Il capitano Jack Aubrey, al comando della Surprise, ha un obiettivo: condurre Stephen Maturin, medico di bordo, nonché agente del servizio d'informazioni britannico, in Perù, con la missione di fomentare la rivolta dell'esercito contro il vicerè spagnolo. Lungo la rotta la nave di Aubrey, però, si trova a inseguire una corsara americana, la Franklin, e a ingaggiare con lei violenti cannoneggiamenti. Finché un'esplosione sottomarina distruggerà l'avversaria, costringendo il suo insolito proprietario a salire sulla Surprise. Uomo colto e raffinato, il francese rappresenta un inatteso pericolo: ha già incontrato Stephen Maturin, e questo rischia di far saltare la copertura di Maturin come agente segreto. Così, quando Stephen viene fatto sbarcare a Callao è con estrema angoscia che Jack scopre che il francese è sparito. A rischio, ormai, non è più soltanto l'esito della missione, ma la vita dello stesso Maturin...
- ISBN: 8850214855
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 322
“And jealous now of me, you gods, because I befriend a man, one I saved as he straddled the keel alone, when Zeus had blasted and shattered his swift ship with a bright lightning bolt, out on the wine-dark sea.” —Homer, The Odyssey, Book V — "oínopa pónton" So, "wine-dark sea" is a phrase used quite a Leggi tutto
Taking out American privateers and snatching up prizes is all in a day's work for Captain Jack Aubrey! The Wine-Dark Sea moves the setting from Australia and the South Pacific on over to South America. This is a perfectly fine continuation of the series. If anything, it's the most O'Brian-esque book Leggi tutto
One of my favorite in the series yet. Imagine being in a sailing ship near an underwater volcano when it decided to erupt and push up to the surface! Ice bergs in the south sea at the tip of South America and a sea battle with an American Man of War and escaping by the skin of their teeth. Struck by Leggi tutto
Doctor Stephen Maturin, an intelligence agent of formidable powers, is dispatched to discomfit the Napoleonic French and their allies. With him comes his particular friend, naval captain Jack Aubrey. Each of them has some successes on this long voyage--Jack takes a truly ridiculous number of prizes- Leggi tutto
The first book by O'Brian that I read -- or 12 pages anyway. Then I put the book down, went back to the bookstore and bought the first five books in his Aubrey/Maturin series. A whole new world of pleasure opened up fifteen years ago that still satisfies today. My favorite section of the book narrate Leggi tutto
The one with Volcanoes and icebergs. Jack and Stephen get soundly mangled between the battles and the frostbite. Lots of chase and be chased. Plus, some intrigue in Peru, lots of cool animals for Stephen, and plenty of prize money.
4.5- so much fun even without understanding all the ship talk! In fact the ship talk is fun too because the vocabulary and particular manners expected between crew and captain are peculiar and strangely fascinating!! This was a book given me by my buddy in a book swap and I’m so glad!
It says something about O'Brian's writing that, despite having a SPOILERIFIC description here on Goodreads, the initial portion of the novel - with the strange behavior of the sea causing everyone concern and dread, a slow build-up to the big reveal - still had power and beauty, even if I had been r Leggi tutto
Better; much better. Still did a ten-page data dump before starting the story, but at least there was a story. Good characterization. The Peruvian excursion was a welcome diversion. Volcanoes, icebergs and shipwrecks, oh my. A recurring theme is hubris, with various characters often counting on favor Leggi tutto
Not to read a handful of the Aubry books is to miss visiting one of the most thoroughly realized and absorbing imaginary worlds in all of English literature. O'Brian may not be as essential to life as Shakespeare, but he makes life richer by far.
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