George V. Reilly

Review: The Yellow Admiral

The Yellow Admiral
Title: The Yellow Admiral
Author: Patrick O’Brian
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½
Publisher: W.W. Norton
Copyright: 1996
Pages: 320
Keywords: historical fiction
Reading period: 24–31 October, 2010

Sequel to The Commodore.

The Napoleonic wars are drawing to a close. Jack Aubrey is beset with legal problems on land and Stephen Maturin’s fortune has been seized by the Spanish au­thor­i­ties. They are sent to sea to be part of the blockade of the French port of Brest, where they are in disfavor with the admiral leading the blockade.

Perhaps the slowest of the Aubrey-Maturin books, it ends with Napoleon being exiled to Elba and then the news that Napoleon has escaped.

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