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“This marks the completion of my third read of this volume of the Aubrey-Maturin naval series.”Uncle Jim K wrote this review Friday, May 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“If you haven't discovered this series, I recommend giving it a chance. Not only is it extremely well written, it's also very long and well seeded with quotable wisdom, to wit: "He who wishes to grow rich in a year, will be hanged in six months...."”Alec Shuldiner wrote this review Tuesday, January 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A relieving and satisfying tying off of the tragic loose ends from the previous book.”K.M. Weiland wrote this review Thursday, January 20, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“After Captain Aubrey is once again saved by Dr. Maturin, they set out on another adventure, this time on Aubrey's favorite ship, H.M.S. Surprise with a hand picked happy crew. The men volunteered and were not conscripted. The men are also not subjected to brutality since Captain Aubrey abhors the cat, and other known sadistic punishments. The end is the best however. Finally Dr. Maturin gets rid of his opiate habit and reconciles with his love and wife, Diana. Love is a strong plot in all these books. Love of life, marriage, and the sea. ”PaytonLee wrote this review Wednesday, May 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Love the old English and seaman language”Loaves & Fishes wrote this review Tuesday, October 12, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I do not recall which number this book is in the series, but I do recall that it is story. There is action, a lot. Jack is a privateer, not Navy. But the book is more around Maturin. There is love and struggle. This book is inspired.”Robi wrote this review Sunday, September 12, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The twelve in the Aubrey-Maturin series, which I am enjoying. This volume is a little different with three adventures and quite a bit of time spent in England. The Surprise sails to the Azores, captures several ships worth tons of money but the actual capture is not described. Then Jack pulls a French ship out of a French port by night, well described and fun to read. Finally to find his love, Diane. There are several interesting twists and, unlike most, this one has a sweet, happy ending! If you are a fan, it is a good one.”Parnell wrote this review Tuesday, March 9, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Pretty good in the middle but I wasn't happy with the end. ”Matt M wrote this review Tuesday, September 29, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Expelled from the navy after being tricked into taking part in stock market fraud, Aubrey takes up as a privateer.
Good one, with some interesting stuff on the transition to the private sector, such as when his crew start singing shanties as they turn the capstan, something that's not allowed in the navy. Has a couple of good actions too.
One quibble is that things are made a bit too easy for Aubrey thanks to the wealth and influence of his friends. For one thing he's given immunity from having his men pressed, which could have led to some tension as he has to dodge the navy like the other privateers.”
“(book 12 of a 21-book series, published 1988):
6980 pages of pure joy - culturally & linguistically immersive historical literature, set on the sea of the Napoleonic Wars. Ah, so captivating, I sincerely miss plunging from one book to the next now that they're complete. Yes, this was an adventure my Mom started me on, buying one of the first books as a present based on a review she read. The language, the leadership, the relations, the sea, rich with characters one learns to love. I'll look back with fondness on my 21 weeks of sailing with O'Brian across his inspired imagination.”