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Summary

Napoleon has been defeated at Waterloo, and the ensuing peace brings with it both the desertion of nearly half of Captain Aubrey's crew and the sudden dimming of Aubrey's career prospects in a peacetime navy. When the Surprise is nearly sunk on her way to South America - where Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are to help Chile assert her independence from Spain - the delay occasioned by repairs reaps a harvest of strange consequences.

The South American expedition is a desperate affair; and in the end Jack's bold initiative to strike at the vastly superior Spanish fleet precipitates a spectacular naval action that will determine both Chile's fate and his own.

©1999 Patrick O'Brian (P)2014 Audible Studios

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The most excellent series

I am reviewing the series rather than this last book. I can think of few literary experiences that have given me more pleasure than the Aubrey Maturin series. The depth of characterisation is incredible and three dimensional. The main characters are all lovely and the villains devious and dastardly. The historical details are riveting and the naval battles exhilarating. Lastly Ric Jerrom is one of the very best readers. He can do many realistic accents and voices including women and manages to keep them separate and consistent. I’m very sorry there are no more books!

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wonderful series.

Sad to be finished listening to these wonderful books. I have read them all twice before but, the brilliant narration of Ric Jerrom made them a joy to hear. I wish someone would pick up from the much missed Patrick O'Brien, God rest him, and write another twenty books.

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Loved it.

There's something special about all the books in this series.
Thankyou Rick.
And most of all thankyou you Patrick.
May your God smile upon you.

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A fitting end ... Ish

I very much enjoyed this book but the pleasure is tinged with a little sadness knowing that it is the last full Aubrey Maturin novel. well read as always and very much makes you think that even after all this time, perhaps especially, a movie sequel with the same cast could be excellent.

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Worth the wait!

Another great performance by Ric Jerrom. So good to be able to listen to the whole set by one performer. Just Men of War to add the icing on the cake... 😃

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