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H M S Surprise Vol Book 3 Aubrey Maturin Novels

Author : Patrick O'Brian
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"The best historical novels ever written."—Richard Snow, New York Times Book Review Third 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 dreams: the ships sent by Napoleon to attack the China Fleet...

Hms Surprise Aubrey Maturin Series Book 3

Author : Patrick O’Brian
ISBN : 9780007429301
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Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written.

Hms Surprise

Author : Patrick O'Brian
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Mathew Jelbert

Author : Alan Lawrence
ISBN : 198755244X
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HMS SURPRISE, after a miraculous escape from the Bay of Navarino, fights on to aid the Greek navy in their struggle against Ottoman superiority. After delivering her cargo of the Tsar's gold to a secret hideaway, unable to make way against strong headwinds and closed within a narrow strait, the frigate is surrounded by a closing Turkish fleet, her destruction or capture seemingly inevitable. A miraculous escape is made through shallow, uncharted waters. At last, temporary repairs made to substantial damages, Surprise and her tender, the schooner Eleanor, make their way home, heading for Falmouth, yet the fog of Cape St. Vincent presents a dreadful catastrophe for them. Home at last but troubled by so many shipmates lost, Captain Patrick O'Connor and Dr Simon Ferguson contemplate their future as bleak destitution looms before them when scores of banks fail in the great financial crash of 1825. Our valiant heroes return once again in another exciting tale aboard the barky.

The Patrick O Brian Muster Book

Author : Anthony Gary Brown
ISBN : 0786455667
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Now in its second edition, this expanded work catalogs every person, animal, ship and cannon mentioned by name in the 21 books of Patrick O'Brian's series on the maritime adventures of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. The novels, renowned for their "far-ranging web of wit and allusion," teem with thousands of characters and ships, both imaginary and historical. From Master and Commander to 21: The Unfinished Voyage, this book distinguishes the fictional from the factual, making a useful series companion for the casual reader and the most ardent fans. Each of the more than 5,000 alphabetized entries provides a reference to the novels and chapters in which the topic appears. Additionally, biographical notes on the historical figures are included, with sources provided in an annotated bibliography. Colin White, a leading British naval historian and an authority on Nelson's Navy provides a foreword.

The Fireships Of Gerontas

Author : Alan Lawrence
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Whilst contemplating writing my first book in this series a few years ago I was abstractedly mindful of that famous quote of the Earl of St Vincent: "I do not say, my Lords, that the French will not come. I say only they will not come by sea". It's quite a witty quip, and may conceivably in its delightful hauteur, no doubt born of justifiable great confidence, have provided an element of inspiration for the quotations of another First Lord of the Admiralty and conceivably Britain's most charismatic Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, over a century later when in the early 1940s Britain faced another megalomaniacal peril. In my own rambling contemplations (I had undoubtedly been enjoying my grog ration) the splendid quote transmuted to become relevant to my own musings on the sublime sea stories of Patrick O'Brian: "I do not say that there will be no further tales of HMS Surprise. I say only that they will not be written by Patrick O'Brian". That rather silly mental trifling, in a very minor way, helped shape my own conviction that I should, to the best of my own modest abilities (being a first time author), endeavour to perpetuate his literary magic myself, for surely there were other like-minded souls sorely lamenting the end of his exquisite series. In striving to do so I was always conscious that it was "Mission Impossible", for O'Brian's stories of HMS Surprise were so far ahead in quality in comparison to everything else that I had ever read in fiction that I held few illusions that I would succeed. I say few but not quite none at all (the second half of that grog ration no doubt), and hence in a flight of wholly reckless optimism I set aside my reasoned and well-founded hesitations and embarked upon the voyage. Perhaps I should better say the cruise, for it has certainly been most enjoyable.This story describes the hugely significant sea battle of 10th September 1824, when the Greeks fought an Ottoman fleet (greater in number than that which Nelson defeated at Trafalgar) in the Bay of Gerontas (modern day Gulf of Mandalya) which finally thwarted Ottoman efforts to capture Samos. It ends with HMS Surprise struggling to survive the hurricane which devastated many south coast ports, towns and villages of Britain on 22nd November 1824.I have endeavoured to endow my book with Patrick O'Brian's own essential and complex essence; I have strived to attain his rich eloquence, customarily replete with diverse linguistic faux pas and rife with humorous conversational and other ambiguities together with his remarkable ability to fascinate with an infinity of detail. The reader will be the judge of whether I have succeeded. There are a great many books about historical conflicts, both factual and fiction. As an extreme generalisation it is true to say that few of them examine in any depth the deleterious effects on the men at the sharp end: those determined, brave souls who experience close combat, many of whom become wounded in doing so or experience the loss of dear comrades. These are men (and women) who for the most part must and do continue to persevere with considerable bravery throughout the very worst of life's experiences, both during and after the traumatic events they encounter. This story, though fiction, strives to touch upon this oft neglected issue of warfare and the painful burdens of the enduring aftermath.This book is dedicated to all those who served in the 1982 war in the South Atlantic - on both sides of that bleak, wintry conflict.

