Captain Jack Aubrey sails away from the hated Australian prison colonies in his favourite vessel the Surprise, pondering on middle age and sexual frustration. He soon becomes aware that he is out of touch with the mood of his ship: to his astonishment he finds that in spite of a lifetime's experience he does not know what the foremost hands or even his own officers are thinking.
They know, as he does not, that the Surprise has a stranger aboard: and what they, for their part, do not know is that the stranger is potentially as dangerous as a light in the powder magazine itself.
©1992 Patrick O'Brian (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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As always the characterisations and story are captivating for those of us who follow Lucky Jack and Stephen Mturin through their voyages. For me again it is made all the more enjoyable by the fantastic narration of Ric Jerrom. I love my audio books replacing the little time I have for reading these days with the joys of listening to a master telling me the story as i travel to and from work. He seems to have the knack of making all the characterisations real and enjoyable and unlike many narrators it does not grate when a male narrator tries to dramatise a female character. Enjoyable stuff as always. On to the next one. As long as they keep churning out the books narrated by Mr Jerrom I will keep downloading them. Thanks Audible and thanks Ric
"More of the same"
Not sure why you need a review of this book. You're either well invested by now, and know what to expect or you should start at the beginning!
That aside, another naval romp in the same vein as previous entries in the series. Not the best of them but solid nonetheless
"O'Brian at his best"
I think "Clarissa Oakes" is my favourite in the series
Jack Aubrey, because his character has developed as he has grown older, whereas Steven Maturin is still as enigmatic as when we first met him.
Killick, surly, rather stupid, faithful, and devoted to Jack Aubrey
The unspoken understanding between Aubrey and his coxswain Bonden not to maroon Oakes and the stowaway Clarissa
I look forward to the rest of the series
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