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H. M. S. Surprise

Aubrey/Maturin Novels

Patrick O'Brian (Author)

 

"The best historical novels ever written."—Richard Snow, New York Times Book Review

Third in the series of Aubrey-Maturin adventures, this book is set among the strange sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent, and in the distant waters ploughed by the ships of the East India Company. Aubrey is on the defensive, pitting wits and seamanship against an enemy enjoying overwhelming local superiority. But somewhere in the Indian Ocean lies the prize that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams: the ships sent by Napoleon to attack the China Fleet...

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • May 1991
  • ISBN 978-0-393-30761-0
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 416 pages
  • Volume(s): Book 3
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide excluding Canada and the British Commonwealth.

Other Formats

  1. Book CoverH. M. S. Surprise

    Hardcover

    Volume(s): Book 3

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 is unquestionably the Homer of the Napoleonic wars.” — James Hamilton-Paterson, New Republic

“A first-rate tale of the sea.... I read it with absorption and satisfaction.” — Robertson Davies

“Few, very few, books have made my heart thud with excitement. H.M.S. Surprise managed it. I read it cruising through the tame Adriatic, and several times found myself forced to pace about the deck to calm my pulse.... Patrick O'Brian's erudition is phenomenal, as is his capacity for creating another completely believable world. He convinces with his total accuracy even in tiny details.” — Helen Lucy Burke, Irish Press

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