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4.0 out of 5 stars If you've got this far..,
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This review is from: The Wine-dark Sea(40th anniversary Special edition) (Paperback)...you will not be disappointed. The books opens with a sea-chase, but Maturin is quickly embroiled with the tangled politics of Peru under the Spanish Empire, while Jack Aubrey is at sea snapping up every prize he can find. Though the action is gripping as in any of O'Brian's books, as usual along the way there is plently of time to be side-tracked into discussions of the Knipperdolling sect, utopian colonies and the flora and fauna of South America. The plot isn't one of his best, but by now these are more slices of life than stories with a clear beginning middle and end, and as ever it's the characters who keep you reading till the end.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best,
This review is from: The Wine-dark Sea(40th anniversary Special edition) (Paperback)This is one of the best episodes in the long saga of Stephen and Jack (impossibly long, of course). All the wit and adventure you expect only to a higher more refined degree. It is essential to treat the books as a long novel starting from the beginning 'Master and Commander'. Within this there are high points (which do not imply low points), for me these are; Post Captain, HMS Surprise, Desolation Island, The Surgeons Mate, Treasons Harbour, The Reverse of the Medal and Wine Dark Sea.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nelsons time,
This review is from: The Wine-dark Sea(40th anniversary Special edition) (Paperback)Superlative story telling as in all the Aubry/mauritan novels by O Brian.Anyone who enjoyed "master and Commander"will enjoy. A complete on going story comprising eighteen novels, keep you interested from page One!Am just completing number seventeen, and will be sorry to come to the end of this fabulous story, which abrubtly finished on the death of author Patrick O Brian.
There is a follow up to the series called The unfinshed adventures of Jack Aubry,which is a collection of notes etc pertaining to the next in the series, but we will never know the exact nature of the ending,to this remarkable saga.
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied Customer,
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read as you would expect,
4.0 out of 5 stars the whole series is seriously addictive!,
This review is from: The Wine-dark Sea(40th anniversary Special edition) (Paperback)If you start reading O'Brien be prepared for a lengthy voyage! There are lots of books and they are all page turners!
5.0 out of 5 stars Aubrey Maturin Marmite,
This review is from: The Wine-dark Sea(40th anniversary Special edition) (Paperback)Sea, War, Death, Manliness, Friendship, Peril.
An enduring favorite for middle aged armchair warriors let down by the lack of honour and nobility in the modern world. O'Brien's humanism rings through, satisfying libertarian and collectivist alike.
The first book in the series is "Master and Commander". Start there for a rollicking five month reading experience.
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable,
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wine Dark Sea,
5.0 out of 5 stars Enduringly rewarding,
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The Wine-dark Sea(40th anniversary Special edition) by Patrick O'Brian (Paperback - 1 April 2010)