"Captain Aubrey of the Royal Navy lived in a part of Hampshire well supplied with sea-officers, some of whom had reach flag-rank in Rodney's day while others were still waiting for their first command."
"Captain Jack Aubrey is ashore on half pay without a command, until Stephen Maturin arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a commodore's pennant, there to mount an expedition against the French-held islands of Mauritius and La Réunion. But the difficulties of carrying out his orders are compounded by two of his own captains—Lord Clonfert, a pleasure-seeking dilettante, and Captain Corbett, whose severity pushes his crew to the verge of mutiny."
Like previous Aubrey-Maturin books, this one took me back in time to the Napoleonic Wars and to faraway places. I liked the interactions between Dr. Stephen Maturin and his friend Jack Aubrey. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, Desolation Island.
Date read: 1/12/20008
Book #: 2
Series: Aubrey-Maturin #4
Challenges: Seafaring Challenge, Winter Reading Challenge, Book-a-Month Challenge
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genre: Historical Fiction / Nautical Adventure
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
# of Pages: 348
Binding: Trade Paperback