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H.M.S. Surprise
  • Author : Patrick O'Brian
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Pages : 388
  • ISBN : 9780006499176
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  • Genre : Aubrey, Jack (Fictitious character)
  • Captain Jack Aubrey of Nelson's navy, is taking a British ambassador to the East Indies. Travelling through the Indian sub-continent, and archipelago of islands, they are where the French have an overwhelming superiority.

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    H.M.S. Surprise
  • Author : Patrick O'Brian
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 608
  • ISBN : 0786219343
  • Reader Reviews : 22
  • Genre : Fiction
  • "Few, very few books have made my heart thud with excitement. H.M.S. Surprise managed it."-Helen Lucy Burke, Irish Press

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    H. M. S. Surprise (Vol. Book 3) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)
  • Author : Patrick O'Brian
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN : 9780393088465
  • Reader Reviews : 24
  • Genre : Fiction
  • "Few, very few books have made my heart thud with excitement. H.M.S. Surprise managed it." —Helen Lucy Burke, Irish Press In H.M.S. Surprise, British naval officer Jack Aubrey and surgeon Stephen Maturin face near-death and tumultuous romance in the distant waters ploughed by the ships of the East India Company. Tasked with ferrying a British ambassador to the Sultan of Kampong, they find themselves on a prolonged voyage aboard a Royal Navy frigate en route to the Malay Peninsula. In this new sphere, Aubrey is on the defensive, pitting wits and seamanship against an enemy who enjoys overwhelming local superiority. But somewhere in the Indian Ocean lies the prize that could secure him a marriage to his beloved Sophie and make him rich beyond his wildest dreams: the ships sent by Napoleon to attack the China Fleet.

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    H. M. S. Surprise (Vol. Book 3) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)
  • Author : Patrick O'Brian
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Pages : 405
  • ISBN : 9780393037036
  • Reader Reviews : 22
  • Genre : Fiction
  • After rescuing a friend from French torture chambers, Captain Aubrey attempts to save the British merchant fleet in the Indian Ocean

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    The Frigate Surprise
  • Author : Brian Lavery,Geoff Hunt
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Pages : 152
  • ISBN : 0393070093
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : History
  • Draws on historical and fictional sources to document the story of the famous ship from Patrick O'Brian's novels, in a fan's visual chronicle that illustrates its design, incorporates specially commissioned images, and offers insight into the key events that shaped its crew's adventures.

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    The Mauritius Command
  • Author : Patrick O'Brian
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Pages : 356
  • ISBN : 0393037045
  • Reader Reviews : 18
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Stephen Maturin brings Captain Jack Aubrey secret orders to lead an expedition against the French islands of Mauritius and La Reunion, but the conduct of two of his own officers threatens the success of the mission

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    Post Captain (Vol. Book 2) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)
  • Author : Patrick O'Brian
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN : 9780393059939
  • Reader Reviews : 30
  • Genre : Fiction
  • “If Jane Austen had written rousing sea yarns, she would have produced something very close to the prose of Patrick O'Brian.” —Time It’s 1802. The Treaty of Amiens has brought an end to the hostilities between Great Britain and France. Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend, naval surgeon Stephen Maturin, are enjoying the respite in the English countryside, besotted with two beautiful cousins, Sophie Williams and Diana Villiers—until Aubrey loses his fortune and they flee to France to escape his creditors. While in France, Napoleon smashes the Peace of Amiens and war begins anew. Aubrey and Maturin, now finding themselves behind enemy lines, make their way back to England. Maturin is sent to Spain on an intelligence-gathering mission and the now-solvent Aubrey assumes command of a strange warship, pursuing his quarry straight into the mouth of a French-held harbor. Amidst the rollicking adventures at sea and mishaps on land, Aubrey and Maturin’s friendship is tested by their romantic entanglements with the cousins in this brilliant second installment of the epic series.

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    HMS Surprise (Aubrey-Maturin, Book 3)
  • Author : Patrick O’Brian
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN : 9780007429301
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • How far will a man go in the name of revenge, honour, love or simple survival?

