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

Fortune of War, The

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. 8vo: 280pp. Publisher's light-blue cloth, the spine titled in gilt (still brilliant); in a pictorial dust jacket priced at £5.50. A just about Fine copy, marred only by a dent to the base of the spine, in a Fine jacket. The sixth Jack Aubrey novel, and scarce in such highly collectible condition. The Aubrey-Maturin series is a sequence of nautical historical novels-20 completed and one unfinished-set during the Napoleonic Wars and centering on the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and his ship's surgeon, Stephen Maturin, polymath and spy. This, the sixth installment, continues the story of Aubrey's exploits during the American War of 1812, with Ilightly fictionalized accounts of the battle between HMS Java and USS Constitution, and the battle between HMS Shannon and USS Chesapeake. Note: With few exceptions (always noted), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. Bookseller Inventory # BB0315

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Title: Fortune of War, The

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.


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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