George V. Reilly

Review: The Wine-Dark Sea

The Wine-Dark Sea
Title: The Wine-Dark Sea
Author: Patrick O’Brian
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Publisher: W.W. Norton
Copyright: 1994
Pages: 352
Keywords: historical fiction
Reading period: 23–26 December, 2009

After the events of The Truelove, Aubrey and Maturin set sail for Peru to undertake the in­tel­li­gence mission originally begun four books ago in The Letter of Marque. O’Brian packs more than usual into this book: multiple sea battles, the Reverend Martin’s descent into madness, Stephen inciting a revolution of in­de­pen­dence against the Spanish, naturalism high in the Andes, Jack almost being lost at sea in a small boat, and a nerve-wracking encounter with an American frigate amongst the ice floes of Cape Horn.

Highly rec­om­mend­ed.

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