you are building. Seems that the two go together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great continuation of the Aubrey Maturin series. Lucky Jack is back to redeem himself after being wrongfully accused of rigging the stock market.