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Publisher's Summary

Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, veterans of many battles, return in this novel to the seas where they first sailed as shipmates. But Jack is now a senior captain, commanding a line-of-battle ship sent out to reinforce the squadron blockading Toulon, and this is a longer, harder, colder war than the dashing frigate action of his early days.... A sudden turn of events takes him and Stephen off on a hazardous mission to the Greek islands. All his old skills of seamanship - and luck when fighting against odds - come triumphantly into their own as the story concludes with some fierce and thrilling action.

©1981 Patrick O'Brian (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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compelling

Narrator was excellent, love the tone on the different characters.
Story has accurate historical points of interest.

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  • charles
  • 11-29-17

a tot of fine naval gazing ,

a broadside of high jinks rounded off with a dousing of grapeshot from Catain Aubrey et al.

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  • Jack
  • 11-28-17

Great

This might have been my favourite in the series so far. It shows great skill that with so many volumes already completed O'Brien can still come out with something new.

Great narration as always

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  • P. O' Brien
  • 01-08-17

the whole series i excellent

the original books are amazing but the narration really brings it to life with excellent performances for every one of the books

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  • pjdade
  • 03-21-16

As expected, brilliant,

Ric Jerome takes you there. Brilliant reading of a great story, can't wait for next

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  • Martin
  • 05-30-15

Capt Jack Does It Again

Another good story with plenty of skullduggery from Stephen and an excellent battle scene at the end.

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  • 11-13-13

Too much detail too little avtion

If you want to know in some detail what life was like on a ship of this period this is the book for you but not a lot happens to keep most readers interested.