The Surgeon's Mate

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9780002224062: The Surgeon's Mate

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.

Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are ordered home by despatch vessel to bring the news of their latest victory to the government. But Maturin is a marked man for the havoc he has wrought in the French intelligence network in the New World, and the attentions of two privateers soon become menacing.

The chase that follows through the fogs and shallows of the Grand Banks is as thrilling, as tense and as unexpected in its culmination as anything Patrick O’Brian has written. Then, among other things, follows a shipwreck and a particularly sinister internment in the notorious Temple Prison in Paris. Once again, the tigerish and fascinating Diana Villiers redresses the balance in this man’s world of seamanship and war.

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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

‘A swelling tide of intrigue and adventure in the best tradition.’
Guardian

‘The author, master of his period and of the techniques of ships under sail, keeps his story moving with panache and ingenuity.’
John Bright-Holmes, Daily Telegraph

‘This is a splendid excursion into the glorious history of the Royal Navy. It is also highly authentic. There are real characters, believable dialogue, fine descriptive writing, excitement…’
Now Magazine

‘The tang of saltwater voyages and pungent aroma of man-o’-war gunsmoke contrasts with some equally gripping events on land. Another collector’s item for those following the career of this impressive – and very human – naval officer.’
Bolton Evening News

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Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are ordered home by despatch vessel to bring the news of their latest victory to the government. But Maturin is a marked man for the havoc he has wrought in the French intelligence network in the New World and the attentions of two privateers soon become menacing.

The chase that follows through the fogs and shallows of the Grand Banks is as thrilling, as tense and as unexpected in its culmination as anything Patrick O’Brian has written. Then, among other things, follows a shipwreck and a particularly sinister internment in the notorious Temple Prison in Paris. 'The Surgeon’s Mate' demonstrates again the compulsive readability of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin tales.

“This is a splendid excursion into the glorious history of the Royal Navy. It is also highly authentic. There are real characters, believable dialogue, fine descriptive writing, excitement…”
NOW

“One must admire once again Patrick O’Brian’s subtle and persuasive re-creation of the past. Here there is nothing of your ordinary historical novel…instead each incident or description is saturated by a mass of complex and convincing detail…So eventful, indeed, are the novels, it is easy to ignore the fact that…they are, on one level, addressing themselves to questions of human actions and behaviour far beyond the compass of the normal adventure story.”
T.J. BINYON, 'Times Literary Supplement'

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