Baker & Taylor Captain Jack Aubrey is ashore without a command--until Stephen Maturin arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope and then mount an expedition against several French-held islands.
Findaway World Llc Captain Jack Aubrey is ashore on half pay without a command, until Stephen Maturin arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a commodore's pennant, there to mount an expedition against the French-held islands of Mauritius and La Réunion. But the difficulties of carrying out his orders are compounded by two of his own captains—Lord Clonfert, a pleasure-seeking dilettante, and Captain Corbett, whose severity pushes his crew to the verge of mutiny. O'Brian's sheer brilliance as a writer constantly dazzles. —Irish Times.