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The fourth book in the Aubrey/Maturin series.

On half-pay and without a command, Captain Jack Aubrey is stranded at home in an over-crowded cottage with his large and frequently bad-tempered family. When Jack has almost given up hope of ever returning to sea, Stephen Maturin, ship's doctor, occasional intelligence agent, and Jack's closest friend, brings secret orders that Jack is to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a Commodore's pennant. In the months that follow, Jack's character and authority will be tested not only in engagements with the French fleet but also by the difficulty of managing the contrasting characters of the men under his command.

Based on the actual campaign in the Indian Ocean in 1810, The Mauritius Command is a gripping evocation in authentic detail of naval life of the period.

©1997 Patrick O’Brian (P)1997 HarperCollins UK

Critic Reviews

" The Mauritius Command is outstanding." ( Observer)
"Exciting news for Mr O'Brian's growing number of fans that his clever stories of Napoleonic seafaring are available as abridged audiobooks. Better still, they're read by salty dog Robert Hardy." ( Evening Standard)

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  • 20-02-2006

The Mauritus Command

Gripping story line. Read by a master storyteller

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Dissapointing

This was an abridged copy recommended to me as Book 4 in the series, I have not read an abridged version before. This was not made clear it was an abridged copy. The storyline was great but semed rushed and incomplete, not surprising in an abridged version.

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