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'Ever since Jack Aubrey had been dismissed from the service, ever since his name, with its now meaningless seniority, had been struck off the list of post captains, it had seemed to him that he was living in a radically different world.'Stephen Maturin has bought the Surprise and is fitting her out as a private letter of marque, with plans to prey upon the enemy shipping.'Ever since Jack Aubrey had been dismissed from the service, ever since his name, with its now meaningless seniority, had been struck off the list of post captains, it had seemed to him that he was living in a radically different world.'Stephen Maturin has bought the Surprise and is fitting her out as a private letter of marque, with plans to prey upon the enemy shipping. Yet despite the hope of prize money, despite a hand-picked crew eager to serve, despite even the dear Surprise herself, nothing can touch Jack Aubrey's deep and bitter unhappiness at losing the chief meaning of his life - service in the navy.For Stephen, who knows that treachery and malice lie behind Jack's dismissal, of even greater importance is the war of espionage. Together the two will carry on their private war in style with daring cutting out expeditions and the kind of cunning ruses de guerre in which Jack most delights.There is also unfinished private business to which Stephen must attend. His wife Diana left him believing he was having an affair with an Italian woman. Now that her great diamond - the Blue Peter - is back in his possession, should he seek her out and try to effect a reconciliation?...

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The Letter of Marque - Folio Society Edition Reviews

  • Jason Koivu
    2019-02-24 04:52

    While Captain Jack Aubrey is the heart-and-soul main character of the series, he shares the stage with his unlikely friend Dr. Stephen Maturin, the brain and introspection of these books. In The Letter of Marque Maturin takes center stage. In the previous book Aubrey took a tough one on the chin. He spends much of this book trying to get his back, specifically going to daring and dangerous lengths to get himself reinstated on the Navy List after a stock market swindle lands him in a terrible predicament. That's where the book's physical action takes place. Maturin's predicament is more cerebral. He's trying to reconcile with his estranged wife, who left him upon hearing rumors that he was parading around Italy with a mistress. Yes, he was spending a good deal of his time in the Mediterranean with another woman, but that all had to do with his intelligence work. Unfortunately he was sent away on an even longer voyage and was never sure that the letter of explanation ever arrived in his wife's hands. All of this is resolved through out The Letter of Marque, but resolved with all the painfully nuanced details that a battered relationship entails. It honestly reminded me of such episodes I went through in my younger years and I did not enjoy the reminder. It was all too well done. Much of this book ties up the loose ends of the last book. That of course leaves the reader feeling satisfied in the end, however, it doesn't always translate to the most exciting of novels, not all the way through at least. There's also a lot of contemplation, just a little too much at times. This draws more attention to Patrick O'Brian's ever-present digressions on any number of topics, natural science being one of the foremost. Though I'd imagine readers who prefer authors to always "get to the point" would be annoyed, these meanderings are very enjoyable to me, except when they're paired with too much introspection all in the same book. That happens occasionally throughout this series and it happens again here, which is why I've knocked this down one star. Still in all, Jack Aubrey's personal victories and Stephen's struggle are engaging enough to keep The Letter of Marque well afloat!

  • Darwin8u
    2019-03-04 08:39

    “I have often observed that extremely violent noise and activity go with good-fellowship and heightened spirits.” ― Patrick O'Brian, The Letter of MarqueCaptain Aubrey has been kicked out of the Navy based on some financial speculation that he was involved in. Now, he is sailing the Surprise decked out as a privateer (under the Letter of Marque) which allows him to earn a bit more money and enjoy a bit more freedom. Captain Aubrey, however, is a man who misses the Navy and being away from the Navy is killing him. Meanwhile, Dr. Maturin has his demons to deal with (women, or one woman, and Laudanum). This isn't the strongest book in the series (12 books in and this might be the weakest so far, but still isn't really weak or weak only relatively), but it is nice to see a different aspect of the the British Navy. Probably the most famous Privateer in history is Francis Drake. Aubrey engages in several battles at sea and is able "right" his fortune and perhaps even his name. There is a scene at the end when Dr. Maturin is under the spell of a large dose of Laudanum that while interesting is a bit weak (he dreams of balloons, and Diana). There was certainly plenty of foreshadowing of balloons to make its entrance in his dream believable, but it was just not polished enough. No. Polished isn't right. It didn't risk enough. It was a bit of a boring scene. Anyway, still a very good book -- with just a few barnacles attached.

