The Thirteen-Gun Salute (Aubrey & Maturin #13)
Captain Jack Aubrey sets sail for the South China Sea with a new lease on life. Following his dismissal from the Royal Navy (a false accusation), he has earned reinstatement through his daring exploits as a privateer, brilliantly chronicled in The Letter of Marque. Now he is to shepherd Stephen Maturin—his friend, ship's surgeon, and sometimes intelligence agent—on a diplo...more
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p. 29 As usual, Stephen is at the cutting edge of medical technology, stocking "plaster of Par ...more
So, thirteen books in and it's getting har ...more
By this thirteenth book, titles are starting to feel more like arbitrary chunks of the ongoing dual biography than discrete novels. A high degree of familiarity with the series is presumed, but for dedicated readers this is part of the charm.
Highlights include Dr. Maturin's sojourn at a Buddhist temple in an isolated volcanic crater -- a ...more
The only interesting part was where Jack got his commission back in the Royal Navy and this could have been told in a short story, which perhaps this story should have been. ...more
cover art: It's so refreshing to have cover art depicting an identifiable scene from the text. This series is much the exception in that most of it's cover art does.
But first, we find Aubrey still sailing the Surprise as in the last book, The Letter of Marque. That changes rather quickly, although never quick enough for Jack, when he is reinstated to the Royal Navy because of his exploits on behalf of the nation as a privateer ...more
The highlight of the book is the pilgrimage Dr. Steven Maturin ...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
What makes it a favourite is the chapter where Stephen, accompanied by an orang-utan, climbs a mountain to visit a ...more
But I’m probably preaching to the choir. If you’ve gotten this far in the series, you know why you should read this book. The deep and ever maturing characters – the exciting nav ...more
This lacked the excitement of previous books, especially the at-sea bits. I listened to it with a disinterested ear for the most part, though there were were some high points. A sign that I might not have been fully engaged by one of the Aubrey volum ...more
I fell in love with the series from the opening scene of Master and Commander, and went on to read all 20 Aubrey-Maturin novels. The characters of Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin were initialized in that opening scene, and grew through the entire series. This is the best historical fiction I have read. In the series, I learned about British, French, Dutch, and Spanish naval operations during the Napoleonic wars. I also first learned of Napoleon's command and espionage structu ...more
Most of all, it's the deep and abiding friendship between the two men that makes it such a pleasure for me. At one point in the series, perhaps in the final unfinished book entitled "21", Aubrey remarks i ...more
A well told story again, with great literary ability as Patrick O'Brian has by this point become very accustomed to and comfortable with the language and the patterns of his writing. The pair set out on a very long voyage, but are called back only to set o ...more
While this book has the usual intrigues with Maturin's spy work, it was actually somewhat clearer than in some past books. And there is a terrific scene where Maturin travels to a Buddhist temple and really communes with nature.
I always enjoy their use of language. I'm always amazed at how these ...more
Four stars instead of five because of chronological problems an ...more
What is there to say about the thirteenth book in a series? Anyone who has made it this far is most likely in for the long haul, and whether a particular volume is slightly better or slightly worse than other volumes barely matters. The Aubrey/Maturin series has, for me, reached a point in which the plot points seem reminiscent of plots that have already happened, and each book is a little more of the story, rather than developing a distinct theme of its own. O'Brian seems so immersed in the era...more
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