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Treason's Harbour ✈ [PDF / Epub] ✅ Treason's Harbour By Patrick O'Brian ✸ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk All Patrick O Brian s strengths are on parade in this novel of action and intrigue, set partly in Malta, partly in the treacherous, pirate infested waters of the Red Sea While Captain Aubrey worries a All Patrick O Brian s strengths are on parade in this novel of action and intrigue, set partly in Malta, partly in the treacherous, pirate infested waters of the Red Sea While Captain Aubrey worries about repairs to his ship, Stephen Maturin assumes the center stage for the dockyards and salons of Malta are alive with Napoleon s agents, and the admiralty s intelligence network is compromised Maturin s cunning is the sole bulwark against sabotage of Aubrey s daring mission.


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  1. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    Stationed on Malta during the later Napoleonic War, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend, Dr Stephen Maturin are embroiled in a Mediterranean intrigue that takes them to Egypt and the Red Sea.While O Brian is one of my favorite authors, this is not one of my favorite books of his It s balance tilts in favor of intrigue over action More time is devoted to matters of intelligence and spying, and even that lacks some of its usual excitement.However, it has its redeeming qualities There is, as alw Stationed on Malta during the later Napoleonic War, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend, Dr Stephen Maturin are embroiled in a Mediterranean intrigue that takes them to Egypt and the Red Sea.While O Brian is one of my favorite authors, this is not one of my favorite books of his It s balance tilts in favor of intrigue over action More time is devoted to matters of intelligence and spying, and even that lacks some of its usual excitement.However, it has its redeeming qualities There is, as always, beauty in the language Reading any books of the series just for the descriptions alone is worth the effort It s like a David Attenborough narrated episode of Planet Earth, taking you to new lands and wowing you with the sights and sounds Just gorgeous The characters, whom you ve probably come to know and love if you ve reached this ninth book, are full of life and fully invested in their own lives, the very minutia of which is the book s bread and butter One of my favorite of the very minor characters, Awkward Davies or Davis , appearsin this book than in most others Davies is a dangerously powerful gorilla of a man, who has gladly attached himself to his captain after an episode in which Aubrey rescued him from drowning Davies addition to any book is usually for the purposes of humor and or when a meatheaded amount of a strength or stupid courage is needed His presence is regretted by Aubrey in a comedic sense He s a nice foil for when O Brian feels a need to lighten the mooda fight broke out in the square below, a fight between Davis and the bear, which resented his familiarity in chucking it under the chin Stephen hurried down to repair the bear This seafaring series is epic in just about every way, and so it can hardly be faulted for the occasional lag in full throttle action Instead, just sit back, relax and let O Brian s beautiful words flow over you.Rating 3.5 starsMy review of book eight The Ionian Mission My review of book ten The Far Side of the World


