The Fortune of War
"A marvellously full-flavoured, engrossing book, which towers over its current rivals in the genre like a three-decker over a ship's longboat."—Times Literary SupplementCaptain Jack Aubrey, R. N., arrives in the Dutch East Indies to find himself appointed to the command of the fastest and... show more
"A marvellously full-flavoured, engrossing book, which towers over its current rivals in the genre like a three-decker over a ship's longboat."—Times Literary SupplementCaptain Jack Aubrey, R. N., arrives in the Dutch East Indies to find himself appointed to the command of the fastest and best-armed frigate in the Navy. He and his friend Stephen Maturin take passage for England in a dispatch vessel. But the War of 1812 breaks out while they are en route. Bloody actions precipitate them both into new and unexpected scenes where Stephen's past activities as a secret agent return on him with a vengeance.
Publish date: August 17th 1991
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 355
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
Series: Aubrey & Maturin (#6)
As always, a great sea-tale from O'Brien. This time, off to America. Funnier than most all the other books in the series. Intrigues with the French, the Americans, and some time spent in Boston.
In which Maturin and Aubrey become prisoners of war of the newly formed United States, both are suspected of being spies, and Diana Villers is back. Daring escapes! Love affairs! Cold blooded murders! And of course, exciting ship battles!It's a bit odd to see the early US from a British POV, esp...
I sang praises to those series already and more than once, but each book continues to astonish me more and more. O'Brian mostly talks about real naval battles, while managing to weave in the adventures of Jack Aubrey and Steven Maturin. I was sort of amused while reading this book, because here we s...
How much do I love these books? Let me count the ways...so far, we're up to six. Six splendiferous volumes of early 19th century seafaring goodness! By the sixth of this series of twenty, I was fully enamored of the characters, the story, the writing - the whole kit and kaboodle! This is my third or...
The sixth Aubry/Maturin — and they keep getting better and better, Brian finds the two friends prisoners of the Americans, the War of 1812 having begun. And not auspiciously for the British. The Americans with a completely volunteer navy (no press gangs for them) have been more than competently tr...