Treasons Harbour (Aubrey & Maturin #9)

Treasons Harbour (Aubrey & Maturin #9) All Patrick O Brian S Strengths Are On Parade In This Novel Of Action And Intrigue, Set Partly In Malta, Partly In The Treacherous, Pirate Infested Waters Of The Red Sea While Captain Aubrey Worries About Repairs To His Ship, Stephen Maturin Assumes The Center Stage For The Dockyards And Salons Of Malta Are Alive With Napoleon S Agents, And The Admiralty S Intelligence Network Is Compromised Maturin S Cunning Is The Sole Bulwark Against Sabotage Of Aubrey S Daring Mission. Stationed on Malta during the later Napoleonic War, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend, Dr Stephen Maturin are embroiled in Mediterranean intrigue that takes them to Egypt and the Red Sea.While O Brian is one of my favorite authors, this is not one of my favorite books of his It s balance tilts in favor of intrigue over action More time is devoted to matters of intelligence and spying, and even that lacks some of its usual excitement.However, it has its redeeming qualities There is, as alway Stationed on Malta during the later Napoleonic War, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend, Dr Stephen Maturin are embroiled in Mediterranean intrigue that takes them to Egypt and the Red Sea.While O Brian is one of my favorite authors, this is not one of my favorite books of his It s balance tilts in favor of intrigue over action More time is devoted to matters of intelligence and spying, and even that lacks some of its usual excitement.However, it has its redeeming qualities There is, as always, beauty in the language Reading any books of the series just for the descriptions alone is worth the effort It s like a David Attenborough narrated episode of Planet Earth, taking you to new lands and wowing you with the sights and sounds Just gorgeous The characters, whom you ve probably come to know and love if you ve reached this ninth book, are full of life and fully invested i
Don t you know how to seize a cuckold s neck, you God damned lubber Where s the bleeding seizing Hi, I m Algernon and I m a landlubber I will probably be the first one to go overboard in a storm because I don t have the foggiest what a cuckold s neck is and where the jib is supposed to be hoisted I take solace from the fact that my situation is not much different from that of Dr Stephen Maturin, who is similarly baffled on board ship, even after nine voyages in the company of his friend, Don t you know how to seize a cuckold s neck, you God damned lubber Where s the bl
It was as though he were running a race a race in which he had done fairly well for awhile, after a slow start, but one in which he could not hold his lead and was being overtaken, perhaps from lack of that particularly nameless quality that brought some men success when it just eluded others, though they might take equal painsPatrick O Brian, Treason s HarbourHe could not put his finger on the fault with any certainty, and there were days when he could say with real conviction that thIt was as though he were running a race a race in which he had done fairly well for awhile, after a slow start, but one in which he could not hold his lead and was being overtaken, perhaps from lack of that particularly nameless quality that brought some men success when it just eluded others, though they might take equal painsPatrick O Brian, Treason s HarbourHe could not put his finger on the fault with any certainty, and there were days when he could say with real conviction that the whole thing was mere fatality, the other side of the good luck that had attended him in his twenties and early thirties, the restoration of the averagePatrick O Brian, Treason s HarbourNearly half done with the series and I m still as entranced with it as I was with book one Master and Command
Yet another fine nautical gem, though clearly a piece with its successor, given the abruptly hewn finale, leaving me with the heavy burden of reading on Heaven forfend Also of note no other books leave me laughing like an idiot in public placesthan these Reading Stephen effuse about his diving bell exploits floored me but the annelids, my dear Graham, the annelids Hundreds, nay thousands of annelids of at least six and thirty several kinds, some plumed and others plain And wait Yet another fine nautical gem, though clearly a piece with its successor, given the abruptly hewn finale, leaving me with the heavy burden of reading on Heaven forfend Also of note no other books leave me laughing like an idiot in public placesthan these Reading Stephen effuse about his diving bell exploits floored me bu
I m really trying to pace myself when going through this series, because with every part of it I read, I amandconscious that I only have a finite number of books remaining to be read I m not even quite half way through the series, but I m still trying to draw it out as much as I can, so that I will haveof this world to savour and explore Treason s Harbour is one of the quieter of O Brian s works so far The pace is slower, and it feels muchlike a part of an extended ser I m really trying to pace myself when going through this series, because with every part of it I read, I amandconscious that I only have a finite number of books remaining to be read I m not even quite half way through the series, but I m still trying to draw it out as much as I can, so that I will haveof this world to savour and explore Treason s Harbour is one of the quieter of O Brian s works so far The pace is slower, and it feels muchlike a part of an extended series, not a stand alone work, than the previous novels of his that I ve read The prose is still a joy to read,
