The Mauritius Command

by Patrick O'Brian
Category: "Fiction - Historical"
Year of Publication:1977
Date Read:12/15/1997
Notes:Fourth in the Aubrey-Maturin adventures. 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 Reunion. 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.
My Rating: 10

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Review - Mauritius Command, The

Aubrey is made Commodore over a squadron and sent to the Indian Ocean to capture Reunion and Mauritius from the French. His ships manaage to take Reunion, but an over-zealous captain loses a battle off Mauritus and loses four frigates in the bargain. Seriouisly outnumberd, Jack comes up with a plan to fight back. But just before they attack, the Admiral shows up with reinforcements. The Island is taken, but Jack doesn't get credit. But he does get two bits of good news. 1) He gets to take the news back to England, an assignment almost certain to result in a promotion, and 2) Sophie gave birth to a boy.

The first time I read these novels, I spaced them out so as not to finish too quickly. This time I reading them one right after the other and enjoying them even more.
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