The Ionian Mission

by Patrick O'Brian
Category: "Fiction - Historical"
Year of Publication:1981
Date Added:11/24/1998
Date Read:11/19/1998
Notes:Eighth in the Aubrey-Maturin series. 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.
My Rating: 10

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Review - Ionian Mission, The

Stephen and Diana set up housekeeping in London. They are sent in the old, decaying ship-of-the-line Worcester to join the blockade of Toulon. Stephen goes ashore for a few missions. When the Worcester develops huge leaks after the fleet chases the French into port, Jack is given the Surprise and sent to the Ionian Sea. He visits three local rulers and has to decide which one to supply with cannon to aid in an attack on a French fort. When he picks one, another attacks the transports carrying the cannons with two ships. Jack chases and in an underdog position manages to capture one and sink the other.
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