Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Reverse of the Medal, by Patrick O'Brian

This is the 11th of the Aubrey/Maturin series (aka Master & Commander) and this book continues the great form I've been so enjoying.  O'Brian is really in full stride now, the last several of these have just been so great, so much fun, that I wish the series could go on forever. 
This was a totally land-based book, poor Captain Aubrey has once again been duped financially and now finds himself before a civilan court.  The plot is good and entertaining, and there is a wonderful scene near the end of the men in the royal navy coming out to support  Aubrey in his hour of need. 
I've said it before, but these books just wouldn't be the same to me were they not read so expertly by Simon Vance.  The few I've read in print paled in comparison to those read by Vance.  That's not a comment on O'Brian's writing, rather my poor ability to read these characters as written.  Vance's reading removes the obstruction caused by my own inferiorities when it comes to reading these characters, and I'm grateful to him for it.

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