By Patrick O'Brian
"The dating [between Aubrey and Maturin]...is concerning the neatest thing afloat....For Conradian strength of description and sheer pleasure there's not anything in naval fiction to overcome the strict chase because the outgunned Leopard staggers via mountain waves in icy latitudes to flee the Dutch seventy-four."―Stephen Vaughan, Observer
Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty repute, Captain Jack Aubrey and his pal and medical professional Stephen Maturin sail the Leopard to Australia with a carry choked with convicts. between them is a gorgeous and unsafe spy―and a treacherous disorder that decimates the staff. With a Dutch man-of-war to windward, the undermanned, outgunned Leopard sails for her existence into the freezing waters of the Antarctic, the place, in mountain seas, the Dutchman closes...
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Simply at this time, even if, he's tolerably fretful, being torn among his longing to stroll approximately St Jago and the opposite islands, certainly one of which rejoices in a weird type of puffin, and his accountability to those unsatisfied creatures we're obliged to move. a few of them proceed unwell, and he can't make out what it truly is that ails them. 'He doesn't pass over a lot by way of staying aboard, although, for those islands quite are such a lot unusual black and desolate, having been volcanoes and having a robust inclination to be volcanoes back. As we stood in, we observed Fogo, that is a bit to the south of west and a few twenty leagues from right here, sending up an outstanding cloud of smoke. I went ashore the day past to stretch my legs and to work out even if i'll knock over a number of quails for the desk and maybe a few curious birds or monkeys for Stephen, and that i took supply with me, within the desire of having on larger phrases. yet i'm afraid I did extra damage than reliable. We fagged over miles and miles of pumice and lava with scarcely a blade of eco-friendly, yet by no means something did we carry domestic, apart from ailing humours; we grew highly regarded and dusty and drained and thirsty - by no means a drop within the dried-up streams - and all of the manner he saved stating areas the place he had noticeable bustards and guinea-fowl final time he was once the following. He ceaselessly proposed clean paths, as if he owned the island, and in passing he saw that during my position he might have anchored the send closer the watering-place: but even with all his neighborhood wisdom we misplaced ourselves in any case, and needed to come right down to the shore and creep alongside one of the blazing boulders to discover the village. He dropped his gun and damage the lock, and grew beautiful sullen with the warmth; yet I did my most sensible to undergo with him. you are going to have applauded me, Sophie. he's an older guy than I by means of ten or fifteen years, a really fantastic navigator, and has been badly used. yet from our first assembly aboard the flagship, i used to be certain it'll by no means solution: you can't have captains in a boat, and his lengthy self sustaining command, his amazing voyage within the girl Nelson, and his wisdom of these waters, have set him above subordination. He may perhaps make a superb commander, yet he's too outdated and too excessive to be a moment lieutenant. Oh, if basically the Admiralty had attended to my plea for Richardson or Ned Summerhayes - but when simply pigs had wings, we should always haven't any want for tinkers' arms, as they are saying. Stephen is of a lot an identical opinion with me, i feel, even though in fact i will not talk about my officials with him, considering the fact that he's their messmate. certainly, i can't speak about them with someone yet you, my expensive: and on your inner most ear, i'll inform you that I will be happy to determine Turnbull go away the send on the Cape, and to obtain younger Mowett back. yet stable Lord, what an ungrateful fellow i'm: i'll have a number of lieutenants, a grasp, and a bosun i don't a lot deal with, yet however i've got Pullings and Babbington, stable master's associates, 4 or 5 good midshipmen, a major wood worker and gunner, and shut on 1/2 a team of the type of males i like.