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The Fortune of War by Patrick O'Brian
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Jul 08, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012-favourites, 2012, audiobooks, british, free, historical, nautical, siy20, twentieth-century, united-states, voyage, war
Read from April 23 to May 17, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Another great Aubrey-Maturin story. This time, the ship they're on goes down in flames and they spend quite a bit of time on a life boat in the middle of the ocean. Everything seems perfect when they're picked up by HMS Java, but the War of 1812 has been declared and they happen to run into one of the few ships of the American Navy. Java is boarded, Jack is injured and both he and Maturin are captured and hauled off to Boston. They're treated pretty well for prisoners of war--in such a civilised age, they don't have to worry about Guantanamo--but the exchange is slow indeed. Slow, slow, slow. As it turns out, Maturin's little gambit with Louisa Wogan puts Jack under suspicion of being a spy and the Americans don't want to let him go. But then some French agents show up and figure out that it's Maturin they want dead. After several attempts on his life, Maturin manages to escape Boston with the help of Jack and Michael Harepath, taking Villiers with him (she's been living with an abusive American spy who won't let her go). The book ends abruptly with Shannon's taking of Constitution. A lot of time spent on land, much of it with Jack convalescing by himself, but I didn't mind. This one ended quite abruptly, so I'm keen to go on to the next. Maybe they'll even touch down in Halifax for a moment.

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