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Commodore, The

O'BRIAN, Patrick (1914-2000)

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ISBN 10: 0002555506 / ISBN 13: 9780002555500
Published by Harper Collins, London, 1994
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First Impression (full number line). 8vo: [6],282pp. Publisher's navy blue cloth, the spine stamped gilt; pictorial dust jacket. Fine, clean, crisp unmarked copy in Fine jacket (but for price-clip) with no tears or chips. The seventeenth installment, set during the Napoleonic Wars, in the Aubrey-Maturin series, featuring naval commander Jack Aubrey and ship's surgeon (and spy) Stephen Maturin, in an episode that ranges from Ireland to the West African coast, where the protagonists disrupt the slave trade, saving more than 5,000 slaves. Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB0935

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Title: Commodore, The

Publisher: Harper Collins, London

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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The New York Times Book Review called the bestselling Patrick O'Brian series of nautical adventures "The best historical novels ever written."

This seventeenth novel in the Aubrey Maturin series has been hailed as the best of the best. In Commodore join Captain Jack Aubrey and secret agent Stephen Maturin in their daring service to Her Majesty's Navy—and take a dramatic tour of their home-front adventures as well.


After several installments of gallivanting around the South Seas, Aubrey and Maturin return home to England, where the surgeon-cum-intelligence-agent discovers that his wife has disappeared. As if such a domestic crisis weren't enough, the intrepid pair are also dispatched to the Gulf of Guinea (to suppress the slave trade) and to Ireland (to rebuff an impending French invasion.) O'Brian's stunning range, coupled with his mind-bending command of minutiae, explain why James Hamilton-Paterson has called him "the Homer of the Napoleonic Wars."

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