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For over 16 novels, Patrick O'Brian has been carrying readers away to the wave-tossed-seas with Nelson's navy. Steeped in exquisite period detail, breathtaking prose, and bold adventure, The Letter of Marque continues the saga of Jack Aubrey, brilliant yet disgraced officer, and Stephan Maturin, ship's surgeon and British intelligence operator. Together they sail on a desperate mission against the French, which, if successful, may redeem Aubrey from the private hell of his disgrace.
If Jane Austen wrote Royal Navy yarns, they might read like this sequel to Master and Commander and Post Captain (which Norton issues in paperback in August). In the early 1800s, Captain Jack Aubrey, unjustly drummed out of service, is now master of the "letter of marque" (privateer) frigate Surprise , secretly owned by Stephen Maturin, ship's doctor/naturalist/abandoned husband/opium-eater and intelligence agent. The major events here are two great sea victories that make Jack a rich folk-hero, and Stephen's winning back of his wife and breaking his laudanum habit. Jack's seamanship and heroism are complemented by Stephen's absent-minded brilliance, their friendship cemented by their shared music-making (violin and cello, respectively). The early-19th-century locutions are fascinating, as are the evocation of period shipboard life (including ship-provisioning and naval lingo), Whitehall politics (rotten boroughs, etc.) and drug addiction (coca leaf-chewing as well as opium-eating). Seafarers and landlubbers alike will enjoy this swift, witty tale of money and love.
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I have read the first eleven novels of this series and have found them both enjoyable and addictive. Can't not wait to start the next one in the seriesPublished 15 days ago by Marc Blaauw
I have read the first ten novels in Dutch translation and so I got addicted to Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. Read morePublished 15 days ago by J.K.M. VAN GORKOM
12th installment of O'Brian's brilliant Aubrey-Maturin series. Best read in order (they form a continuous narrative... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
Amazingly well written. O'Brian's description of early 1800's Royal Navy life shows great research and ability to write an exciting story. Probabaly best one of the series.Published 2 months ago by Paul Teas
As I have written before, I am on my sixth reading of all the books in Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series, so it is difficult for me to individually assess one book of the 21,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michaele L. Benedict
Great reading and recommended to any lover of war books. The author moves the story at a fast pace and retains the interest of the reader at all times.Published 3 months ago by Michael J. Merry
Great series. O'Brians battle descriptions are just like being there. Really enjoy how Aubrey and Mautrin characters have developedPublished 3 months ago by Ken G Marlin