Ardent, gregarious british naval officer jack aubrey is elated to be given his first appointment as commander: the fourteen-gun ship hms sophie. meanwhile—after a heated first encounter that nearly comes to a duel—aubrey and a brilliant but down-on-his-luck physician, stephen maturin, strike up an unlikely rapport. on a whim, aubrey invites maturin to join his crew as the sophie’s surgeon. and so begins the legendary friendship that anchors this beloved saga set against the thrilling backdrop of the napoleonic wars.through every ensuing adventure on which aubrey and maturin embark, from
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
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
Captain jack aubrey is ashore on half pay without a command—until stephen maturin arrives with secret orders for aubrey to take a frigate to the cape of good hope under a commodore's pennant, there to mount an expedition against the french-held islands of mauritius and la réunion. but the difficulties of carrying out his orders are compounded by two of his own captains—lord clonfert, a pleasure-seeking dilettante, and captain corbett, whose severity pushes his crew to the verge of mutiny.
"[o'brian's] aubrey-maturin series, 20 novels of the royal navy in the napoleonic wars, is a masterpiece. it will outlive most of today's putative literary gems as sherlock holmes has outlived bulwer-lytton, as mark twain has outlived charles reade." —david mamet, new york timescommissioned 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.
An essential of the truly gripping book for the narrative addict is the creation of a whole, solidly living world for the imagination to inhabit, and o'brian does this with prodigal specificity and generosity." —a.s. byattcaptain 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
Jack aubrey and stephen maturin are ordered home by dispatch vessel to bring the news of their latest victory to the government. but maturin is a marked man for the havoc he has wrought in the french intelligence network in the new world, and the attention of two privateers soon becomes menacing. the chase that follows through the fogs and shallows of the grand banks is as tense, and as unexpected in its culmination, as anything patrick o'brian has written.
Jack aubrey and stephen maturin, veterans now 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 in the royal navy's blockade of toulon, and this is a longer, harder, colder war than the dashing frigate actions of his early days. a sudden turn of events takes him and stephen off on a hazardous mission to the greek islands, where all his old skills of seamanship and his proverbial luck when fighting against
All patrick o'brian's strengths are on parade in this novel of action and intrigue, set partly in malta, partly in the treacherous, pirate-infested waters of the red sea. while captain aubrey worries about repairs to his ship, stephen maturin assumes the center stage for the dockyards and salons of malta are alive with napoleon's agents, and the admiralty's intelligence network is compromised. maturin's cunning is the sole bulwark against sabotage of aubrey's daring mission.
The war of 1812 continues, and jack aubrey sets course for cape horn on a mission after his own heart: intercepting a powerful american frigate outward bound to play havoc with the british whaling trade. stephen maturin has fish of his own to fry in the world of secret intelligence. disaster in various guises awaits them in the great south sea and in the far reaches of the pacific: typhoons, castaways, shipwrecks, murder, and criminal insanity.
Captain jack aubrey, r. n., ashore after a successful cruise, is persuaded by a casual acquaintance to make certain investments in the city. this innocent decision ensnares him in the london criminal underground and in government espionage—the province of his friend stephen maturin. is aubrey's humiliation and the threatened ruin of his career a deliberate plot? this dark tale is a fitting backdrop to the brilliant characterization and sparkling dialogue which o'brian's readers have come to expect.
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.
Captain jack aubrey sets sail for the south china sea with a new lease on life. following reinstatement into the royal navy. maturin climbs the thousand steps of the sacred crater of the orangutans. a killer typhoon catches aubrey and his crew trying to work the diane off a reef. in the barbaric court of pulo prabang a diplomatic mission tries to prevent links between bonaparte and the malay princes which would put english merchant shipping at risk.
Alternate cover edition can be found here. 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
A british whaler has been captured by an ambitious chief in the sandwich islands at french instigation, and captain aubrey, r. n., is dispatched with the surprise to restore order. but stowed away in the cable-tier is an escaped female convict. to the officers, clarissa harvill is an object of awkward courtliness and dangerous jealousies. aubrey himself is won over and indeed strongly attracted to this woman who will not speak of her past. but only aubrey's friend, dr. stephen maturin, can fathom clarissa's secrets: her crime, her personality, and
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
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
Life ashore may once again be the undoing of jack aubrey in the yellow admiral, patrick o'brian's best-selling novel and eighteenth volume in the aubrey/maturin series. aubrey, now a considerable though impoverished landowner, has dimmed his prospects at the admiralty by his erratic voting as a member of parliament; he is feuding with his neighbor, a man with strong navy connections who wants to enclose the common land between their estates; he is on even worse terms with his wife, sophie, whose mother has ferreted out a most damaging trove
Napoleon, escaped from elba, pursues his enemies across europe like a vengeful phoenix. if he can corner the british and prussians before their russian and austrian allies arrive, his genius will lead the french armies to triumph at waterloo. in the balkans, preparing a thrust northwards into central europe to block the russians and austrians, a horde of muslim mercenaries is gathering. they are inclined toward napoleon because of his conversion to islam during the egyptian campaign, but they will not move without a shipment of gold ingots from sheik
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