The Wine-Dark Sea (Aubrey-Maturin Series #16)

The Wine-Dark Sea (Aubrey-Maturin Series #16)

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The Wine-Dark Sea (Aubrey-Maturin Series #16) by Patrick O'Brian, Simon Vance

Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are back in the 16th installment in Patrick O'Brian's bestselling series.

At the outset of this adventure, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin pursue a heavy American privateer through the Great South Sea. Their ship, the Surprise, is now also a privateer, the better to escape diplomatic complications from Stephen's mission, which is to ignite the revolutionary tinder of South America. Jack will survive a desperate open-boat journey and come face to face with his illegitimate black son: Stephen, caught up in the aftermath of his failed coup, will flee for his life into the high, frozen wastes of the Andes: and Patrick O'Brian's brilliantly detailed narrative will reuinte them at last in a breathtaking chase through storm seas and icebergs south of Cape Horn.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786159789
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 11/28/2006
Series: Aubrey-Maturin Series , #16
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.58(w) x 6.38(h) x 1.18(d)

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


Shebbear College, Devon

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Patrick O'Brian's 16th book continues his tales of napoleonic society and naval engagements following Aubrey and Maturin, one of the greatest duos of British literature. He is one of the few authors that can weave fiction, historical accuracy and adventure together and create literary masterpieces. This book follows Aubrey 'now a distinguished British naval captain' sailing the Pacific Ocean praying on American whalers and merchant vessels. Add a story of espionage and an explosive revolution and the result is a riveting tale that captures the readers imagination while giving them an accurate account of actual naval life. My one criticism is that O'Brian tends to burden the reader with many over- analyzed characters. Other than this I think most readers will enjoy this napoleonic adventure.
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Did u know that 7th day adventists believe that wine in the bible accually means grape juice?