The Yellow Admiral

Paperback | September 8, 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 eighteenth book in the series.The Yellow Admiral - the eighteenth novel in the sequence hailed as the greatest series of historical novels ever written - sets the fall and rise of Jack Aubrey in brilliant counterpoint to the fall and rise of Napoleon Bonaparte.Life ashore may once again be the undoing of Jack Aubrey. Even Jack's exploits at sea turn sour in the storm waters off Brest. Worst of all, in the spring of 1814 peace breaks out. But Stephen Maturin returns from a mission in France with news that the Chileans require the service of English officers. Jack is savouring this reprieve for his career when he receives an urgent despatch ordering him to Gibraltar: Napoleon has escaped from Elba.

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It’s 1812 and peace is blossoming in the beautiful English springtime. But for hot-blooded seaman Jack Aubrey, this is no celebration. He’d rather be off on some hair-raising escapade on board a ship than cooling his heels on land. This is exactly what the restless seafarer’s doing until cohort Stephen Maturin arrives from France with ...

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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 eighteenth book in the series.The Yell...

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:288 pagesPublished:September 8, 1997Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

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ISBN - 10:0006499643

ISBN - 13:9780006499640

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It’s 1812 and peace is blossoming in the beautiful English springtime. But for hot-blooded seaman Jack Aubrey, this is no celebration. He’d rather be off on some hair-raising escapade on board a ship than cooling his heels on land. This is exactly what the restless seafarer’s doing until cohort Stephen Maturin arrives from France with an urgent request for help in Chile. Not only that, but as Jack prepares for another eventful voyage, he receives an order to go immediately to Gibraltar to help locate an escaped man -- Napoleon Bonaparte! Patrick O’Brian sets his usual high-spirited pace in The Yellow Admiral, the continuing historical adventures of Jack Aubrey and his vigorous life 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 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