  • Siria
    2019-03-12 08:51

    This was a wonderful conclusion to The Reverse of the Medal. As Stephen notes at one stage in the book, Aristotle's definition of tragedy encompassed not only a great man being brought down but also the redemption and deliverance of a man who had been laid low. If that's true, then this book, in company with the last, forms a truly great example of the same. From the nadir of fortune that both Jack and Stephen experience in TRotM, LoM sees a complete reversal. Jack is more successful than he's ever been, Stephen has Diana restored to him, and the book ends on one of the happiest and most contained notes that I think I've ever seen in an O' Brian novel.The period sense was, as ever, perfect. If ever there was a literary universe in which I think I would like to live, then the Aubrey-Maturin universe is one of them. The dialogue was a joy as ever. O' Brian is so good at using dialogue to show just how close a friendship Stephen and Jack have, just how much they mean to one another. It's such a joyous thing that even Jack's little bit of banter at Stephen about the fact that the sea going out is, in fact, called the tide, succeeded in bringing a huge smile to my face. I particularly enjoyed Stephen's conversation about how difficult it is to survive as an undergraduate at TCD. Things, clearly, have not changed that much. *g*

  • Nigel
    2019-03-13 10:57

    I'm returning to this series after a very long break, and I'm glad that I did. It's possible, after all, to read books wrong, which can end up spoiling the book for reasons that are nothing to do with the book itself. In the case of the Aubrey/Maturin series, the uniformity of their excellence in terms of writing, their largely character-driven, relatively shapeless novelistic plotting compared poorly, I thought, to the more intricate, complex and subtle mechanisms of Dorothy Dunnett. Of course, that's the wrong approach. They don't suffer in comparison at all. They are completely different animals. To read them for the thrill of clever plot twists that have been deviously woven into eight massive volumes is both pointless and a bit stupid, and I'm glad now that I've achieved this perspective, because the pleasures of O'Brian's novels are in some ways richer than Dunnett's, for all that Dunnett will always edge out O'Brian as one of my favourite writers.Jack Aubrey is in a sorry state at the start of The Letter Of Marque, struck off the naval lists after a trumped-up charge, he is morose, short-tempered and depressed. Stephen Maturin has purchased The Surprise, however, and with the titular letter and a crew half of old naval hands and half of doughty pirates, they set out to restore Jack's fortunes. The aforementioned uniformity of excellence of these novels tends to render each succeeding novel susceptible to accusations of sameness. Certainly there is progression. Each book is a chapter in the ongoing history of our heroes' friendship and careers. They age and change in circumstances and temperament. There are voyages, there are battles, there are some exchanges of intelligence, observations of flora and fauna, and occasional visits to hearth and home and family, where Jack can blunder cheerfully and Stephen can mope for his estranged wife. The story develops, the characters grow, the world opens up around them, a world so fully and perfectly realised that we come to understand that what we mistook for sameness is, in fact, recognition and comfort and familiarity. Each book gives exactly what it sets out to give, and so long as we don't mistake it for something it's not, we can fully enjoy them in all their warmth and generosity. For all love.

  • Robert
    2019-03-03 11:42

    In Vol.XI of Robert's Adventures in Napoleonic Naval Literature, the protagonist found himself wearied and despondant, wondering whether it was "worth it" to go on. THIS REVIEW HAS BEEN CURTAILED IN PROTEST AT GOODREADS' CENSORSHIP POLICYSee the complete review here:http://arbieroo.booklikes.com/post/33...

  • Anna
    2019-03-08 04:46

    Reading ‘The Letter of Marque’ was an attempt at escapism and distraction immediately before and after the American election. It didn’t work, but I’m not sure anything would have. It was nice to have Aubrey and Maturin for company while I was too anxious to sleep, in any event. This is quite a sombre outing for pair, as Jack has been struck off the naval lists and is captaining a privateer that Stephen bought to cheer him up. Nonetheless, there are delightful moments of levity as well as thrilling sea battles. Notable sub-plots include Stephen’s troubling relationship with laudanum, an exploding pudding, Babbington’s eye for the ladies, and Jack not talking about his feelings but Stephen understanding anyway. O’Brian continues to have a wonderful ear for dialogue, a deft touch with characterisation, and a magical ability to evoke the early 19th century.

