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eBook The Fortune of War ePub

by Patrick O'Brian

  • ISBN: 0006499198
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Patrick O'Brian
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Ltd (December 31, 2002)
  • Pages: 348
  • ePub book: 1901 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1468 kb
  • Other: lrf doc lit txt
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 198

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Patrick O'Brian is the author of the acclaimed Aubrey-Maturin tales and the biographer of Joseph Banks and Picasso. The fortune of war. The surgeon's mate.

Patrick O'Brian is the author of the acclaimed Aubrey-Maturin tales and the biographer of Joseph Banks and Picasso. His first novel, Testimonies, and his Collected Short Stories have recently been reprinted by HarperCollins. He translated many works from French into English, among the novels and memoirs of Simone de Beauvoir and the first volume of Jean Lacouture's biography of Charles de Gaulle.

The Fortune of War book. If it is possible to describe my reception of a book of literature as somehow the equivalent of love, these books by O'Brian would certainly be a top contender for one of the great literature loves of my life. No. This isn't Shakespeare, but often even Shakespeare isn't Shakespeare. But these books are something.

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.

The Fortune of War. Aubrey - Maturin Series. BOOK SIX. by. Patrick O'Brian. CHAPTER ONE. The warm monsoon blew gently from the east, wafting HMS Leopard into the bay of Pulo Batang

The Fortune of War. The warm monsoon blew gently from the east, wafting HMS Leopard into the bay of Pulo Batang. A professional eye could make out that she had once been painted with the Nelson chequer, that she was a man-of-war, a fourth-rate built to carry fifty guns on two full decks; but to a landaman, in spite of her pennant and the dingy ensign at her mizen-peak, she looked like an unusually shabby merchant ship.

The Fortune of War is the sixth historical novel in the Aubrey-Maturin series by British author Patrick O'Brian, first published in 1979. It is set during the War of 1812. HMS Leopard made its way to Botany Bay, left its prisoners, and sailed to Pulo Batang where the ship was declared unfit. Captain Aubrey and some of his followers are put aboard La Flèche packet to sail home for a new commission. A shipboard fire ends the months of sweet sailing and brings them into the new war.

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Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. He and his friend Stephen Maturin take passage for England in a despatch vessel. Captain Jack Aubrey, RN, arrives in the Dutch East Indies to find himself appointed to the command of the fastest and best-armed frigate in the Navy. But the war of 1812 breaks out while they are en route. Bloody actions precipitate them both into new and unexpected scenes where Stephen’s past activities as a secret agent return on him with a vengeance. Read on the Scribd mobile app.

20th century" (George Will). Set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, O'Brian's twenty-volume series centers on the enduring friendship between naval officer Jack Aubrey and physician (and spy) Stephen Maturin. The Far Side of the World, the tenth book in the series, was adapted into a 2003 film directed by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany. The film was nominated for ten Oscars, including Best Picture.

This time it's the War of 1812 that gets in the way of Captain Jack Aubery's plans

Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 15 years ago. Some critics have referred to the Aubrey/Maturin books as one long novel united not only by their historical setting but also by the central plot element of the Aubrey/Maturin friendship.

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Comments

sergant sergant
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.
Kriau Kriau
Loved this book because Stephen Maturin moves from the background to the foreground. His bold actions are seen by the reader first hand rather than washed out by Stephen telling Aubrey about his feats. I also loved the glimpse of New England of 1813. My ignorance of the war of 1812 knows no bounds, given it was limited to Johnny Horton's song about the Battle of New Orleans which I now learned took place after the war was over. I also found the interaction with slaves in Boston in 1813 to be a shock to my system. It's that ignorance again... Having the excitement being land-based vs naval was exciting. It brought back memories of Horatio Hornblower and his key pals being brought overland for trial... All in all an exciting with dollop of history to boot!
Water Water
O'Brian's story telling at it's best. So much action and a lot of everything else too. I have to say this is one of the best books in the series and I only say one of the best because I'm reading the series again and it's been so long that I don't remember the quality of those I haven't re-read yet. I know that I've always thought very highly of O'Brian as a writer and I'm sure the rest are great too but for now I'll say this is the best so far.

I don't do synopses so you should read those provided by others if you want one. If you want an impression I'll say you'll get a very fine sense of the times including historical attitudes, historical settings, historical context, brilliant dialog, exceptional descriptive ability and total immersion in the story. I most highly recommend reading this book and suggest it is difficult to find equal entertainment for the price. It is a good series to come back to after a while too.
xander xander
The best nautical historical fiction ever written, period. O'Brian researched exhaustively and infused a lifetime of passion, expertise, and emotion into every volume. The books are not only infinitely readable, they're page burners, each and every one, with laudable character development and environmental description that put you firmly in the midst of what you're reading, There is such a wealth of description, you'll want a dictionary, thesaurus, and an atlas at hand when you dive in. Trust me when I tell you, buy them all, because you won't be able to put them down, and when you're done with one, you'll simply have to have the next.
Yananoc Yananoc
This is book 6 of the Aubrey/Maturin series. This one tells the story of the British and American navies and how they interacted in the time of Bonaparte. While all of the series tells navy stories -- action against other ships, the names of the parts of the ships, the day to day live of the sailors and the grammar and accepted behavior of the crew -- this one is special because of its American naval history.

I liked it very much. It is a fine story well told by a master historian.
Jazu Jazu
If you liked Assassin's Creed III, you're gonna love this one. (Sorry, I love the games. Guilty pleasure.)

I keep feeling the same way about each book as I progress through this series, that each one is "the best one I've read so far." Frankly, I think this one is going to be one of the toughest to beat. O'Brian takes the guys on a troubled journey which sends them to Boston, and develops perhaps the most intriguing storyline up until this point in the series, culminating in the real-life defeat of the USS Chesapeake. He shows us Jack struggling as a badly-wounded prisoner for a great deal of the book, completely on his heels in one way or another throughout. We see Stephen go through a painful reunion with Diana, commit two murders, and worry sincerely about his best friend. We see conflicted Americans take actions against their country to end a senseless war. As always, O'Brian gives us vivid settings, rich characters, action and humor to keep us glued in to the narrative. I had to give this one five stars, as I know I will be back to read it even as I continue to progress through the series. Highly recommended, if you're selectively picking through the series, this one can't be missed.