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The Wine-Dark Sea (Vol. Book 16) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels) Paperback – October 17, 1994
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Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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As this book starts, Dutourd's ship, the "Franklin," is being pursued by Aubrey in the "Surprise," on a strange, wine-colored sea in unusual weather. Soon the reason for the strange sea and weather becomes evident as an erupting volcano causes damage to both ships. The story revolves around British intelligence agent Dr. Maturin's attempt to influence political events in Peru, several battles at sea with the concomitant taking of prizes, battle with a pirate, deaths and injuries in battle, and the nearly deadly struggle of Dr. Maturin's medical assistant, the Rev. Martin, with his conscience.
No one knew nautical lore and the square-rigged vessels of the Napoleonic era (ca. 1800) as well as Patrick O'Brian. Many of his sea battles are taken directly from the annals of the British Admiralty, and his dialogue is replete with period expressions that lend even greater authenticity to his tales.
I recommend that a newcomer to this series start with "Master and Commander," the first book of the series. Untold hours of pleasure await you. ...
There are few prose stylists writing today who can compare with Patrick O'Brian for the smooth, evocative and fluid stories which come from his pen. This book, a particularly fine example of O'Brian's craft, is part of his Aubrey/Maturin series of sea-faring novels. Sailor Jack Aubrey, while a typically crusty man of the blue briny, is also a well-read and witty contrast and companion to Doctor Stephen Maturin, an erudite physician with a huge love of the sea. Together, the two have had many adventures, but in The Wine-Dark Sea, they face some of their greatest challenges ever with remarkable spirit and aplomb. The story here is great entertainment with lots of page-turning action, but the lush writing is simply seductive and so easy to become lost and quite "at sea" within. While these are often consider "men's books," I strongly suspect that many women would be attracted to the strong plots, grand characterization, and fine writing; there is never the least hint of the crude or the coarse in these highly literate, but so readable novels. I have often suggested the works of Patrick O'Brian to writing students as a model for crisp, fresh, lively prose and most highly recommend this series to anyone who loves a great read.
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O'Brian is one of the greatest novelists in the English languagePublished 1 month ago by Kathy Keller
For those who love earlier volumes of this series, volumes 14 through 16 taken together are a complex and multi- skein series of threads that contribute vey well to the whole... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Russ
O"Brian has separately developed the 2 primary characters, each a partially brilliant and exciting, and also partially flawed. Together they become one awesome person,Published 5 months ago by Jerry Schindlinger
This series is a great collection of books of the Napoleonic Wars related to the English Royal Navy. Read morePublished 5 months ago by gmk
I am on vol 19 of 20. I've enjoyed them all. Sorry Mr O'Brien ran out of time for more episodes.Published 6 months ago by Francis