The Ionian Mission

The Ionian Mission Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin veterans now of many battles return in this novel to the seas where they first sailed as shipmates But a sudden turn of events takes them off on a hazardous mission t

  • Title: The Ionian Mission
  • Author: Patrick O'Brian Simon Vance
  • ISBN: 9780786177837
  • Page: 140
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, veterans now of many battles, return in this novel to the seas where they first sailed as shipmates But a sudden turn of events takes them off on a hazardous mission to the Greek isles, where they are soon involved in fierce and thrilling action.

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    • Patrick O'Brian Simon Vance

      Patrick O Brian s acclaimed Aubrey Maturin series of historical novels has been described as a masterpiece David Mamet, New York Times , addictively readable Patrick T Reardon, Chicago Tribune , and the best historical novels ever written Richard Snow, New York Times Book Review , which should have been on those lists of the greatest novels of the 20th century George Will.Set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, O Brian s twenty volume series centers on the enduring friendship between naval officer Jack Aubrey and physician and spy Stephen Maturin The Far Side of the World, the tenth book in the series, was adapted into a 2003 film directed by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany The film was nominated for ten Oscars, including Best Picture The books are now available in hardcover, paperback, and e book format.In addition to the Aubrey Maturin novels, Patrick O Brian wrote several books including the novels Testimonies, The Golden Ocean, and The Unknown Shore, as well as biographies of Joseph Banks and Picasso He translated many works from French into English, among them the novels and memoirs of Simone de Beauvoir, the first volume of Jean Lacouture s biography of Charles de Gaulle, and famed fugitive Henri Cherriere s memoir Papillon O Brian died in January 2000.The Aubrey Maturin Series on



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    • Political intrigue in the Mediterranean during the Napoleonic Wars as seen through the eyes of a Royal Navy captain. The Ionian Mission is yet another strong showing in the long Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian. Our hero British naval officer Captain Jack Aubrey needs to get out of Dodge and takes a boring blockade assignment that turns into something a bit more touchy in the diplomatic line. Very volatile politics indeed!Intrigue simmers in the background. A double-cross heats things up [...]


    • After the tumult and strife of the previous two books (sea battles, grievous injuries, prison escapes, marriage at sea, etc) , most of the current offering feels like an interlude, a vacation for Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, who are sent out on a tedious mission of blockading the French fleet in Toulon and preventing it from escaping into the larger Mediterranean or joining forces with the Atlantic squadrons. Yet looking back at the duos adventures after the last page of the novel, I realize [...]


    • "But he had not seen a more wicked and as it were spiteful sea, with its steep, close-packed waves -- a sea that threatened not the instant annihilation of the great antarctic monsters but a plucking apart, a worrying to death."- Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian MissionProbably my least favorite in the series so far. It was destined to happen. Even the best instruments will see their strings get loose after a few weeks on the water. It is still lovely and has some amazing parts, but this is not the b [...]


    • Seriously, these books are like crack. Some choice terms and quotes (defs mostly from King's invaluableA Sea of Words):Wordsfearnaught screen: thick felt used to cover hatches during battle.felucca (n): a small Spanish sailing vessel, but also a kind of fishing boat formerly used in the SF Bay Area.houario (n): "A French lug-rigged boat of the chasse-marée type," according to King.levinflash (n): lightning flash. "Levin" is apparently an archaic term for lightning, from Middle Englishstic (n): [...]


    • A pretty slow-building tale, but the finale is action-packed. Yeah, I had a huge sad when my precious Pullings got knocked down, but Jack was right there to protect his peeps. ;)I liked the story well enough, but I have a big problem with Simon Vance's narration. He did the non-dialogue stuff in a way that kept my attention - Patrick Tull's slower pace tends to lose me at times in O'Brian's long sentences - but I absolutely LOATHE Vance's voices for Jack and Stephen. Ugh! Jack is the same booris [...]


    • The eighth in the adventures of Captain Aubrey and Dr.Maturin. After a peak into their respective home lives (Maturin's is my particular favorite: he and Diana have homes of their own because their lives are so different--plus he needs privacy for all his intelligence work--but he visits often for shared breakfast in bed and dinner parties), they ship off to support the blockade against the French. It's a long, boring period for them, made more troubling by the leadership. One of Aubrey's old co [...]


