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)
This entire series is Top Drawer.
French intrigue, American dastardly intended.....Mautrin is at his finest, and Jack plays the part of an injured hero well.
Laughed often at the internal conversation Jack and Mautrine have with themselves.
The fact that both American and British characters were treated fairly and with great concern for historical accuracy.
He makes the characters come alive. Makes them believable. i once listened to an O'Brian book with a different narrator and stopped after 1 chapter. NO way
of course when the Chesapeake was captured and so many of our country's sailors died.
It's right up there in the Aubrey-Mathurin series.
Definitely. Those long draughts of breath are reminiscent of the sounds of a good Winston Churchill Cohiba.
Easy. Madame DeVilliers.
Enjoyable historical fiction.
Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also
How each part seemed to lead to another adventure with more serious problems than before
The battle of the American and Royal navy one on one was most memorable
Yes, he isn't the easiest to understand as an I am American but he did a good job on this one
Dr. Steve of course he would be able to discuss any topic
Can't wait to see where the next story starts after the end of this fine story
And of course, don't even consider another narrator - Patrick Tull is the only one worth considering. This is one of my favs - Stephen as an action hero, illegitimate children, madmen, Diana dashing about, jewelry, and a fascinating peek into English ex-pats in a new country. Audubon's work also makes an appearance.
Well written and very excellent job immitating a variety of voices. I very much enjoyed - as an American - to see this war from the other side and see British opinions of a young America. Exciting to see Jack come up against the USS Constitution and end up a prison of war. He is not used to losing. Fascinating adventures in the Boston area and very exciting chase scenes. I highly recommend this book.
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.
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