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While Captain Aubrey worries about repairs to his ship, Stephen Maturin assumes the centre stage; for the dockyards and salons of Malta are alive with Napoleon's agents, and the admiralty's intelligence network is compromised.
Maturin's cunning is the sole bulwark against sabotage of Aubrey's daring mission. All of Patrick O'Brian's strengths are on parade in this novel of action and intrigue, set partly in Malta, partly in the treacherous, pirate-infested waters of the Red Sea.
©1983 The Estate of the late Patrick O'Brian CBE (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By chris on 02-11-2016

good books




never a let down, love all these books so far and will keep loving the rest I'm sure

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By Mark on 16-04-2013

another great action

As I finish each of these unabridged versions of the Aubrey Maturin novels I am delighted to find another waiting in the wings.Ric Jerroms easy style and fabulous narration is a joy to listen to.He has for me captured the very essence of Jack Aubrey and the Eminent Stephen Maturin.I am only delighted extremely to move on to "The far side of the world" now waiting in my library.

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By John on 15-07-2018

Enjoyed the book, but

The story is good but at the end you are left in mid air, you need to get the next book to find out what happens next. Many of POB’s books have left me this way, but still enjoy them.

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