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The Ionian Mission (1981)

by Patrick O'Brian

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Series: Aubrey-Maturin (8)

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Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, veterans now of many battles, return to the seas where they first sailed as shipmates. But Jack is now a senior captain commanding a line-of-battle ship in the Royal Navy's blockade of Toulon, and this is a longer, harder, colder war than the dashing frigate actions of his early days. A sudden turn of events takes him and Stephen off on a hazardous mission to the Greek Islands, where all his old skills of seamanship and his proverbial luck when fighting against odds come triumphantly into their own.

The fierce, thrilling action in this historical adventure novel will keep listeners riveted until the final page is read.

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Book 8 in the series. Thoroughly absorbing as ever ( )
  cbinstead | Oct 23, 2023 |
Read by Patrick Tull, This one gets pretty deep into Turkish politics toward the latter half and it's a bit deeper than I care to dive on such topics. I find my mind wandering and losing the narrative. Still, it's O'Brian, and it's great on all the same levels as every other book in the series, and in this one, Pullings will finally get his step. Some great narration of the battle at the end with Jack and the Surprises fighting among the Turks first with cannon and carronades, then hand to hand.

I thoroughly enjoyed the subplot with the ancient Admiral Thornton wanting to battle the French to put a final touch on his life's work, and then not being able to catch them when at last they come out of Toulon. Heartbreaking. Graham, the irascible would-be spy, and one-eyed Martin who will become a regular later, make appearances. Good old Babbington is also there as captain of the Dryad.

Stephen's presence is less felt in this book as Graham, who speaks Turkish, is the prime negotiator for the British. Stephen does get set ashore for some spy intrigues in a march, but fails in the mission because the amateur Graham spoils it. Admiral Harte is also trying to get Jack into trouble by issuing vague orders, and Jack calls him out on his shenanigans in front of the blockade's commander Admiral Thornton. Harte has to back down.

Read this one with a map because the movements are a little hard to follow. This one ends a little too abruptly for my taste. ( )
  jsmick | Jul 9, 2023 |
Another good sea adventure historical in this series. ( )
  kslade | Dec 8, 2022 |
Spectacular - one of the best I've read of the series so far. ( )
  JohnNienart | Jul 11, 2021 |
Well, this was the first one of these that I had a little trouble finishing. It a lot going on here. I mean, of course the writing is beautiful, the language incredible, but I’ll admit I was a bit bored. ( )
  BooksForDinner | May 14, 2021 |
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Hunt, GeoffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tull, PatrickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Marriage was once represented as a field of battle rather than a bed of roses, and perhaps there are some who may still support this view; but just as Dr Maturin had made a far more unsuitable match than most, so he set about dealing with the situation in a far more compendious, peaceable and efficacious way than the great majority of husbands.
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Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, veterans now of many battles, return to the seas where they first sailed as shipmates. But Jack is now a senior captain commanding a line-of-battle ship in the Royal Navy's blockade of Toulon, and this is a longer, harder, colder war than the dashing frigate actions of his early days. A sudden turn of events takes him and Stephen off on a hazardous mission to the Greek Islands, where all his old skills of seamanship and his proverbial luck when fighting against odds come triumphantly into their own.

The fierce, thrilling action in this historical adventure novel will keep listeners riveted until the final page is read.

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