Fortune of War
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Published 1979 by Collins
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Patrick O Brian
|A new Jack Aubrey novel is a literary event.
In quality of writing as in range and accuracy of historical knowledge the series has established an unrivalled reputation with both expert and general reader.
When the present book opens Jack is bringing the storm-beaten H.M.S. Leopard into harbour in the Dutch East Indies only a few weeks after the events described in DESOLATION ISLAND. He finds waiting for him a letter of appointment to the fastest and best-armed frigate in the Navy. He and his friend Stephen Maturin take passage for England in a despatch vessel. But the sea is an inconstant element and danger is its only certainty. The War of 1812 against the United States breaks out while they are on passage. 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.
The familiar masculine world of the gun deck and the wardroom is balanced by the reappearance of two bewitching ladies. Louisa Wogan fresh from her adventures in DESOLATION ISLAND and Diana Villiers, a welcome revenant from POST CAPTAIN and H.M.S. SURPRISE, show that when it comes to speed of action and heightening of suspense the women can hold their own with the men any day.
In originality of theme and setting, in power of characterisation, in richness of detail, above all in sheer excitement, THE FORTUNE OF WAR upholds and extends the superb standards set by the series. In brilliance and fertility of plot it surpasses them.