  2. Algernon (Darth Anyan) Algernon (Darth Anyan) says:

    Don t you know how to seize a cuckold s neck, you God damned lubber Where s the bleeding seizing Hi, I m Algernon and I m a landlubber I will probably be the first one to go overboard in a storm because I don t have the foggiest what a cuckold s neck is and where the jib is supposed to be hoisted I take solace from the fact that my situation is not much different from that of Dr Stephen Maturin, who is similarly baffled on board ship, even after nine voyages in the company of his friend, Don t you know how to seize a cuckold s neck, you God damned lubber Where s the bleeding seizing Hi, I m Algernon and I m a landlubber I will probably be the first one to go overboard in a storm because I don t have the foggiest what a cuckold s neck is and where the jib is supposed to be hoisted I take solace from the fact that my situation is not much different from that of Dr Stephen Maturin, who is similarly baffled on board ship, even after nine voyages in the company of his friend, Captain Jack Aubrey The gleeful manner in which Patrick O Brian fires these semantic broadsides across my bows brows does nothing to diminish my enjoyment in the series They re just adding spice to the trip and oneproof of the author s wicked sense of humour What are bashed neeps Neeps hackit with balmagowry O Brian s sense of humour translates well from the sea to the shore, as in the above inquiry about the menu for a Scottish themed dinner, or in a leisurely debate about fundamental freedoms and smoking habits Maturin and his scientist friend Professor Graham take a libertarian approach to forbidding the bad habit on grounds of liberty of expression and of tobacco s alleged propensity to induce fanciful moods A debate that echoes for me the current efforts to legalise pot I am starting my review with these peaceful pursuits as a result of the bloody battles at the end of the Ionian Mission , battles that may have brought honour and monetary prizes to Jack Aubrey, but that also put both of the ships he sailed on,The WorcesterandThe Surprise , out of action and in need of extensive repairs in the port of Malta What should have been a well earned and hopefully brief vacation for the two friends, turns into an annoying and dangerous game of cat and mouse between Aubrey and the corrupt commisioners of the repair yards, and between Stephen and his French counterparts in the cloak and dagger businessDespotic governement tends to breed spies and informers, and there were traces of at least three different Paris ministries at work in Malta, each in ignorance of the others, with a man from a fourth keeping watch on them all I already knew from previous episodes that Patrick O Brian is equally adept at writing about sea battles and about landlubber activities, and the Malta episode is no exception The violin of Captain Aubrey and the cello of Dr Maturin speak just as eloquently as the twelve pounders aboardThe SurpriseThe musical duet becomes a trio with the addition of the tinkling piano notes from an alluring local lady, a Mrs Laura Fielding of Italian origin and a British subject by marriage, whose husband is currently a prisoner of the French The lady hasthan a fair share of her own troubles, but she is still capable of throwing a spanner into the marital wovs of many a landlocked officerIt was pleasant to see how the captains, some of them true tartars aboard, most of them thoroughly accustomed to battle, and all of them capable of assuming great responsibility, played the fool before a pretty woman There is a capital book to be written on the human mating display in all its ludicrous variety, observed Dr Maturin Readers who prefer sailing to spy games or boudoir romances may consider Treason s Harbour one of the lesser books in the series, but a closer examination of the text points out that there are three naval expeditions included in the current novel My favorite is the first one, although the most dramatic one will be the last don t worry, I will say as little as possible about the ending Without a ship of of his own, Jack Aubrey jumps at the chance to go on a secret and urgent mission to the Red Sea, there to capture a treasure in French bullion But with Malta being the nest of vipers it is, it seems that everybody has found out about the mission before Jack and Stephen even set sail for the Suez There are even signs that point to a mole among the higher echelons of the British secret services Professor Graham, sir, a good evening to you I am come from walking on the bottom of the sea One of the main attractions of the series for me is the scientific research performed by Maturin and his friends In the present journey, the cherry on the cake is a brand new diving bell, a heavy and expensive toy hat nevertheless will prove its usefulness aboard a war frigate As Jack Aubrey leads his task force south across the desert from the Suez peninsula, I was thrilled to notice he mentions the two towns I have been working in for the last couple of years Jeddah and Yanbu, and that Maturin sings praises of the best weekend activities for the Red Sea snorkellingFor a contemplative mind, there can be few greater felicities than walking on a coral reef, with nondescript birds above, nondescript fishes below, and an unimaginable wealth of sea slugs, plumed worms, mollusc, cephalopods in the nearby depths For a transition novel between longer expeditions the next one on the list is the long awaited voyage to the far side of the world, the one that was turned into a movie , the stay in Malta proved in turns dramatic and humorous, and the sea battles make up for their shortness in sheer intensity view spoiler like the horrifying explosion of a man of war at the end that sends to the bottom of the sea hundreds of men in a matter of seconds The title of the novel is well earned as not one , but three betrayals push the plot forward The Red Sea mission, a journey to Trieste, the final trap sprung in Zambra on the Barbary Coast hide spoiler Note to self I don t remember if I have have mentioned it before, but I love the series covers, and I plan to add to my wishlist an artbook of Geoff Hunt s paintings


  3. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    It was as though he were running a race a race in which he had done fairly well for awhile, after a slow start, but one in which he could not hold his lead and was being overtaken, perhaps from lack of that particularly nameless quality that brought some men success when it just eluded others, though they might take equal painsPatrick O Brian, Treason s HarbourHe could not put his finger on the fault with any certainty, and there were days when he could say with real conviction that thIt was as though he were running a race a race in which he had done fairly well for awhile, after a slow start, but one in which he could not hold his lead and was being overtaken, perhaps from lack of that particularly nameless quality that brought some men success when it just eluded others, though they might take equal painsPatrick O Brian, Treason s HarbourHe could not put his finger on the fault with any certainty, and there were days when he could say with real conviction that the whole thing was mere fatality, the other side of the good luck that had attended him in his twenties and early thirties, the restoration of the averagePatrick O Brian, Treason s HarbourNearly half done with the series and I m still as entranced with it as I was with book one Master and Commander O Brian does change things up a bit with this one that spends as much time on land as on water I was excited about the extended period spent in Malta because I m taking my family to Malta staying in Valletta and traveling to Gozo this summer It was nice to get a literary exposure to spots one will spend a few days or a week in Anyway, I also enjoyed the espionage focus, the diving bell, the dog, the Suez Red Sea expedition with its Arab and Turkish flavors Strange as it may seem, I m also becoming a bit emotional about the HMS Surprise Sniff


