All of Patrick O'Brian's strengths are on parade in this novel of action and intrigue, set partly in Malta, partly in the treacherous, pirate-infested waters of the Red Sea. While Captain Aubrey worries about repairs to his ship, Stephen Maturin assumes the center stage; for the dockyards and saloons of Malta are alive with Napoleon's agents, and the admiralty's intelligence network is compromised. Maturin's cunning is the sole bulwark against sabotage of Aubrey's daring mission.
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.
I fell in love with his writing straightaway, at first with Master and Commander. It wasn’t primarily the Nelson and Napoleonic period, more the human relationships. . . . And of course having characters isolated in the middle of the goddamn sea gives more scope. . . . It’s about friendship, camaraderie. Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin always remind me a bit of Mick and me.
A. S. Byatt
O'Brian's narrative...provides endlessly varying shocks and surprises—comic, grim, farcical and tragic. An essential of the truly gripping book for the narrative addict is the creation of a whole, solidly living world for the imagination to inhabit, and O'Brian does this with prodigal specificity and generosity.
O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin volumes actually constitute a single 6,443-page novel, one that should have been on those lists of the greatest novels of the 20th century.
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The ionian mission and treason's harbour make a great continuation of the aubrey-maturin series!
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This was one of the best books of the series so far. More humor than most and a fascinating plot that takes A&M to the exotic Suez. Also an interesting spy sub-plot. Worth re-reading once the series is complete.
A penetrating and powerful novel about the deep undercurrents of love and regret in one
Midwestern family.In 1939, Maggie Doud married Garfield Maguire. Now, fifty years on, she’s Margaret Maguire: a widow and a grandmother, unable to ignore the consequences ...
The inspiration for the major new motion picture starring Russell Crowe.The war of 1812 continues,
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A marvellously full-flavoured, engrossing book, which towers over its current rivals in the genre like
a three-decker over a ship's longboat.Times Literary SupplementCaptain Jack Aubrey, R. N., arrives in the Dutch East Indies to find himself appointed to the command ...
Fine stuff...[The Letter of Marque] leaves the devotee of naval fiction eager for sequels.Jonathan Yardley,
Washington Post Book WorldCaptain Jack Aubrey, a brilliant and experienced officer, has been struck off the list of post-captains for a crime he did not ...
“Relentlessly observant, miraculously expressive, these [stories] see through the mirrored surface into a hidden yet
strangely intimate world.” New York Times Book ReviewSet in a tiny Czech community on the shores of Lost Lake, these stories chronicle three generations of ...
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, NewsweekCaptain Jack Aubrey is ashore on ...
A tale of love and conquest, full of page-turning situations...worthy of a García Lorca drama
(San Francisco Chronicle).A historical novel about the conquistador Cortés and the Aztec princess Malintzín, by a stunning (New York Times Book Review) writer. Night of ...
An overwhelming, outstanding novel...!Irish TimesCaptain Jack Aubrey, R. N., ashore after a successful cruise, is
persuaded by a casual acquaintance to make certain investments in the City. This innocent decision ensnares him in the London criminal underground and in government ...