The Letter of Marque (Vol. Book 12) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)

By Patrick O'Brian

"Fine stuff...[The Letter of Marque] leaves the devotee of naval fiction longing for sequels."―Jonathan Yardley, Washington submit publication World

Captain Jack Aubrey, an excellent and skilled officer, has been struck off the checklist of post-captains for against the law he didn't dedicate. His previous buddy Stephen Maturin, frequently solid as a ship's physician to masks his discreet actions on behalf of British Intelligence, has acquired for Aubrey his former send the Surprise to command as a privateer, extra in a well mannered way termed a letter of marque. jointly they sail on a determined venture opposed to the French, which, if winning, may perhaps redeem Aubrey from the personal hell of his shame.

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Eight. Brian Lavery, The Arming and becoming of the English send of conflict, (London: Conway Maritime, 1987), p. 299. nine. James, The Naval historical past, II, 405. 10. James, The Naval background, II, 405. eleven. O’Brian, The Surgeon’s Mate, p. 156. 12. Brian Lavery, the store of the road (London: Conway Maritime, 1983), I, 134 – 139 & 188 – 189.

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