  • Karla
    2019-03-17 10:52

    I loved the journeys that both Jack and Stephen made in this. Jack starts out in the depths of depression when his career has been wrecked on the reef of a scandal not of his own making (well, not entirely), and Stephen is suffering from a marital melancholy which he's medicating with laudanum and coca leaves. Jack's redemption is made possible by Stephen coming to his rescue with a ship and a letter of marque, and Stephen finally reunites with the fickle Diana Villiers after a long separation and suspicions.It was a quieter book than most, one of those in the series that have only a battle or two and most of the action is character-based and dialogue-driven. I love Sophy's faithfulness to Jack - her "good Navy wife" cheer - and looked forward to the domestic scenes with his kids and crabby mother-in-law. Stephen was his usual mix of charm and gloomth. IRL, I'd want to slap him silly and pry the coco leaves out of his hands, but as O'Brien writes him, he's such a marvelously flawed hero.I read the last 10 pages instead of listening to the rest of the audiobook, and it went pretty well. I'd always been afraid that it wouldn't scan as well in the written word, but maybe one day I'll grab a volume when I'm searching for my next dead-tree read.

  • Jocelyn
    2019-02-23 11:32

    Both Jack and Stephen face down their personal demons. In Jack's case, his susceptibility to land sharks has caused him to get involved in a scam that ultimately gets him stripped of his Navy commission. It will take a lot of luck for him to get reinstated. Fortunately, he is not called "Lucky Jack Aubrey" for nothing. Also, he is in command of a privateer full of eager and able seamen.For Stephen, it's his long-term opium habit. (He is not addicted, of course. Never in life.) When his self-medication finally gets him into big trouble, a brother physician prohibits the use of opium. This is a problem for Stephen, until he remembers about his supply of Peruvian coca leaves.Neither Jack nor Stephen would have survived these ordeals if not for their mutual friendship, the loyalty of their shipmates, and the devotion of their wives (each in her own very different way). It also helps them to have friends in high places.One thing I really appreciate about Patrick O'Brian is his astounding gift for showing rather than telling.

  • Ron
    2019-03-20 11:36

    The usual, brightly colored Aubrey and Maturin high-seas fun, leaven with the sobering hash each makes of his health and personal life. They have the whole world helping them into their personal infernos, but the fault lies not in their stars but in themselves. Friends and family--and each other--bear them through as usual on a freshening breeze and the promise of yet greater adventures.

  • Judith Johnson
    2019-03-13 09:53

    Well, I love e'm all, but this is one of my faves! This is the 10th Aubrey & Maturin I've re-read this year - something's had to soothe my savage breast following the Brexit vote and I can't take up smoking again - been off the evil weed for 35 years!

