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Author: Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0006141811
Language: English
Pages: 317 pages
Category: Genre Fiction
Publisher: Fontana/Collins; New Ed edition (1989)
Rating: 4.1
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He sent down all that the Surprise could offer in the way of refreshments, and when she went away at last, after a long vain wait, he said, 'I hope you will have better luck another time; but indeed this sleep is the greatest blessing: it is the first he has ha.

He sent down all that the Surprise could offer in the way of refreshments, and when she went away at last, after a long vain wait, he said, 'I hope you will have better luck another time; but indeed this sleep is the greatest blessing: it is the first he has ha. 'Tomorrow I cannot get away; there is so much to be done.

Anyone who reads O'Brian's books knows that they are all outstanding.

Patrick O'Brian's erudition is phenomenal, as is his capacity for creating another completely believable world. He convinces with his total accuracy even in tiny details. 'O'Brian is astonishingly good. 'They're funny, they're exciting, they're informative. Anyone who reads O'Brian's books knows that they are all outstanding. Each is essentially a time machine that carries its readers back to the Napoleonic wars, onto the decks of British fighting ships and amongst the men who sailed them.

Patrick O'Brian, HMS Surprise. Jack, you have debauched my sloth. Patrick O'Brian, . So, I am now three books into the Aubrey/Maturin series and the books are only getting better. Master and Commander and Post Captain were 459 to 527 pages respectively, and I wouldn't fault a page. Patrick O'Brian, HMS Surprise.

'Few, very few books have made my heart thud with excitement. Surprise managed i. '-Helen Lucy Burke, Irish Press Third in the series of Aubrey/Maturin adventures, this book is set among the strange sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent, and in the distant waters ploughed by the ships of the East India Company. Aubrey is on the defensive, pitting wits and seamanship against an enemy enjoying overwhelming local superiority.

The Aubrey–Maturin series is a sequence of nautical historical novels-20 completed and one unfinished-by Patrick O'Brian, set during the Napoleonic Wars and centering on the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and his ship&a.

The Aubrey–Maturin series is a sequence of nautical historical novels-20 completed and one unfinished-by Patrick O'Brian, set during the Napoleonic Wars and centering on the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and his ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin, a physician, natural philosopher, and intelligence agent. The first novel, Master and Commander, was published in 1969 and the last finished novel in 1999.

Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever . Amid sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent explore ships of the East India Company.

Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of their beginning, with Master and Commander, these evocative stories are being re-issued in paperback with smart new livery. This is the tenth book in the series. It is still the War of 1812. Patrick O’Brian takes his hero Jack Aubrey and his tetchy, sardonic friend Stephen Maturin on a voyage as fascinating as anything he has ever written.

Surprise follows the variable fortunes of Captain Jack Aubrey's career in Nelson's navy as he attempts to hold his ground against admirals, colleagues and the enemy, accepting a mission to convey a British ambassador to the East Indies. The voyage takes him and his friend Stephen Maturin to the strange sights and smells of the Indian sub-continent, and through the archipelago of spice islands where the French have a near-overwhelming superiority. Rarely has a novel managed to convey more vividly the fragility of a sailing ship in a wild sea.

15 March 2011 ·. thedearsurprise. Patrick O'Brian's Take on Music at Sea in Aubrey's Royal Navy The Dear Surprise. As anyone who's read even the first sentence of our beloved series knows, music plays an important part throughout.

Title: HMS Surprise Item Condition: used item in a very good condition. Author: Patrick O’Brian ISBN 10: 0007255853

Title: HMS Surprise Item Condition: used item in a very good condition. Author: Patrick O’Brian ISBN 10: 0007255853. Used-Very Good: The book will be clean without any major stains or markings, the spine will be in excellent shape with only minor creasing, no pages will be missing and the cover is likely to be very clean. Read full description. See details and exclusions. HMS Surprise by Patrick O'Brian (Paperback, 2007). Pre-owned: lowest price.

Listen to unlimited audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Third in the series of Aubrey-Maturin adventures, this book is set among the strange sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent, and in the distant waters ploughed by the ships of the East India Company.

