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Treason's harbour / Patrick O'Brian.

By: O'Brian, Patrick, 1914-2000.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: O'Brian, Patrick, Aubrey/Maturin novels: 9.; O'Brian, Patrick, Aubrey/Maturin series: 9.; An Aubrey & Maturin adventure: 9.Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 2003Description: 336 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780006499237.Subject(s): Aubrey, Jack (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Maturin, Stephen (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Fiction | Great Britain -- History, Naval -- 19th century -- FictionGenre/Form: Sea stories. | Historical fiction.DDC classification: Free Fiction
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of their beginning, with Master and Commander, these evocative stories are being re-issued in paperback with smart new livery. This is the ninth book in the series. Uniquely among authors of naval fiction, Patrick O'Brian allows his characters to develop with experience. The Jack Aubrey of Treason's Harbour has a record of successes equal to that of the most brilliant of Nelson's band of brothers, and he is no less formidable or decisive in action or strategy. But he is wiser, kinder, gentler too. Much of the plot of Treason's Harbour depends on intelligence and counter-intelligence, a field in which Aubrey's friend Stephen Maturin excels. Through him we get a clearer insight into the life and habits of the sea officers of Nelson's time than we would ever obtain seeing things through their own eyes. There is plenty of action and excitement in this novel, but it is the atmosphere of a Malta crowded with senior officers waiting for news of what the French are up to, and wondering whether the war will end before their turn comes for prize money and for fame, that is here so freshly and vividly conveyed.

Originally published: London : Collins, 1983.

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Sequel to: Ionian mission.

Followed by: Far side of the world.

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Publishers Weekly Review

This novel, the ninth installment of 20 in what is certainly the greatest series about the British Navy ever writtenÄindeed, one of the most successful of its magnitude ever written in any genreÄis not well served by its reader. Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre actor Pigott-Smith has an appropriately English accent, but his characters' voices lack consistency and sensitivity to the subtleties of O'Brian's pen. In this recording, the swashbuckling Captain Aubrey and the ironic, stealthy Stephen Maturin, his ship's surgeon, do not step onto the stage of the Napoleonic wars as the nuanced heroes O'Brian's readers have come to know over three decades. Pigott-Smith's Maturin lacks compassion; his Aubrey lacks intelligence. The narrative turns from nefarious intrigues in Malta to an amazing mission in the Red Sea and back again, but the drama is conveyed with neither satisfying variation of tempo nor ringing cadence. While O'Brian's devotees will find all the naval and historical details they usually delight in, they will despair at hearing how this production tramples upon his genius in portraying shockingly real characters in an utterly foreign, far-off time. Based on the Norton hardcover. (Nov. 2000) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved