By Patrick O'Brian
"The dating [between Aubrey and Maturin]...is concerning the neatest thing afloat....For Conradian energy of description and sheer pleasure there's not anything in naval fiction to overcome the strict chase because the outgunned Leopard staggers via mountain waves in icy latitudes to flee the Dutch seventy-four."—Stephen Vaughan, Observer
Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty popularity, Captain Jack Aubrey and his buddy and health care professional Stephen Maturin sail the Leopard to Australia with a carry choked with convicts. between them is a gorgeous and unsafe spy—and a treacherous affliction that decimates the team. With a Dutch man-of-war to windward, the undermanned, outgunned Leopard sails for her existence into the freezing waters of the Antarctic, the place, in mountain seas, the Dutchman closes...
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