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Patrick O Brian s Aubrey Maturin Series Patrick O Brian s masterpiece the Aubrey Maturin series follows the friendship between Captain Aubrey R N and Dr Stephen Maturin ship s surgeon and intelligence agent against a thrilling backdrop
Patrick O Brian s masterpiece, the Aubrey Maturin series, follows the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N and Dr Stephen Maturin, ship s surgeon and intelligence agent, against a thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars The series consists of 20 complete and one unfinished novel, the first published in 1970 and the last finished novel in 1999 The 21st novel of thePatrick O Brian s masterpiece, the Aubrey Maturin series, follows the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N and Dr Stephen Maturin, ship s surgeon and intelligence agent, against a thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars The series consists of 20 complete and one unfinished novel, the first published in 1970 and the last finished novel in 1999 The 21st novel of the series, left unfinished by O Brian s death in 2000, appeared in print in late 2004 The series received considerable international acclaim and most of the novels reached the The New York Times Best Seller list These novels comprised the canon of an author often compared to Jane Austen, C S Forester and a myriad of other British authors central to the canon Details of a life aboard a man of war are faultless rendered the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the roar of broadsides as the great ships close in battle The Oscar nominated 2003 film Master and Commander The Far Side of the World is based upon these books.The series consists of 1 Master and Commander 1990 ISBN 978 0 393 30705 4This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N and Stephen Maturin, ship s surgeon and intelligence agent, against a thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars Details of a life aboard a man of war are faultless rendered the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the roar of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.2 Post Captain 1990 ISBN 978 0 393 30706 1 We ve beat them before and we ll beat them again In 1803 Napoleon smashes the Peace of Amiens, and Captain Jack Aubrey, R N taking refuge in France from his creditors, is interned He escapes from France, from debtor s Prison, from a possible mutiny, and pursues his quarry straight into the mouth of a French held harbor.3 HMS Surprise 1991 ISBN 978 0 393 30761 0Third in the series of Aubrey Maturin adventures, this book is set among the strange sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent, and in the distant waters ploughed by the ships of the East India Company Aubrey is on the defensive, pitting wits and seamanship against an enemy enjoying overwhelming local superiority But somewhere in the Indian Ocean lies the prize that could make him rich beyond his wildest dream the ships sent by Napoleon to attack the China Fleet.4 The Mauritius Command 1991 ISBN 978 0 393 30762 7Captain Jack Aubrey is ashore on half pay without a command until Stephen Maturin arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a commodore s pennant, there to mount an expedition against the French held islands of Mauritius and La R union But the difficulties of carrying out his orders are compounded by two of his own captains Lord Clonfert, a pleasure seeking dilettante, and Captain Corbett, whose severity pushes his crew to the verge of mutiny.5 Desolation Island 1991 ISBN 978 0 393 30812 9Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty fame, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend and surgeon Stephen Maturin sail the Leopard to Australia with a hold full of convicts Among them is a beautiful and dangerous spy and a treacherous disease that decimates the crew With a Dutch man of war to windward, the undermanned, outgunned Leopard sails for her life into the freezing waters of the Antarctic, where, in mountain seas, the Dutchman closes6 The Fortune of War 1991 ISBN 978 0 393 30813 6Captain Jack Aubrey, R N arrives in the Dutch East Indies to find himself appointed to the command of the fastest and best armed frigate in the Navy He and his friend Stephen Maturin take passage for England in a dispatch vessel But the War of 1812 breaks out while they are en route Bloody actions precipitate them both into new and unexpected scenes where Stephen s past activities as a secret agent return on him with a vengeance.7 The Surgeon s Mate 1992 ISBN 978 0 393 30820 4Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are ordered home by dispatch vessel to bring the news of their latest victory to the government But Maturin is a marked man for the havoc he has wrought in the French intelligence network in the New World, and the attention of two privateers soon becomes menacing The chase that follows through the fogs and shallows of the Grand Banks is as tense, and as unexpected in its culmination, as anything Patrick O Brian has written.8 The Ionian Mission 1992 ISBN 978 0 393 30821 1Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, veterans now of many battles, return in this novel 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.9 Treason s Harbour 1992 ISBN 978 0 393 30863 1All Patrick O Brian s strengths are on parade in this novel of action and intrigue, set partly in Malta, partly in the treacherous, pirate infested waters of the Red Sea While