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)
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.
Listening to Patrick Tull read is such a pleasure. This series is one of the best reasons for audio books.
Yes. Great stories.
He gets into it.
If you like to consider what it was like then vs what it is like now, listen to the book.
What can I say all have been most enjoyable so far, I do plan on reading more of them This one was an interesting story
I like the end when things finially come together,
Wished I could but time doesn't permit,
Look forward to reading more, love them so far
If you have njoyed other books in the series, this one will not disappoint. Good twists, turns and adventure. Patrick Tull deserves credit for giving incredible life to these books. He is one of the best readers I have encountered.
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.
This book for me comprises the finest qualities of the Aubrey-Maturin series, and manages to convey so much adventure in a relatively short space, it boggles the imagination: (SPOILER ALERT) fine sailing detail, chases, maneuvers by the crew, carefully-drawn and humorous character studies of various crew members, a capture, love for both men, but Stephen especially, a picture of home life for Jack, imprisonment, and above all a level of exciting adventure, tinged with humorous detail - laughing in the teeth of danger as it were - that this seems to me the completest thing, as Jack would say. At the risk of seeming a total geek, this is the one of the series that I go to again and again for the thrill of O'Brien - this and Far Side of the World, but mostly this. Enjoy!!
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.
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