  4. Ken-ichi Ken-ichi says:

    Yet another fine nautical gem, though clearly a piece with its successor, given the abruptly hewn finale, leaving me with the heavy burden of reading on Heaven forfend Also of note no other books leave me laughing like an idiot in public placesthan these Reading Stephen effuse about his diving bell exploits floored me but the annelids, my dear Graham, the annelids Hundreds, nay thousands of annelids of at least six and thirty several kinds, some plumed and others plain And wait Yet another fine nautical gem, though clearly a piece with its successor, given the abruptly hewn finale, leaving me with the heavy burden of reading on Heaven forfend Also of note no other books leave me laughing like an idiot in public placesthan these Reading Stephen effuse about his diving bell exploits floored me but the annelids, my dear Graham, the annelids Hundreds, nay thousands of annelids of at least six and thirty several kinds, some plumed and others plain And wait until I tell you about my holothurians, my sea slugs, my sea cucumbers p 74 There s also plenty of fine Killick action in this one.gregale n a string northeast wind of the Mediterranean, also used in Moby Dick, I think, though they never touched those waters p 10 crackit gaberlunzie n apparently a half witted beggar, according to WikiPOBia bless it , though it provides no citation A gaberlunzie is apparently a Medieval Scots term for a beggar, and I assume crackit can only mean something like cracked this would certainly suggest so See it in context here p 11 coriaceous adj leather like p 61 hangi n clearly some kind of bird, as Stephen says, Will you look at that birdI believe it to be a hangi They are said to be peculiar to this island However, I ve looked around, checked some checklists of Maltese birds, and found no mention of a hangi, except in reference to this novel What could he have been talking about Neeps hackit with balmagowry This was the perfectly clear, lucid response to the question, What are bashed neeps This is Graham the Scotsman again Neeps are turnips, hackit crackit hacked cracked, but balmogowry is apparently a neologism If werdnerd you be, you must read this short letter from Lisa Grossman, co author of Lobscouse and Spotted Dog Which It s a Gastronomic Companion to the Aubrey Maturin Novels, on the origins of this word warning doing so may result in contraction of the Hockogrockle p 74 dragoman n an interpreter Alas, poor Hairabedian p 106 mome n a fool p 108 vi et armis with force of arms p 146 scend v to heave or lurch, also available as a noun p 179


  5. Andy Andy says:

    Back with Captain Aubrey Doctor Maturin, hoping this outing will be better than the last which turned out to be a bit of a stodgy affair, the only one so far I should add, in what has been a great high seas adventure series.We start on land, although this time not in Blighty but in Malta with the focus very soon on espionage Dr Maturin The new characters are introduced very quickly, one being a femme fatale, a very transparent one at that, whilst othersshadowy lurk in the background c Back with Captain Aubrey Doctor Maturin, hoping this outing will be better than the last which turned out to be a bit of a stodgy affair, the only one so far I should add, in what has been a great high seas adventure series.We start on land, although this time not in Blighty but in Malta with the focus very soon on espionage Dr Maturin The new characters are introduced very quickly, one being a femme fatale, a very transparent one at that, whilst othersshadowy lurk in the background coming out of hiding only briefly giving them a slow burn to the story The doctor gives the impression of being rather naive innocent in his role as botanist but he is far from it. he is of very sharp wit intelligence fully aware of all that goes on around him which comes across splendidly in the writing His comrade Aubrey on the other hand islike a bull in a china shop in reality although he seems himself somewhat differently I was hoping the story would settle on Maturin s work but sadly it does not peters out somewhat in this respect as Aubrey comes meandering into the taleAnd afore you know it, we are off to sea in a sloop on a mission to the Arabian Peninsula involving the Turks as allies in an effort to thwart a local leader before he gets into bed with the French allows them to garrison his port leaving the British without a safe harbour in the Red Sea A jolly adventure on the high seas then sadly no as that too peters out.The book is nearly over before anything seems to happen then it s all over in a rush leaving a very unsatisfied feelingIt s ok, amiable enough but nowhere near as enjoyable as an earlier stretch of the books where the seas chases battles were action packed tension fuelled 2.5 stars rounded upto 3 Stars is all as there were many pockets of becalm drifting Thats two on the bounce now that have left me high dry, perhaps it s time to jump ship part company with this once merry band


