Treason s Harbour 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 a

  • Title: Treason's Harbour
  • Author: Patrick O'Brian Simon Vance
  • ISBN: 9780786180240
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Audio CD
  • 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 neAll 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.

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    1. Stationed on Malta during the later Napoleonic War, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend, Dr. Stephen Maturin are embroiled in Mediterranean intrigue that takes them to Egypt and the Red Sea.While O'Brian is one of my favorite authors, this is not one of my favorite books of his. It's balance tilts in favor of intrigue over action. More time is devoted to matters of intelligence and spying, and even that lacks some of its usual excitement.However, it has its redeeming qualities. There is, as alway [...]

    2. 'Don't you know how to seize a cuckold's neck, you God-damned lubber? Where's the bleeding seizing?' Hi, I'm Algernon and I'm a landlubber. I will probably be the first one to go overboard in a storm because I don't have the foggiest what a cuckold's neck is and where the jib is supposed to be hoisted. I take solace from the fact that my situation is not much different from that of Dr. Stephen Maturin, who is similarly baffled on board ship, even after nine voyages in the company of his friend, [...]

    3. "It was as though he were running a race: a race in which he had done fairly well for awhile, after a slow start, but one in which he could not hold his lead and was being overtaken, perhaps from lack of that particularly nameless quality that brought some men success when it just eluded others, though they might take equal pains""- Patrick O'Brian, Treason's Harbour"He could not put his finger on the fault with any certainty, and there were days when he could say with real conviction that the w [...]

    4. Yet another fine nautical gem, though clearly a piece with its successor, given the abruptly hewn finale, leaving me with the heavy burden of reading on. Heaven forfend! Also of note: no other books leave me laughing like an idiot in public places more than these. Reading Stephen effuse about his diving bell exploits floored me: "but the annelids, my dear Graham, the annelids! Hundreds, nay thousands of annelids of at least six and thirty several kinds, some plumed and others plain. And wait unt [...]

    5. I'm really trying to pace myself when going through this series, because with every part of it I read, I am more and more conscious that I only have a finite number of books remaining to be read. I'm not even quite half way through the series, but I'm still trying to draw it out as much as I can, so that I will have more of this world to savour and explore.Treason's Harbour is one of the quieter of O' Brian's works so far. The pace is slower, and it feels much more like a part of an extended ser [...]

    6. Some may say that listening to an audio book doesn't count as reading it--that you lose something in the process of imagining the action for yourself, and that there's an extra layer of interpretation between you and the author's words because someone else is reading them to you.Me, I don't quibble about this much. As far as I'm concerned, a decent narrator can do a great deal to make a story come alive, and Patrick Tull did do a very fine job narrating the version of Treason's Harbour I listene [...]

    7. In Treason's Harbour, the ninth in the Aubrey/Maturin series, we find Jack and Stephen in Malta. While Jack worries about his ship's repairs, Stephen is being dogged by French spies (who aren't above attempting to honeytrap him), and it seems that the British intelligence network itself has been compromisedI'll be honest - at this point in this series I have lost all objectivity, with Jack and Stephen having become my imaginary best friends and my times aboard ship a blissful holiday from the re [...]

    8. A truly superb 'chapter' in the Aubrey-Maturin canon! Loaded with adventure, intrigue, and humor. The book opens with Surprise and its crew in Malta, with Surprise being repaired after her battle with the Torgud and Kitabi (see book no. 8, The Ionian Mission). The French intelligence network is strong in Malta, and Stephen Maturin is tested to his limits to endeavor to thwart it. The scene then shifts from Malta in the Mediterranean Sea to a slog across the Sinai Desert to the Gulf of Suez and t [...]

