The Thirteen Gun Salute

by Patrick O'Brian
Category: "Fiction - Historical"
Year of Publication:1989
Date Read:08/05/1999
Notes:Thirteenth in the Aubrey-Maturin series. Captain Jack Aburey sets sail for the South China Sea, shepherding a diplomatic mission to prevent links between Bonaparte and the Malay princes. Stephen Maturin climbs the Thousand Steps of the sacred crater of the orangutans; a killer typhoon catches Aubrey and his crew trying to work the Diane off a reef: and at the barbaric court of Pulo Prabang a classic duel of inteligence agents unfolds: the French envoys, well-entrenched in the Sultan's good graces, against the savage cunning of Stephen Maturin. Stephen gets the upper hand and the French agents, the same men who framed Jack and had him dismissed from the service temporarily, are exposed and killed. When the book ends, Jack's ship, the Diane has been wrecked by the typoon. The crew is salvaging the wood to build a sloop.
My Rating: 10

Reviews for The Thirteen Gun Salute

Review - Thirteen Gun Salute, The

I thought O'Brian lost his way a little bit in Letter of Marque, but here he finds it again. An excellent book with an exciting story. It starts slowly, but once they reach Java, the pace picks up and doesn't stop.
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