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Jack Aubrey, Post Captain in the British Royal Navy, is suffused with happiness. The Shannon's engagement with the U.S. Chesapeake off the New England coast has resulted in victory, just another in a long string of them for Aubrey, nicknamed Lucky Jack for his tendency to win big. But Jack is less sure-footed by land than by sea. Trying desperately to conceal from his wife Sophie the details of an untoward liaison with a lady claiming a baby, and wrestling with speculators who are trying to rob him of every farthing he ever pirated, Jack is making a poor show at civilized life.

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.

Don't miss the rest of the Aubrey/Maturin series.
©1980 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Seven Down and Still Gripping

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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  • Paul
  • Tyler, TX, USA
  • 02-28-05

surgeon

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.

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  • Joseph
  • Kailua, HI, USA
  • 07-06-04

tale by a 19th century seaman

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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I apologize

I cannot recommend this book to anyone. The author made disparaging remarks Te Jews and Muslims. Shame in him i am appalled!!

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