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Publisher's Summary

Jack Aubrey, Post Captain in the British Royal Navy, is suffused with happiness. The Shannon's engagement with the U.S. Chesapeake off the New England coast has resulted in victory, just another in a long string of them for Aubrey, nicknamed Lucky Jack for his tendency to win big. But Jack is less sure-footed by land than by sea. Trying desperately to conceal from his wife Sophie the details of an untoward liaison with a lady claiming a baby, and wrestling with speculators who are trying to rob him of every farthing he ever pirated, Jack is making a poor show at civilized life. Meanwhile, his best friend, surgeon and scientist Stephen Maturin, is enjoying unprecedented success. In possession of papers that would make Napoleon blanch, Stephen supplements his espionage activities by delivering lectures at the French Institute on such rarities as the extinct avifauna of Rodriguez, and by spending time in the company of the fiery Diana Villiers.
Don't miss the rest of the Aubrey/Maturin series.
©1980 Patrick O'Brian (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"Splendid escape. Literate and amusing." (Kirkus)
"Vividly detailed 19th-century settings and dramatic tension punctuated with flashes of wry humor make O'Brian's nautical adventure a splendid treat." (Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Dan Wynkoop on 07-04-17

Great series

Would you consider the audio edition of The Surgeon's Mate to be better than the print version?

Yes, I would. Mr. Tull does such a remarkable job in telling the story, that you cannot help but feel you are part of what is going on as a spectator. I have never heard anyone who can take something as simple as a 'flat sea' and make the description seem so real it is as if you are there.

Any additional comments?

I read this series 20 years ago and am in the process of going through the series again. It is like coming home to old friends. Heartily recommend it.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Vandtjen on 09-13-17

Another great book that doesn't require 15 words.

Outstanding story, this one with an unexpectedly good ending. Enjoyed it immensely. Bravo, pip pip cheerio and all that rot!

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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