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The Surgeon’s Mate by Patrick O’Brian 

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Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are ordered home by despatch vessel to bring the news of their latest victory to the government. But Maturin is a marked man for the havoc he has wrought in the French Intelligence network in the New World and the attentions of two privateers soon becoming menacing.

The chase that follows through the fogs and shallows of the Grand Banks is thrilling, as tense and unexpected as anything that Patrick O’Brian has written. Then, among other things, follows a shipwreck and particularly sinister internment in the Temple Prison in Paris. Once again the fascinating Diana Villiers redresses the balance in this man’s world of seamanship and war.