The Fortune of War (Vol. Book 6) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Aug 17, 1991 - Fiction - 329 pages
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"A marvellously full-flavoured, engrossing book, which towers over its current rivals in the genre like a three-decker over a ship's longboat."—Times Literary Supplement

Captain Jack Aubrey, R. N., arrives in the Dutch East Indies to find himself appointed to the command of the fastest and best-armed frigate in the Navy. He and his friend Stephen Maturin take passage for England in a dispatch vessel. 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.
  

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Review: The Fortune of War (Aubrey & Maturin #6)

User Review  - Muthuprakash Ravindran - Goodreads

I've been reading this series in a non-linear way and hence the interesting ones(or what I perceive as interesting) are read first. This book interested me since it is set during the war of 1812. The ... Read full review

Review: The Fortune of War (Aubrey & Maturin #6)

User Review  - Cherie - Goodreads

The stories have really turned into a series with this book, more than the others. This one did not start off with Jack and Stephen at home in England. They were going home, but were captured by an ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
7
Section 3
39
Section 4
55
Section 5
84
Section 6
110
Section 7
125
Section 8
158
Section 9
185
Section 10
191
Section 11
217
Section 12
253
Section 13
278
Section 14
294
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About the author (1991)

Patrick O'Brian's acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin series of historical novels has been described as "a masterpiece" (David Mamet, New York Times), "addictively readable" (Patrick T. Reardon, Chicago Tribune), and "the best historical novels ever written" (Richard Snow, New York Times Book Review), which "should have been on those lists of the greatest novels of the 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. The books are now available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book format.

In addition to the Aubrey/Maturin novels, Patrick O'Brian wrote several books including the novels Testimonies, The Golden Ocean, and The Unknown Shore, as well as biographies of Joseph Banks and Picasso. He translated many works from French into English, among them the novels and memoirs of Simone de Beauvoir, the first volume of Jean Lacouture's biography of Charles de Gaulle, and famed fugitive Henri Cherrière's memoir Papillon. O'Brian died in January 2000.

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