The delay for repairs reaps a harvest of strange consequences, and then the South American expedition is a desperate affair, starting with near disaster in the ice-choked seas far south of the Horn. In the end, Jack, again the daring frigate commander of old, stakes all on a desperate solo night raid against the might of the Spanish viceroy in Peru.
Raise anchor! Don't miss the rest of the Aubrey/Maturin series.
©1999 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"[O'Brian is] better than anybody at historical fiction...as able and graceful with the English language as a writer can be." (Denver Post) "O'Brian is not that hard a taste to acquire, but he is very tough to shake....[The Aubrey-Maturin series] is a great work." (Boston Globe)
"The book contains the usual splendid blend of nautical detail and political intrigue, savage battles and naturalists' musing, all ratified by O'Brian's seemingly effortless ability to deploy the vocabulary and idioms of the time." (New Yorker)
I would recommend the entire series, read by Simon Vance, to anyone who desires:
1. A good series of stories - not one less than the other
2. Characters you'd know if you met on the street
3. Characters you learn to love, and the others you learn to understand
4. Stories that educate re: history, natural philosophy, and human nature, painlessly
5. Characters you want to emulate - no more
Two, no, three - wait a minute, there were four. Uh oh - I loved them all
The series is rife with humorous exchanges between Jack Aubrey and his best friend Stephen Maturine - all will leave you grinning and make you want to be a better friend yourself.
Yes - I laughed and cried. Only extreme reaction is sorrow when the series ended.
Patrick O'Brian was a genius
Simon Vance is the best narrator on the planet
I've read and listened to a lot of historical fiction. Patrick O'Brian is the best. Nigel Tranter is also in my top 5 historical fiction authors. Simon Vance is a good narrator, the one I prefer, but he should have used a more Irish accent for Stephen M, and Simon Vance's portrayal of Stephen is a bit effeminate.
Cutting out the Peruvian frigate Esmeralda.
The loyal to Captain Aubrey during the cutting out the Peruvian frigate Esmeralda.
Outstanding, far and away the best historical fiction author of our time. Rich in detail as it is in the tale. Simon Vance is wonderful in his full and rich narrative.
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