    9. Oh, Stephen Maturin, you had me at "underwater diving bell".This is book nine in O'Brian's naval adventure series about British captain Jack Aubrey and his friend/surgeon/spy Stephen Maturin set during the Napoleonic wars, and it is wonderful. This installment was a quicker read than usual for me, for whatever reason, but just as enjoyable as I have come to expect. There is lots of on-shore spying and intrigue in this one (hooray!) as Maturin deals with French spies in Malta, but it does not ski [...]

    10. O’Brian’s writing is often compared to Jane Austen, but I strongly suspect that this is just a widespread reflex to which pretty much anything set in the Regency period is somehow “like Jane Austen.” There is at least some justice to it in this case, in so far as the implied narrator of the Aubrey-Maturin novels is clearly a contemporary and shares not only the conceptions and prejudices of his characters but also their language – as manifest not just in the extensive (and to the reade [...]

    11. The continuing adventures of Dr.Maturin and his bff, Captain Aubrey of the Royal Navy. This is a particularly endearing look at them, because both are in fine form. Aubrey is able to showcase his incredible seamanship, strategy, and leadership, while Maturin's naturalist excusions are a humorous counterpoint to his intelligent manipulations. The humor of their strange shipmates and odd customs of the Navy, the obvious intimacy with Maturin's foibles, the affection shown by all of them toward eac [...]

    12. The Aubrey & Maturin novels continue to delight. This one features Stephen’s adventures with a diving bell, Jack rescuing a dog from a well, a nefarious spy who suffers from piles, and a foiled bear hunt. Another highlight is the visit of Mrs Fielding to the ship Surprise, which results in the crew’s language improving remarkably: ‘It was pleasant to hear the bosun cry, “Oh you… unskilful fellow” when a hand called Faster Doudle, staring aft at Mrs. Fielding, dropped a marline-sp [...]

    13. I started this book over a year ago Probably for me, the longest period of time between the start and finish of a book. It's hard for me to explain why I like these books so much. Some of them aren't terribly exciting by any means. I think it's the nostalgia of a simpler time when ships were sailing in the sea and people were communicating with letters for the most part.Sometimes I hate technology. it just seems to rule our world so much and I long for time when people actually had to use their [...]

    14. The ending was a little abrupt, coming fast on the end of a sea chase/battle, as is the case with most of the books in this series. But I overall enjoyed this one more than the previous book (Ionian Mission). It was nice to see the boys interacting with a chick, a thorny situation fraught with problems both in and out of the boudoir.The absence of Pullings made me sad, but I managed to survive the disappointment.

    15. At the beginning of this entry in Patrick O’Brian’s much-loved series of historical novels, the British are at war with the French and also the Americans, and the year is a broadly conceived 1812 or 1813. Jack Aubrey, captain of the small frigate Surprise, and Stephen Maturin, who is Aubrey’s best friend, the surgeon of the Surprise, and—unknown to many—an agent for British intelligence, are in Malta. There’s comedy (Jack falls into a cistern while trying to rescue a dog), a few note [...]

    16. Great return to form after the doldrums of The Ionian Mission. Two bits that I love: "the city of Valetta was as cheerful as though it were fortunate in love or as though it had suddenly heard good news." And Captain Aubrey looking through the stern-window: "This was a sight that never failed to move him: the noble curve of shining panes, wholly unlike any landborne window, and then the sea in some one of its infinity of aspects; and the whole in silence, entirely to himself. If he spent the res [...]

    17. It has been quite a few years since I have read any of Patrick O'brian's Aubrey/Maturin books. I just happened to pick up Treason's Harbour at the library while reading John Sugden's second volume of his moumental Nelson biography. I was not disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed Treason's Harbour, perhaps because my reading of the Nelson biography added so much background information.Most of my past reading (and it was quite awhile ago) of Patrick O'Brian's series was disjointed and not in order. N [...]

    18. Audio book versionThrilling action. If you haven't already read this phenomenal series because you don't care for historical fiction or you aren't interested in "naval" adventures you are doing yourself a disservice. These books are remarkable. They are, in fact, one gigantic book, far greater in breath than War and Peace (which I sometimes read as a short treat after finishing this saga).

