By Patrick O'Brian
"The courting [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 status, Captain Jack Aubrey and his pal and health practitioner Stephen Maturin sail the Leopard to Australia with a carry filled with convicts. between them is a gorgeous and hazardous spy―and a treacherous affliction that decimates the workforce. With a Dutch man-of-war to windward, the undermanned, outgunned Leopard sails for her lifestyles into the freezing waters of the Antarctic, the place, in mountain seas, the Dutchman closes...
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He was once a contemplative guy, even though he had no education past the hornbook and the rule of thumb of 3; and he beloved to think about on wrecks. Seven he went via, in his time, and he used to claim you by no means knew a guy, until eventually you had obvious him in a spoil. It nonetheless surprised him, he acknowledged, to determine a few carry speedy, however the such a lot half run all to items - self-discipline is going via the board, even in a correct stable team, regular outdated forecastle palms or even warrant-officers holiday into the spirit-room and get beastly under the influence of alcohol, refuse orders, pillage cabins, gown like Jack within the eco-friendly, struggle, blackguard their officials, bounce into boats and swamp 'em like a parcel of anxious Landsmen. there is an outdated trust at the reduce deck that after the ship's aground, or as soon as she cannot steer, then the captain's authority is long past: that is the legislation, they are saying, and not anything gets it out in their silly heads. ' 4 bells struck. Stephen tossed his cigar into the Leopard's wake, and took go away of Pullings, gazing that he needs to make his document. 'Jack,' he acknowledged, while he used to be within the nice cabin, 'I spoke intemperately to you earlier than dinner. I ask your pardon. ' Jack flushed, stated that he had now not spotted it, and Stephen endured. 'I am leaving behind a process physic, an injudicious path, possibly; the impression isn't not like that produced on your proven tobacco-smoker whilst his pipe is taken from him, and infrequently, unfortunately, I yield to matches of petulance. ' 'You have adequate to make you petulant, with those convicts in your hands,' acknowledged Jack. 'By the way in which, i feel you have been correct approximately Mrs Wogan: through all capability enable her take the air upon the poop. ' 'Very good. Now as to the remainder of them. i locate to be idiots, sensu stricto; 3, together with the large fellow that's notion to have killed his keeper, are not easy males. In one other I acknowledged a resurrector, and while there's a brisk call for for corpses, the resurrection-men occasionally have an expeditious approach of pleasant it; so might be he can be integrated between my males of blood. 5 arc little foolish creatures, susceptible and flabby, taken up for repeated stealing from outlets and stalls; and all of the leisure are countrymen who have been too keen on taking a pheasant or a hare. No nice wickedness there, i think; and also you may possibly good alternate them for the various gadgets that got here from the receiving-ship. of them, brothers known as Adam, gained me totally: they recognize every little thing that strikes within the woods, and it known as for 5 keepers and 3 constables to take them on the final. here's my checklist. i like to recommend no irons in any respect, in view that in our floating felony there is not any get away; however the males marked with a go will be exercised individually for your time, in basic terms to prevent a bout of folly. ' 'But the assassin, he needs to be saved in irons until eventually I hand him over. ' 'Sure, it was once a three way partnership. The superintendent abused them to the peak of his strength, and from what I pay attention he had already extorted so much in their funds and their small provision for the voyage: i feel they fell on him spontaneously, in a stressed heap in the dead of night, he having dropped his lantern: not anyone guy, shackled, may have inflicted such accidents.