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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,164 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick O’Brian Narrator: Patrick Tull Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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At the opening of his third novel in an ongoing adventure series by Patrick O'Brian, Jack Aubrey is cruising off Cape Sicie when his friend Stephen Maturin (more serenely situated in Sussex) is informed of the Board's decision regarding Aubrey's prize money, taken after victorious engagement with a Spanish squadron at Cape Santa Maria. The money, five million pieces of eight, is not, as is the custom of war, to be divided among the crews of the four victorious vessels, but is to be treated as droits of the Crown of England. Five million pounds is, after all, five million pounds.

It will be a hard rub for Aubrey, who had counted on that money to clear his debts and make himself a suitable match, but no more hard than for Maturin who spends much of his free time at Mapes Court in the company of the lovely Sophia Williams, Aubrey's betrothed. How could Stephen deliver the news that would break Sophia's heart?

When Jack docks at Portsmouth, he is clapped in irons forthwith, and carried off to a sponging house for debtors. Jack knows a prisoner can rot in jail, so when Sir Joseph graciously offers him escape aboard the H.M.S. Surprise, bound for the East Indies, he makes for the only place where his unsteady virtue remains intact: the sea.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Garrick | 2/16/2014

    " I love this series, but I have to admit I am somewhat lost on every page with the English and seamen vernaculars, complex military maneuvers, and an endless series of ships and mates. Extremely well-written, amazing detail for the period, and excellent characters make each of these great--but The Mauritius Command was the best so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Steve | 2/11/2014

    " All of the battles in this book, both on land and at sea, are based directly on the real battle for the Mauritius Islands but with the fictional Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin mixed in. This book finds the main characters older and more subdued but still characters that O'Brian has made into likable old friends to the reader. O'Brian's attention to detail and love of the tall ships comes across and makes these highly enjoyable reads. I'm not recommending this one more because the reality got in the way of the story, the strange back and forth of the actual Mauritius campaign made this one drag a little bit at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sean Hanley | 1/31/2014

    " bring on the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julia | 12/15/2013

    " This is the 4th entry in the Aubrey/Maturin series of British naval novels set during the Napoleonic Wars. This book is more focused on actual military actions than the immediately preceding HMS Surprise as it chronicles the conquering of French islands in the Indian Ocean. I think I liked the 3rd book a bit more, but this was still a completely engaging and exciting tale. I continue to be impressed with the wonderful characters along with the layering and depth of historical and period detail in these books; this story was even based on an actual campaign undertaken by the British Navy. "

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