• Jack Aubrey, devenu un personnage important dans la hiérarchie de la Royal Navy, est chargé de se rendre à Botany Bay (dans l'actuelle Australie) pour régler le problème délicat posé par le célèbre capitaine Bligh qui, après avoir provoqué une première mutinerie sur la Bounty, est maintenant responsable d'une révolte des colons britanniques. Mais, avant de toucher les antipodes, il lui faut affronter une épidémie de typhus, puis, au large du cap de Bonne-Espérance, combattre un énorme bâtiment hollandais qui l'oblige à descendre très au sud et à faire relâche aux Kerguelen, l'île de la Désolation. Dans le cadre du Blocus imposé par l'Angleterre à la France napoléonienne, et de la guerre l'opposant aux Etats-Unis qui veulent continuer de commercer avec la France, les aventures du capitaine Aubrey et du docteur Stephen Maturin, chirurgien, ornithologue et agent secret de Sa Très Gracieuse Majesté se poursuivent ici du Pacifique à la Baltique, des côtes de Nouvelle-Angleterre aux rivages méditerranéens.
    Un dossier historique de Dominique Le Brun et des cartes complètent ce second volume de la grande suite romanesque de Patrick O'Brian (1914-2000).Préface de Dominique Le BrunCartes de François Le Guern

  • .0500Surpriseest condamnée par la Royal Navy et retirée du service. Elle sera rachetée par l'ami plein de ressources qu´est Stephen Maturin et armée pour la guerre de course ? Jack Aubrey devient corsaire !
    Ce volume réunit quatre nouveaux épisodes de la grande saga de Patrick O'Brian, désormais classique et connue de tous grâce àMaster and Commander, le film de Peter Weir. Portée par l´amitié de ses deux héros, le capitaine Aubrey et le médecin espion et naturaliste Maturin, elle apparaît aujourd´hui comme une des plus étonnantes et des plus attachantes suites romanesques du dernier siècle.0300Au sommaire:Le Port de la trahison, 1983 (Treason's Harbour) Après une mission en mer Ionienne couronnée de succès ? les Turcs ont subi de lourdes pertes et la ville de Marga a enfin été reprise aux Français ?, Jack Aubrey et Stephen Maturin profitent à Malte d'une permission bien méritée.
    Un repos très relatif toutefois : Jack doit superviser les réparations dont sa frégateSurprisea le plus grand besoin, et les qualités d'espion-diplomate de Stephen ne sont pas de trop pour aider le commandant en chef de la place de La Valette, nouvellement nommé, à contrôler l'agitation qui règne dans cette forteresse plantée au coeur de la Méditerranée : les intrigues y vont bon train et les espions de Bonaparte ne restent pas inactifs.
    Sans parler des espionnes.De l'autre côté du monde, 1984 (The Far side of the World) - Malgré des préparatifs accélérés et quelques membres d'équipage au passé douteux, tout irait pour le mieux si les éléments ne se déchaînaient pas contre Aubrey pour l'empêcher d'intercepter son adversaire. Après le calme, c'est la foudre, les vents furieux du cap Horn et, enfin, les tempêtes humaines qui font de ce voyage de l'autre côté du monde une expédition pleine de périls. Jack et Stephen finiront par retrouver le Norfolk mais Aubrey, cette fois, ne sera pas maître des circonstances de l'affrontement.Le Revers de la médaille, 1986 (The Reverse of the Medal) - Après avoir mené avec succès sa dernière mission : protéger les baleiniers anglais des attaques de leurs concurrents américains dans l'Atlantique Sud, Jack Aubrey ? dont le génie des affaires n'est pas la qualité première ? se voit convaincre par un gentleman de rencontre d'investir une partie de son maigre avoir dans une opération financière effectuée dans le cadre de la City. Il va sans dire que les organisateurs de l'opération ont cru repérer en Aubrey le pigeon dont ils font leur ordinaire. Mais ce dernier n'est pas décidé à se laisser plumer sans réagir. Et avec l'aide précieuse de son ami Stephen Maturin il s'enfonce dans les bas-fonds londoniens pour tenter de se faire justice.La Lettre de marque,1986 (The Letter of marque) - La traîtrise dont il a été victime, puis la terrible injustice qui l'a conduit au tribunal, et enfin au pilori, ont transformé cet homme jovial en un monstre de rigueur et de sévérité, en dépit de tous les efforts de Stephen Maturin, son ami de toujours. Même l'armement de la frégateSurprise, que Jack aime tant et que Stephen a pu racheter à la marine, n'est pour lui qu'un palliatif. La perspective d'un voyage au long cours vers le Pacifique, le recrutement et l'entraînement d'un équipage de qualité ne font que l'occuper sans pour autant le consoler.
    La Surpriseest armée en corsaire ?ou, plus précisément, en "lettre de marque", ce qui revient au même mais est moins déshonorant pour un ancien officier de marine ? et va pouvoir montrer ce dont elle est capable dès lors qu'elle est menée par un marin de talent, à l'occasion de sa première sortie. C'est le début d'une série de hauts faits, qui, savamment exploités par les amis de Jack et de Stephen, pourraient déboucher sur une issue espérée mais encore bien lointaine : la réintégration de Jack Aubrey dans la Liste navale. Mais les dédales du monde politique sont bien mystérieux et semés d'embûches...0400 De l'autre côté du monde  Le Revers de la médaille  La Lettre de marque

