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Good story. Not O'Brian's best, although that may be because it doesn't involve Aubrey and Maturin. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Basso Bill
I wish that I had read this before the start of the Aubry/Maturin series.Published 2 months ago by Robin Ward
This book is comparable to the Aubrey/Maturin series in interest & quality of writing; I recommend it! Read morePublished 3 months ago by BillF
A perfect book, perfectly self-contained.
When I reread it, I will probably change my ranking to five, if my second impression is the same as my first.
good, but the story wanders. A first effort from Patrick and lacks the descriptions of the later commander series. A good prequel.Published 9 months ago by Richard Fant
the only drawback on this paper back was the relatively small print. The story line was great fiction
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I've read the Aubrey/Maturin novels numerous times -- probably gone through the entire series at least a dozen times, to the point where I can quote whole sections. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Virginia Appleman
What else can you say of great story-telling? O'Brian is (to me) one of the two premier story-tellers of this period of naval warfare. Forester is, of course, the other. Read morePublished 10 months ago by S. Bacon
This book started me on my quest to read ALL of Patrick O'Brian's novels. This goal is most assuredly high on my "bucket list"Published 11 months ago by Dr. Frances G. Rhodes