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The Fortune of War by Patrick O'Brian
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Aug 07, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: 2009
Read in August, 2009

There's not as much seafaring in this volume as the previous ones; it mostly focuses on the complications of being a prisoner of war on foreign soil in a gentleman's war, complicated even further by Maturin being a spy. This is the first book, however, that really focuses on how Maturin, out of his element on the sea all the time, really is a badass when it comes to being an intelligence agent. Aubrey spends much of the book landlocked and injured, and it's up to Maturin to evade French agents who try repeatedly to ambush and outsmart him.

In previous volumes, both Maturin and Aubrey come off as verging on silliness, and that definitely doesn't go away in these books entirely--Aubrey is still inordinately proud of stupid jokes and malapropisms, and Maturin is still a horrid seaman, but all in all, this was one of the strongest books in the series yet.
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