Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely hailed as the greatest series of historical novels ever written. All eighteen books are to be re-issued in hardback by HarperCollins with stunning new jackets.
Uniquely among authors of naval fiction, Patrick O’Brian allows his characters to develop with experience. The Jack Aubrey of Treason’s Harbour has a record of successes equal to that of the most brilliant of Nelson’s band of brothers, and he is no less formidable or decisive in action or strategy. But he is wiser, kinder, gentler too.
Much of the plot of Treason’s Harbour depends on intelligence and counter-intelligence, a field in which Aubrey’s friend Stephen Maturin excels. Through him we get a clearer insight into the life and habits of the sea officers of Nelson’s time than we would ever obtain seeing things through their own eyes. There is plenty of action and excitement in this novel, but it is the atmosphere of a Malta crowded with senior officers waiting for news of what the French are up to, and wondering whether the war will end before their turn comes for prize money and for fame, that is here so freshly and vividly conveyed.
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This segment of the Aubrey saga is set in Malta, where the captain's "small, sweet-sailing frigate" is undergoing repairs. The island, however, is swarming with Napoleonic agents, which means that Stephen Maturin must do everything in his power to avert sabotage. A typical O'Brian cocktail of action and intrigue.Review:
‘…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
‘A mirror to Nelson’s navy – compulsively readable.’
‘Aubrey and Maturin are men to believe in as they come to terms with their comfortable flaws against an exceedingly accurate Maltese backdrop in this, the ninth Aubrey novel. More power to your yardarm, Mr O’Brian.’
Frank Peters, The Times
‘Patrick O’Brian’s engaging Captain Jack Aubrey is the best thing afloat.’
Stephen Vaughan, Observer
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Book Description William Collins, London, 1983. Book Condition: Good. 1st. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP27978646
Book Description HarperCollins 17/08/1998, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used - Very Good. A good clean copy throughout. Hardcover. Bookseller Inventory # 024231-5
Book Description Harper Collins, 1998. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Blue boards with gilt titles to the spine. Nice square binding. Clean Pages. Dustjacket is not price clipped. Bookseller Inventory # 3731
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Book Description Collins' Clear-Type Press London 1983 First Edition, 1983. Dust Jacket Near Fine (Now Prot.) Ex-Library 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Hard Cover Very Good Red cloth, gilt titles to spine only, 320pp, slightly cocked ex-lib, with minimal markings to feps and title verso, light tape residue to top and bottom of covers, dw is not price-clipped, but is lightly creased, and has one small ( 2mm diam) puncture in the lower spine. Bookseller Inventory # 001406
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Canada, Limited, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1983. Hard Cover. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Plus. A very good red hardcover w/ a very good plus dust jacket. Ex. Library, stamps, ffep missing. Price clipped. Ex library. A little moisture stain. Pages are very nice and clean. Slight spine slant. No sticker on spine (neatly removed?) 1st Edition copyright 1983. Bookseller Inventory # 2AD1960
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