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
'Don't you know how to seize a cuckold's neck, you God-damned lubber? Where's the bleeding seizing?'
Hi, I'm Algernon and I'm a landlubber. I will probably be the first one to go overboard in a storm because I don't have the foggiest what a cuckold's neck is and where the jib is supposed to be hoisted. I take solace from the fact that my situation is not much different from that of Dr. Stephen Maturin, who is similarly baffled on board ship, even after nine voyages in the company of his friend, ...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
I'll be honest - at this point in this series I have lost all objectivity, with Jack and Stephen having become my imaginary best friends and my times aboard ship a blissful holiday from the ...more
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
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.
I read Treason’s Harbour, the ninth of Patrick O ...more
Thrilling action. If you haven't already read this phenomenal series because you don't care for historical fiction or you aren't interested in "naval" adventures you are doing yourself a disservice.
These books are remarkable. They are, in fact, one gigantic book, far greater in breath than War and Peace (which I sometimes read as a short treat after finishing this saga).
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
This is the ninth installment in o'Brian's ...more
Set in the ...more