Treason's Harbour (Aubrey & Maturin #9)
While O'Brian is one of my favorite authors, this is not one of my favorite books of his. It's unbalanced, lacking the physical action of the other books in the Aubrey/Maturin series. More time is devoted to matters of intelligence and spying, and even that lacks some of its usual excitement.
However, it has its redeeming qualities. There is, as always, beauty in the language. Reading any books of the series just for the descriptions alone...more
Treason's Harbour is one of the quieter of O' Brian's works so far. The pace is slower, and it feels much more like a part of an extended ser...more
Me, I don't quibble about this much. As far as I'm concerned, a decent narrator can do a great deal to make a story come alive, and Patrick Tull did do a very fine job narrating the version of Treason's Harbour I listene...more
This is book nine in O'Brian's naval adventure series about British captain Jack Aubrey and his friend/surgeon/spy Stephen Maturin set during the Napoleonic wars, and it is wonderful. This installment was a quicker read than usual for me, for whatever reason, but just as enjoyable as I have come to expect. There is lots of on-shore spying and intrigue in this one (hooray!) as Maturin deals with French spies in Malta, but it does not ski...more
It's hard for me to explain why I like these books so much. Some of them aren't terribly exciting by any means. I think it's the nostalgia of a simpler time when ships were sailing in the sea and people were communicating with letters for the most part.
Sometimes I hate technology. it just seems to rule our world so much and I long for time when people actually had to use th...more
The absence of Pullings made me sad, but I managed to survive the disappointment.
The scene then shifts from Malta in the Mediterranean Sea to a slog across the Sinai Desert to the Gulf of Suez and t...more
I'm pretty well sold on this series, and O'Brian as a story-teller, so I'm not going to go into a lot of detail on this one other than to note that thi...more
I romanzi di O'Brian continuano ad essere una garanzia; ho adorato Jack e Stephen fin da "Primo Comando" e non mi deludono mai. Faccio apposta a n...more
Treason's Harbour continues the Mediterranean cruise that Aubrey and Maturin began in the previous volume. It also extends the bittersweet tone of that book, as Jack and Stephen age, mature, and reflect on their lives and their futures. Jack's luck is still not back to its early heights, though there are hints that it is set to change again. Until then, Jack contemplates the shape of his life:
For some time now he had been dissatisfied with himself. . . . It seemed to him that his reputation in t...more
I originally picked up this series because my girlfriend (now wife) had mentioned that these w...more
This tale is set mostly in and around Malta, which turns out to be a veritable hotbed of intrigue. Half the population seems to be sp...more
So, instead of discussing the story of this book, which by itself never really came to a climax, I will talk about one of my favorite aspects of this whole series:
Patrick O'Brian has a talented ability to not "force" an against all-odds scenario. He has the ability to take a situation which is squar...more
This is the ninth installment in o'Brian's...more
That Patrick O'Brian chose to place his characters on the sea in the not so distant past just raised the hurdle I had to leap to get to know this wonderful author.
I had never been enamored with sea stories, didn't much care for European history, and yet was wonderfully taken with this series. The sea is a major character, but history is not greatly illuminated, almost a backdrop to the specific circumstance the characters find themselves in. Which perhaps reflects t...more
This book was a bit on the short side for the series, and it feels incomplete--more like a chapter in a longer story than a complete novel in itself. I listened to the audio version of...more
Set in the...more