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READ â The Thirteen Gun Salute ´ ➭ The Thirteen Gun Salute Read ➵ Author Patrick OBrian – The Thirteen Gun Salute opens with Jack Aubrey reinstated to his command and sailing on a secret mission with a hand picked crew most of them shipmates from the adventures and lucrative voyages of ear The Thirteen GuSs is a sure warrant that things will The Thirteen eBook #233 not turn out as his readers or his characters expect Twists and turns sub plots echoes from the past these are the only certainties in this astonishing roman fleuve Distant waters. 35 starsIn this volume a number of significant changes occur in the lives of our two heroes some of them behind the scenes as with Stephen’s discovery that Diana is pregnant with his child that he assumes will be a daughter as well as the fact that poor Padeen now addicted to laudanum has been convicted of theft and battery and was thus transported to the penal colony in Australia Others make up a direct part of the plot the most important of which is likely the fact that Aubrey is restored to the Navy List primarily so that he and Maturin can undertake a mission to transport an envoy to the sultanate of Pulo Prabang in the South China Sea In order to avoid some political complications the Surprise under the command of Tom Pullings is sent on to Aubrey’s previous mission to safeguard British interests in South America while Jack and Stephen are put on board Aubrey’s new command the HMS Diane which had been captured by Aubrey from the French in the previous volume The Envoy to the Sultan of Pulo Prabang Edward Fox proves to be an initially affable character though both Aubrey and Maturin sense something not uite right about him Upon arriving at the tropical paradise of Pulo Prabang Stephen becomes enmeshed in the local political and intelligence arenas as the British detachment attempts to outmaneuver their French counterparts who hope to use the alliance to disrupt British trading in the area Another surprise appears when it is discovered that the British traitors Ledward and Wray who had been responsible for Aubrey’s downfall are part of the French delegation Shenanigans ensue and complications arise as Maturin discovers an influential lever in the Sultan’s court under the sway of the French and the truth behind his initial fears regarding Fox’s stability and dependability become and apparentAt long last however Stephen is given something of a reprieve at least as far as his inclinations as a naturalist go when he is afforded the opportunity to spend an extended period studying the flora and fauna of the island’s holy valley of Kumai a protected enclave in the crater of a volcano Added to this is the opportunity to perform several human dissections with a famous Dutch colleague who also appears to combine the trades of natural philosopher with intelligence agent that proves to resolve several problems in one fell swoopThe homeward journey is a tense one for Stephen and Jack Hoping to be able to make a rendezvous with the Surprise they are consistently forced to deal with a now insupportably pompous Fox who expects all of his orders to be unuestioningly obeyed Add to this a typhoon that leaves them stranded on an island in uncharted seas and we once again end with one of O’Brian’s trademark cliffhangers


The Thirteen Gun Salute opens with Jack Aubrey reinstated to his command and sailing on a secret mission with a hand picked crew most of them shipmates from the adventures and lucrative voyages of earlier yearsPatrick O'Brian's resourcefulne. Out of all of O'Brian's AubreyMaturin series up to this point The Thirtheen Gun Salute gets further away from the sea battles and life aboard ship to really delve into the interior of a new and exciting frontier in the eyes of the characters as set in a pre Planet Earth world and paints a not always pretty picture of diplomacy in the Far East as it was some 200 years ago O'Brian describes Maturin's romp into the countryside in such flowing and absorbing detail that it reads as vividly as watching any of those fancy nature programs David Attenborough makesThere are no naval battles in this the thirteenth episode of the saga I mention it because that is such a big draw for many who read these kinds of books However this is Patrick O'Brian we're talking about so all the rest that makes up this book is well worth the reading because the reading makes you feel as if you're living it You get the sense of an early 19th century voyage around the globe You feel the tension of a diplomatic mission that may sway the war one way or another in this part of the world You climb the 1000 steps to the ancient Buddhist temple where it shouldn't be on an island in Muslim Malaysia and there you connect on a personal level with an orangutan It's all amazingly detailed But action No this one's not filled with action That being said our courageous hero Captain Aubrey is still busy He has a ship to run while contending with an envoy whose inflating sense of self may threaten everything Intelligence agent naturalist and ship's surgeon Dr Maturin takes center stage for much of The Thirteen Gun Salute It is a part of his character arc that culminates in a satisfactory if somewhat devious finish of a storyline that has been going on and on for book after previous book This is a gorgeous and subtle piece of fiction that can be enjoyed by fans beyond the actionadventure genre that one would assume it is If you're new to the series perhaps don't start with this book but otherwise this is highly recommendedMy review of book #12 The Letter of Marue My review of book #14 The Nutmeg of Consolation

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The Thirteen Gun SaluteExotic scenes flora and fauna to satisfy Aubrey's old friend Stephen Maturin's innocent curiosity as well as scope for his cloak and dagger work enrich its flow The ending of the book leaves the reader than usually impatient for its success. At some point O'Brian decided this series would go on indefinitely The structure of some of the books then became odd There are some that don't end they just stop There's an obvious on going unresolved plot but tough luck you're gonna hafta wait for the next volume to get a resolution This is one of them It ends with a cliff hanger which some don't and for some reason it's easier to handle then when a book just stops apparently arbitrarilySo thirteen books in and it's getting harder to find non repetitive things for Aubrey and Maturin to do with each volume yet O'Brian pulls it off again Making Maturin not just a physician but an intelligence officer was a stroke of genius in this regard It offers a much greater range of possible and plausible adventures than regular Royal Navy work couldand so we are off to the Pacific on a diplomatic mission with clandestine additional motivations The best most delightful part of this volume is an almost complete aside from the main plot however Maturin indulges his interest in natural history by visiting a volcanic island where Orangutans aboundBack to the cliff hanger I have not had so urgent a desire to read the next in this series since probably somewhere in the first five volumes I think I overdosed for a while and I also think the uality varies somewhat between volumes in this series but this one is the best since the tenth at least