The Wine-Dark Sea (Aubrey/Maturin Novels #16) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 16 in the Aubrey/Maturin Novels series.

Description


The sixteenth volume in the Aubrey/Maturin series, and Patrick O'Brian's first bestseller in the United States.


At 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.

About the Author


One of our greatest contemporary novelists, Patrick O’Brian is the author of the twenty volumes of the best-selling Aubrey/Maturin series, as well as many other books, including Testimonies, The Golden Ocean, The Unknown Shore, and biographies of Joseph Banks and Picasso.

Praise For…


I haven’t read novels [in the past ten years] except for all of the Patrick O’Brian series. It was, unfortunately, like tripping on heroin. I started on those books and couldn’t stop.
— E. O. Wilson - Boston Globe

Addictively readable.
— Chicago Tribune

They're funny, they're exciting, they're informative. . . there are legions of us who gladly ship out time and time again under Captain Aubrey.
— The New Yorker

lf Jane Austen had written rousing sea yarns, she would have produced something very close to the prose of Patrick O'Brian.
— Time
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393035582
ISBN-10: 0393035581
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: November 17th, 1993
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Aubrey/Maturin Novels