O'BRIAN**, PATRICK [pseud Richard Patrick Russ]:: The Fortune of War - A Jack Aubrey Novel

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O'BRIAN**, PATRICK [pseud Richard Patrick Russ]: : The Fortune of War - A Jack Aubrey Novel


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UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.FINE/FINE.A really exceptional copy,virtually as new.No owner inscrptn,and no price-clip to dw/dj,though there is a blue biro ink line through the original price of £5.50p.Bright,crisp,clean,glossy laminated,colour pictorial wrap-around artwork illustrated dw/dj; with negligible shelf-wear to edges and corners - no nicks or tears present.No bumping to either head or foot of spine/ backstrip and (almost) imperceptible fading to same.Top,bottom and fore-edges bright and clean with no ageing/toning,no dust-soiling,nor any foxing/spotting,no off-set foxing to endpapers, no cocking; contents bright,tight and pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corners - appears an unread copy? Publisher's original pale blue bOARds with bright,crisp,blocked gilt letters to spine/backstrip and slightest discolouration/fading/sunning to top,extremity edges and immaculate plain white endpapers.UK, 8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn,7-279pp [paginated] includes author's note,9 chapters; plus [unpaginated] half-title+title pages and dedication. Want more Patrick O'BRIAN titles? Other titles available - please check my MODERN FIRSTS,MODERN FIRSTS2 and BIOGRAPHY catalogues,for other and similar titles, works. When the present book opens Jack is bringing the storm-beaten H.M.S. Leopard into harbour in the Dutch East Indies only a few weeks after the events described in 'Desolation Island'.He finds waiting for him a letter of appointment to the fastest and best-armed frigate in the Navy.He and his friend Stephen Maturin take passage for England in a despatch vessel.But the sea is an inconstant element and danger is its only certainty.The War of 1812 against the United States breaks out while they are on passage.Bloody actions precipitate them both into new and unexpected scenes where Stephen's past activities as a secret agent return on him with a vengeance. The familiar masculine world of the gun deck and the wardroom is balanced by the reappearance of two bewitching ladies. Louisa Wogan fresh from her adventures in 'Desolation Island' and Diana Villiers,a welcome revenant from 'Post Captain' and 'H.M.S. Surprise',show that when it comes to speed of action and heightening of suspense the women can hold their own with the men any day. In originality of theme and setting,in power of characterisation,in richness of detail,above all in sheer excitement,'The Fortune of War' upholds and extends the superb standards set by the series.In brilliance and fertility of plot it surpasses them.Author's 6th Jack Aubrey/ Stephen Maturin novel. Please contact seller,because of the weight/ value of this item,for correct,insured shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page! ** N.B. ALL buyers please note,stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch,especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included/FREE. ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of the book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.

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