  • Patrick
    2019-03-14 07:45

    I read The Letter of Marque by Patrick O’Brian alongside Eric Hobsbawm’s history of the revolutionary period of the early nineteenth century, and it gave me much to think about. In that era we see how market capitalism and state interests overlap, and how they are supported with what analysts today call ‘power projection’. The line of battle ships back then were the most sophisticated weapons of their time, handled by a combination of manpower and machine which was uniquely specialised. But the ships and the men who sailed them stood on the shoulders of giants, and what it is harder to find in any character study is the full shape of that giant.There’s a tendency today to look at naval warfare of the time as being all spectacle. But considering the immense efforts and expenditure that went into launching these vessels, the actual business of fighting made up only the tiniest portion of what went into putting all those men out there. Tens of men might die on a voyage but how many died, how many suffered, before they could even leave port? And yet those short, incredibly violent engagements between over-crowded, over-engineered floating fortresses could have consequences far beyond the range of their guns.You might think that the new context of a private military endeavour might enable a certain amount of commentary on what has, until now, been a relatively settled state of affairs. But for Jack Aubrey, the transition from public servant to private master is remarkably smooth. Perhaps that in itself is the commentary, but for the most part the author’s focus is on the incidental details that mark him out as a mercenary: the differences in livery, discipline, and so on. As ever, O’Brian seems outwardly admiring of all these efforts, though determinedly equivocal with regards to their wider benefit.The story of The Letter of Marque follows on without a breath from The Reverse of the Medal. Captain Jack Aubrey has turned privateer, with his old friend Stephen Maturin stumping up the required cash to buy the Surprise and to pay his crewmates to come along. Stephen’s contacts in the intelligence world have given them a secret mission to South America, but the main substance of this book concerns a couple of exploratory ventures that are partly intended to restore Jack’s reputation and build up his fortune again. The first involves a Spanish ship full of quicksilver; the second a daring raid on a French frigate moored in an unfriendly port.This is Aubrey’s first taste of success without a sting in the tail for a very long time. There’s still a lingering bitterness that comes from being an outsider to his beloved service — initially, this is described as a certain ‘sealing off…[that] had turned him into a eunuch as far as emotion was concerned.’ (It’s a fairly startling image; apart from anything else it is not altogether clear what a potent male model of emotion in O’Brian’s work would look like.) But since his victories bring sudden popular acclaim, his upset soon seems like more of an inconvenience than a threat. As so often is the case, for the most part he is simply too busy to worry about it very often. It’s difficult to see at this stage if that seal will linger. Even the sudden death of his father gives him little cause for grief here.Stephen, meanwhile, is concerned in part with intelligence matters; but mostly he’s thinking about Diana, his estranged wife. An opportunity has arisen to visit her in Sweden, where she has been living for the last few books with Jagiello, who we met way back in The Surgeon’s Mate. But it won’t be till the end of this story that they meet again, and we get to find out exactly where they stand now in relation to one another. In the mean time, the book is full of incident. It is all good-natured, upbeat stuff, even though it is peppered with strange nuggets of darkness. There’s the offhand revelation that the new cook is an actual devil worshipper, for example, or the sad fate of the French agent who aided Maturin at the tail end of the last book. I like O’Brian’s scheme to wean Maturin off his long-standing addiction to opium. His servant Padeen begins stealing it from his cabin, and making up the absence in the flasks with brandy. Being that Padeen is so large and somewhat slow, nobody seems to notice him walking around stoned on the stuff. There’s a sort of dark poetic irony in the situation of Maturin effectively offloading his own addiction on the poor man, even if he doesn’t entirely know what he’s doing. Padeen is bearing the load that Maturin hardly imagined he was even carrying; one has to read into these things to tease the politics out of O’Brian.It’s a strange thing: even as these books go on — and become in many ways more colourful, more enjoyable — the author’s aversion to anything really difficult becomes more pronounced. Emotion is difficult; confrontation is difficult; settled routine and lasting relationships are difficult. Looking at the circumstances of one’s condition is worst of all. Better to sail onward. Better to break it all up, with violence if you have to.But this book also does something strange and new for the series. There is throughout this recurring image of a hot air balloon. It’s partly an object of Stephen’s fascination, a little like the diving bell was previously, but in this case it seems to come up in spite of him as well as because of him. Apparently people are talking about balloons all the time in 1812. A balloon begins to feel like an animating spirit of the book. Second-hand reports of the experience feel like dispatches from another world:‘“…But what I had not derived from his account was the extraordinary intensification of living, the palpable depth of the universal silence, and the very great awareness of the light and colour of this other world – an otherness that was made all the stronger because through an occasional gap in the clouds our ordinary world could be seen, with silver rivers very, very far below and the roads distinct. Yet in time that changed to rock and ice, even farther below; and in my keen delight there was mingled an undefined sense of a dread as huge as the sky itself; it was not merely a fear of being destroyed, but worse; perhaps that of being wholly and entirely lost, body and soul…”’There’s a peculiar richness to these moments that is quite unlike anything seen before in these books. It is a deeply reflective quality; the author’s descriptions of the natural world touch upon it, but here more than ever before the imagery is bent towards the service of expressing the psychology of the characters. That ‘dread’ suggests an invocation of the romantic sublime; but though for the reader it’s tempered with our knowledge that nothing really bad can happen to the characters, it still has a personal, transportive effect on them. There is simple, penetrating imagery here that has all the feeling of a Magritte painting:‘…now he was living with time in the sense of duration once more, for he knew with dreadful certainty that they had been rising for hours on end, that they were now rising faster still. And as they soared towards this absolute purity of sky so its imminent threat, half-perceived at first, filled him with a horror beyond anything he had known. Diana was wearing her green coat again and at some point she must have turned up the collar, for now its red underneath made a shocking contrast with the extreme pallor of her face, the pinched white of her nose and the frosted blue of her lips. Her face showed no expression – she was, as it were, completely alone – and as she had done before she held her head down, bowed over her lap, where her hands, now more loosely clasped, held the diamond, very like a sliver of this brilliant sky itself…’There’s something quite French in that use of ‘time in the sense of duration’ — the Proustian durée, I suppose. But there’s also something terribly English in the musical hesitancy of the way the phrases fit together. Think back to the first book in this series and it seems inconceivable that something so otherworldly could have a place here. But as time goes by in these chronicles, it’s fascinating to see the author toy with the possibilities of the form so openly; time is constrained, condensed in an impossibly long 1812 to serve the machinations of the plot; but now time also proves endlessly malleable in the service of consciousness.

