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The Letter of Marque (Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 12) (Aubrey & Maturin series) by [O'Brian, Patrick]
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When Jack Aubrey is unfairly deprived of his commission in the Royal Navy, Stephen Maturin comes to the rescue, purchasing the captain's former ship and outfitting it as a privateer, to be commanded by none other than Jack Aubrey. Soon the Surprise is off to sea, on a mission that Aubrey hopes will redeem his good name. The author's grasp of period detail is astonishing as ever--and so is his gift for pure entertainment.

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I devoured Patrick O Brian 's 20-volume masterpiece as if it had been so many tots of Jamaica grog. --Christopher Hitchens

O Brian 's Aubrey-Maturin volumes actually constitute a single 6,443-page novel, one that should have been on those lists of the greatest novels of the 20th century. --George Will

I fell in love with his writing straightaway, at first with Master and Commander. It wasn t primarily the Nelson and Napoleonic period, more the human relationships. And of course having characters isolated in the middle of the goddamn sea gives more scope. It s about friendship, camaraderie. Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin always remind me a bit of Mick and me. --Keith Richards"

I devoured Patrick O Brian s 20-volume masterpiece as if it had been so many tots of Jamaica grog.--Christopher Hitchens"

Gripping and vivid a whole, solidly living world for the imagination to inhabit.--A. S. Byatt"

O Brian s Aubrey-Maturin volumes actually constitute a single 6,443-page novel, one that should have been on those lists of the greatest novels of the 20th century.--George Will"

I haven t read novels [in the past ten years] except for all of the Patrick O Brian series. It was, unfortunately, like tripping on heroin. I started on those books and couldn t stop.--E. O. Wilson"

[Patrick O'Brian has] the power of bringing near to the reader...savagery and tenderness, beauty and mystery and boldness and dignity.--Eudora Welty

Patrick O Brian is unquestionably the Homer of the Napoleonic wars.--James Hamilton-Paterson"

It has been something of a shock to find myself an inveterate reader of girl books obsessed with Patrick O Brian s Napoleonic-era historical novels What keeps me hooked are the evolving relationships between Jack and Stephen and the women they love.--Tamar Lewin"

[O Brian s] Aubrey-Maturin series, 20 novels of the Royal Navy in the Napoleonic Wars, is a masterpiece. It will outlive most of today s putative literary gems as Sherlock Holmes has outlived Bulwer-Lytton, as Mark Twain has outlived Charles Reade.--David Mamet"

The Aubrey-Maturin series far beyond any episodic chronicle, ebbs and flows with the timeless tide of character and the human heart.--Ken Ringle"

There is not a writer alive whose work I value over his.--Stephen Becker

The Letter of Marque is both serious and light-hearted, true and sentimental, as comic opera can be. --Peter Campbell

The best historical novels ever written On every page Mr. O Brian reminds us with subtle artistry of the most important of all historical lessons: that times change but people don t, that the griefs and follies and victories of the men and women who were here before us are in fact the maps of our own lives.--Richard Snow"

The Letter of Marque is both serious and light-hearted, true and sentimental, as comic opera can be. --Peter Campbell

I haven't read novels [in the past ten years] except for all of the Patrick O'Brian series. It was, unfortunately, like tripping on heroin. I started on those books and couldn't stop.--E. O. Wilson

The best historical novels ever written... On every page Mr. O'Brian reminds us with subtle artistry of the most important of all historical lessons: that times change but people don't, that the griefs and follies and victories of the men and women who were here before us are in fact the maps of our own lives.--Richard Snow

It has been something of a shock to find myself--an inveterate reader of girl books--obsessed with Patrick O'Brian's Napoleonic-era historical novels... What keeps me hooked are the evolving relationships between Jack and Stephen and the women they love.--Tamar Lewin

I devoured Patrick O'Brian's 20-volume masterpiece as if it had been so many tots of Jamaica grog.--Christopher Hitchens

[O'Brian's] Aubrey-Maturin series, 20 novels of the Royal Navy in the Napoleonic Wars, is a masterpiece. It will outlive most of today's putative literary gems as Sherlock Holmes has outlived Bulwer-Lytton, as Mark Twain has outlived Charles Reade.--David Mamet

The Aubrey-Maturin series... far beyond any episodic chronicle, ebbs and flows with the timeless tide of character and the human heart.--Ken Ringle

O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin volumes actually constitute a single 6,443-page novel, one that should have been on those lists of the greatest novels of the 20th century.--George Will

Gripping and vivid... a whole, solidly living world for the imagination to inhabit.--A. S. Byatt

Patrick O'Brian is unquestionably the Homer of the Napoleonic wars.--James Hamilton-Paterson

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3315 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (19 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006FH2X1Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,927 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What can one say about O'Brian's 21 volumes containing the adventures of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, the real naval battles harvested from the Admiralty archives and other prime sources of the time, the shades of Cochran and Joseph Banks in the seamanship and natural scientific endeavours (Ah - unintentional pun!)? All one can say is that they are just as riveting the second time through as they were the first, and one sees more the second time so gets more excited. Bedtime reading at it's best - anytime reading at its best, but so difficult to put down when it's time for lights out. One lives on the sea, on the floating village that is the 'Surprise' and in court martials, prisons, ports, and the far-flung places where spying, 'botanising,' doctoring and fighting occur. The letter of Marque is a poignant story of deep loyalty, deep friendship and some tremendous cliffhangers. Don't miss it. It's great, as are all of O'Brian's books in this series.
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This is my third time of reading the Jack Aubrey series by Patrick O'Brian.
Originally, I just wanted some background reading for the Napoleonic period that wasn't soldiers! I borrowed the set from the local libraries, finding myself quite hooked after the first one. I can't pretend to understand all the nautical terms, but they don't detract from the story-line and the characterization, especially of the two main characters, "Lucky Jack" Aubrey, who is working his way up the hierarchy of the British Navy and his friend and ship's surgeon (and sometime spy) Steven Maturin.
The second time round I bought all the books, which I am now passing on as I get them on my Kindle!
Each book stands alone, but I would urge any reader to start with the first to enjoy them fully.
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It is difficult to continue to write superlatives about this series of the Aubrey/Maturin books set in the time of the Napoleonic Wars. I cannot help but learn about the Royal Navy of the time and often down to the finest detail. I wish I had been a sailor myself and therefore understood so much more about the language of sailing and working ships of that period.
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Those who like O'Brian's stories about Jack Aubrey will not be disappointed, but the individual novels are not particularly well structured and need to be read severally rather than singly
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By this point in the series, nothing I could say should stop you from reading more, but let me just say that I enjoyed this book immensely.
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I have been eking out this series for nearly 2 years. When I travel, or feel I deserve a reward, I buy the next one. They are, for my taste, faultless. A little slow to begin with, to someone who generally reads thrillers, but it is this that I now prize most. Sometimes I need to put the book down, such is my excitement or pleasure in what is surely to happen next. I want to draw out the moment. They are not books to hurry. They are my favourite books, ever.
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All of the O'Brien books are excellent. This is one of my especial favourites.
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O'Brien successfully conjures a credible and fascinating slice of naval history. He deploys his developed characters skilfully splicing philosophy, medicine and adventure. I have enjoyed them all so far, but this has a satisfying depth.
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