H. M. S. Surprise (Aubrey/Maturin Novels #3) (Paperback)

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This is book number 3 in the Aubrey/Maturin Novels series.


"Few, very few books have made my heart thud with excitement. H.M.S. Surprise managed it." —Helen Lucy Burke, Irish Press

In H.M.S. Surprise, British naval officer Jack Aubrey and surgeon Stephen Maturin face near-death and tumultuous romance in the distant waters ploughed by the ships of the East India Company. Tasked with ferrying a British ambassador to the Sultan of Kampong, they find themselves on a prolonged voyage aboard a Royal Navy frigate en route to the Malay Peninsula. In this new sphere, Aubrey is on the defensive, pitting wits and seamanship against an enemy who enjoys overwhelming local superiority. But somewhere in the Indian Ocean lies the prize that could secure him a marriage to his beloved Sophie and make him rich beyond his wildest dreams: the ships sent by Napoleon to attack the China Fleet.

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…

As sinewy and virile as its predecessors, this is a copper-bottomed investment for the numerous fans of Jack Aubrey.
— Sarah Lake - Daily Telegraph

It has been said that this series is some of the finest historical fiction of our time.… Aubrey and Maturin have been described as better than Holmes and Watson, the equal of Quixote and Panza.… All this is true. And the marvel is, it hardly says enough.
— John Balzar - Los Angeles Times
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393541601
ISBN-10: 0393541606
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: May 11th, 2021
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: Aubrey/Maturin Novels