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The Wine-Dark Sea (Vol. Book 16) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)

The Wine-Dark Sea (Vol. Book 16) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)

The Wine-Dark Sea (Vol. Book 16)  (Aubrey/Maturin Novels) The sixteenth volume in the Aubrey/Maturin series, and Patrick O’Brian’s first bestseller in the United States.At the outset of this adventure filled with disaster and delight, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin pursue an American privateer through the Great South Sea. The strange color of the ocean reminds Stephen of Homer’s famous description, and portends an underwater volcanic eruption that will create a new island overnight and leave an indelible impression on the reader’s imagination.

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3 responses to “The Wine-Dark Sea (Vol. Book 16) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)”

  1. Joseph H Pierre "Joe Pierre" says:
    42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    AUTHENTIC GOLD, March 15, 2000
    By A Customer
    This review is from: The Wine-Dark Sea (Vol. Book 16) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels) (Paperback)

    I once had a creative writing instructor who insisted all ofhis students read one of O’Brian’s novels to learn what truly superiorwriting was all about. I chose The Wine-Dark Sea and am I glad I did. O’Brian is truly a master! The Wine-Dark Sea opens with Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin in pursuit of an American privateer sailing the South Sea. The British, already engaged in the Napoleonic Wars, have made the mistake of also blundering into war with a young upstart, the United States. Maturin, in the Wine-Dark Sea, desires to relieve the pressure on the British government by inciting the revolutionaries of South America, more specifically, Peru. O’Brian, a master storyteller, also has a sharp eye for detail. His descriptions of the landscape, the sea, life on board the midgit man-of-war and even the Andes are no doubt the best in all of literature. The spine-tingling barbarity and bloody battle scenes are so real, they’ll make you glad you’re only reading a book (although the writing is so good you may forget that at times)! I really can’t praise O’Brian highly enough. He is both artist and perfect craftsman and beside him, most authors rapidly pale. If you love the sea, if you love adventure, if you just love a good book, you absolutely can’t go wrong with The Wine-Dark Sea or any of O’Brian’s other novels. All of them are just perfect. END

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  2. Stephen P. Kemp says:
    18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Aubrey chases a privateer through the South Seas, May 25, 2001
    By 
    Joseph H Pierre “Joe Pierre” (Salem, OR USA) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: The Wine-Dark Sea (Vol. Book 16) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels) (Paperback)

    Another incomparable tale by that master of sea stories, the late Patrick O’Brian. Part of the Aubrey/Maturin series, this one follows the book “The Truelove,” which led His Majesty’s Hired Vessel “Surprise” to the Hawaiian (Sandwich) Islands to protect British whaling interests there, which were threatened by a pioneer of communism, Monsieur Dutourd, who was endeavoring to set up his own idealistic society there at the expense of British interests.

    As this book starts, Dutourd’s ship, the “Franklin,” is being pursued by Aubrey in the “Surprise,” on a strange, wine-colored sea in unusual weather. Soon the reason for the strange sea and weather becomes evident as an erupting volcano causes damage to both ships. The story revolves around British intelligence agent Dr. Maturin’s attempt to influence political events in Peru, several battles at sea with the concomitant taking of prizes, battle with a pirate, deaths and injuries in battle, and the nearly deadly struggle of Dr. Maturin’s medical assistant, the Rev. Martin, with his conscience.

    No one knew nautical lore and the square-rigged vessels of the Napoleonic era (ca. 1800) as well as Patrick O’Brian. Many of his sea battles are taken directly from the annals of the British Admiralty, and his dialogue is replete with period expressions that lend even greater authenticity to his tales.

    I recommend that a newcomer to this series start with “Master and Commander,” the first book of the series. Untold hours of pleasure await you. …

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  3. Anonymous says:
    18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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    Please do not read this book – YET, July 30, 2000
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    Stephen P. Kemp (Falls Church, VA USA) –

    This review is from: The Wine-Dark Sea (Vol. Book 16) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels) (Paperback)

    Why would I recommend not reading this book? The answer is simple; I urge you to start at the beginning and buy Master and Commander, the first book. I say this because the odds are you have not read O’Brian before, if you had, you would scarcely need a recommendation for a book in the middle of the series. No, if you had read O’Brian before you would have either decided not to read more or as so many have before you, would have read the series, devouring one book after another in the order they were intended to be read. The Wine-Dark Sea is a section of one of the greatest examples of nautical fiction ever written, don’t deny yourself the joy of watching these characters grow and develop over the course of the opus.

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