Comments (7)
Peras
The Aubrey/Maturin novels have given me a lot of pleasure since my first exposure to them. I can think of no pleasanter way of spending Saturday afternoon after church than sitting in a quiet (internet) café, with just a low level of café noises and easy listening, if any, music in the background, and slowly reading one of these books, pausing from time to time to consult Wikipedia or Google Earth to flesh out some of O’Brian’s fascinating references.

All of them are 5-star reads as far as I’m concerned, such is the richness of the author’s writing, the historical, political, nautical, botanical, biological detail, the clever, economical depiction of his characters and relationships, the wry humour, his utterly convincing portrayal of a storm at sea …...

I suppose some of the books might be marginally better than others but, compared to any other authors' novels I can recall reading, they’re all worth 5 stars.
Having said all that though, they may not be to everyone’s taste. I’m 66 years old and male, and I suspect those two demographics might explain much of my enamourment. Someone of a different generation or gender may not be as entranced by the 18th century language, the naval-historical themes, the authenticity of description of things of that era (at least I presume it’s authentic, I wouldn’t know, maybe some of O'Brian's apparent erudition is bluff). I know my 15yo son read a paragraph of “Surprise” at random and wasn’t tempted to read on. His loss I say.
Unirtay
Every Patrick O'Brien novel - especially all of the Aubrey Maturin series - should be required reading for anyone who loves a great story with compelling characters, adventure, suspense and just the slightest touch of romance. Add to that that they are steeped in actual history - based on the logbooks of the RN captains who sailed in the era about which he writes - these are history lessons in the most entertaining form imaginable. Highest recommendation i could possibly give.
Sennnel
I must admit, after reading the first 4 books, I am in love with this author and his characters. I cannot read them one after the other, but I intersperse them with other more modern tales of intrigue, spy vs spy, or other action thrillers. I was first introduced to book 2 Post Captain as it was required reading for my son's AP English & Comp class. Having seen the Master and Commander movie years ago helped me put a face on the main characters, especially Aubrey. After reading No 2 I went back and began them in order. Aubrey is little more than a sailer and a leader of men, preferably in war, while Dr. Maturin is a complete study, almost the conscience of the fleet. His motives for helping the English are not quite plausible, Catalan independence and all, but he seems to hate Napolean B and what he has done to the French Revolution, more than he dislikes the British, so operates as an intelligence agent for Whitehall, while at the same time making sure the reader understands his complete hatred for slavery and capital punishment, but cannot seem to get that across to the thick head of Lucky Jack Aubrey. Even with Maturin's feelings toward slavery, he nevertheless tried to purchase a young girl of 10 or so, who was his guide around Bombay, in order to protect her from a certain future of prostitution. These things were beyond his control though, and he eventually ended up paying for her funeral. You might think these books are simply naval war stories, but they are much more and draw the reader into surprising situations around virtually every corner.
Usic
Now I have a copy of "A Sea of Words" a most useful dictionary of Patrick O'Brian sea stories, I can orient myself pretty well. I think Maturin must've been O'Brian's favorite character, because he gets more development in this novel than Aubrey. Devices such as journals and letters are used to great effect to reveal the characters' inner thoughts. It is a letter that delivers the best description of Maturin so far, and a letter that delivers a crushing blow at the end.
Ceck
Once I got past instilling the pronunciation of Mauritius, in my head, I enjoyed this fourth installment of the series very much. This book differs somewhat from his past experiences in that Aubrey has command of a small squadron, which he must weld into a fighting unit, despite their many differences in style and some difficult personal relationships, which compound his difficulties.

As always O'Brian writes from history, as much as possible, and this book is based on a little known action against the French in the India Ocean bringing both action and suspense to the story. As always a welcome addition in our ongoing love of all things navel as illustrated by Commodore Aubrey and Dr. Maturin.
Ballalune
This is book four of the Aubrey/Matterin series, a fictional account of the British Navy in the Napoleonic Wars. But though it is fictional, the fiction is meticulously based on British naval records. Indeed, the series is as much history as it is fiction. At the very least, it is the history of battles told precisely with fictional characters in command. The series is a stunning act of scholarship. This is book four of the series, which numbers, if I recall correctly, over twenty volumes.

It's history + escapism and most sailors will love it. I am reading the series for the second time because it is fascinating most of all, but also because it reminds me of my Navy days.