The Wine-Dark Sea

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 sixteenth book in the series.At the opening of a voyage filled with disaster and delight, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are in pursuit of a privateer sailing under American colours through the Great South Sea. Stephen's objective is to set the revolutionary tinder of South America ablaze to relieve the pressure on the British government which has blundered into war with the young and uncomfortably vigorous United States. The shock and barbarity of hand-to-hand fighting are sharpened by O'Brian's exact sense of period, his eye for landscape and his feel for a ship under sail.

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Willing and able seamen Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin return in another hugely enjoyable seafaring adventure from best-selling historical writer Patrick O'Brian! This time, the audacious pair are hot on the heels of a privateer sailing the Great South Sea flying an American flag. In one stroke, Maturin sees a way to take the British ...

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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 sixteenth book in the series.At the op...

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:336 pagesPublished:August 4, 1997Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0006499317

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Willing and able seamen Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin return in another hugely enjoyable seafaring adventure from best-selling historical writer Patrick O'Brian! This time, the audacious pair are hot on the heels of a privateer sailing the Great South Sea flying an American flag. In one stroke, Maturin sees a way to take the British government's mind off the terrible new war with the rebellious young United States and for the bold duo to revel in an action-packed escapade in South America. The Wine Dark Sea continues O' Brian's popular series about Aubrey and his perilous adventures at sea.  

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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 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