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    The Far Side of the World (Vol. Book 10) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)
  • Author : Patrick O'Brian
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 9780393063820
  • Reader Reviews : 12
  • Genre : Fiction
  • The tenth installment in the beloved, epic Aubrey/Maturin series and inspiration for the major motion picture starring Russell Crowe. The War of 1812 continues, and Captain Jack Aubrey sets course for Cape Horn on a mission after his own heart: intercepting a powerful American frigate outward bound to wreak havoc with the British whaling trade. Meanwhile, Stephen Maturin has a mission of his own in the world of secret intelligence and comes face to face with the harsh realities for women of the age. Disaster in various guises awaits them in the Great South Sea and in the far reaches of the Pacific—typhoons, castaways, shipwrecks, an ill-fated affair, murder, and criminal insanity—as well as a bold rescue by a crew of seafaring female warriors.

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    Desolation Island
  • Author : Patrick O'Brian
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Pages : 344
  • ISBN : 0393037053
  • Reader Reviews : 19
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin sail to Australia with a hold full of convicts, including a dangerous spy, while the crew is decimated by disease and their ship, the "Leopard," is pursued by a Dutch man-of-war

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    The The Aftermath of Devastation
  • Author : Alan Lawrence
  • Publisher : continuing voyages of HMS SURPRISE
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 0957669860
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  • Genre : Books
  • Read and download full book The The Aftermath of Devastation

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    Master and Commander
  • Author : Patrick O'Brian
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Pages : 433
  • ISBN : 9780007255832
  • Reader Reviews : 116
  • Genre : Aubrey, Jack (Fictitious character)
  • Set sail for the read of your life! Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. Now these evocative stories are being re-issued in paperback by Harper Perennial with stunning new jackets.

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    The The Massacre of Innocents
  • Author : Alan Lawrence
  • Publisher : continuing voyages of HMS SURPRISE
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 0957669836
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  • Genre : Books
  • Read and download full book The The Massacre of Innocents

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    Freedom Or Death
  • Author : Alan Lawrence
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 301
  • ISBN : 0957669844
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  • Genre : Books
  • Read and download full book Freedom Or Death

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    The The Fireships of Gerontas
  • Author : Alan Lawrence
  • Publisher : continuing voyages of HMS SURPRISE
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 0957669852
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  • Genre : Books
  • Read and download full book The The Fireships of Gerontas

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    The Surgeon's Mate
  • Author : Patrick O'Brian
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Pages : 392
  • ISBN : 039303707X
  • Reader Reviews : 16
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Ordered home by dispatch vessel, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin find their ship pursued by two privateers through the fog of the Grand Banks

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    The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey
  • Author : Patrick O'Brian
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Pages : 168
  • ISBN : UOM:39015060386987
  • Reader Reviews : 7
  • Genre : Admirals
  • Includes facsimile of the manuscript.

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    Treason's Harbour
  • Author : Patrick O'Brian
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Pages : 344
  • ISBN : 0393037096
  • Reader Reviews : 17
  • Genre : Fiction
  • In Malta for much needed repairs on his ship, Captain Jack Aubrey must rely on his ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, Stephen Maturin, to outwit Napoleon's agents

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    The Wine-Dark Sea (Vol. Book 16) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)
  • Author : Patrick O'Brian
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Pages : 343
  • ISBN : 9780393063691
  • Reader Reviews : 11
  • Genre : Fiction
  • The sixteenth volume in the Aubrey/Maturin series, and Patrick O'Brian's first bestseller in the United States. At the outset of this adventure filled with disaster and delight, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin pursue an American privateer through the Great South Sea. The strange color of the ocean reminds Stephen of Homer's famous description, and portends an underwater volcanic eruption that will create a new island overnight and leave an indelible impression on the reader's imagination. Their ship, the Surprise, is now also a privateer, the better to escape diplomatic complications from Stephen's mission, which is to ignite the revolutionary tinder of South America. Jack will survive a desperate open boat journey and come face to face with his illegitimate black son; Stephen, caught up in the aftermath of his failed coup, will flee for his life into the high, frozen wastes of the Andes; and Patrick O'Brian's brilliantly detailed narrative will reunite them at last in a breathtaking chase through stormy seas and icebergs south of Cape Horn, where the hunters suddenly become the hunted.

