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PATRICK O'BRIAN.



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  • Post Captain
  • HMS Surprise
  • The Mauritius Command
  • Desolation Island
  • The Fortune of War
  • The Surgeon's Mate
  • The Ionian Mission
  • Treason's Harbour
  • The Far Side of the World
  • The Reverse of the Medal
  • The Letter of Marque
  • The Thirteen Gun Salute
  • The Nutmeg of Consolation
  • Clarissa Oakes
  • The Wine Dark Sea
  • The Commodore
  • The Yellow Admiral
  • The Hundred Days
  • Blue at the Mizzen
  • The Road to Samarcand

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    MASTER AND COMMANDER.
    ByPatrick O'Brian. Paperback, 128mm x 197mm, 407 pages.
    This book is the first of Patrick O'Brian's now famous Aubrey - Maturin novels, regarded by many as the greatest series of historical novels ever written. It establishes the friendship between Jack Aubrey RN and Stephen Maturin, who becomes his secretive ship's surgeon and a secret agent. It contains all the action and excitement which could possibly be hoped for in a historical novel, but it also displays the qualities which have put O'Brian far ahead of his competitors: his depiction of the detail of life aboard a Nelsonic man-of-war, of weapons, food, conversation and ambience, of the landscape and of the sea. O'Brian's sense of each of these is faultless and the sense of period throughout is acute. His power of characterisation above all is masterly.

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    POST CAPTAIN.
    By Patrick O'Brian. Paperback, 128mm x 197mm, 480 pages.
    This is the second in Patrick O'Brian's much loved Aubrey-Maturin series of novels. It begins with Jack Aubrey returning to an England at peace following the Treaty of Amiens. With his friend Stephen Maturin, he begins to live the life of a country gentleman but their comfortable existence is cut short when Jack is reduced to a pauper overnight. He flees to the continent to seek refuge only to find himself a hunted fugitive from Napoleon's regime. Aubrey's adventures in escaping from both France and the debtor's prison will grip the reader as fast as his unequalled actions at sea.

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    HMS SURPRISE.
    By PatrickOBrian. Paperback, 128mm x 197mm, 369 pages.
    This book follows the variable fortunes of Captain Jack Aubrey's career in Nelson's navy as he attempts to hold his ground against admirals, colleagues and the enemy, accepting a commission to convey a British ambassador to the East Indies. The voyage takes him and his friend Stephen Maturin to the strange sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent, and through the archipalago of islands where the French have near overwhelming superioty.
    Rarely has a novel managed to convey more vividly the fragility of a sailing ship in a wild sea, or a historical novelist combined action and lyricism of style in the way that O'Brian does. His superb sense of place, brilliant characterisation and a vigour and joy of writing lifts O'Brian above any but the most exalted of comparisons.

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    THE MAURITIUS COMMAND.
    By Patrick O'Brian. Paperback, 128mm x 197mm, 331 pages.
    In this book, Captain Jack Aubrey is ashore on half-pay without a command until his friend, surgeon and secret agent Stephen Maturin arrives with secret orders fro Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope, under a commodore's pennant. But the difficulties of carrying out his orders are compounded by two of his own captains - one a pleasure-seeking dilettante, the other liable to provoke the crew to mutiny.
    Based on the actual campaign of 1810 in the Indian Ocean, O'Brian's attention to detail of life ashore and at sea is meticulous. This tale is as beautifully written and as gripping as any in the series; it also stands on its own as a superlative work of fiction.

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    DESOLATION ISLAND.
    By Patrick O'Brian. Paperback, 128mm x 197mm, 335 pages.
    Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty fame, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend and surgeon Stephen Maturin sail the Leopard to Australia with a hold full of convicts. Among them is a beautiful and dangerous spy - and a dangerous disease which decimates the crew.
    The ingredients of a wonderfully powerful and dramatic O'Brian novel are heightened by descriptive writing of rare quality. Nowhere in contemporary prose has the majesty and terror of the sea been more effectively rendered than in the thrilling chase through an Antarctic storm in which Jack's ship, under-manned and out-gunned, is the quarry not the hunter.

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    THE FORTUNE OF WAR.
    By Patrick O'Brian. Paperback, 128mm x 197mm, 321 pages.
    Captain Jack Aubrey arrives in the Dutch East Indies to find himself appointed to the command of the fastest and best-armed frigates in the Navy. He and his friend, the surgeon and secret agent Stephen Maturin, take passage to England in a despatch vessel. But the War of 1812 breaks out while they are en route. Bloody actions precipitate them both into new and unexpected scenes where Stephen's past activities as a secret agent return on him with a vengeance.

