The Letter of Marque
"Fine stuff...[The Letter of Marque] leaves the devotee of naval fiction eager for sequels."—Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World
Captain Jack Aubrey, a brilliant and experienced officer, has been struck off the list of post-captains for a crime he did not commit. His old friend Stephen Maturin, usually cast as a ship's surgeon to mask his discreet activities on behalf of British Intelligence, has bought for Aubrey his former ship the Surprise to command as a privateer, more politely termed a letter of marque. Together they sail on a desperate mission against the French, which, if successful, may redeem Aubrey from the private hell of his disgrace.
- August 1990
- 6.1 × 8.5 in
/ 288 pages
- Volume(s): Book 12
- Territory Rights: Worldwide excluding Canada and the British Commonwealth.
Volume(s): Book 12
Endorsements & Reviews
“I haven’t read novels [in the past ten years] except for all of the Patrick O’Brian series. It was, unfortunately, like tripping on heroin. I started on those books and couldn’t stop.” — E. O. Wilson, Boston Globe
“[Patrick O'Brian has] the power of bringing near to the reader...savagery and tenderness, beauty and mystery and boldness and dignity.” — Eudora Welty
“The Letter of Marque is both serious and light-hearted, true and sentimental, as comic opera can be.” — Peter Campbell, London Review of Books
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