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The fortune of war
O'Brian, Patrick, 1914-2000.
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New York : W. W. Norton, 1991.

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329 pages ; 20 cm
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Captain 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.

Author Notes

Patrick O'Brian is the author of twenty volumes in the highly respected Aubrey/Maturin series of novels.

(Publisher Provided) Patrick O'Brien was born in Ireland in 1914. His education included the Sorbonne.

O'Brian has produced a variety of works, including biographies of Picasso and Sir Joseph Banks and translations of the novels and memoirs of Simone de Beauvoir, but he is best known for the creation of an unlikely pair of Napoleonic War-era heroes in the Aubrey-Maturin Series. British naval officer Jack Aubrey and Irish scholar and physician Stephen Maturin have been featured in more than a novels published in Great Britain (five of which have also appeared in America).

He died on January 2, 2000. (Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Originally published in 1979, this sixth book in O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series opens in the Dutch East Indies, where Jack Aubrey learns that he has been given the command of one of the Royal Navy's finest frigates. He has only to return to England to assume his commission, but, along the way, he and his friend Stephen Maturin encounter a series of misfortunes, not the least of which is the outbreak of the War of 1812. For the first time, Jack wages war on America. This book should appeal greatly to American listeners, for it not only provides a fascinating perspective on the little-known conflict, it also offers an intimate look at the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) in action as well as Jack and Stephen's international intrigues in Boston. Fortune of War is fully up to the high standards of the best of O'Brian's books and makes for fine listening. Narrator John Lee, who puts in a strong performance, is equally adept at both British and American accents. Recommended for most collections. Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.