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Clarissa Oakes by Patrick O'Brian

Clarissa Oakes (1992)

by Patrick O'Brian

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Series: Aubrey-Maturin (15)

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In which Aubrey suspects something gravely amiss with his crew, and finds his efforts to confirm are frustrated both by naval tradition and his own history as a mid. Maturin endeavours to find sanctuary in Australia for two rescued children, thereby stumbling upon secrets closer to England. Leaving Botany Bay and ostensibly bound for South America, the Surprises again find themselves waylaid by a proxy war in Moahu (Sandwich Islands).


Clarissa Oakes related by marriage to Midshipman Oakes, in fact wed by Martin at sea in order to avoid deportation should the cutter following Surprise be hunting absconders.

The original "mini-series" starts with Volume 11 (mission to Chile & Peru), they are waylaid these several volumes.

Events pick up immediately after The Nutmeg of Consolation and close a number of months later, in the same quarter of the globe. ( )
  elenchus | Aug 14, 2018 |
Stephen and Captain Aubrey continue their adventures on the high seas. This book is, like all the rest, full of beautifully understated but rich character moments. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
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 |
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Patrick O'Brianprimary authorall editionscalculated
Brown, RichardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hunt, GeoffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Merla, PaolaTranslatorsecondary 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 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:18 -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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Editions: 0393310167, 0393031098

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