Captain Aubrey worries about repairs to his ship, Stephen Maturin assumes the center stage for the dockyards and salons of Malta are alive with Napoleon s agents, and the admiralty s intelligence network is compromised Maturin s cunning is the sole bulwark against sabotage of Aubrey s daring mission.10 The Far Side of the World 1992 ISBN 978 0 393 30862 4The war of 1812 continues, and Jack Aubrey sets course for Cape Horn on a mission after his own heart intercepting a powerful American frigate outward bound to play havoc with the British whaling trade Stephen Maturin has fish of his own to fry in the world of secret intelligence Disaster in various guises awaits them in the Great South Sea and in the far reaches of the Pacific typhoons, castaways, shipwrecks, murder, and criminal insanity.11 The Reverse of the Medal 1992 ISBN 978 0 393 30960 7Captain Jack Aubrey, R N ashore after a successful cruise, is persuaded by a casual acquaintance to make certain investments in the City This innocent decision ensnares him in the London criminal underground and in government espionage the province of his friend Stephen Maturin Is Aubrey s humiliation and the threatened ruin of his career a deliberate plot This dark tale is a fitting backdrop to the brilliant characterization and sparkling dialogue which O Brian s readers have come to expect.12 The Letter of Marque 1992 ISBN 978 0 393 30905 8Captain Jack Aubrey, a brilliant and experienced officer, has been struck off the list of post captains for a crime he did not commit His old friend Stephen Maturin, usually cast as a ship s surgeon to mask his discreet activities on behalf of British Intelligence, has bought for Aubrey his former ship the Surprise to command as a privateer, politely termed a letter of marque Together they sail on a desperate mission against the French, which, if successful, may redeem Aubrey from the private hell of his disgrace.13 The Thirteen Gun Salute 1992 ISBN 978 0 393 30907 2Captain Jack Aubrey sets sail for the South China Sea with a new lease on life Following his dismissal from the Royal Navy a false accusation , he has earned reinstatement through his daring exploits as a privateer, brilliantly chronicled in The Letter of Marque Now he is to shepherd Stephen Maturin his friend, ship s surgeon, and sometimes intelligence agent on a diplomatic mission to prevent links between Bonaparte and the Malay princes which would put English merchant shipping at risk.The journey of the Diane encompasses a great and satisfying diversity of adventures Maturin climbs the Thousand Steps of the sacred crater of the orangutans a killer typhoon catches Aubrey and his crew trying to work the Diane off a reef and in the barbaric court of Pulo Prabang a classic duel of intelligence agents unfolds the French envoys, well entrenched in the Sultan s good graces, against the savage cunning of Stephen Maturin.14 The Nutmeg of Consolation 1993 ISBN 978 0 393 30906 5Shipwrecked on a remote island in the Dutch East Indies, Captain Aubrey, surgeon and secret intelligence agent Stephen Maturin, and the crew of the Diane fashion a schooner from the wreck A vicious attack by Malay pirates is repulsed, but the makeshift vessel burns, and they are truly marooned Their escape from this predicament is one that only the whimsy and ingenuity of Patrick O Brian or Stephen Maturin could devise.In command now of a new ship, the Nutmeg, Aubrey pursues his interrupted mission The dreadful penal colony in New South Wales, harrowingly described, is the backdrop to a diplomatic crisis provoked by Maturin s Irish temper, and to a near fatal encounter with the wildlife of the Australian outback.15 The Truelove 1993 ISBN 978 0 393 31016 0A 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.16 The Wine Dark Sea 1994 ISBN 978 0 393 31244 7At 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.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 stormy seas and icebergs south of Cape Horn, where the hunters suddenly become the hunted.17 The Commodore 1995 ISBN 978 0 393 31459 5Having survived a long and desperate adventure in the Great South Sea, Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin return to England to very different circumstances For Jack it is a happy homecoming, at least initially, but for Stephen it is disastrous his little daughter appears to be autistic, incapable of speech or contact, while his wife, Diana, unable to bear this situation, has disappeared, her house being looked after by the widowed Clarissa Oakes Much of The Commodore takes place on land, in sitting rooms and in drafty castles, but the roar of the great guns is never far from our hearing Aubrey and Maturin are sent on a bizarre decoy mission to the fever ridden lagoons of the Gulf of Guinea to suppress the slave trade But their ultimate destination is Ireland, where the French are mounting an invasion that will test Aubrey s seamanship and Maturin s resourcefulness as a secret intelligence agent.The subtle interweaving of these disparate themes is an achievement of pure storytelling by one of our greatest living novelists.18 The Yellow Admiral 1997 ISBN 978 0 393 31704 6Life ashore may once again be the undoing of Jack Aubrey in The Yellow Admiral, Patrick O Brian s best selling novel and eighteenth volume in the Aubrey Maturin series Aubrey, now a considerable though impoverished landowner, has dimmed his prospects at the Admiralty by his erratic voting as a Member of Parliament he is feuding with his neighbor, a man with