The Thirteen-Gun Salute (Aubrey & Maturin #13)
Captain Jack Aubrey sets sail for the South China Sea with a new lease on life. Following his dismissal from the Royal Navy (a false accusation), he has earned reinstatement through his daring exploits as a privateer, brilliantly chronicled in The Letter of Marque. Now he is to shepherd Stephen Maturin—his friend, ship's surgeon, and sometimes intelligence agent—on a diplo...more
- Patrick O'Brian, Thirteen-Gun Salute
"...What I meant was that if he could induce others to believe what he said, then for him the statement acquired some degree of truth, a reflection of their belief that it was true; and this reflected truth might grow stronger with time and repetition until it became conviction, indistinguishable from ordinary factual truth, or very nearly so.” (The Thriteen-Gun Salute, 188)
Certain O'Brian novels jus ...more
Words & Notes
p. 29 As usual, Stephen is at the cutting edge of medical technology, stocking "plaster of Par ...more
So, thirteen books in and it's getting har ...more
By book 13 you're already heavily invested in the ongoing adventures of captain Jack Aubrey and doctor Stephen Maturin. So I will just say that I treat these as leisurely serial novels, much like the radio shows of old, where the adventures keep the story rolling along and we enjoy the characters' developing lives as much as the main action. This was enjoyable and kept me rolling along to anticipate a leisurely listen to book 14.
By this thirteenth book, titles are starting to feel more like arbitrary chunks of the ongoing dual biography than discrete novels. A high degree of familiarity with the series is presumed, but for dedicated readers this is part of the charm.
Highlights include Dr. Maturin's sojourn at a Buddhist temple in an isolated volcanic crater -- a ...more
The only interesting part was where Jack got his commission back in the Royal Navy and this could have been told in a short story, which perhaps this story should have been. ...more
I was disappointed that they changed ships again from The Surprise to The Diane, but gratified that Jack has been re-instated. The spy stuff with Stephen and his old French advisories was a little confusing, and the new Envoy is not a nice guy. The ending caught me off guard after the big blow, but I know that everything will carry on until my turn for the next volume comes off of hold at my library.
cover art: It's so refreshing to have cover art depicting an identifiable scene from the text. This series is much the exception in that most of it's cover art does.
But first, we find Aubrey still sailing the Surprise as in the last book, The Letter of Marque. That changes rather quickly, although never quick enough for Jack, when he is reinstated to the Royal Navy because of his exploits on behalf of the nation as a privateer ...more
The highlight of the book is the pilgrimage Dr. Steven Maturin ...more
What makes it a favourite is the chapter where Stephen, accompanied by an orang-utan, climbs a mountain to visit a ...more
That Patrick O'Brian chose to place his characters on the sea in the not so distant past just raised the hurdle I had to leap to get to know this wonderful author.
I had never been enamored with sea stories, didn't much care for European history, and yet was wonderfully taken with this series. The sea is a major character, but history is not greatly illuminated, almost a backdrop to the specific circumstance the characters find themselves in. Which perhaps reflects t ...more
These books don't so much hav ...more
But I’m probably preaching to the choir. If you’ve gotten this far in the series, you know why you should read this book. The deep and ever maturing characters – the exciting nav ...more
This lacked the excitement of previous books, especially the at-sea bits. I listened to it with a disinterested ear for the most part, though there were were some high points. A sign that I might not have been fully engaged by one of the Aubrey volum ...more
E' il tempo della svolta anche per Maturin. Dopo aver riconquistato l'amore dell'amazzone Diana Villiers, è il tempo di diventare padre ma al contempo Jack Aubrey il Fortunato è reintegrato nei ruoli e questa volta assieme a Maturin deve lasciare la cara Surprise per diventare il comandante della Diane, il vascello catturato ai francesi anni prima e dirigersi spiegando al vento anche i fazzoletti, nel Mar della Cina, a Pulo Bratang, al fine di scortare il signor Fox e il suo seguito ...more
Set in the ...more