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The Yellow Admiral Paperback – 10 Jun 1997

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; New Ed edition (1 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006499643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006499640
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'… full of the energy that comes from a writer having struck a vein… Patrick O'Brian is unquestionably the Homer of the Napoleonic wars.' James Hamilton-Paterson

'You are in for the treat of your lives. Thank God for Patrick O'Brian: his genius illuminates the literature of the English language, and lightens the lives of those who read him.' Kevin Meyers, Irish Times

'In a highly competitive field it goes straight to the top. A real first-rater.' Mary Renault

'I never enjoyed a novel about the sea more. It is not only that the author describes the handling of a ship of 1800 with an accuracy that is as comprehensible as it is detailed, a remarkable feat in itself. Mr O'Brian's three chief characters are drawn with no less sympathy that the vessels he describes, a rare achievement save in the greatest of writers of this genre. It deserves the widest readership.' Irish Times

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If you have enjoyed any of Patrick O'Brian's novels there is a whole series of books and audiotapes to look out for :
1. Master and Commander
2. Post Captain
3. HMS Surprise
4. The Mauritius Command
5. Desolation Island
6. The Fortune of War
7. The Surgeon's Mate
8. The Ionian Mission
9. Treason's Harbour
10. The Far Side of the World
11. THE REVERSE OF THE MEDAL
12. The Letter of Marque
13. The Thirteen-Gun Salute
14. The Nutmeg of Consolation
15. Clarissa Oakes
16. The Wine-dark Sea
17. The Commodore
18. The Yellow Admiral
19. The Hundred Days
20. Blue at the Mizzen

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By A Customer on 13 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
Sadly, I fear, we'll be seeing a lot less of this type of fiction in the future. I have become accustomed to my usual fix of Patrick O'Brian and heartily recommend any of his novels to anyone. Any of his non-fiction work for that matter too, it is very fine work. Since my reading of The Commodore had been itching to get my hands on it's sequel, when The Yellow Admiral came out I read it in one day and immediately regretted it. I should have savoured it like a fine wine since that is the kind of treatment it deserves.
No one else that I have come across wrote with such finely drawn enthusiasm. The well-rounded characters of The Yellow Admiral will leave you yearning for more no mater how slowly you read it.
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Although these books are a series all involving the sea born adventures of Captain Jack Aubrey and his pal Stephen Maturin the ship's surgeon, they can also be read as stand alone stories.

Beware though as these are seriously addictive and I have bought and read each and everyone of the series and have read them in order.

Forget Hornblower, he is good but these are brilliant! Also don't be put off by Russel Crowe and "Master and Comander" the movie, which was an odd mash up of two of the books. Being an addict I enjoyed the film as well!
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The Yellow Admiral is as good as any of the previous 17 Aubrey/Maturin novels: as good as novels get. It has occurred to me, and not for the first time as I have read and reread the entire series and observed the whole cast of characters mature, that what we call the Aubrey/Maturin series is really one very long book with eighteen chapters.
One can read the Holmes/Watson books in any order; the characters never change, and I don't recall references by Doyle to previous events, such as those backwards glimpses O'Brian slyly slips to us steady fans from time to time that must sail right over the heads of hit-and-run readers.
With not a molecule of discredit to her genius intended, Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot remained the same character through 25 stories, and I'm not aware of any maturation of Miss Jane Marple. Of course, Agatha Christie probably felt that her readers preferred the familiarity that the sameness of characters provided.
What gives me the feat tha! ! t The Yellow Admiral might be the final Aubrey/Maturin episode? Diana never once jumps the traces; Jack mends all his fences at home; Sir Joseph Blaine is very much back in control in his seemingly obscure but influential position with "the Committee;" and Stephen has lived through a volume without a crisis. Then, just as Jack Aubrey has gotten used to the idea of building the Chileans a navy, while on a little respite in Funchal, Madeira, with his family and almost everyone else dear to him, he receives an urgent dispatch from Lord Keith of the Admiralty, advising him that Napoleon has escaped from Elba. Writes Keith: "You are to take all His Majesty's ships and vessels at present in Funchal under your command, hoisting your broad pennant in 'Pamone,' and . . .
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All the books about Jack Aubrey are exciting, interesting and informative. I never tire of them. This is no exception. Jack is in financial trouble again. He seems to be a victim on land but he is a magnificent predator on the high seas. His friend Stephen is still spying and the plot is thickening. I have not finished it yet but I can guarantee that when I do I will get the next book. I highly recommend the series. The author's prose is a joy to read; if only all so called writers could write in his pleasing style.
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Yet another cracking story. Not only is Patrick O'Brien a superb historian but he manages to get under the skins of his characters too. He has created truly credible characters living in one of our most exciting periods of history. i would recommend this series of books to anyone who wants to get the feel of life in the 18th and 19th century.
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I have to take issue with the previous reviewer who only awarded 2 stars because he felt the author did not explain the characters fully enough in this book. This is the eighteenth in a series of twenty, a fact of which any casual reader will quickly become aware. It is made perfectly clear from the list of titles on the rear cover and the obvious next step is to search out the first in the series and begin from there. Anyone who does attempt to engage with these books part-way through will find themselves in the middle of a number of plot lines because the series is really one, very large novel, rather than a collection of stand alone titles. Plot lines are invariably given some explanation in each new book, but only as a cursory measure as a reminder of what has gone before. Read them out of order if you must, but it is not recommended.

None of that should detract from the magnificence of Patrick O'Brien's achievement in producing a series of historical novels, that whilst being fiction are firmly based on fact; most of the events described actually happened, just with different people, something that constantly brings me up with a start as the sensory impact of a shipwreck or a sea battle strikes home. The reader is carried as though by a tidal force, swept along through humour and tragedy, good fortune, dishonour, treachery, friendship and enmity with a narrative sweep that educates and elucidates as it entertains. I would recommend this series, not just to historical novel enthusiasts, but to anyone who enjoys reading.
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