The return journey aboard La Fleche proves delightful for both Aubrey and his particular friend. Stephen Maturin, with high winds and beautiful skies. It is when La Fleche nears the coast of Brazil that tragedy strikes. Accidental fire ravages the ship, forcing the crew into lifeboats. Rescued eventually by the Java, Aubrey and Maturin meet with yet another deterrent to their journey home when the Java engages the U.S.S. Constitution in battle, and loses. Aubrey, now a POW in Boston, waits for word of a prisoner exchange, while Maturin renews his friendship with the raven-haired expatriate, Diana Villiers.
Don't miss the rest of the Aubrey/Maturin series.
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"The Fortune of War is a marvelously full-flavored, engrossing book, which towers over its current rivals in the genre like a three-decker over a ship's longboat." (Times Literary Supplement)
Fortune of War, seventh in the O'Brian series is great - best of the best. This one deals with the British-American relations during the War of 1812. Poor Jack had more misadventures than "Perils of Pauline" with a finale that was a historical nail biter.
One of the Best so far. As an American, I liked this one a lot. A different view on history. Diana is back, Jack is Jack on land and Stephen is James Bond
But if you are a student of history, particularly the War of 1812, you'll know how the battles are going to turn out. And that was a bit of a spoiler, at least for me.
I enjoyed the character studies of some of the people of Boston during the period. Very entertaining.
The only dark spot of the whole read was the detestable DV. I find I have to restrain myself from hitting the fast forward whenever she's there.
Having read or listened to all of the previous installments of this venerable series, I was particularly disappointed with this one. Without giving away too much, two quick and decisive naval battles book-end what I felt to be Dr. Maturin's interminable hand-wringing over Diana Villers. I found myself fast-forwarding through large portions.
I took the advice of reviewer's of book 5 and skipped it. They were right, I didn't miss a thing by going right into book 6 The Fortune fo War. It is an excellent listen, well written and read. Now, on to book 7. If you're doing the series, I also recommend that you skip book 5.
After the DISASTER THAT WAS DESOLATION ISLAND, I nearly gave up on the series. If you haven't read Desolation, skip it. The only thing you will miss out on is 12 hours of pedantic boredom.
In this tome, the plot moves along nicely. We are once again interested in the characters. O?Brian really puts you there: the political situation, the treatment of captured sailors, the feel of old Boston, it is all there. Desolation Island ended with the reader asking, "Where?s the rest of the book?" This volume leaves us wanting more.
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