by Patrick O'Brian
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
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© Patrick O'Brian 1972
Genre: Historical Fiction
The second novel in Patrick O'Brian's popular series of adventures involving Captain Jack Aubrey and Doctor Stephen Maturin finds the pair dealing with the onset of war in 1803 after the breaking of the Peace of Amiens. Eager to return to the fight, Aubrey escapes from France to return to Britain, only to be faced with the prospect of years served in debtors' prison at the hands of his creditors and their agents. Meanwhile, Maturin must negotiate the more daunting rocks and shoals of love and romance without endangering his friendship with Aubrey.