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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (197 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick O’Brian Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This stand-alone adventure from the mighty Patrick O’Brian begins just where his devoted fans would want it to: with a sloop in the South China Sea barely surviving a killer typhoon. But the time is the 1930s and the protagonist a teenaged American boy whose missionary parents have just died. In the company of his rough, seafaring uncle and his elderly English cousin, an eminent archaeologist, young Derrick sets off in search of ancient treasures in central Asia.

Along the way, they encounter a charismatic Chinese bandit and a host of bad characters, including Russian agents fomenting unrest. The tale ends in an icebound valley with the party caught between hostile Red-Hat monks and the yeti whom the Tibetans call the Great Silent Ones.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “O’Brian’s richly told adventure saga, with its muscular prose, supple dialogue, and engaging characters, packs a nice old-school punch.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Simon Vance, who has recorded almost all of O’Brian’s work on audio, is perfect; he catches every vocal social nuance and foreign accent without veering into caricature.” 

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rael | 2/11/2014

    " An exciting read - very well written and absorbing in a true story telling fashion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mama | 2/4/2014

    " A nice adventure story in the "old school" manner. A tad too "swashbuckling" at times with the language, but an entertaining read anyway. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cole Schoolland | 1/26/2014

    " Wonderfully enjoyable read by O'Brian. Strong ties to his Aubrey/Maturin series and common thematic elements abound. However, it is unique to works in that it is what I would call a "Young Adult" novel in its quick pace and simple, action-packed plot. Very fun and refreshing read from O'Brian. "

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

    " A fun quick read. Great original story. "

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