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The Wine-Dark Sea ((Aubrey Maturin Series #16.) (original 1994; edition 1993)

by Patrick O'Brian

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Title:The Wine-Dark Sea ((Aubrey Maturin Series #16.)
Authors:Patrick O'Brian
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (1993), Hardcover
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Rating:****
Tags:Napoleonic, Naval, historical fiction

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The Wine-Dark Sea by Patrick O'Brian (1994)

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Another excellent installment in the series, featuring an underwater volcanic eruption, Pacific travels, Maturin's trek in the Andes observing the wildlife and fomenting rebellion, and the usual Aubrey-Maturin dynamic. I'm beginning to think that as soon as I finish the last volume, I may just start over again ... ( )
  JBD1 | May 26, 2014 |
Among the pleasures of this volume was the tour of the high altitudes of Peru and of their particular flora and fauna. Stephen Maturin examines condors first hand, and bromeliads, and three kinds of llamas. Adventures include Maturin's party being sideswiped by a sudden blizzard, and Jack Aubrey being seriously wounded in the eye and leg. Even though I barely follow the political events that inform Stephen's espionage missions, Stephen survives through his wits, and with very helpful allies, and Jack survives miraculously one injury after another. I wonder how Maturin can manage all of his various addictions. First came laudanum, now coca leaves.

I can hardly wait for the two friends to touch down on native soil so that we can hear from Sophie and Diana again. ( )
  paakre | Apr 27, 2013 |
Tbook is towards the end of the series and close to the end of Patrick O'Brian's life. Stell a good tale and crisp writing, but like The Truelove it does not stand up as well as the earilier books in the series. I think that it is the plot of this tale is awkward. ( )
  BobVTReader | Jun 8, 2012 |
I'm going to be very upset when I get to the end of this series; such excellence can only ever jade the palate. ( )
  gbsallery | Sep 5, 2011 |
Jack and Stephen find themselves in the middle of a Pacific volcanic eruption and the reader is treated to Stephen's trek across the Andes. These are just a few of the things that give "The Wine Dark Sea" a unique feel. Mr. O'Brian's ability to offer up something different in the midst of such familiarity is truly a gift. I was particularly taken with the descriptions of llamas - and their reactions to Stephen. Lots of humor and tragedy equally mixed. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Aug 10, 2011 |
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Tull, PatrickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0393312445, Paperback)

In this installment of O'Brian's maritime epic, Captain Aubrey and the crew of the Surprise are pursuing an American privateer through the Great South Sea. As is his custom, O'Brian grabs your attention with the first, beautifully memorable sentence: "A purple ocean, vast under the sky and devoid of all visible life apart from two minute ships racing across its immensity." And he doesn't relinquish it until 260 pages later, by which point Jack Aubrey is delighted at the mere fact of being alive.

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At the outset of this adventure, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin pursue a heavy American privateer through the Great South Sea. Their ship, the Surprise, is now also a privateer, the better to escape diplomatic complications from Stephen's mission, which is to ignite the revolutionary tinder of South America. Jack will survive a desperate open-boat journey and come face to face with his illegitimate black son; Stephen, caught up in the aftermath of his failed coup, will flee for his life into the high, frozen wastes of the Andes; and Patrick O'Brian's brilliantly detailed narrative will reunite them at last in a breathtaking chase through storm seas and icebergs south of Cape Horn.… (more)

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