Blue at the Mizzen by Patrick O'Brian
(Vol. Book 20) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)

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"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. 

About Patrick O'Brian

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Patrick O'Brian is the author of twenty volumes in the highly respected Aubrey/Maturin series of novels.
Published September 17, 2000 by W. W. Norton & Company. 292 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, War, Travel. Fiction

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And so here is volume 20, which finds Napoleon defeated at Waterloo and Jack and now-widower Stephen at Gibralter, sent on a mission to release Spain’s naval stranglehold on Chile and help Chile gain her independence.

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Once in Chile, despite the conflict between opposing rebel camps, Jack leads a successful raid on a treasure fort in Valdivia, followed by the seizure of a Peruvian frigate to be turned over to the Chilean rebels, triumphs that reap him a just reward;

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Reports of the success of the expedition must reach the Admiralty, and at the end of the book, Jack receives instruction to proceed to Buenos Aires and raise his flag as a Rear Admiral of the Blue, the culmination of his hard work as a fighting captain in all the time we have followed his career.

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