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Ashore between cruises, Captain Jack Aubrey is persuaded to sink some money into an investment scheme. Soon this innocent decision enmeshes him in various criminal and even treasonous enterprises, which threaten to destroy his entire career. Bad luck? A deliberate plot? Read this latest installment of the Aubrey-Maturin saga to find out.
“I devoured Patrick O’Brian’s 20-volume masterpiece as if it had been so many tots of Jamaica grog.” (Christopher Hitchens - Slate)
“Gripping and vivid… a whole, solidly living world for the imagination to inhabit.” (A. S. Byatt)
“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.” (George Will)
“I haven’t read novels [in the past ten years] except for all of the Patrick O’Brian series. It was, unfortunately, like tripping on heroin. I started on those books and couldn’t stop.” (E. O. Wilson - Boston Globe)
“Patrick O’Brian is unquestionably the Homer of the Napoleonic wars.” (James Hamilton-Paterson - New Republic)
“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.” (Keith Richards)
“It has been something of a shock to find myself―an inveterate reader of girl books―obsessed with Patrick O’Brian’s Napoleonic-era historical novels… What keeps me hooked are the evolving relationships between Jack and Stephen and the women they love.” (Tamar Lewin - New York Times)
“[O’Brian’s] Aubrey-Maturin series, 20 novels of the Royal Navy in the Napoleonic Wars, is a masterpiece. It will outlive most of today’s putative literary gems as Sherlock Holmes has outlived Bulwer-Lytton, as Mark Twain has outlived Charles Reade.” (David Mamet - New York Times)
“The Aubrey-Maturin series… far beyond any episodic chronicle, ebbs and flows with the timeless tide of character and the human heart.” (Ken Ringle - Washington Post)
“There is not a writer alive whose work I value over his.” (Stephen Becker - Chicago Sun-Times)
“[O'Brian's] attention to period speech and detail is uncompromising, and while the cascades of nautical lore can be dizzying, both aficionados and newcomers will be swept up by the richness of Mr. O'Brian's prodigious imagination.” (Scott Veale - New York Times Book Review)
“The best historical novels ever written… On every page Mr. O’Brian reminds us with subtle artistry of the most important of all historical lessons: that times change but people don’t, that the griefs and follies and victories of the men and women who were here before us are in fact the maps of our own lives.” (Richard Snow - New York Times Book Review)
Very good as always, these novels are always a pleasurePublished 1 month ago by Blaise G. Dusenberry
I was most moved by the placing of Aubrey in the pillory and the surprising cheers of his true friends.Published 2 months ago by Bereniece
This series of novels is about Britain's Royal Navy of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, but it's more about a small group of main characters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jack R
I always judge a book by how immersed I become in it. When I read these O'Brien novels, I find myself living the story.Published 3 months ago by Matthew Bridges
Not as much action as the others in the aerie but adds a new dimension to Aubrey's life. I would still like a few more pages at the end tying up what happens to the conspirators.Published 3 months ago by Colin
I have read the entire series, and they are essentially all the same. Read my review of the "Truelove" book 15.Published 5 months ago by BB & DB