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.
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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)
M A Stoever
This is the most interesting of the first six books in the series for American readers, and as such provides an alternative to starting the series at the beginning (with "Master and Commander"). The author alludes to many of the significant events in the preceding novels and also presents the most important characters, allowing the reader approaching this excellent series for the first time to slip in effortlessly. The principal theme of these books, the friendship between the extrovert Aubrey and the introvert Maturin, is primarily responsible for the poignancy of the tales and is evident throughout "The Fortune of War".
I was pleased how he was able to work in a significant amount of naval warfare and strategy into what ultimately is a spy/escape story. There are some wonderful moments: one with Jack mistaking another character's identity because of a common name, considerable development of Steven as a spy including a tremendous chase sequence that remains clearly in my mind to this day, and a satsifying and thunderous ending. Knowing that if you enjoyed this you can follow the characters on further (and previous) adventures is really a plus.
This is a great read. It was a lot of fun. The real "plus" on top of the excitement goes to those who are interested in the history of naval warfare and also of early British/American relations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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