The Massacre Of Innocents

Author : Alan Lawrence
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Captain Pat O'Connor, Lieutenant Duncan Macleod and Doctor Simon Ferguson return from half-pay to command the frigate HMS SURPRISE, returned to service at Plymouth Dock after long years 'in ordinary' to serve the cause of Greek independence. This historical novel is founded upon the continuing voyages of HMS Surprise - the 38-gun, Leda-class frigate of 1812.Though a relatively young ship, she lay at Plymouth Dock in 1822 about to be reduced to a prison hulk. In this story her fate takes its fictional turn for the better. The continuing voyages series, of which this is the first book, is principally a tale of its characters the men of those times, but it is also a story of the effects of war on men: how it affects them, how they respond, what is important to them - set within the backcloth of a relatively confined theatre of war.I fondly imagined for years that the many fans of Patrick O'Brian's seafaring tales of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin sorely lamented, as did I, the end of his wonderful, utterly exceptional stories and hugely missed those two warm and intensely fascinating individuals, characters always of the most engaging interest while possessed of the most human of personalities; for that surely was O'Brian's gift: Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin never resembled superheroes, rather in their warmth and fallibility they endeared themselves to us as any current personality might well do, and the gulf of two hundred years between their (fictional) lives and ours simply faded away. With no prospect (sadly) of any further historical novels from Patrick O'Brian and missing his characters so much myself, I decided I must write a sequel so as to bring them back, to enjoy their company all over again. After writing the first draft and by then in a dialogue with his estate, I was made aware of Patrick O'Brian's wish that no sequel to his series should be published, and hence a different course was subsequently plotted, the finished result being no longer a faithful reproduction of his ingredients but a book with different characters, though one which still draws its inspiration of form and flavour from his genius. This tale, a detailed and interwoven fabric of history and fiction, is set in the early nineteenth-century war of Greek independence. It presents a most suitable subject for a work of historical naval fiction. Adding to the treasure trove of actual events that the historical novelist is blessed with are the real people of those times, many of whom grace this book. It is particularly pleasing to develop this rich mother lode into brief but colourful appearances within the story, the places and timing of which, if not the actualit�, accord with the known detail of their lives. Lord Byron is one such person, and the author has taken the liberty of including a few words of simple yet sublime prose which Byron himself wrote within his journal for the 17th October 1823 describing his quietude in Cephalonia some weeks before he departed for his final destiny in Missolonghi. Notwithstanding that this is a work of fiction the author has strived for the inclusion of many real historical events throughout the story. It is little realised, for example, that the phrase 'truth is stranger than fiction', now in commonplace use, actually originated from Lord Byron. The capture of Byron's companion, Count Gamba, by the Turks which is described in this book was a real event, and there surely cannot be anything stranger in fiction than the true tale of the Turk captain fortuitously recognising his Greek captive counterpart, his own former rescuer, after an interval of fully fifteen years.

The Illustrated Companion To Nelson S Navy

Author : Nicholas Blake
ISBN : 0811732754
Genre : History
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The fictional exploits of sailors in the Royal Navy have thrilled readers around the world. This title covers various aspects of the Royal Navy including the workings of the admiralty, the designs and building of ships, life on board, food and drink, discipline, seamanship, merchant fleets, and opposing navies.

Men At War

Author : Christopher Coker
ISBN : 9780190257484
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Since Achilles first stormed into our imagination, literature has introduced its readers to truly unforgettable martial characters. In Men at War, Christopher Coker discusses some of the most famous of these fictional creations and their impact on our understanding of war and masculinity. Grouped into five archetypes-warriors, heroes, villains, survivors and victims-these characters range across 3000 years of history, through epic poems, the modern novel and one of the twentieth century's most famous film scripts. Great authors like Homer and Tolstoy show us aspects of reality invisible except through a literary lens, while fictional characters such as Achilles and Falstaff, Robert Jordan and Jack Aubrey, are not just larger than life; they are life's largeness-and this is why we seek them out. Although the Greeks knew that the lovers, wives and mothers of soldiers are the chief victims of battle, for the combatants, war is a masculine pursuit. Each of Coker's chapters explores what fiction tells us about war's appeal to young men and the way it makes- and breaks-them. The existential appeal of war too is perhaps best conveyed in fictional accounts, and these too are scrutinized by the author.

The Aftermath Of Devastation

Author : Alan Lawrence
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After two years of bloody fighting and heavy losses, after enduring the hurricane of 1824, HMS SURPRISE struggles to make Falmouth port in a dreadful state, very severely damaged and sinking, dozens of her crew wounded and injured, all her officers and men utterly exhausted.Will she be hulked or even broken up? Doctor Simon Ferguson, traumatised by so many deaths, has had enough and leaves for his home in the Isles. The First Lord ponders the frigate's futureas her men are paid off. Battered and broken, HMS SURPRISE's very existence is in doubt.Actual historical events form the stirring backcloth to a story about fighting men in violent times. Life and death in the turmoil and terror they endure is described in vivid detail as the barky comes alive once more in an exciting climax to one of the most famous battles in the Greek war of independence.

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