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    The Letter of Marque (Vol. Book 12) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)
  • Author : Patrick O'Brian
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9780393063653
  • Reader Reviews : 11
  • Genre : Fiction
  • "Fine stuff...[The Letter of Marque] leaves the devotee of naval fiction eager for sequels." —Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World Captain Jack Aubrey, a brilliant and experienced officer, has been struck off the list of post-captains for a crime he did not commit. His old friend Stephen Maturin, usually cast as a ship’s surgeon to mask his discreet activities on behalf of British Intelligence, has bought for Aubrey his former ship the Surprise to command as a privateer, more politely termed a letter of marque. Together they sail on a desperate mission against the French, which, if successful, may redeem Aubrey from the private hell of his disgrace. A nighttime battle with an unusual climax, a jewel of great value, and Maturin’s fondness for opium make this segment of Patrick O’Brian’s masterful series both original and profoundly exciting.

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    Million Dollar Baby
  • Author : F. X. Toole
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Pages : 235
  • ISBN : 9781453253984
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • The boxing stories that inspired the Oscar-winning Clint Eastwood film: a New York Times Notable Book from “a heavyweight fiction contender” (Publishers Weekly). F. X. Toole knew boxing. Between bouts, he wrote, and two years before his death he published this collection of stories, giving readers an unprecedented look at the gritty life around the ring. He tells of a cutman with a sweet tooth, young fighters with dreams of celebrity, and a talented boxer who goes to Atlantic City for his biggest bout, only to be humiliated by the prejudices of a callous promoter. In “Million $$$ Baby,” the inspiration for the Oscar-winning Clint Eastwood film, an aged trainer takes on a female fighter, guiding her through disappointment, pain, and tragedy. And in “Rope Burns,” Toole realizes his epic vision, showing that even the purest fighter can succumb to the pressures of the world outside the sport. Throughout these stories, boxing’s violence is redeemed by the respect these men and women share, as they strap on gloves and prepare their bodies for the ultimate test. This ebook features an illustrated biography of F. X. Toole including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.

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    The Patrick Oäó»Brian Muster Book
  • Author : Anthony Gary Brown
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Pages : 407
  • ISBN : 0786455667
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Literary Criticism
  • Now in its second edition, this expanded work catalogs every person, animal, ship and cannon mentioned by name in the 21 books of Patrick O’Brian’s series on the maritime adventures of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. The novels, renowned for their “far-ranging web of wit and allusion,” teem with thousands of characters and ships, both imaginary and historical. From Master and Commander to 21: The Unfinished Voyage, this book distinguishes the fictional from the factual, making a useful series companion for the casual reader and the most ardent fans. Each of the more than 5,000 alphabetized entries provides a reference to the novels and chapters in which the topic appears. Additionally, biographical notes on the historical figures are included, with sources provided in an annotated bibliography.

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    Blue at the Mizzen (Vol. Book 20) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)
  • Author : Patrick O'Brian
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Pages : 262
  • ISBN : 9780393088502
  • Reader Reviews : 8
  • Genre : Fiction
  • "The old master has us again in the palm of his hand."—Los Angeles Times (a Best Book of 1999) Napoleon has been defeated at Waterloo, and the ensuing peace brings with it both the desertion of nearly half of Captain Aubrey's crew and the sudden dimming of Aubrey's career prospects in a peacetime navy. When the Surprise is nearly sunk on her way to South America—where Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are to help Chile assert her independence from Spain—the delay occasioned by repairs reaps a harvest of strange consequences. The South American expedition is a desperate affair; and in the end Jack's bold initiative to strike at the vastly superior Spanish fleet precipitates a spectacular naval action that will determine both Chile's fate and his own.

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    Men-of-war
  • Author : Patrick O'Brian
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 76
  • ISBN : IND:39000003892762
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Warships
  • Read and download full book Men-of-war

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    The Illustrated Companion to Nelson's Navy
  • Author : Nicholas Blake,Richard Lawrence
  • Publisher : Stackpole Books
  • Pages : 214
  • ISBN : 0811732754
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  • Genre : History
  • The fictional exploits of sailors in the Royal Navy have thrilled readers around the world. This title covers various aspects of the Royal Navy including the workings of the admiralty, the designs and building of ships, life on board, food and drink, discipline, seamanship, merchant fleets, and opposing navies.

