The Letter of Marque

The Letter of Marque

Book - 1988
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Captain Jack Aubrey, a brilliant and experienced officer, has been struck off the list of post-captains for a crime he did not commit. His old friend Stephen Maturin, usually cast as a ship's surgeon to mask his discreet activities on behalf of British Intelligence, has bought for Aubrey his former ship the Surprise to command as a privateer, more politely termed a letter of marque. Together they sail on a desperate mission against the French, which, if successful, may redeem Aubrey from the private hell of his disgrace.
Publisher: London : Collins, 1988.
ISBN: 9780393309058
9780002231497
0002231492
Branch Call Number: LPLC881024112942
Characteristics: 284 p. ;,23 cm.

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Jul 11, 2013

The denouement of the Maturin/Diana storyline here was the highlight by far, the scenes of shipboard life and derring-do were too derivative, I felt, of O'Brian's own earlier work in the series, as though he could not be bothered to introduce any new characters or locations and so just returned to his "greatest hits" of the first 1-6 volumes. That said, derivative O'Brian is still better than 9/10ths of all the rest of the historical fictions that has been published in the last 30 years, so by all means read and enjoy!

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