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Blue at the Mizzen

Aubrey/Maturin Novels


Patrick O'Brian (Author)


"The old master has us again in the palm of his hand."—Los Angeles Times (a Best Book of 1999)

Napoleon has been defeated at Waterloo, and the ensuing peace brings with it both the desertion of nearly half of Captain Aubrey's crew and the sudden dimming of Aubrey's career prospects in a peacetime navy. When the Surprise is nearly sunk on her way to South America—where Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are to help Chile assert her independence from Spain—the delay occasioned by repairs reaps a harvest of strange consequences.

The South American expedition is a desperate affair; and in the end Jack's bold initiative to strike at the vastly superior Spanish fleet precipitates a spectacular naval action that will determine both Chile's fate and his own.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • November 1999
  • ISBN 978-0-393-04844-5
  • 5.9 × 8.6 in / 272 pages
  • Volume(s): Book 20
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide excluding Canada and the British Commonwealth.

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    Volume(s): Book 20

Endorsements & Reviews

“Filled with exuberance and humor, and a writer's palpable delight at exercising his finest muscles. . . . At sea with a master.” — San Francisco Chronicle

“O'Brian has presented his readers with a shining intricate, multifaceted work.” — New York Times Book Review

“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

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