The Commodore

Paperback | August 4, 1997

byPatrick O'brian

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Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of their beginning, with Master and Commander, these evocative stories are being re-issued in paperback with smart new livery. This is the seventeenth book in the series.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 twofold - 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. Invention and surprise follow at every turn in this tale of nineteenth-century seamanship, as rich, as compelling, as masterly as any of its predecessors.

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Salt-stained seaman Jack Aubrey fleshes out each of Patrick O'Brian's swashbuckling novels with his vivid, brusque manner and highly trained nose for adventure. In The Commodore, Aubrey earns the rank of Commodore and heads up an impressive squadron of ships. He has two goals in mind, the first being to sail to Africa and throw a spann...

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Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of their beginning, with Master and Commander, these evocative stories are being re-issued in paperback with smart new livery. This is the seventeenth book in the series.Jack Au...

Patrick O'Brian, until his death in 2000, was one of our greatest contemporary novelists. He is the author of the acclaimed Aubrey-Maturin tales and the biographer of Joseph Banks and Picasso. He is the author of many other books including Testimonies, and his Collected Short Stories. In 1995 he was the first recipient of the Heywood H...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pagesPublished:August 4, 1997Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0006499325

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Salt-stained seaman Jack Aubrey fleshes out each of Patrick O'Brian's swashbuckling novels with his vivid, brusque manner and highly trained nose for adventure. In The Commodore, Aubrey earns the rank of Commodore and heads up an impressive squadron of ships. He has two goals in mind, the first being to sail to Africa and throw a spanner in the slave trade's works and on the way home, thwart a French mission to send arms to the Irish. O'Brian's gripping story-telling and eye for historical detail have made his seafaring adventure novels perennial best-sellers.  

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'. full of the energy that comes from a writer having struck a vein. Patrick O'Brian is unquestionably the Homer of the Napoleonic wars.' James Hamilton-Paterson'You are in for the treat of your lives. Thank God for Patrick O'Brian: his genius illuminates the literature of the English language, and lightens the lives of those who read him.' Kevin Meyers, Irish Times'In a highly competitive field it goes straight to the top. A real first-rater.' Mary Renault'I never enjoyed a novel about the sea more. It is not only that the author describes the handling of a ship of 1800 with an accuracy that is as comprehensible as it is detailed, a remarkable feat in itself. Mr O'Brian's three chief characters are drawn with no less sympathy that the vessels he describes, a rare achievement save in the greatest of writers of this genre. It deserves the widest readership.' Irish Times