The Fortune of War

Paperback | February 3, 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.Captain Jack Aubrey, RN, arrives in the Dutch East Indies to find himself appointed to the command of the fastest and best-armed frigate in the Navy. He and his friend Stephen Maturin take passage for England in a despatch vessel. But the war of 1812 breaks out while they are en route. Bloody actions precipitate them both into new and unexpected scenes where Stephen's past activities as a secret agent return on him with a vengeance.

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This sixth instalment in Patrick O`Brian`s nautical adventure series takes us to the Dutch East Indies, where Captain Jack Aubrey is appointed captain to a frigate in the navy. His friend Stephen Maturin joins him, and the two make their way to England in a dispatch vessel. But the war of 1812 starts while they`re out on the water. Wil...

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Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written.Captain Jack Aubrey, RN, arrives in the Dutch East Indies to find himself appointed to the command of the fastest and best-armed frigate in the Navy. He and his friend Stephen Maturin take passage for England in a ...

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:348 pagesPublished:February 3, 1997Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0006499198

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This sixth instalment in Patrick O`Brian`s nautical adventure series takes us to the Dutch East Indies, where Captain Jack Aubrey is appointed captain to a frigate in the navy. His friend Stephen Maturin joins him, and the two make their way to England in a dispatch vessel. But the war of 1812 starts while they`re out on the water. Will Stephen be able to keep his past as a secret agent at bay? The Fortune of War is a thrilling adventure story that swells with intrigue.  

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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 Myers, 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 depth of sympathy than the vessels he describes, a rare achievement save in the greatest writers of this genre. It deserves the widest readership.' Irish Times