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    THE SURGEON'S MATE.
    By Patrick O'Brian. Paperback, 128mm x 197mm, 369 pages.
    Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are ordered home by despatch vessel to bring the news of their latest victory to the government. But Maturin is a marked man for the havoc he has wrought in the French intelligence network in the New World and the attentions of two privateers soon became menacing.
    The chase that follows through the fogs and shallows of the Grand Banks is as thrilling, as tense and as unexpected as anything Patrick O'Brian has written. Then, among other things, follows a shipwreck and a particularly sinister internment in the Temple Prison in Paris. Once again the tigerish and fascinating Diana Villiers redresses the balance in this man's world of seamanship and war.

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    THE IONIAN MISSION.
    By Patrick O'Brian. Paperback, 128mm x 197mm, 366 pages.
    Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, veterans of many battles, return in this novel to the seas where they first sailed as shipmates. Jack is now a senior Captain commanding a ship sent out to reinforce the squadron blockading Toulon, and this is a longer, harder, colder, war than the dashing frigate actions of his early days.
    A sudden turn of events takes him and Stephen off on a hazardous mission to the Greek Islands. All his old skills of seamanship and his proverbial luck when fighting against odds come triumphantly into their own. The book ends with as fierce and thrilling an action as any in this magnificent series of novels.

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    TREASON'S HARBOUR.
    By Patrick O'Brian. Paperback, 128mm x 197mm, 336 pages.
    Uniquely among authors of naval fiction, Patrick O'Brian allows his characters to develop with experience. The Jack Aubrey of Treason's Harbour has a record of successes equal to that of the most brilliant of Nelson's band of brothers, and he is no less formidable or decisive in action or strategy. But he is wiser, kinder, gentler too.
    Much of the plot depends on intelligence and counter-intelligence, a field in which Aubrey's friend, Stephen Maturin excels. There is plenty of action and excitement, but it is the atmosphere of a Malta crowded with senior officers waiting for news of what the French are up to, and wondering whether the war will end before their turn comes for prize money and fame, that is here so freshly and vividly conveyed.

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    THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD.
    By Patrick O'Brian. Paperback, 128mm x 197mm, 352 pages.
    It is still the war of 1812, Patrick O'Brian takes his hero Jack Aubrey and his tetchy, sardonic friend Stephen Maturin on a voyage across the South Atlantic to intercept a powerful American frigate outward bound to play havoc with the British whaling trade.
    If they do not come up with her before she rounds the Horn they must follow her into the Great South Sea and as far across the Pacific as she may lead them. It is a commission after Jack's own heart. Maturin has fish of his own to fry in the world of secret intelligence. That the enemy is in fact faithfully dealt with no one who has the honour of Captain Aubrey's acquaintance can take leave to doubt.

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    THE REVERSE OF THE MEDAL.
    By Patrick O'Brian. Paperback, 128mm x 197mm, 266 pages.
    Jack Aubrey returns from his duties protecting whalers off the South American coast and is persuaded by a casual acquaintance to make investments in the City on the strenght of supposedly certain information. From there he is led into the half-worlds of the London criminal underground and of government espionage - the province of his friend Stephen Maturin.
    Devoted readers of Patrick O'Brian will find here all the brilliance of characterisation and all the sparkle of dialogue they have come to expect from a novelist often described as 'Jane Austen sur mer'. For those who will read him for the first time there will be the pleasure of discovering a novelist of unique character.

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    THE LETTER OF MARQUE.
    By Patrick O'Brian. Paperback, 128mm x 197mm, 297 pages.
    Jack Aubrey is a naval officer, a post-captain of experience and capacity. When The Letter of Marque opens he has been struck off the Navy List for a crime he has not committed.
    With Aubrey is his friend and ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin, who is also an unofficial British intelligence agent. Maturin has bought for Aubrey his old ship, the Surprise as a 'private man-of-war'. Together they sail on a voyage which, if sccuessfull might restore Aubrey to the rank, and raison d'etre, whose loss he so much regrets.

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    THE THIRTEEN GUN SALUTE.
    By Patrick O'Brian. Paperback, 128mm x 197mm, 332pages.
    The Thirteen Gun Salute opens with Jack Aubrey reinstated to his command and sailing on a secret mission with a hand-picked crew, most of them shipmates from the adventures and lucrative voyages of earlier years. Patrick O'Brian's resourcefulness is a sure warrant that things will not turn out as his readers or his characters expect. Twists and turns, sub-plots, echoes from the past, these are the only certainties in this astonishing roman fleuve. Distant waters, exotic scenes, flora and fauna to satisfy Aubrey's old friend Stephen Maturin's curiosity, as well as the scope for his cloak and dagger work, enrich its flow. The ending of the book leaves the reader more than usually impatient for its successor.

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    THE NUTMEG OF CONSOLATION.
    By Patrick O'Brian. Paperback, 128mm x 197mm, 351 Pages.
    Patrick O'Brian is regarded by many as the greatest historical novelists in English. In this book, Jack Aubrey and Stephen maturin begin stranded on an uninhabited island in the Dutch East Indies, attacked by ferocious Malay pirates. They contrive their escape, but after a stay in Batavia and a change of ship, are caught up in a night chase in fiercely tidal waters and then embroiled in the much more insidious conflicts of the terrifying penal settlements of New South Wales. It is one of O'Brian's most accomplished and gripping books.

