The Ionian Mission (Aubrey & Maturin #8)
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The grade is still high though so people that like this series enough to read this book didn't dislike it. Just didn't like it as much as other books.(less)
Our hero British naval officer Captain Jack Aubrey needs to get out of dodge and takes a boring a blockade assignment that turns into something a bit more touchy in the diplomatic line, very volatile politics indeed.
Intrigue simmers in the background. A double-cross heats things ...more
After the tumult and strife of the previous two books (sea battles, grievous injuries, prison escapes, marriage at sea, etc) , most of the current offering feels like an interlude, a vacation for Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, who are sent out on a tedious mission of blockading the French fleet in Toulon and preventing it from escaping into the larger Mediterranean or joining forces with the Atlantic squadrons. Yet looking back at the duos adventures after the last page of the novel, I realize ...more
- Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian Mission
Probably my least favorite in the series so far. It was destined to happen. Even the best instruments will see their strings get loose after a few weeks on the water. It is still lovely and has some amazing parts, but this is not the b ...more
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I liked the story well enough, but I have a big problem with Simon Vance's narration. He did the non-dialogue stuff in a way that kept my attention - Patrick Tull's slower pace tends to lose me at times in O'Brian's long sentences - but I absolutely LOATHE Vance's voices for Jack and Stephen. Ugh! Jack is the same booris ...more
But on this reread of the entire series, when I came to this book I became aware of something I hadn't noticed ...more
I can't wait to get the next book...
The Ionian Mission is nowhere near as action-packed as its predecessors, as instead of dashing up and down the Med taking prizes, Jack and his crew are now just one small part of a blockade. Without much fighting or sailing to do, Jack can’t bank on his strong sk ...more
Not much happens, really. But in true O'Brian fashion, the entire time they spend on blockade duty in the Ionian Sea is in fact NOT the mission you think. Only towards the last half of the last 1/3 of the book is the true mission.
My favorite par ...more
This time it's Aubrey who must sort out the truth, deciding which minor ruler is the lesser of three evils, giving him the best chance to complete his mission. It adds a new dimension to Aubrey's character when he has to navigate ...more
If you set Jane Austin to writing a high adventure with a massive ship battle at the end to writing a novel, she would do well to have done half as well as Mr. O'Brian.
Remarkable stuff. And such skill, to end exactly at the climax.
Oh, but please do read the first seven novels before this one.
After a full book focused very much on Stephen Maturin, this one returns more to Captain Jack....
After a break from Aubrey and Maturin for a few months--mostly to take care of some nonfiction reading and reviewing--I finally have time to dive back into the continuing story. I went into Book 8, The Ionian Mission, with a bit of fear, however. Why? Because the last time I tried to read through O'Brian's series, this is the point at which I fizzled out and stopped the series. (This was partly because at that time I couldn't find a copy of Book 7, and it was difficult to get back into the serie...more
Aubrey talks about his problems at home. He talks about the politics of the English blockade. He talks about Navy discipline. He talks about food and music. He talks about Islamic politics. He talks about pirates. He talks, he talks, he talks...
He cheats on his wife a little. That was a kinda spicy.
And of course the Navy doesn't give a Captain of his success a better ship ...more
Set in the ...more