  6. Siria Siria says:

    I m really trying to pace myself when going through this series, because with every part of it I read, I amandconscious that I only have a finite number of books remaining to be read I m not even quite half way through the series, but I m still trying to draw it out as much as I can, so that I will haveof this world to savour and explore Treason s Harbour is one of the quieter of O Brian s works so far The pace is slower, and it feels muchlike a part of an extended ser I m really trying to pace myself when going through this series, because with every part of it I read, I amandconscious that I only have a finite number of books remaining to be read I m not even quite half way through the series, but I m still trying to draw it out as much as I can, so that I will haveof this world to savour and explore Treason s Harbour is one of the quieter of O Brian s works so far The pace is slower, and it feels muchlike a part of an extended series, not a stand alone work, than the previous novels of his that I ve read The prose is still a joy to read, elegant and free flowing, and capable of displaying O Brian s erudition and knowledge of the period without ever letting them overwhelm the story.The skill and the subtlety and the love with which he draws his characters is stillthan apparent, though I ve rarely read characters who seemreal to me than Jack and Stephen I ve wittered on before at length about my love for Stephen because of how closely I can relate to him as he s one of the few characters I ve ever read in fiction who have a comparable background to me mixed English and Irish culturally and who share my speech patterns and this story certainly did nothing to shake that His quietly ruthless intelligence, his single minded fixations on his academic pursuits, his loyalty to Jack and the friendship they have I can t offhand think of many books which inspire such a fierce joy in me as I read them


  7. Terry Terry says:

    3.5 4 stars_Treason s Harbour_, as perhaps evinced by the title, is one of the espionage heavy entries in the Aubrey Maturin series, thus giving a lot of page time to the good doctor Stephen Maturin While stationed in Malta, Maturin becomes aware of a network of French spies and in the midst of turning Laura Fielding, one of their informers, over to the British side he inadvertently becomes suspected of philandering with the beautiful young lady in question an act he would only too readily h 3.5 4 stars_Treason s Harbour_, as perhaps evinced by the title, is one of the espionage heavy entries in the Aubrey Maturin series, thus giving a lot of page time to the good doctor Stephen Maturin While stationed in Malta, Maturin becomes aware of a network of French spies and in the midst of turning Laura Fielding, one of their informers, over to the British side he inadvertently becomes suspected of philandering with the beautiful young lady in question an act he would only too readily have performed in reality if not for the fact that she is the devoted wife to another naval officer currently being held in a French prison It is this fact, of course, that the French are using as leverage for her cooperation Aubrey, unaware of the truth behind the menage, and jealous due to his own infatuation with the lady in question, must instead settle for the undying love of her otherwise ruthless Illyrian mastiff Ponto which also causes most onlookers to think that Aubrey is the one enjoying the lady s illicit favours much to the captain s chagrin.We soon find that the French network in Malta has a very far reach indeed due to the presence of a high level British accomplice and thus when Aubrey is sent on not one, but two missions of high import they both fail with nearly disastrous results Luckily Aubrey is able to turn defeat, if not into victory, at least into something that doesn t result in the destruciton of his ship and loss of his crew The suspicious events also let Maturin and his superiors know that not all is well with their own intelligence network To add to the bitter taste left by events in Aubrey s mouth is the fact that his beloved ship the Surprise is deemed no longer fit for service due to her age, small size, and number of guns and he is tasked with the sad duty of sailing her back to England only to have her sold, or perhaps even destroyed.I quite enjoyed this entry in the series, not least perhaps because I love the ones that strongly feature Maturin and his espionage activities It was also a volume that hadthan its fair share of humour, especially in light of Aubrey s unhappy situation of being held to be cuckolding a fellow naval officer while in fact being unable to enjoy the supposed illicit fruits despite desperately wishing it were the case There are a number of returning characters from the series and in addition to perennial favourites coxswain Barret Bonden and the irascible steward Preserved Killick there is a cameo from everyone s favourite lieutenant, now down on his luck captain, Tom Pullings and some tension in the form of the incompetent Admiral Harte whose hatred for Jack goes back to a real episode of cuckolding from his youth and Andrew Wray The latter is a man with highly placed friends who once cheated at cards against Jack and whom the latter called out to no avail , but who is now in charge of the local British intelligence service and thus a man Maturin must cultivate despite his own feelings of lingering dislike Of course the star of any scenes he is in is Ponto, Laura Fielding s stalwart protector and devoted friend to Jack Aubrey