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    Clarissa Oakes
  • Author : Patrick O'Brian
  • Publisher : HarperPerennial
  • Pages : 265
  • ISBN : 0007275587
  • Reader Reviews : 8
  • Genre : Aubrey, Jack (Fictitious character)
  • As Captain Jack Aubrey sails away from the hated Australian prison colonies he soon becomes aware that he is out of touch with the mood of the ship. What he doesn't know is that there is a potentially dangerous stranger aboard ship.

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    The War of the Worlds
  • Author : H. G. Wells
  • Publisher : First Avenue Editions ™
  • Pages : 206
  • ISBN : 9781467776219
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • When a meteorite lands in Surrey, the locals don't know what to make of it. But as Martians emerge and begin killing bystanders, it quickly becomes clear—England is under attack. Armed soldiers converge on the scene to ward off the invaders, but meanwhile, more Martian cylinders land on Earth, bringing reinforcements. As war breaks out across England, the locals must fight for their lives, but life on Earth will never be the same. This is an unabridged version of one of the first fictional accounts of extraterrestrial invasion. H. G. Wells's military science fiction novel was first published in book form in 1898, and is considered a classic of English literature.

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    The Commodore (Vol. Book 17) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)
  • Author : Patrick O'Brian
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9780393088489
  • Reader Reviews : 10
  • Genre : Fiction
  • The seventeenth novel in the best-selling Aubrey/Maturin series of naval tales, which the New York Times Book Review has described as "the best historical novels ever written." Having survived a long and desperate adventure in the Great South Sea, Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin return to England to very different circumstances. For Jack it is a happy homecoming, at least initially, but for Stephen it is disastrous: his little daughter appears to be autistic, incapable of speech or contact, while his wife, Diana, unable to bear this situation, has disappeared, her house being looked after by the widowed Clarissa Oakes. Much of The Commodore takes place on land, in sitting rooms and in drafty castles, but the roar of the great guns is never far from our hearing. Aubrey and Maturin are sent on a bizarre decoy mission to the fever-ridden lagoons of the Gulf of Guinea to suppress the slave trade. But their ultimate destination is Ireland, where the French are mounting an invasion that will test Aubrey's seamanship and Maturin's resourcefulness as a secret intelligence agent. The subtle interweaving of these disparate themes is an achievement of pure storytelling by one of our greatest living novelists.

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    The Fortune of War (Vol. Book 6) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)
  • Author : Patrick O'Brian
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 9780393088496
  • Reader Reviews : 13
  • Genre : Fiction
  • "A marvelously full-flavored, engrossing book, which towers over its current rivals in the genre like a three-decker over a ship's longboat." —Times Literary Supplement Captain 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.

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    The Nutmeg of Consolation (Vol. Book 14) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)
  • Author : Patrick O'Brian
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 9780393088472
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • "[The series shows] a joy in language that jumps from every page....You're in for a wonderful voyage."—Cutler Durkee, People Shipwrecked on a remote island in the Dutch East Indies, Captain Aubrey, surgeon and secret intelligence agent Stephen Maturin, and the crew of the Diane fashion a schooner from the wreck. A vicious attack by Malay pirates is repulsed, but the makeshift vessel burns, and they are truly marooned. Their escape from this predicament is one that only the whimsy and ingenuity of Patrick O'Brian—or Stephen Maturin—could devise. In command now of a new ship, the Nutmeg, Aubrey pursues his interrupted mission. The dreadful penal colony in New South Wales, harrowingly described, is the backdrop to a diplomatic crisis provoked by Maturin's Irish temper, and to a near-fatal encounter with the wildlife of the Australian outback.

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    Men At War
  • Author : Christopher Coker
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Pages : 325
  • ISBN : 9780190257484
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  • Genre : Literary Criticism
  • Since Achilles first stormed into our imagination, literature has introduced its readers to truly unforgettable martial characters. In Men at War, Christopher Coker discusses some of the most famous of these fictional creations and their impact on our understanding of war and masculinity. Grouped into five archetypes-warriors, heroes, villains, survivors and victims-these characters range across 3000 years of history, through epic poems, the modern novel and one of the twentieth century's most famous film scripts. Great authors like Homer and Tolstoy show us aspects of reality invisible except through a literary lens, while fictional characters such as Achilles and Falstaff, Robert Jordan and Jack Aubrey, are not just larger than life; they are life's largeness-and this is why we seek them out. Although the Greeks knew that the lovers, wives and mothers of soldiers are the chief victims of battle, for the combatants, war is a masculine pursuit. Each of Coker's chapters explores what fiction tells us about war's appeal to young men and the way it makes- and breaks-them. The existential appeal of war too is perhaps best conveyed in fictional accounts, and these too are scrutinized by the author.