    19. This is one of my favorites from this wonderful series of historical fiction. There is a lot to enjoy in this book: marvelous description of Malta and the harbor town of Valetta; a journey across the Egyptian desert and south down the Red Sea; humor, betrayal, and intrigue; and especially the richness and depth of O'Brian's characters. I love Geoff Hunt's cover art as well.

    20. There is no joy quite like that if going to sea with Stephen and Jack. Lots of intrigue in this one. And some pretty thick suspense over the fate of a lady spy. Plus, a bit of a cliffhanger concerning a mole in the service with the power to do both our heroes some real harm before the next book comes to a close. Great stuff!!

    21. Not O'Brian's finest, but then, it's hard to portray a series of less-than-successful missions in a thoroughly gripping way. One thing I enjoyed about it is that Stephen's intelligence work drives the narrative, rather than Jack's exploits.

    22. This is the best one of this series for me so far. The writing is, as usual, as usual, wonderful. What is important to me, too, in a series if that the character's grow and change as the series goes on, and they do here. They become more themselves.

    23. Very entertaining despite having limited nautical action. I like how the spy stuff is playing a larger role in the overall plot at this point.

    24. Oh, no! A double agent keeps betraying Jack's position to the French, but Stephen can't figure out who it is! He is still clueless at the end of the book! Wake up, Stephen! It is so obvious!!

    25. ‘I have no patience with Emmanuel Kant. Ever since I found him take such notice of that thief Rousseau, I have had no patience with him at all – for a philosopher to countenance that false ranting dog of a Swiss raparee shows either a criminal levity or a no less criminal gullibility. Gushing, carefully-calculated tears – false confidences, untrue confessions – enthusiasm – romantic vistas…How I hate enthusiasm and romantic vistas,’ [Stephen] said.I read Treason’s Harbour, the ni [...]

    26. Uomini di mare, ma non solo Inizia in maniera che non ci si aspetta. Si è a terra. Ed il mare? Il mare dov'è? Siamo a La Valletta, all'arsenale, termine sinonimo oggi di "cantiere" e la nave del capitano Aubrey è in riparazione. C'è un gran fermento: un capitano è passato a miglior vita ed inizia la bagarre per riempire quel vuoto e, come tutti, anche Jack Aubrey spera di coronare il sogno di una vita. La prossima missione potrebbe essere una buona chance di mettersi in mostra, ma il mare [...]

    27. This is the ninth adventure of Aubrey and Maturin. It starts with them based at Malta. The main emphasis of the book at the start is the intelligence war between the British and the French and between the various British services represented in Malta. It is hard to tell who is who and what is what. It is meant to be, and the narrative covers the confusion of espionage and counter-espionage quite well.Eventually they get to sea on a mission. They are to sail to Egypt, travel overland to Suez, tak [...]

    28. Un po' sottotonoL'ho trovato parecchio sottotono. In questo romanzo scompare il vecchio "nemico" di Aubrey, il contrammiraglio Harte a causa di uno scontro nella baia di Zambra a fine libro, e si prospetta un seguito nel prossimo romanzo di queste vicende.Quasi fino alla metà di questo romanzo, l'avventura riprende dopo le vicende di Tolone e del blocco navale: a Malta.Qui il dottor Maturin gioca da protagonista con le sue vicende di spia al servizio degli inglesi. Un breve intermezzo nel Mar R [...]

    29. Treason's Harbour continues the Mediterranean cruise that Aubrey and Maturin began in the previous volume. It also extends the bittersweet tone of that book, as Jack and Stephen age, mature, and reflect on their lives and their futures. Jack's luck is still not back to its early heights, though there are hints that it is set to change again. Until then, Jack contemplates the shape of his life:For some time now he had been dissatisfied with himself. . . . It seemed to him that his reputation in t [...]

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