The Yellow Admiral

by Patrick O'Brian
Category: "Fiction - Historical"
Year of Publication:1996
Date Read:12/21/1999
Notes:Eighteenth in the Aubrey-Maturin series. Life ashore may once again be the undoing of Captain Jack Aubrey. It is 1814; with the coming of peace and for several other reasons his future at the admiralty dim, Aubrey fears being "yellowed" — nominally promoted to the rank of admiral without a squadron to command. But no sooner has his fellow adventurer Dr. Stephen Maturin turned up with a prospective mission than Aubrey receives an urgent dispatch ordering him to Gibralter: Napoleon has escaped from Elba.
My Rating: 9

Reviews for The Yellow Admiral

Review - Yellow Admiral, The

Better than the previous book in the series, but not as good as the best. It starts with a long stretch on shore. Jack is fighting against a plan to enclose the commons near his estate. Right after voting and defeating the plan in Parliament, he's called to the Brest blockade under an Admiral who very much wanted the plan to pass. Meanwhile, Sophie discovers one of Jack's long-ago daliances and tells him she wants nothing to do with him. This is smoothed over by Diana and Stephen. When Napoleon is defeated and sent to Elba, Jack takes leave from the Navy and heads off in the Surprise to Chile, but before he gets far, he's called back. Napoleon has escaped and Jack is in charge of a squadron.
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