  • Wealhtheow
    2019-03-07 06:39

    After being falsely accused and convicted of a complicated investment scheme, Jack Aubrey has been cast out of the service. He's been in the Royal Navy nearly all of his life, and the separation breaks his heart. In hopes of moderating his misery, his particular friend Stephen Maturin buys the Surprise and secures a letter of marque for the ship. Aubrey can captain the Surprise once more, but this time as a privateer. It is acutely painful to him, but leads to one of his greatest professional triumphs. Stephen, meanwhile, finally meets face-to-face with Diana once more.Everything about this book was beautiful and perfect and much-longed for. The only flaw was that the voice the narrator gives Diana Villiers is cloying and fake, and it nearly ruined my enjoyment of her scenes with Stephen. But not quite, for nothing could take away my adoration for the slow, weird ways they reconcile with each other.

  • Chris
    2019-02-26 11:53

    Sheer delight. While I defer in advance to any feminist or intersectional analysis from Wealhtheow whenever she gets around to this one, I enjoyed it perhaps more than anything in the series since H.M.S. Surprise. (view spoiler)[It helps that both Jack and Stephen have such happy outcomes to their adventures after a long stretch of troubles, but what are long series for if not, in part, the odd volume of wish-fulfillment? (hide spoiler)]

  • Terry
    2019-03-16 11:50

    Patrick O'Brian was hitting on all cylinders here. The Aubrey-Maturin saga continues to gain depth as a remarkable piece of fictional biography, combining naval history, music, natural history, soap opera, politics, humor and rousing adventure. After subjecting his characters to terrible difficulties in The Reverse of the Medal, the present book offers a rather more upbeat story.Some of this I read, and some I listened to Patrick Tull's wonderful reading. For me, the humor comes through more strongly in the audiobook, with Tull's droll characterizations as a good vehicle for O'Brian's dry and understated ironic wit.This was a hugely enjoyable page-turner.

  • Susan
    2019-03-17 10:54

    I've been listening to the Aubrey/Maturin series during my commute to and from work and while painting kitchen cabinets. I love their language and the humor, which is so understated you have to be prepared for it. These characters are so honorable and loyal to each other and their status in life that you can't help but admire them as they go through these adventures. The first book, Master and Commander was a movie with Russel Crowe and it is a great start to see if you will like this series. Full of English Navel history, you can't help but learn something at the same time.

  • Cherie
    2019-02-23 05:43

    I can't say enough how much I really enjoy listening to these Aubry/Maturin sea stories. The seamen and ships and stories of the battles are fascinating and the characters so well written. This story, back in the Surprise was no exception. A different Jack Aubrey, now out of the service, but a compelling sea voyage and prizes for all at the end. I am happy to leave them until - next time.

  • Josie B.
    2019-03-13 12:44

    I listened to the audio book read by Patrick Tull. He does a fantastic job bringing the charactors alive. I am totally hooked on this series now.

  • Richard Due
    2019-03-05 08:43

    O'Brian is brilliant at making me think one thing is going to happen, and then have something completely different happen instead.

