H.M.S. SURPRISE
by Patrick O'Brian

Paperback First American Edition, 5.29 x 7.72 in.,  number of pages unknown.

Amazon.com Review:  This third segment takes Jack Aubrey to the Indian subcontinent, where both the waters and the terrain are full of unfamiliar dangers. There is, however, a prize in the offing: a flotilla of French ships sent to attack the China Fleet. If Aubrey and Maturin can intercept the French, their fortunes will be made. But can they? Join Captain Aubrey on the quarterdeck and find out for yourself.

Few, very few, books have made my heart thud with excitement. H.M.S. Surprise managed it. I read it cruising through the tame Adriatic, and several times found myself forced to pace about the deck to calm my pulse.

-Helen Lucy Burke
Irish Press

W. W. Norton & Co.  ISBN 0393307611

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