Some may say that listening to an audio book doesn t count as reading it that you lose something in the process of imagining the action for yourself, and that there s an extra layer of interpretation between you and the author s words because someone else is reading them to you.Me, I don t quibble about this much As far as I m concerned, a decent narrator can do a great deal to make a story come alive, and Patrick Tull did do a very fine job narrating the version of Treason s Harbour I listene Some may say that listening to an audio book doesn t count as reading it that you lose something in the process of imagining the action for yourself, and that there s an extra layer of interpretation between you and the author s words because someone else is reading them to you.Me, I don t quibble about this much As far as I m concerned, a decent narrator can do a great deal to make a story come alive, and Patrick Tull did do a very fine job narrating the version of Treason s Harbour I listened to I did have to do various mental doubletakes at his portrayal
In Treason s Harbour, the ninth in the Aubrey Maturin series, we find Jack and Stephen in Malta While Jack worries about his ship s repairs, Stephen is being dogged by French spies who aren t above attempting to honeytrap him , and it seems that the British intelligence network itself has been compromisedI ll be honest at this point in this series I have lost all objectivity, with Jack and Stephen having become my imaginary best friends and my times aboard ship a blissful holiday from the In Treason s Harbour, the ninth in the Aubrey Maturin series, we find Jack and Stephen in Malta While Jack worries about his ship s repairs, Stephen is being dogged by French spies who aren t above attempting to honeytrap him , and it seems that the British intelligence network itself has been compromisedI ll be honest at this point in this series I have lost all objecti
A truly superb chapter in the Aubrey Maturin canon Loaded with adventure, intrigue, and humor The book opens with Surprise and its crew in Malta, with Surprise being repaired after her battle with the Torgud and Kitabi see book no 8, The Ionian Mission The French intelligence network is strong in Malta, and Stephen Maturin is tested to his limits to endeavor to thwart it The scene then shifts from Malta in the Mediterranean Sea to a slog across the Sinai Desert to the Gulf of Suez and t A truly superb chapter
Oh, Stephen Maturin, you had me at underwater diving bell.This is book nine in O Brian s naval adventure series about British captain Jack Aubrey and his friend surgeon spy Stephen Maturin set during the Napoleonic wars, and it is wonderful This installment was a quicker read than usual for me, for whatever reason, but just as enjoyable as I have come to expect There is lots of on shore spying and intrigue in this one hooray as Maturin deals with French spies in Malta, but it does not ski Oh, Stephen Maturin, you had me at underwater diving bell.This is book nine in O Brian s naval adventure series about British captain Jack Aubrey and his friend surgeon spy Stephen Maturin set during the Napoleonic wars, and it is wonderful This installment w
O Brian s writing is often compared to Jane Austen, but I strongly suspect that this is just a widespread reflex to which pretty much anything set in the Regency period is somehow like Jane Austen There is at least some justice to it in this case, in so far as the implied narrator of the Aubrey Maturin novels is clearly a contemporary and shares not only the conceptions and prejudices of his characters but also their language as manifest not just in the extensive and to the reader often ex O Brian s writing is often compared to Jane Austen, but I strongly suspect that this is just a widespread reflex to which pretty much anything set in the Regency period is somehow like Jane Austen There is at least some justice to it in this case, in so far as the implied narrator of the Aubrey Maturin novels is clearly a contemporary and shares not only the conceptions and prejudices of his characters but also their language as manifest not just in the extensive and to the reader often exasperating use of nautical terms but in O Brians s general choice of words, the way he constructs long periods, indeed even the very rhythm of his prose is somehow evocative of the late 18th early 19th century However, while on one hand the narrator appears completely immersed in the period in which the novels take place, at the same time he is clearly not and writes with a distinct detachment, watching the to and fro on both land and sea from a distance, wit

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  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • Treasons Harbour (Aubrey & Maturin #9)
  • Patrick O'Brian
  • English
  • 11 May 2018
  • 0393308634