Meanwhile, his best friend, surgeon and scientist Stephen Maturin, is enjoying unprecedented success. In possession of papers that would make Napoleon blanch, Stephen supplements his espionage activities by delivering lectures at the French Institute on such rarities as the extinct avifauna of Rodriguez, and by spending time in the company of the fiery Diana Villiers.
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"Splendid escape. Literate and amusing." (Kirkus)
"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)
This story is not filled with as much sea adventure as the others but it does have a very exciting encounter with a reef. What I most enjoyed about this book was Dr Matchurin's adventures in Paris's science circles and his undercover spy work. In the end, it is his important connections that saves Jack Aubrey from their imprisonment in Paris.
Adventure, romance, prison, plenty of exciting sailing, and love requited: it doesn't get any better than this. Intelligent and witty, and as the bard said, All's well that ends well...
This is a good one. They haven't been home in, what seems like forever. Coming home on a high note and it all goes to wrong. Then right, then wrong... New waters to explore and a great new character. I hope to see more of him in the future. Lots of all the things you're looking for here.
I have just finished this, the seventh in the Aubrey/Maturin series, and am looking forward to starting the eigth with equal anticipation. A very engaging story and setting, and never a sense of loss of creative momentum.
And Patrick Tull! I would listen to him reading the phone book!! I hope he is still reading professionally.
another fine book in the series. just love 'em, but for the life of me, and maybe i missed this, i don't recall a surgeon's mate ever making an appearance in the entire book. maybe it was the young lithuanian officer. anyhow, if you liked the ones the preceded this book, you'll like surgeon's mate, too.
You are immersed in a very convincing English nautical tale with delightful characters. Sometimes the thick seaman's language leaves you guessing on what is gong on - but the smoke quickly clears and you know you have really been at battle with a ship of the line. This is my first read of the series (picked for the high ratings) and I probably should have started earlier - for the author assumes you have been aboard for awhile.
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