  •  0300Pour les 10 ans de la disparition de Patrick O'Brian, voici une nouvelle édition de l'ultime volume des Aventures de Jack Aubrey augmenté d'un inédit : le début du vingt et unième volume des Aventures de Jack Aubrey, "Le Voyage inachevé de Jack Aubrey", que Patrick O'Brian n'a pu achever.Jack Aubrey et Stephen Maturin sillonnent ici l´Atlantique et la Méditerranée, à bord de la bonne vieille frégate laSurpriseet d´une fine goélette : leRingle. Dans le cadre historique du blocus continental, de la fin de l´Empire et de la lutte contre l´esclavagisme, nos héros affrontent les courants et la houle qui sévissent à la pointe de la Bretagne, apprécient le charme des escales à Funchal et Gibraltar, subissent tour à tour les touffeurs du golfe de Guinée et les rigueurs de la Patagonie. Quand ils se sont rencontrés, dansMaître à bord,Jack Aubrey était un jeune officier de la Royal Navy et Stephen Maturin un scientifique sans le sou. Le premier aspire maintenant à hisser sa marque d´amiral, et le second est devenu un discret mais puissant personnage du gouvernement britannique. Leur réussite mettait un point presque final à une fantastique saga, dont les intrigues se succèdent de 1800 à 1815, dans le cadre des guerres napoléoniennes. Mais O'Brain avait décidé de porusuivre encore son oeuvre et le dernier volet de cette nouvelle édition du  cinquième et dernier volume,Le Voyage inachevé de Jack Aubrey,est le début du roman qu'il avait commencé d' écrire avant de mourir.Dominique Le Brunet des cartes le complètent.

  • Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written.

  • Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. Now, for the first time, they are available in electronic book format, so a whole new generation of readers can be swept away on the adventure of a lifetime. This is the thirteenth book in the series.For all Jack Aubrey's life he has triumphed, often sensationally, over the dangers of the sea and the violence of the enemy. But his rashness, his guilelessness, his indiscretion have time and time again enabled his rivals to prevent him reaping his just rewards. The nadir was reached in The Reverse of the Medal when, the victim of a skilful frame-up, he was convicted of fraud and struck off the Navy list just as he was coming within sight of flag rank. The subsequent exposure of the conspiracy, coupled with his brilliant success in command of a privateer, had brought him to a position where Their Lordships were more or less bound to reinstate him.This, as the present book opens, they have done, and he and his old friend Dr Maturin are sailing on a secret mission with a hand-picked crew, most of them shipmates from the adventures and lucrative voyages of earlier years.

  • Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. Now, for the first time, they are available in electronic book format, so a whole new generation of readers can be swept away on the adventure of a lifetime. This is the seventeenth book in the series.

  • Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. Now, for the first time, they are available in electronic book format, so a whole new generation of readers can be swept away on the adventure of a lifetime. This is the nineteenth book in the series.

  • This biography of Picasso - by a close friend and neighbour - explores the great artist's life, appreciating the distinctly Mediterranean origins of his character and art. The man that emerges from the pages is full of contradictions - mean, yet generous and affectionate, but cold.

  • Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. Now, for the first time, they are available in electronic book format, so a whole new generation of readers can be swept away on the adventure of a lifetime. This is the twelfth book in the series.

  • Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. Now, for the first time, they are available in electronic book format, so a whole new generation of readers can be swept away on the adventure of a lifetime. This is the eighteenth book in the series.The Yellow Admiral - the eighteenth novel in the sequence hailed as the greatest series of historical novels ever written - sets the fall and rise of Jack Aubrey in brilliant counterpoint to the fall and rise of Napoleon Bonaparte.Life ashore may once again be the undoing of Jack Aubrey. Even Jack's exploits at sea turn sour in the storm waters off Brest. Worst of all, in the spring of 1814 peace breaks out. But Stephen Maturin returns from a mission in France with news that the Chileans require the service of English officers. Jack is savouring this reprieve for his career when he receives an urgent despatch ordering him to Gibraltar: Napoleon has escaped from Elba.

  • A historical story featuring Jack Aubrey and his friend Stephen Maturin. Their comfortable existence as country gentlemen is shattered as Jack is overnight reduced to a pauper. But after fleeing to France to escape debtors' prison, he finds himself hunted as Napoleon has ordered the internment of all Englishmen in France.

  • Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. Now, for the first time, they are available in electronic book format, so a whole new generation of readers can be swept away on the adventure of a lifetime. This is the fourth book in the series.

  • Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. Now, for the first time, they are available in electronic book format, so a whole new generation of readers can be swept away on the adventure of a lifetime. This is the seventh book in the series.

  • Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. Now, for the first time, they are available in electronic book format, so a whole new generation of readers can be swept away on the adventure of a lifetime. This is the eighth book in the series.Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, veterans 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 sent out to reinforce the squadron blockading Toulon, and this is a longer, harder, colder war than the dashing frigate action of his early days.A sudden turn of events takes him and Stephen off on a hazardous mission to the Greek islands. All his old skills of seamanship, and his proverbial luck when fighting against odds, come triumphantly into their own. The book ends with as fierce and thrilling an action as any in this magnificent series of novels.

  • Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. Now, for the first time, they are available in electronic book format, so a whole new generation of readers can be swept away on the adventure of a lifetime. This is the ninth book in the series.Uniquely among authors of naval fiction, Patrick O'Brian allows his characters to develop with experience. The Jack Aubrey of Treason's Harbour has a record of successes equal to that of the most brilliant of Nelson's band of brothers, and he is no less formidable or decisive in action or strategy. But he is wiser, kinder, gentler too.Much of the plot of Treason's Harbour depends on intelligence and counter-intelligence, a field in which Aubrey's friend Stephen Maturin excels. Through him we get a clearer insight into the life and habits of the sea officers of Nelson's time than we would ever obtain seeing things through their own eyes. There is plenty of action and excitement in this novel, but it is the atmosphere of a Malta crowded with senior officers waiting for news of what the French are up to, and wondering whether the war will end before their turn comes for prize money and for fame, that is here so freshly and vividly conveyed.

  • Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. Now, for the first time, they are available in electronic book format, so a whole new generation of readers can be swept away on the adventure of a lifetime. This is the fifth book in the series.

  • Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. Now, for the first time, they are available in electronic book format, so a whole new generation of readers can be swept away on the adventure of a lifetime. This is the tenth book in the series.

  • Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. Now, for the first time, they are available in electronic book format, so a whole new generation of readers can be swept away on the adventure of a lifetime. This is the eleventh book in the series.

  • Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. Now, for the first time, they are available in electronic book format, so a whole new generation of readers can be swept away on the adventure of a lifetime. This is the fourteenth book in the series.

  • Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. Now, for the first time, they are available in electronic book format, so a whole new generation of readers can be swept away on the adventure of a lifetime. This is the fifteenth book in the series.All the elements that have made Patrick O'Brian's astonishing series one of the most highly praised works in contemporary fiction are here in Clarissa Oakes - the narrative grip, the impeccable ear for dialogue, the humour and the unsurpassed capacity to create and recreate a rich and true friendship between two men in the late eighteenth-century.Captain Jack Aubrey sails away from the hated Australian prison colonies in his favourite vessel the Surprise, pondering on middle age and sexual frustration. He soon becomes aware that he is out of touch with the mood of his ship: to his astonishment he finds that in spite of a lifetime's experience he does not know what the foremost hands or even his own officers are thinking. They know, as he does not, that the Surprise has a stranger aboard: and what they, for their part, do not know is that the stranger is potentially as dangerous as a light in the powder magazine itself.

  • Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. Now, for the first time, they are available in electronic book format, so a whole new generation of readers can be swept away on the adventure of a lifetime. This is the sixteenth book in the series.At the opening of a voyage filled with disaster and delight, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are in pursuit of a privateer sailing under American colours through the Great South Sea. Stephen's objective is to set the revolutionary tinder of South America ablaze to relieve the pressure on the British government which has blundered into war with the young and uncomfortably vigorous United States. The shock and barbarity of hand-to-hand fighting are sharpened by O'Brian's exact sense of period, his eye for landscape and his feel for a ship under sail.

  • Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. Now, for the first time, they are available in electronic book format, so a whole new generation of readers can be swept away on the adventure of a lifetime. This is the twentieth book in the series.'If we had only two or three of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series, we would count ourselves lucky; with six or seven the author would be safely among the greats of historical fiction... This is great writing by an undiminished talent. Now on to Volume Twenty, and the liberation of Chile.' WILLIAM WALDEGRAVE, Literary ReviewThis is the twentieth book in Patrick O'Brian's highly acclaimed, bestselling series chronicling the adventures of lucky Jack Aubrey and his best friend Stephen Maturin, part ship's doctor, part secret agent. The novel's stirring action follows on from that of The Hundred Days. Napoleon's hundred days of freedom and his renewed threat to Europe have ended at Waterloo and Aubrey has finally, as the title suggests, become a blue level admiral. He and Maturin have - at last - set sail on their much postponed mission to Chile. Vivid with the salty tang of life at sea, O'Brian's writing is as powerful as ever whether he writes of naval hierarchies, night-actions or the most celebrated fictional friendship since that of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. Blue at the Mizzen also brings alive the sights and sounds of revolutionry South America in a story as exciting as any O'Brian has written.

  • At the time of his death, Patrick O'Brian had begun to write a novel to follow on from Blue at the Mizzen, the twentieth book in the classic series. These are the chapters he had completed of the final voyage of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. Now they are available for the first time in electronic book format.

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