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Summary

Far from familiar seas, Captain Jack Aubrey and his crew must test themselves to the very limits of human endurance.

Following a daring rescue, Jack Aubrey accepts a new command and a new commission to a far-flung destination. Ahead of him and his crew are the new sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent, and the terrifying hazards of an archipelago of islands in the East Indies, where their French enemies have near overwhelming superiority.

©1997 Patrick O’Brian (P)1997 HarperCollins UK

Critic reviews

"Combines adventure and the art of the novel with an astonishing finesse." (Francis Spufford)

"Few, very few, books have made my heart thump with excitement. HMS Surprise managed it." (Helen Lucy Burke, Irish Times)

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Why abridged?

I bought this version by mistake. If you're an O'Brian fan avoid this like the plague. Where are the unabridged versions? The Americans have them.

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way to short a book for the price.

different narrator then the first two books. way to short fir the price it's sold at.

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Robert Hardy is the best voice for Jack Aubrey

The only pity is that these are abridged versions. Otherwise they are perfect. Very much recommend.