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    CLARISSA OAKES.
    By Patrick O'Brian. Paperback, 128mm x 197mm, 277pages.
    Captain Jack Aubrey sails away from the hated Australian prison colonies in his favourite vessel, the Surprise, pondering on middle age and sexual frustration. He soon becomes aware that that he is out of touch with the mood of his ship: to his astonishmnet he finds that in spite of a lifetime's experience, he does not know what the foremost hands or even his own officers are thinking. They know, as he does not, that the Surprise has a stranger on board: and what they, for their part, do not know is that the stranger is potentially as dangerous as a light in the powder magazine itself.

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    THE WINE DARK SEA.
    By Patrick O'Brian. Paperback, 128mm x 197mm, 307pages.
    At the opening of a voyage filled with disaster and delight, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are in pursuit of a privateer sailing under American colours through the Great South Sea. Stephen's objective is to set the revolutionary tinder of South America ablaze in order to relieve the pressure on the British government which, already engaged in a death-struggle with a Europe dominated by Napoleon, has blundered into war with the young and uncomfortably vigorous United States.
    The shock and barbarity of hand-to-hand fighting are sharpened by O'Brian's exact sense of period, his eye for landscape and his feel for a ship under sail. His thrilling descriptions of hair-raising and bloody actions make the reader grateful that he is watching from a distance.

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    THE COMMODORE.
    By Patrick O'Brian. Paperback, 128mm x 197mm, 311pages.
    Jack Aubrey's long service is at last rewarded: he is promoted to the rank of commodore, and given a squadron of ships to command. His mission is two-fold - to make a large dent in the slave trade off the coast of Africa and, on his return, to intercept a French fleet set for Bantry Bay with a cargo of weapons for the disaffected among the Irish.
    However, the nature of the secret mission on which the squadron is sent could present a conflict of loyalties for the complicated and inscrutable figure of Stephen Maturin, Jack's close friend and the ship's surgeon. Invention and surprise follow at every turn in this tale of early nineteenth-century seamanship, as rich, as compelling, as masterly as any of its predecessors.

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    THE YELLOW ADMIRAL.
    By Patrick O'Brian. Paperback, 128mm x 197mm, 267 pages.
    Jack Aubrey is not, on past form, prey to misgivings. But as he nears the top of the Captain's list, he begins to feel an understandable lack of confidence in the process by which Their Lordships decide who shall have the glory of hoisting his flag and who shall be consigned to the retired list. With the war still exacting in its demands, the inshore blockade of Brest is as dangerous a service as any of Jack's exploits in more exotic seas. Stephen is still deep in secret intelligence, and neither man has lost the power to engage the reader close to action. This is vintage O'Brian.

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    THE HUNDRED DAYS.
    By Patrick O'Brian. Paperback, 128mm x 197mm, 280 pages.
    For Jack Aubrey, Napoleon's Hundred Days was an eleventh-hour rescue of a lifetime's service in the Royal Navy that, for all its brilliance and excitement, seemed to be ending in inconspicuous respectability. When Napoleon escapes from Elba, Aubrey is already half-way across the Atlantic to try his fortunes with the young Chilean republic. He is appointed to operate on several difficult and dangerous missions, supported as always by the subtle intelligence of his old friend Stephen Maturin.
    Conspiracy in the Adriatic, in the Berber and Arab lands, night actions, fierce pursuits, the natural wonders of a still uncolonised North Africa all exert their pull on Aubrey and Maturin as they will on the reader of this, the nineteeth novel in a series that has, like the service it depicts, carried all before it.

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    BLUE AT THE MIZZEN.
    By Patrick O'Brian. Paperback, 128mm x 197mm, 261 pages.
    After Waterloo, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin have - at last - set sail on their much postponed mission to Chile. Dogged by difficulties and disaster (near shipwreck, deserting sailors, adultery, espionage, royal by-blows and revolution), Jack's longed-for promotion seems as far away as ever. However, there are many twists - both amorous and valorous - in this tale, the twentieth (and last) volume in the celebrated Aubrey-Maturin series. Blue at the Mizzen is as exciting as anything Patrick O'Brian has written.

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    THE ROAD TO SAMARCAND.
    By Patrick O'Brian. Paperback, 128mm x 197mm, 201 pages.
    Newly orphaned Derrick is entrusted to the care of his gruff Uncle Sullivan, captain of The Wanderer. In a quest for the treasures of Central Asia, they set off on foot accompanied by their eccentric elderly cousin, the Professor.
    Derrick befriends a fierce Mongol warrior and helps him defeat a ruthless Chinese warlord. The gift of a priceless piece of Jade sends the group in to the inhospitable mountains of Tibet where they find themselves caught between fighting monks and a terrifying unnamed menace that seems to be stalking them through the snow.

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