The Ionian Mission

The Ionian Mission

Book - 1992
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Baker & Taylor
A sudden turn of events takes Jack Aubrey, now a senior captain, and his friend, surgeon and intelligence agent Stephen Maturin, on a hazardous mission to the Greek islands

Norton Pub
"O'Brian is one author who can put a spark of character into the sawdust of time, and The Ionian Mission is another rattling good yarn." —Stephen Vaughan, The Observer
Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, veterans now of many battles, return in this novel to the seas where they first sailed as shipmates. But Jack is now a senior captain commanding a line-of-battle ship in the Royal Navy's blockade of Toulon, and this is a longer, harder, colder war than the dashing frigate actions of his early days. A sudden turn of events takes him and Stephen off on a hazardous mission to the Greek Islands, where all his old skills of seamanship and his proverbial luck when fighting against odds come triumphantly into their own.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 1992, c1981
ISBN: 9780393308211
Characteristics: 367 p. ; 21 cm


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Nov 07, 2013

If anyone saw the Master and Commander Movie and enjoyed it.. this is the stuff, from calm and stuck in the doldrums of daily life at sea to high seas clashes, and tense battles.

No problems here and there are a lot of them. Great way to go back in time.

Sep 10, 2011

I’m a great fan of things historical. Bernard Cornwell has hooked me on the Napoleonic Wars through his series of Sharoe novels. Some of the books I’ve come across about Nelson and Trafalgar, the "real history" have also been enlightening. But now I’ve come up against Patrick O’Brian. I attacked his book with anticipation: another series of books to feed my appetite for this period of history. Patrick O”Brian has a lot of books to his credit: Clearly he has attracted the attention of a lot of readers. So let me speak for the minority position. I have lteraly forced myself to read The Ionian Mission. So what’s the problem? O’Brian purports to use the language and the sentence structure prevalent in correspondence and other writing of his time. His sentences are long. Long enough to require re-reading. But then maybe my attention-span isn’t long enough to take me from beginning to the end of his sentences. And then there’s the plot. It moves along about as quickly as a sailing ship becalmed in the doldrums. You get more action watching paint dry.
I’ve given it an honest effort: read almost half of it. I really would like to enjoy this book. But all I get for my troubles are heavy eye-lids before I start making more zzds. Back to the library for, O’Brian.


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