  • Andreas Schmidt
    2019-02-25 09:57

    La riparazioneA bordo della Surprise comprata da Stephen Maturin, ormai divenuto molto ricco giacché il suo padrino (il colonnello spagnolo incontrato nei romanzi precedenti) nel passare a miglior vita gli ha lasciato una fortuna, Jack Aubrey deve fare i conti con il fatto che non è più parte della Marina Reale.Scompaiono i fanti di marina, scompaiono gli Articoli di Guerra, ma rimane la Surprise, carica di volontari ancora più di quando era una nave da guerra della Marina, giacché tutti conoscono Aubrey di fama. I marinai di Shelmerston riempiono le file dell'equipaggio oltre ai vecchi noti.Jack rimane un comandante formidabile, alla prima uscita in mare con la Surprise equipaggiata come vascello da guerra di corsa, cattura la Spartan (fregata americana) e riporta in patria i mercantili che la Spartan aveva catturato, i cui carichi di argento vivo valgono una fortuna; senza ammiragli sulle spalle con cui dividere il bottino, Jack risolve in un colpo solo i suoi problemi finanziari.Diana nel frattempo, è ancora in Svezia, con Jagiello, lontana da Stephen.La seconda parte del romanzo è la seconda formidabile impresa di Jack: colpisce la Diane ancora in porto e la cattura, in una battaglia che gli costa due ferite di sciabola e una pallottola nel nervo sciatico.E' il colpo della sua carriera da privato, oltre alla Diane, riporta in patria i due mercantili e le barche cannoniere ormeggiate in porto assieme al bersaglio principale della spedizione congiunta.Dopodiché per il suo onore perduto, sarà soltanto questione di tempo.Al termine, è Stephen a riconquistare la sua Diane, con il viaggio in Svezia, il romantico ritrovarsi dei due, l'incidente, e infine il ritorno in patria sulla Surprise (ennesimo gioco di parole tra nomi di navi/donne/situazioni).

  • Vivek
    2019-03-06 05:45

    Another great book - #12 of the superb Aubrey-Maturin series. There are 20 books of this series - the adventures of Captain jack Aubrey and his friend , the surgeon Stephen Maturin. Set in the British Navy of the early 1800's, each book is full of action and wit and a delight to read. The Russell Crowe movie, Master and Commander, is based on parts of these books. At one point, I thought I should ration these books so the pleasure lasts longer but then quickly decided against it.

  • Grond
    2019-02-22 12:46

    O’Brian does it again! By this point returning to the Aubrey/Maturin series is like visiting dear old friends. Truly the best of historical fiction that is equal parts rousing action and thoughtful observations about the characters and the times they are living through.After having put our heroes through the grinder for the past couple of books O’Brian allows them some sunshine in a satisfying tale of adversity and resilience.A very good read!

  • Gayle Garman
    2019-02-21 05:41

    Several hanging plot issues with both Jack and Stephen's integrity on the line come to resolution. Just when you think the plot options have been exhausted, Patrick O'Brian has come up with some new twists. Jack and Stephen seem to be at the top of their professional skills, but still have some room for improvement on their interaction with men and women in civilian life.

  • JBresson
    2019-02-22 04:40

    "By God, sir," said Babbingon, "this matches the Cacafuego. You could not have succeeded more fully. But I do hope that you have not paid too high.""No, no, the Doctor himself says it is quite trifling.""Well, if he calls that trifling," said Babbington, nodding at the slung arm and heavily bandaged leg and the waxen face, "God help us if he ever tells us we are seriously hurt."

  • Dwain
    2019-02-23 06:41

    The Letter of Marque was a good read as are all the Aubrey-Maturin series, but the ending seemed anticlimactic. Everything to do with the letter of Marque (the privateer ship commanded by Aubrey) was done before the final CD. The last CD was just wrapping up Maturin's private life. It was satisfying, but not exactly action packed.

  • Ed Holden
    2019-03-20 04:43

    Two battles! A pocket borough! An opium trip in Sweden! This is one of the best books of the series, and I don't think I've liked one this much sinceDesolation Island.

  • Mary Mahoney
    2019-03-05 08:47

    Awesome Patrick O'Brian. Aubrey is deeply wounded about being struck from the service list, but he still loves being at sea. Maturin owns The Surprise, but gives Jack full freedom and discretion as the ship's captain.

  • Rachael
    2019-03-02 09:40

    They don't call him "Lucky Jack" for no reason.

  • Gerald Heath
    2019-03-15 12:50

    I’m still in love with these Master and Commander books, and this was one of the best!

  • Shuli
    2019-03-18 13:00

    The series is getting better and better with the development of the personalities and deepened friendships between Aubrey and Maturin, and between Maturin and Sir Joseph.

  • Sue
    2019-03-22 09:40

    Another excellent entry to the Maturin/Aubrey series. This one is my favorite so far.