The Mauritius Command (Aubrey-Maturin Series #4)

The Mauritius Command (Aubrey-Maturin Series #4)

by Patrick O'Brian
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The Mauritius Command (Aubrey-Maturin Series #4) by Patrick O'Brian

"Jack's assignment: to capture the Indian Ocean islands of Réunion and Mauritius from the French. That campaign forms the narrative thread of this rollicking sea saga. But its substance is more beguiling still..."—Elizabeth Peer, Newsweek

Captain Jack Aubrey is ashore on half pay without a command—until Stephen Maturin arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a commodore's pennant, there to mount an expedition against the French-held islands of Mauritius and La Réunion. But the difficulties of carrying out his orders are compounded by two of his own captains—Lord Clonfert, a pleasure-seeking dilettante, and Captain Corbett, whose severity pushes his crew to the verge of mutiny.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393060492
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 12/05/2011
Series: Aubrey-Maturin Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 60,881
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

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The Mauritius Command 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I own and have read all 20 Aubrey-Maturin books, and rate this the best of them all. It is uncanny that a man hailing from our modern times can so effectively and captivatingly recreate an era passed. Such a fine, intelligent writer to be found in O'Brian. It is quite refreshing to read books that are written with language and eloquence that rivals the classics; a truly rare find since the turn of the 19th certury. As with all great works, it truly embarrasses the motion picture.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, this is the best volume of O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series. Be sure to read volumes 1-3 first, though. This series gets better as you get to know the characters and settings.
Big_Mick More than 1 year ago
Fourth in the Patrick O'Brian series of "Lucky" Jack Aubrey sea going adventures is pure addiction. As I boy I read C.S. Foresters "Hornblower" series. Never thought anyone could do a better job. I am happy to say I was wrong. O'Brian lets the reader feel salt spray in the face, the reader hears the wind in the rigging. I am now on eleventh of the series and looking forward to the next one. Any onewho loves the sea, love a good adventure, who loves the days of "Iron men and wooden ships" This is a must read.
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