The Mauritius Command (Aubrey & Maturin #4)
Captain Jack Aubrey is ashore on half pay without a command—until Stephen Maturin arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a commodor...more
Mauritius Command is a particularly cohesive volume, more united in purpose than most, comprising as it...more
In this the fourth episode of his Aubrey-Maturin series, he takes this method to the extreme - his whole book, not only one or two battles, is based on a historical campaign, making for some ver...more
I love this series so much, for all the reasons I outlined in Master & Commander - the depth and breadth of O'Brian's knowledge and research is outstanding, breathtaking and yet the level of writing mastery he shows in his portrayal of character and plot makes these books utterly br...more
"Although his he...more
once we get on board and out to Mauritius, the story felt a bit more labored (lot of politics and boats and whatnot ~ one gets the impression of o'brian just writing a strange sort of naval fan faction about this historical action). nevertheless, a fun character study of Jack's nemesis Clonfert, the happy return of...more
Jack Aubrey is a commodore in this story, which means he is in charge of leading several different ships. Much of the book is dedicated to the interpersonal difficulties dealing with disparate prickly, sensitive, or craven persona...more
This book was particularly interesting because it is a retelling of an actual campaign from the Napoleonic war and I thought it would be a good test of O'Brian's ability to bring colour and context to some potentially dry history. I was not disappointed.
It was a comfortable read, although Patrick O'Brian writes occasional...more
And then O'Brian made Aubrey a Commodore in charge of a sq...more
Next Sunday, 15:00 on BBC Radio 4
Patrick O'Brian's naval epic set in 1809, dramatised in three parts by Roger Danes. Starring David Robb as Captain Jack Aubrey and Richard Dillane as Doctor Stephen Maturin.
Following his adventures in HMS Surprise, Jack Aubrey has been kicking his heels at home when his old friend, Stephen Maturin, comes knocking at his door with welcome news. Jack is promoted to Commodore, and is to lead a squadron of English ships, charged with taking the Indian Ocean i...more
As a random note, I'm finding really delightfu...more
The Mauritius Command opens with the now-expected introductory scenes of Aubrey's hard luck on land. He feels conflicted in what he most wants: the domestic family life that he dreamed of, or adventure on the high seas that he seems to be made for. Soon enough, of course, the decision is made for him and we find ourselves back on board, cruising for a mission to La Réunion, Rodriguez, and Mauritius, islands off the coast of Madagascar in southern Africa.
After the gradual build-up of Aubrey reach...more
This may be the type of book perfect for an electronic device that has a built in dictionary and google at you fingertips. It's a rich world made wondrous...more
Aside from Jack and Stephen, the beauty here is in the cast of really of wonderfully drawn supporting characters, such as Lord Clonfert, all of whom are eminently believable.
My reviews of other works in the Aubrey/Maturin series:
1. Master and Commander
2. Post Captain
3. H.M.S. Surprise
5. Desolation Isl...more
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"It had crossed my mind, I must admit," said Jack. "Indeed, I may go so far as to say, that I am afraid a conflict is now virtually inevitable. Did you notice we have cleared for action?”