The Yellow Admiral, the eighteenth book in the Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian, follows the adventures of Captain Jack Aubrey and the ship’s surgeon Stephen Maturin. Set in the early 19th century, the novel continues the story of the two friends as they navigate their personal and professional lives amidst the political turmoil of the Napoleonic Wars.
In this installment, the British Royal Navy experiences a series of setbacks, leading to a crisis of confidence in the government and the public. Amidst these challenges, Aubrey and Maturin are tasked with a critical mission to intercept and capture a French privateer, the Recherche, which has been causing havoc in the English Channel.
As the story unfolds, Aubrey and Maturin face numerous obstacles, including a treacherous storm, a mutinous crew, and the constant threat of enemy forces. Meanwhile, Maturin becomes entangled in a complex web of personal relationships, including his love interest Diana Villiers and his ongoing struggle with his Irish heritage.
The climax of the novel occurs when Aubrey and Maturin finally confront the Recherche, resulting in a thrilling battle at sea. With their victory, the two friends restore confidence in the British Royal Navy and secure their place as heroes in the eyes of their countrymen.
While surviving life-threatening adventures at sea, Captain Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin find life on land even more dangerous. Aubrey dimmed his prospects of becoming an admiral by erratic voting in Congress. He has an even worse relationship with his wife, Sophie, when his mother-in-law discovers a trove of old personal letters. Luckily, Maturin brought news that the Chileans needed two seafaring friends to train their navy.
Fresh, dynamic, and breathtakingly alive, The Golden Admiral continues O’Brian’s reign as the king of historical fiction. Narrator Patrick Tull’s voice enhances O’Brian’s elegant language, eccentric characters, and authentic 19th-century atmosphere.
I loved every Aubry/Maturin novel in the series. I suppose one could just read “The Golden Admiral” on its own but that would be a waste because you wouldn’t know the depth of the characters and their history and what the naval terms are. Take my advice and start from the beginning of the series, you will find it very enjoyable. The entire series takes place aboard frigates and other warships during the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th century. Orders from the British High Command took the ships and their crews all over the world. world to fight against the invading French army. The two main characters, the captain and his medical officer, become close friends throughout the years of the novel. They are very well-written characters: smart, funny without knowing (think of the doctor and his limited knowledge of a ship even after 18 years) and the relationships of each on land. The author has written wonderful, intricate naval adventures that will take readers through clearly described battles between ships, life aboard a frigate, and the characters they meet on their travels. travel around the world. Mr. O’Brian should be on everyone’s list.
The Yellow Admiral
- Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 18
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