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Clarissa Oakes by Patrick O'Brian
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Clarissa Oakes (1992)

by Patrick O'Brian

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Series: Aubrey-Maturin (15)

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Little action, much character development. ( )
  sben | Feb 11, 2014 |
A perfectly good, if fairly unremarkable, installment in the series. As usual, I wanted Maturin to be able to see more birds. ( )
  JBD1 | Nov 27, 2013 |
The American title "The Truelove" is one of those titles that doesn't connect very well to the story. The ship in question is only tangentially part of the plot line. The British title "Clarissa Oakes" is better, because Clarissa is a major part of the story - but the title is unusual for the series. Not that titles play a major part in my enjoyment of a novel, but this title anomaly reflects the uniqueness of this story in the series. While there is the requisite sailing and fighting, the introduction of a woman to the ship - and an unusual woman at that - give this story it's real conflict ( )
  tjsjohanna | Aug 1, 2011 |
The quote on the front cover of my edition of Clarissa Oakes reads "The greatest historical novelist of all time." (The Times). Usually, such a description would warrant qualification, or simply be out-and-out hyperbole. In this case, however, it is nothing other than the truth. O'Brian has delivered not just a novel, but a whole series of novels, whose every page is a sustained, joyful coruscation of un-showy brilliance. Masterful. And indeed commanding. ( )
  gbsallery | Jul 7, 2011 |
Another good one by O'Brian. Not as much naval battle as I would have liked, but still a good read. ( )
  jckeen | Jun 2, 2010 |
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Patrick O'Brianprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hunt, GeoffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tull, PatrickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vance, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393310167, Paperback)

The fifteenth installment in Patrick O'Brian's widely claimed series of Aubrey/Maturin novels is in equal parts mystery, adventure, and psychological drama.

A British whaler has been captured by an ambitious chief in the sandwich islands at French instigation, and Captain Aubrey, R. N., Is dispatched with the Surprise to restore order. But stowed away in the cable-tier is an escaped female convict. To the officers, Clarissa Harvill is an object of awkward courtliness and dangerous jealousies. Aubrey himself is won over and indeed strongly attracted to this woman who will not speak of her past. But only Aubrey's friend, Dr. Stephen Maturin, can fathom Clarissa's secrets: her crime, her personality, and a clue identifying a highly placed English spy in the pay of Napoleon's intelligence service.

In a thrilling finale, Patrick O'Brian delivers all the excitement his many readers expect: Aubrey and the crew of the Surprise impose a brutal pax Britannica upon the islanders in a pitched battle against a band of headhunting cannibals.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:50:25 -0400)

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At French instigation, an ambitious Tongan chief captures a British whaler in the Friendly Isles, and Captain Aubrey is dispatched from Australia to restore order. But a spirited female convict unexpectedly joins Aubrey and Maturin as a stowaway. To the officers, Clarissa Harvill is an object of awkward courtliness and dangerous jealousies. Aubrey himself is won over, while only Stephen Maturin fathoms her secrets.… (more)

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