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The Fortune of War: O'BRIAN, Patrick (1914-2000)

The Fortune of War

O'BRIAN, Patrick (1914-2000)

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ISBN 10: 0002224984 / ISBN 13: 9780002224987
Published by Collins, London, 1979
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First Impression of the sixth Jack Aubrey novel. 8vo: 280pp. Publisher's French blue cloth-effect paper-covered boards, spine titled in gilt; ilustrated dust jacket, priced 5.50. Fine, tight and square (apparently unread); Fine jacket, vivid and bright, spine panel completely unfaded (which it usually is). Somewhat scarce in such collectible condition. Cunningham A15a. The Aubrey-Maturin series of nautical historical novels-20 completed and one unfinished-are set during the Napoleonic Wars and center on the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin, polymath and spy. This installment continues the story of Aubrey's exploits during the American War of 1812, recreating in authentic detail two significant historical frigate battles, between HMS Java and USS Constitution and between HMS Shannon and USS Chesapeake. N. B. 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. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.). Bookseller Inventory # BB0315

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Title: The Fortune of War

Publisher: Collins, London

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Impression.

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[MP3CD audiobook format in vinyl case.]

[Read by Simon Vance]

The Fortune of War is the sixth novel in Patrick O'Brian's 'Aubrey-Maturin' series featuring O'Brian's much loved characters: Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin

After nearly losing the Leopard to the ocean, Captain Jack Aubrey, RN, and his diminished crew sail into harbor in the Dutch East Indies. There Aubrey finds himself appointed to the command of the fastest and best-armed frigate in the Royal Navy, but not before some forceful arguing with Admiral Drury. Aubrey and his friend Stephen Maturin take passage for England in a dispatch vessel, but the War of 1812 breaks out while they are en route. Bloody actions precipitate them both into new and unexpected scenes where Stephen's past activities as a secret agent return on him with a vengeance.

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This time it's the War of 1812 that gets in the way of Captain Jack Aubery's plans. Caught en route to England in a dispatch vessel, Aubrey and Maturin are soon in the thick of a typically bloody naval engagement. Next stop: an American prison, from which only Maturin's cunning allows them to engineer an exit.

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