Treason's Harbour (Aubrey/Maturin Novels #9) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 9 in the Aubrey/Maturin Novels series.


"The finest writer of sea-stories in the English language."—J. de Courcy Ireland

All 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. While Captain Aubrey worries about repairs to his ship, Stephen Maturin assumes the center 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.

About the Author

Patrick O'Brian's acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin series of historical novels has been described as "a masterpiece" (David Mamet, New York Times), "addictively readable" (Patrick T. Reardon, Chicago Tribune), and "the best historical novels ever written" (Richard Snow, New York Times Book Review), which "should have been on those lists of the greatest novels of the 20th century" (George Will).

Set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, O'Brian's twenty-volume series centers on the enduring friendship between naval officer Jack Aubrey and physician (and spy) Stephen Maturin. The Far Side of the World, the tenth book in the series, was adapted into a 2003 film directed by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany. The film was nominated for ten Oscars, including Best Picture. The books are now available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book format.

In addition to the Aubrey/Maturin novels, Patrick O'Brian wrote several books including the novels Testimonies, The Golden Ocean, and The Unknown Shore, as well as biographies of Joseph Banks and Picasso. He translated many works from French into English, among them the novels and memoirs of Simone de Beauvoir, the first volume of Jean Lacouture's biography of Charles de Gaulle, and famed fugitive Henri Cherriere's memoir Papillon. O'Brian died in January 2000.

Praise For…

I haven’t read novels [in the past ten years] except for all of the Patrick O’Brian series. It was, unfortunately, like tripping on heroin. I started on those books and couldn’t stop.
— E. O. Wilson

I devoured Patrick O’Brian’s
20-volume masterpiece as if it had been so many tots of Jamaica grog.
— Christopher Hitchens

I fell in love with his writing straightaway, at first with Master and Commander. It wasn’t primarily the Nelson and Napoleonic period, more the human relationships. . . . And of course having characters isolated in the middle of the goddamn sea gives more scope. . . . It’s about friendship, camaraderie. Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin always remind me a bit of Mick and me.

— Keith Richards

O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin volumes actually
constitute a single 6,443-page novel, one that should have been on those lists
of the greatest novels of the 20th century.
— George Will

[O’Brian’s] Aubrey-Maturin series, 20 novels of
the Royal Navy in the Napoleonic Wars, is a masterpiece. It will outlive most
of today’s putative literary gems as Sherlock Holmes has outlived
Bulwer-Lytton, as Mark Twain has outlived Charles Reade.
— David Mamet

The best historical novels ever written. . . .
On every page Mr. O’Brian reminds us with subtle artistry of the most important
of all historical lessons: that times change but people don’t, that the griefs
and follies and victories of the men and women who were here before us are in
fact the maps of our own lives.
— Richard Snow

The Aubrey-Maturin series . . . far beyond any
episodic chronicle, ebbs and flows with the timeless tide of character and the
human heart.
— Ken Ringle

There is not a writer alive whose work I value
over his.
— Stephen Becker

Patrick O’Brian is unquestionably the Homer of
the Napoleonic wars.
— James Hamilton-Paterson

It has been something of a shock to find
myself—an inveterate reader of girl books—obsessed with Patrick O’Brian’s
Napoleonic-era historical novels. . . . What keeps me hooked are the evolving
relationships between Jack and Stephen and the women they love.
— Tamar Lewin

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393037098
ISBN-10: 0393037096
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: November 17th, 1994
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Aubrey/Maturin Novels

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