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Cochrane: The Life and Exploits of a Fighting Captain | [Robert Harvey]

Cochrane: The Life and Exploits of a Fighting Captain

The life and adventures of Thomas Cochrane, a young man who rose from midshipman to admiral, are so extraordinary that, to paraphrase Patrick O'Brian, one has to suspend disbelief. In fact, O'Brian admitted to using Cochrane as the model for his character Jack Aubrey. Second only to Nelson among the heroes of the Royal Navy, Cochrane became a household name in Britain during the 1800s as the Admiralty called upon his extraordinary skill as a sailor, his mastery of gunnery, and his daring use of ruses...
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The life and adventures of Thomas Cochrane, a young man who rose from midshipman to admiral, are so extraordinary that, to paraphrase Patrick O'Brian, one has to suspend disbelief. In fact, O'Brian admitted to using Cochrane as the model for his character Jack Aubrey. Second only to Nelson among the heroes of the Royal Navy, Cochrane became a household name in Britain during the 1800s as the Admiralty called upon his extraordinary skill as a sailor, his mastery of gunnery, and his daring use of ruses, including flying under false colors, to overcome ships many times his size. His fearlessness became a byword and his life on land became as colorful as at sea. Here truly is a legendary hero.

©2000 Robert Harvey; (P)2000 Books on Tape, Inc.

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    Casey Valencia, CA, United States 08-14-06
    Casey Valencia, CA, United States 08-14-06 Member Since 2003

    Hi! I'm Casey Keller, semi-retired TV writer, avid cyclist, husband and father. I'm also a guy who devours audio books.

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    "The Real Jack Aubrey"

    Cochrane: The Life and Exploits of a Fighting Captain

    If you're a fan of Patrick O'Brian's wonderful Master & Commander novels, here's your chance to meet the historical character upon whom Lucky Jack Aubrey was based.

    As Patrick O'Brian was the first to admit, Jack Aubrey's career during the Napoleonic Wars runs a close parallel to that of Lord Thomas Cochrane's. But the O'Brian novels are - ironically - more believable because you know they're fiction. The daring exploits of Cochrane are even more incredible because they are historic fact.

    Aside from their adventures at sea, Aubrey’s and Cochrane’s lives ran along similar paths. Both men were poor at handling their finances. Both loved their wives but were capable of the occasional indiscretion. Both men were members of Parliament who were far too outspoken and politically inept. Both were drummed out of the British Navy in disgrace. Both were redeemed in their lifetimes.

    Richard Mathews does an able job with the narration, giving Lord Cochrane a lilting Scottish brogue.

    Lovers of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin novels should hurry and download this history. There’s not a moment to lose.

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    Rodney James Stuart Portugal 05-26-07
    Rodney James Stuart Portugal 05-26-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Cocrane biography"

    This is the best account of Cocrane I have read. It is full and complete, but leaves out the boring bits that other biographies include.

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