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    The Genesis of Rebellion
  • Author : Steven Pfaff,Michael Hechter
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Pages : 355
  • ISBN : 9781107193734
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  • Genre : History
  • Reveals how poor governance and everyday forms of organization resulted in mutiny amongst seamen during the Age of Sail.

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    Life of Vice-Admiral Sir George Tryon
  • Author : Charles Cooper Penrose Fitzgerald
  • Publisher : Edinburgh, Blackwood
  • Pages : 482
  • ISBN : NYPL:33433008448817
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  • Genre : Admirals
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    The Aubrey-Maturin Series
  • Author : Patrick O'Brian
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton
  • Pages : N.a
  • ISBN : 0393048403
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • A twenty-volume hardcover set of the complete Patrick O'Brian high-seas Aubrey/Maturin adventure classics, including the final book: Blue at the Mizzen. The Great Adventure begins in Master & Commander with the near-disaster of Jack Aubrey's first encounter with Stephen Maturin and the taking of the Cacafuego. Post Captain: Jack and Stephen vie for the affections of Diana Villiers. H.M.S. Surprise: In India, a prodigious blue diamond, a fatal duel, and a dramatic fleet action against the French. The Mauritius Command: An exploration of aberrant psychology and a most memorable storm at sea Desolation Island: The Waakzaamheid chases the Leopard south to the glories of Antarctica. The Fortune of War: Jack encounters the American navy, is taken prisoner, and witnesses the fateful clash of the Shannon and the Chesapeake. The Surgeon's Mate: A shipwreck on the coast of France, and Jack and Stephen are rescued from a French prison thanks to Diana's diamond The Ionian Mission: The Surprise is sent to intervene in the tangled politics of the Balkans.Treason's Harbour: A desert crossing, an unusual single-ship action in shoal waters, and Jack saved from treachery in Malta by Stephen's cunning. The Far Side of the World: Typhoons, castaways, shipwrecks, murder, and criminal insanity in the far reaches of the Pacific The Reverse of the Medal: Jack, lured into a disastrous investment by French agents, is court-martialed and disgraced. The Letter of Marque: Cast out of the Royal Navy, Jack sets sail in the Surprise as a privateer, and Stephen's taste for tincture of opium takes a more serious turn. The Thirteen Gun Salute: A killer typhoon overtakes Jack and his crew in the South China Sea, and Stephen engages in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with French agents. The Nutmeg of Consolation: Pirates, smallpox, and a visit to the grim penal colony in Australia, where Stephen's Irish temper provokes a duel and a diplomatic crisis. The Truelove: Jack and Stephen mastermind a war among the cannibals, and a mysterious female convict sows dangerous jealousies aboard the Surprise. The Wine-Dark Sea: A submarine volcanic eruption serves as backdrop to revolution in South America and a memorable excursion into the Andes. The Commodore: A strange homecoming for Jack and Stephen, followed by a vigorous action to foil the French invasion of Ireland. The Yellow Admiral: Jack is rescued from the doldrums of peace and from amorous difficulties by Napoleon's escape from Elba. The Hundred Days: The cunning of Stephen and the seamanship of Jack prevent Napoleon from conquering Europe at Waterloo. Blue at the Mizzen: Jack Aubrey stakes all on a desperate solo night raid against the might of the Spanish viceroy in Peru.

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    A Dish of Orts
  • Author : George MacDonald
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 246
  • ISBN : 9798672880051
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  • Book Excerpt... what is far better said in the preceding extract from Carlyle, but it was written before we had read (if reviewers may be allowed to confess such ignorance) the book from which that extract is taken...

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    The Ionian Mission (Aubrey-Maturin, Book 8)
  • Author : Patrick O’Brian
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN : 9780007429349
  • Reader Reviews : 13
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Whether close to home or far away, there are no safe harbours while Napoleon seeks to dominate the known world.