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Title:Hussein: An Entertainment
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Patrick O'Brian
Publisher:W. W. Norton Company
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Number of Pages:240
Category:Fiction, Historical fiction

Hussein: An Entertainment by Patrick O'Brian

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Hussein: An Entertainment Of this early work published when he was in his early twenties Patrick O Brian writes in a foreword In the writing of the book I learnt the rudiments of my calling but more than that it opened a well of joy that has not yet run dry The story is about a young mahout or elephant handler his childhood and life in India and his relationship and adventures with elephants As a boy Hussein falls in love with a beautiful and elusive girl Sashiya and arranges for another of her suitors to be murdered with a fakir s curse The dead man s relatives vow vengeance em Hussein em escapes and his adventures begin snake charming sword fighting spying stealing a fortune and returning triumphantly to claim his bride All of this is set against an evocatively exotic India full of bazaars temples and beautiful women despite the fact that O Brian had never been to the East when he wrote the story

Master and Commander (Aubrey & Maturin, #1)

s Britain s Nelson leads Navy against Napoleon s France Captain Jack Aubrey newly promoted to old slow HMS Sophie is a brave and gifted seaman his thirst for adventure and victory immense Aided by friend and skilled ship surgeon Stephen Maturin Aubrey and crew win clashes finally hopelessly outmatched by a mighty Spanish frigate

H.M.S. Surprise

Amid sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent explore ships of the East India Company Aubrey is on the defensive pitting wits and seamanship against an enemy enjoying overwhelming local superiority Somewhere in the Indian Ocean lies the prize that could make him rich ships sent by Napoleon to attack the China Fleet

The Mauritius Command

strong O Brian s Aubrey Maturin volumes actually constitute a single page novel one that should have been on those lists of the greatest novels of the th century George Will em Washington Post em strong br br Captain Jack Aubrey is ashore on half pay without a command until Stephen Maturin arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a commodore s pennant there to mount an expedition against the French held islands of Mauritius and La R union But the difficulties of carrying out his orders are compounded by two of his own captains Lord Clonfert a pleasure seeking dilettante and Captain Corbett whose severity pushes his crew to the verge of mutiny

Desolation Island

strong O Brian s Aubrey Maturin series novels of the Royal Navy in the Napoleonic Wars is a masterpiece It will outlive most of today s putative literary gems as Sherlock Holmes has outlived Bulwer Lytton as Mark Twain has outlived Charles Reade David Mamet em New York Times em strong br br Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty fame Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend and surgeon Stephen Maturin sail the Leopard to Australia with a hold full of convicts Among them is a beautiful and dangerous spy and a treacherous disease that decimates the crew

The Fortune of War

strong An essential of the truly gripping book for the narrative addict is the creation of a whole solidly living world for the imagination to inhabit and O Brian does this with prodigal specificity and generosity A S Byatt strong br br Captain Jack Aubrey R N arrives in the Dutch East Indies to find himself appointed to the command of the fastest and best armed frigate in the Navy He and his friend Stephen Maturin take passage for England in a dispatch vessel But the War of breaks out while they are en route 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 Surgeon's Mate

Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are ordered home by dispatch vessel to bring the news of their latest victory to the government But Maturin is a marked man for the havoc he has wrought in the French intelligence network in the New World and the attention of two privateers soon becomes menacing The chase that follows through the fogs and shallows of the Grand Banks is as tense and as unexpected in its culmination as anything Patrick O Brian has written

The Far Side of the World

The war of continues and Jack Aubrey sets course for Cape Horn on a mission after his own heart intercepting a powerful American frigate outward bound to play havoc with the British whaling trade Stephen Maturin has fish of his own to fry in the world of secret intelligence Disaster in various guises awaits them in the Great South Sea and in the far reaches of the Pacific typhoons castaways shipwrecks murder and criminal insanity

Post Captain

Dr Stephen Maturin leads Captain Jack Aubrey to the spy s Spanish castle Best pals compete over manipulative widow Diana Villiers Stephen encourages shy Sophia to Jack Jack flees bailiffs after prize agent steals money Jealous cuckold assigns Jack poorly built experimental ship on poorly conceived mission with too few and raw crew Jack fights on

The Truelove

A British whaler has been captured by an ambitious chief in the sandwich islands at French instigation and Captain Aubrey R N Is dispatched with the em Surprise em to restore order But stowed away in the cable tier is an escaped female convict To the officers Clarissa Harvill is an object of awkward courtliness and dangerous jealousies Aubrey himself is won over and indeed strongly attracted to this woman who will not speak of her past But only Aubrey s friend Dr Stephen Maturin can fathom Clarissa s secrets her crime her personality and a clue identifying a highly placed English spy in the pay of Napoleon s intelligence service br br br In a thrilling finale Patrick O Brian delivers all the excitement his many readers expect Aubrey and the crew of the em Surprise em impose a brutal em pax Britannica em upon the islanders in a pitched battle against a band of headhunting cannibals

The Hundred Days

Napoleon escaped from Elba pursues his enemies across Europe like a vengeful phoenix If he can corner the British and Prussians before their Russian and Austrian allies arrive his genius will lead the French armies to triumph at Waterloo In the Balkans preparing a thrust northwards into Central Europe to block the Russians and Austrians a horde of Muslim mercenaries is gathering They are inclined toward Napoleon because of his conversion to Islam during the Egyptian campaign but they will not move without a shipment of gold ingots from Sheik Ibn Hazm which according to British intelligence is on its way via camel caravan to the coast of North Africa It is this gold that Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin must at all costs intercept The fate of Europe hinges on their desperate mission em The Hundred Days em is certain to delight O Brian s fans for whom happiness is an unending stream of Aubrey Maturin books It is a fine novel that stands proudly on the shelf with the others em Los Angeles Times em

The Far Side of the World, The Hundred Days, Master and Commander (Aubrey & Maturin, #1), The Mauritius Command, Post Captain, The Surgeon's Mate, H.M.S. Surprise, The Fortune of War, Desolation Island, The Truelove