Captain Jack Aubrey is on halfpay ashore, without a command- until his friend and occasional intelligence agent, Stephen
Maturin arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a Commodore's pennant.
But the difficulties of carrying out his orders are compounded by two of his own captains, whose severity can push his
crews to the verge of mutiny . . .
Based on the actual campaign of 1810 in the Indian Ocean, O'Brian's account of eighteenthcentury life at sea and ashore is
as gripping as any in the series. ‘The Mauritius Command’ also stands on its own as a great work of fiction.
All are welcome to discuss this fourth novel in Patrick O’Brian’s celebrated Aubrey / Maturin series.
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