  8. Lisa Lisa says:

    In Treason s Harbour, the ninth in the Aubrey Maturin series, we find Jack and Stephen in Malta While Jack worries about his ship s repairs, Stephen is being dogged by French spies who aren t above attempting to honeytrap him , and it seems that the British intelligence network itself has been compromisedI ll be honest at this point in this series I have lost all objectivity, with Jack and Stephen having become my imaginary best friends and my times aboard ship a blissful holiday from the In Treason s Harbour, the ninth in the Aubrey Maturin series, we find Jack and Stephen in Malta While Jack worries about his ship s repairs, Stephen is being dogged by French spies who aren t above attempting to honeytrap him , and it seems that the British intelligence network itself has been compromisedI ll be honest at this point in this series I have lost all objectivity, with Jack and Stephen having become my imaginary best friends and my times aboard ship a blissful holiday from the real world No matter what their adventures, and even when there s no adventuring at all, I could roll happily around O Brian s world and words forever.I doubt it will be long before I find myself devouring number ten


  9. Angela Angela says:

    Some may say that listening to an audio book doesn t count as reading it that you lose something in the process of imagining the action for yourself, and that there s an extra layer of interpretation between you and the author s words because someone else is reading them to you.Me, I don t quibble about this much As far as I m concerned, a decent narrator can do a great deal to make a story come alive, and Patrick Tull did do a very fine job narrating the version of Treason s Harbour I listene Some may say that listening to an audio book doesn t count as reading it that you lose something in the process of imagining the action for yourself, and that there s an extra layer of interpretation between you and the author s words because someone else is reading them to you.Me, I don t quibble about this much As far as I m concerned, a decent narrator can do a great deal to make a story come alive, and Patrick Tull did do a very fine job narrating the version of Treason s Harbour I listened to I did have to do various mental doubletakes at his portrayals of various character accents, since I have Aubrey and Maturin thoroughly imprinted into my brain as Mr Crowe and Mr Bettany from the movie but aside from that, Mr Tull did do very well distinguishing character accents from his own voice And in general he seemed a fine narrator for the overall flavor of an Aubrey Maturin adventure, very British, very proper, and sounding in character for the time frame in which the books are set.As for the story itself, now we re talking This has been my favorite of the last few of the Aubrey Maturins I ve read, in no small part because of the delightful intrigue plot involving Stephen having to help Mrs Laura Fielding, who s been forced by the French to try to spy on their behalf because they ve imprisoned her husband There are quite a few hijinx involving Aubrey being mistaken for her lover while she is in fact trying to seduce Stephen, and Aubrey himself mistakenly believing that Stephen is in fact having an affair with her all of which provides quite a bit of lovely character interaction between our two principles.Played off against this is Stephen s actual intrigue going on with Mrs Fielding, as he enlists Mrs Fielding s willing help to turn the French s efforts against them Meanwhile, Jack has intrigue of his own as he s ordered to go on an urgent mission into the Red Sea, which gives the reader a fine opportunity to see an older,seasoned Jack desperately trying to turn his fortunes around by pulling off another spectacular success and what happens when things don t go quite so well as that.Overall this was highly enjoyable, as the Aubrey Maturins generally are for me, and I m ready to take on The Far Side of the World Four stars


  10. Julia Julia says:

    Oh, Stephen Maturin, you had me at underwater diving bell.This is book nine in O Brian s naval adventure series about British captain Jack Aubrey and his friend surgeon spy Stephen Maturin set during the Napoleonic wars, and it is wonderful This installment was a quicker read than usual for me, for whatever reason, but just as enjoyable as I have come to expect There is lots of on shore spying and intrigue in this one hooray as Maturin deals with French spies in Malta, but it does not ski Oh, Stephen Maturin, you had me at underwater diving bell.This is book nine in O Brian s naval adventure series about British captain Jack Aubrey and his friend surgeon spy Stephen Maturin set during the Napoleonic wars, and it is wonderful This installment was a quicker read than usual for me, for whatever reason, but just as enjoyable as I have come to expect There is lots of on shore spying and intrigue in this one hooray as Maturin deals with French spies in Malta, but it does not skimp on the seafaring adventure bad weather, battles, sharks I must admit that even nine books into this series that is rich with period and naval language, I really have only the vaguest notion what a topgallant or a staysail is, but it doesn t matter these books are so funny and smart and exciting and fantastic Onward to number 10


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