Title: The Wine-Dark Sea
Publisher: Scarborough, ON, Canada: HarperCollins Canada, Limited
Publication Date: 1993
Binding: No Binding
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: 1st Edition
Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. First UK Edition/First Printing with the full number line down to "1". The book is Near Fine with some bumping to the head and tail of the spine. The mylar protected dust jacket is also near fine with just mild shelf wear. Photos available on request. We grade our books conservatively to insure your satisfaction. Bookseller Inventory # 060313001
Synopsis: Three Cassettes, 5 hrs. 15 min. abridged
Performance by Tim Pigott-Smith
Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are back in the 16th installment in Patrick O'Brian's bestselling series.
At the outset of this adventure, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin pursue a heavy American privateer through the Great South Sea. Their ship, the Surprise, is now also a privateer, the better to escape diplomatic complications from Stephen's mission, which is to ignite the revolutionary tinder of South America. Jack will survive a desperate open-boat journey and come face to face with his illegitimate black son: Stephen, caught up in the aftermath of his failed coup, will flee for his life into the high, frozen wastes of the Andes: and Patrick O'Brian's brilliantly detailed narrative will reuinte them at last in a breathtaking chase through storm seas and icebergs south of Cape Horn.
Review: In this installment of O'Brian's maritime epic, Captain Aubrey and the crew of the Surprise are pursuing an American privateer through the Great South Sea. As is his custom, O'Brian grabs your attention with the first, beautifully memorable sentence: "A purple ocean, vast under the sky and devoid of all visible life apart from two minute ships racing across its immensity." And he doesn't relinquish it until 260 pages later, by which point Jack Aubrey is delighted at the mere fact of being alive.
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