strong Navy connections who wants to enclose the common land between their estates he is on even worse terms with his wife, Sophie, whose mother has ferreted out a most damaging trove of old personal letters Even Jack s exploits at sea turn sour in the storm waters off Brest he captures a French privateer laden with gold and ivory, but this at the expense of missing a signal and deserting his post Worst of all, in the spring of 1814, peace breaks out, and this feeds into Jack s private fears for his career.Fortunately, Jack is not left to his own devices Stephen Maturin returns from a mission in France with the news that the Chileans, to secure their independence, require a navy, and the service of English officers Jack is savoring this apparent reprieve for his career, as well as Sophie s forgiveness, when he receives an urgent dispatch ordering him to Gibraltar Napoleon has escaped from Elba.19 The Hundred Days 1999 ISBN 978 0 393 31979 8Napoleon, escaped from Elba, pursues his enemies across Europe like a vengeful phoenix If he can corner the British and Prussians before their Russian and Austrian allies arrive, his genius will lead the French armies to triumph at Waterloo In the Balkans, preparing a thrust northwards into Central Europe to block the Russians and Austrians, a horde of Muslim mercenaries is gathering They are inclined toward Napoleon because of his conversion to Islam during the Egyptian campaign, but they will not move without a shipment of gold ingots from Sheik Ibn Hazm which, according to British intelligence, is on its way via camel caravan to the coast of North Africa It is this gold that Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin must at all costs intercept The fate of Europe hinges on their desperate mission.20 Blue at the Mizzen 2000 ISBN 978 0 393 32107 4Napoleon has been defeated at Waterloo, and the ensuing peace brings with it both the desertion of nearly half of Captain Aubrey s crew and the sudden dimming of Aubrey s career prospects in a peacetime navy When the Surprise is nearly sunk on her way to South America where Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are to help Chile assert her independence from Spain the delay occasioned by repairs reaps a harvest of strange consequences The South American expedition is a desperate affair and in the end Jack s bold initiative to strike at the vastly superior Spanish fleet precipitates a spectacular naval action that will determine both Chile s fate and his own 21 21 The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey 2004 ISBN 978 0 393 06025 6In response to the interest of millions of Patrick O Brian fans, here is the final, partial installment of the Aubrey Maturin series Blue at the Mizzen novel 20 ended with Jack Aubrey getting the news, in Chile, of his elevation to flag rank Rear Admiral of the Blue Squadron, with orders to sail to the South Africa station The next novel, unfinished and untitled at the time of the author s death, would have been the chronicle of that mission, and much else besides The three chapters left on O Brian s desk at the time of his death are presented here both in printed version including his corrections to the typescript and a facsimile of his manuscript, which goes several pages beyond the end of the typescript to include a duel between Stephen Maturin and an impertinent officer who is courting his fiance Of course we would rather have had the whole story instead we have this proof that O Brian s powers of observation, his humor, and his understanding of his characters were undiminished to the end.
Aubrey Maturin series Aubrey Maturin Series by Patrick O Brian Patrick O Brian s Aubrey Maturin Series Master Commander Patrick O Brian Book Series In Order Patrick O Brian was born on th of December in the year in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, England He died on second of January His birth name was Richard Patrick Russ He wrote several novels in his lifetime including the famous Aubrey Maturin series. Re reading Patrick O Brian s Aubrey Maturin series Oct , Join Jo Walton as she begins a weekly read along of the Aubrey Maturin series by Patrick O Brian Although set in the seafaring Napoleonic era and The Aubrey Maturin series by Patrick O Brian Aubrey Maturin series of novels by Patrick O Brian, in reading order The years given for the story draw on the Aubrey Maturin chronology by Don Seltzer Site The Gunroom This chronological order also is the best reading order. Patrick O Brian Patrick O Brian, CBE December January , born Richard Patrick Russ, was an English novelist and translator, best known for his Aubrey Maturin series of sea novels set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, and centred on the friendship of the English naval captain Jack Aubrey and the Irish Catalan physician Stephen Maturin. Aubrey Maturin Series Chronology The Aubrey Maturin titles in order of publication Master and Commander Post Captain H.M.S Surprise The Mauritius Command Desolation Island The Fortune of War The Surgeon s Mate The Ionian Mission Treason s Harbour Return to the Patrick O Brian Compendium Home Page. The Patrick O Brian Mapping Project To accurately map the progress of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin over the course of the novels by Patrick O Brian The Voyages of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin Updated Feb To accurately map the progress of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin in the novels by Patrick O Brian.