Don't miss the rest of the Aubrey/Maturin series.
©1980 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2000 Random House, Inc.; Cover Illustration by Geoff Hunt
"Vividly detailed 19th-century settings and dramatic tension punctuated with flashes of wry humor make O'Brian's nautical adventure a splendid treat." (Publishers Weekly)
I've been picking titles from the Aubrey/Machurin series more or less at random from what's available at my local public library and on Audible.com. (Beware --- many of the O'Brian titles on Audible are abridged! What butchery!). This is the best yet.
The story is varied, with much more charcter development that the previous books that I have read in this series, but no less a supply of nautical detail and seafaring suspense. And there are several suprising turns in the plot. I highly recommend this book, whether or not you have read others in the series.
Another superb book from Patrick O'Brian full of rich historical detail, well drawn characters and a strong storyline. The book is beautifully read by one of the top two readers on this site, Tim Pigott-Smith (the other is Frank Muller - see A Tale of Two Cities) who effortlessly manages to weave the varied characters and story into a compelling whole. Such a pity Piggot-Smith was not chosen for the unabridged Patrick O'Brian stories also on this site.
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