H.M.S. Surprise

H.M.S. Surprise

Amid sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent explore ships of the East India Company. Aubrey is on the defensive, pitting wits and seamanship against an enemy enjoying overwhelming local superiority. Somewhere in the Indian Ocean lies the prize ...

Title:H.M.S. Surprise
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780393307610
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    H.M.S. Surprise Reviews

  • HBalikov

    For those of you with whom I have yet to share my passion for the Aubrey/Maturin series, let me remedy that at the start.This series of books follows the lives of two amis de la guere as they share sh...

  • Jason Koivu

    My favorite of the first three novels and perhaps of the entire series! HMS Surprise deftly combines the best aspects of the first two books. Love, friendship and war. Frankly, there's so much going o...

  • Madeline

    “Valuable and ingenious [Stephen] might be, thought Jack, fixing him with his glass, but false he was too, and perjured. He had voluntarily sworn to have no truck with vampires, and here, attached t...

  • Algernon (Darth Anyan)

    Thus to the Eastern wealth through storms we go;But now, the Cape once doubled, fear no more:A constant trade-wind will securely blow,And gently lay us on the spicy shore. HMS Surprise is the name o...

  • Darwin8u

    “Surely man in general is born to be oppressed or solitary, if he is to be fully human...” ― Patrick O'Brian, HMS Surprise“Jack, you have debauched my sloth.” ― Patrick O'Brian, H.M.S. Sur...

  • Terry

    3 – 3.5 starsAs the rating attests I enjoyed this book, but I am not sure if I will ever be one of the rabid legion of fans enamoured of Patrick O’Brian’s work. I certainly enjoyed this book muc...

  • Peter Tillman

    I have notes, but in essence: Wow. Definitely new to me, and I will be reading/re-reading more of these. What a book. What a writer!The most impressive part, for me, is total immersion in what seaboar...

  • Eric

    Not that I had tired of Maturin as a too-perfect savant, incredibly wise, subtle, and generous – physician among floggers, philosopher among the canting, counselor-critic to confused lovers - but I ...

  • Max

    "Jack, you have debauched my sloth."...

  • Brad

    I like listening to this book better than reading it, I think. This one is steeped in the emotional lives of Jack and Stephen. It's the first that really starts showing us how deeply these men feel ab...