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Desolation Island - Patrick O'Brian
Desolation Island
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"The relationship [between Aubrey and Maturin]...is about the best thing afloat....For Conradian power of description and sheer excitement there is nothing in naval fiction to beat the stern chase as the outgunned Leopard staggers through mountain waves in icy latitudes to escape the Dutch... show more
"The relationship [between Aubrey and Maturin]...is about the best thing afloat....For Conradian power of description and sheer excitement there is nothing in naval fiction to beat the stern chase as the outgunned Leopard staggers through mountain waves in icy latitudes to escape the Dutch seventy-four."—Stephen Vaughan, ObserverCommissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty fame, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend and surgeon Stephen Maturin sail the Leopard to Australia with a hold full of convicts. Among them is a beautiful and dangerous spy—and a treacherous disease that decimates the crew. With a Dutch man-of-war to windward, the undermanned, outgunned Leopard sails for her life into the freezing waters of the Antarctic, where, in mountain seas, the Dutchman closes...
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780393308129 (039330812X)
ASIN: 039330812X
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
Series: Aubrey & Maturin (#5)
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Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.0 Desolation Island
I've had this on Mt. TBR for years and now it is the Classic Serial starting Sunday. Bargain!BBC BLURB: August, 1811. Jack Aubrey sets sail for Australia in his new command, HMS Leopard. His mission - to transport a group of convicts to Botany Bay, including a woman, Louisa Wogan, who has been spyi...
wealhtheow
wealhtheow rated it
After some time on land, Captain Aubrey finally gets a ship again--an old ship with a terrible reputation, it's true, but at least it's a ship. With him sail his old friend, Dr. Maturin, and a berth full of convicts. But they rapidly run into problems--gaol fever, then a storm that nearly destroys...
JasonKoivu
JasonKoivu rated it
4.0 Desolation Island
Read the Goodreads summary for this book. Go on, I can wait...... Sounds pretty salacious, doesn't it? There's a"rescue" of a prominent historical figure, the threat of a "treacherous disease," and a James Bond-esque "beautiful and dangerous spy." Wow, talk about Hollywooding it up to titillate and ...
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