The Yellow Admiral by Patrick O'Brian
(Vol. Book 18) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)

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"There are those already planning this afternoon's trip to the bookstore. Their only reaction is: Thank god, Patrick O'Brian is still writing. To you, I say, not a moment to lose."—John Balzar, Los Angeles Times

Life ashore may once again be the undoing of Jack Aubrey in The Yellow Admiral, Patrick O'Brian's best-selling novel and eighteenth volume in the Aubrey/Maturin series. Aubrey, now a considerable though impoverished landowner, has dimmed his prospects at the Admiralty by his erratic voting as a Member of Parliament; he is feuding with his neighbor, a man with strong Navy connections who wants to enclose the common land between their estates; he is on even worse terms with his wife, Sophie, whose mother has ferreted out a most damaging trove of old personal letters. Even Jack's exploits at sea turn sour: in the storm waters off Brest he captures a French privateer laden with gold and ivory, but this at the expense of missing a signal and deserting his post. Worst of all, in the spring of 1814, peace breaks out, and this feeds into Jack's private fears for his career.

Fortunately, Jack is not left to his own devices. Stephen Maturin returns from a mission in France with the news that the Chileans, to secure their independence, require a navy, and the service of English officers. Jack is savoring this apparent reprieve for his career, as well as Sophie's forgiveness, when he receives an urgent dispatch ordering him to Gibraltar: Napoleon has escaped from Elba.

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 October 6, 1997 by Harper. 288 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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As befits a popular and enduring fictional hero, Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy is besieged on all sides in the 18th installment of O'Brian's splendid 19th-century historical adventure series (The Commodore, etc.).

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The 18th volume in the Aubrey/Maturin historical adventure series ""is splendid storytelling from a true master,"" said PW in a starred review.

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If O'Brian is Austen's successor, he's certainly more complete: Where Austen's brittle middle-class folk mostly sat in the country and prattled about whom to marry, O'Brian's people are vivid men and women from all walks of life, busy taking part in a world-spanning empire which was built upon ru...

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Towards the end of the book, a favourite character comes to a sad and sudden end, and with the result of Waterloo becoming known, Jack and Stephen resume their Chilean mission.

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