The Surgeon's Mate (Aubrey & Maturin #7)
Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are ordered home by dispatch vessel to bring the news of their latest vitory to the government. But Maturin is a marked man for the havoc he has wrought in the Fren intelligence network in the New World, and the attentions of two privateers soon become menacing. the chase that follows is as th...more
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There's a subplot with Jack that I found simultaneously amusing and annoying--and it winds up getting resolved in a way that really leaves nothing for Aubrey to do but privately angst about it for a little while and not...more
Because there are so few in the series, my reading method is thus: read a book, wait some considerable time, read it again, before I move on to the next one. They are so packed with content and insight that there is much treasure to be rediscovered on re-reading. This was my second reading o...more
This is the first of the 'Aubrey/Maturin' series that I've read, the series of books on which the film 'Master and Commander' was set. I enjoyed it a great deal; it does a good job of recreating life in the first two decades of the 1800s, and it recreates sea life in the 'under sail' navy. One learns a great deal about navigation and ships by reading...more
According to the cover, the New York Times Book Review calls this series, "The best historical novels ever written." I'm not normally one f...more
The characters of Jack and Stephen continue to amaze and delight me in so many ways. I enjoy their dynamic together and how they deal with the situations they find themselves in.
The best part about these stories are the sea adventures and this one did not disappoint in that category.
However, as much as I commend the author on his wonderful storytelling, I...more
in the end i had to give it only two stars because it's about 150 pages too long and Lt. Pullings...more
Yet their on-again, off-again relationship still seems doomed to failure. Now that he has seen her again, Maturin's long-cherished love for her seems somehow to have cooled and gone out of his life.
We travel to Par...more
In The Surgeon's Mate, Patrick O'Brian finally brings the long journey of the previous few books to a conclusion. Aubrey, Maturin, and Diana escape North America, pursued by Johnson's hired fleet. The homecoming back to England is bittersweet: Jack's children don't recognize him, and he still has the problem of Kimber and his growing entourage to resolve. A moral lapse in Halifax has also brought new problems into Jack's life.
But the tragic hero of the grand narrative at this point is Stephen. H...more
Don't miss the cameo by Joshua Slocum, author of Sailing Alone Around the World
Naturally, this episode also features exciting sea battles, frustrating bureaucracy, alarming storms, untrustw...more
Time and again he's had to be rescued by his friend, the ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin. That will be the case again in The Surgeon's Mate, seventh in Patrick O'Brian's excellent historical naval fiction series of t...more
Another good'un, but possibly not quite up to snuff with the preceding books in this mini-trilogy. Not quite sure why I felt that way, just passages that didn't quite do it for me. Or maybe it was the intrusion of such modern trappings as telegraphy.
After Jack delivers a long-winded explanation of how an accurate timepiece can reveal a ships longitude at sea, Stephen replies...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
I've read the entire series three times through - and would highly recommend it to anyone moving their way up in world. As well, anyone looking for an adventurous read.
The ship is lost and they are captured – this time in Napoleon’s France!
Espionage and even romance. I’m looking forward to the next book.