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 balance tilts in favor of intrigue over action. 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 alway ...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 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
In this book Maturin manages to put a dent in the spies of Malta, but not root out the nest, and Aubrey is f ...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 no ...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
Set in the ...more