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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,161 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick O’Brian Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Aubrey–Maturin Series Release Date:
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Third in the series of Aubrey–Maturin adventures, this book is set among the strange sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent and in the distant waters ploughed by the ships of the East India Company. Aubrey is on the defensive, pitting wits and seamanship against an enemy enjoying overwhelming local superiority. But somewhere in the Indian Ocean lies the prize that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams: the ships sent by Napoleon to attack the China Fleet.

Full of daring rescues, colorful characters, high seas adventure, and vivid historical detail, this novel will grab you from the start and never loosen its grip.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The best historical novels ever written.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “O’Brian is astonishingly good.”

    Times (London)

  • “Few, very few, books have made my heart thud with excitement. H.M.S. Surprise managed it…Patrick O’Brian’s erudition is phenomenal, as is his capacity for creating another completely believable world. He convinces with his total accuracy even in tiny details.”

    Irish Press

  • “O’Brian knows his history and sailing, as is evident in the rich particulars…Stretching its genre but never escaping it, the novel will impress those who enjoy swashbucklers.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nicholas Hansen | 2/19/2014

    " Not as good as the third book but better than the first two. If the series holds out much this then I think I'll finish it in no time, enjoying every second. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Winnie | 2/5/2014

    " I wish I could give this a rating of 4.75 as of its genre it certainly deserves top rating. The action is brilliantly described and the period flavour is unmatched. The characters are all 3-dimensional and there is a great deal of humanity in the writing. A wonderful novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stan | 1/27/2014

    " Book 4 in the Aubrey/Maturin series opens with a glimpse of a domesticated Aubrey, but before long, Aubrey is placed in command of a squadron of ships whose mission is to wrest two strategic islands from the French. There is a good amount of action, as well as naval strategy and also politics behind the scenes. And as always, O'Brian's vividly portrayed characters and lively dialogue. Excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tara | 1/22/2014

    " Solid. Liked it. Will read the next one. "

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