The Letter of Marque (Aubrey/Maturin Novels #12) (Paperback)

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This is book number 12 in the Aubrey/Maturin Novels series.


"Fine stuff...[The Letter of Marque] leaves the devotee of naval fiction eager for sequels." —Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World

Captain Jack Aubrey, a brilliant and experienced officer, has been struck off the list of post-captains for a crime he did not commit. His old friend Stephen Maturin, usually cast as a ship’s surgeon to mask his discreet activities on behalf of British Intelligence, has bought for Aubrey his former ship the Surprise to command as a privateer, more politely termed a letter of marque. Together they sail on a desperate mission against the French, which, if successful, may redeem Aubrey from the private hell of his disgrace. A nighttime battle with an unusual climax, a jewel of great value, and Maturin’s fondness for opium make this segment of Patrick O’Brian’s masterful series both original and profoundly exciting.

About the Author

One of our greatest contemporary novelists, Patrick O’Brian is the author of the twenty volumes of the best-selling Aubrey/Maturin series, as well as many other books, including Testimonies, The Golden Ocean, The Unknown Shore, and biographies of Joseph Banks and Picasso.

Praise For…

Both serious and light-hearted, true and sentimental, as comic opera can be.
— Peter Campbell - London Review of Books

There are two types of people in the world: Patrick O’Brian fans, and people who haven’t read him yet.
— Lucy Eyre - Guardian

O’Brian’s books are as atypical of conventional sea stories as Conrad’s. Like John le Carré, he has erased the boundary separating a debased genre from ‘serious’ fiction. O’Brian is a novelist, pure and simple, one of the best we have.
— Mark Horowitz - Los Angeles Times Book Review
Product Details
ISBN: 9781324020523
ISBN-10: 1324020520
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: March 29th, 2022
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Aubrey/Maturin Novels