    • What I wrote in my LJ while I was reading it:So I started reading The Ionian Mission last night. 50 Pages in.* Stephen and Diana's married life cracked me up / endeared me / slightly disgusted me (pancreas in the bedside cabinet? ew!)* I doubt whether I could live with Stephen or Diana for that matter.* Poor Jagiello having to deal with so many fawning women. And then jumps up like a pup when Stephen enters the room. (dammit I AM one of those fawning women.)* Diana is pregnant! whoooo. Or may be [...]



    • In this latest installment in the Aubrey/Maturin roman fleuve, Patrick O'Brian does some interesting things. As always on my first read I galloped through it, loving the adventure, the descriptions, the diving bell and the naturalist explorations, far travels, vivid descriptions, various cultures, and exciting battles. O’Brian doesn’t let the reader down, with the expected comedic bits.But on this reread of the entire series, when I came to this book I became aware of something I hadn't noti [...]


    • I really enjoyed this chapter in the Jack Aubrey stories. We got to meet up with a few old friends, listened to Jack's valet cry of dismay whenever Aubrey abused his clothes, was on board during a high wind and felt the rise and fall of the waves and heard the pounding sea on the ship to the point where I wondered how all these ships stayed in one piece (thanks to the wonderful storytelling by Mr. O'Brian), and finally got a battle at sea. No long land scenes, no Sophie, children or Diana Villie [...]


    • I've been a bit slow in getting back to the Aubrey/Maturin series, but I have no idea why- this book reminded me how much I love them. The characters still have their witty and pithy comments, the nautical knowledge is omnipresent but does not impede the storytelling, and I was completely enthralled with the story. I'm so glad Jack seems to have his luck back!I can't wait to get the next book


    • Inventing, on the fly, The Haydn Variations 50 or so years before Brahms? This isn't nautical naval fiction; it's a series of inside jokes.


    • A superb eight in this twenty part series.From another's review, let me include this extract from the book, when our heroes are aboard HMS Worcester, watching strange events in a ship coming alongside, and the animal is a gift in the tortuous politics of the eastern Mediterranean. It shows how O'Brian has a quality of writing, knowledge, and wit, that turns his books into something much more than a simple naval tale!:'As though some spring had been released the rhinoceros and its crew started in [...]


    • As we’ve now reached the eighth book in this superlative series, it should come as no surprise that I enjoyed it immensely, as it seems that Patrick O’Brian is incapable of writing anything I don’t enjoy. Even when not much is happening.The Ionian Mission is nowhere near as action-packed as its predecessors, as instead of dashing up and down the Med taking prizes, Jack and his crew are now just one small part of a blockade. Without much fighting or sailing to do, Jack can’t bank on his s [...]


    • In which O'Brian enlarges his cast of characters yet again. Heretofore Aubrey and Maturin have tried their hand primarily at Hummel, Cherubini and Scarlatti. Here for the first time, they have a crack at 'London' Bach's dad, Johann hisself. Interesting how the music is made to serve the moods of the characters at the time. In this and perhaps the last novel, O'Brian has gotten beyond his earlier habit of working variations on the main characters. One has the sense that he has decided at this poi [...]


    • I really enjoyed reading The Ionian Mission, the eighth episode in the twenty-volume canon of Patrick O'Brian's brilliant 'Aubreyiad.' This had a bit of it all too: affairs with 'hearth and home' in London and at Ashgrove Cottage; doings with Sophie Aubrey and Diana Villiers Maturin; Stephen Maturin's intelligence activities against the French ashore and afloat; and some fascinating sea-faring adventuring in the Mediterranean Sea. It was wonderful to watch Jack and Stephen have the opportunity t [...]


    • Another delightful, if not slightly boring chapter in the life of Jack and Stephen. But the same wit and puns, the same shameless use of all sorts of nautical terms, and of course a wonderful peek into the life of a British navy sailor in a sailing ship.Not much happens, really. But in true O'Brian fashion, the entire time they spend on blockade duty in the Ionian Sea is in fact NOT the mission you think. Only towards the last half of the last 1/3 of the book is the true mission. My favorite par [...]


    • Captain Aubrey is given a rust bucket and sent into the Mediterranean to blockade the French. Lots and lots of talking ensues.Aubrey talks about his problems at home. He talks about the politics of the English blockade. He talks about Navy discipline. He talks about food and music. He talks about Islamic politics. He talks about pirates. He talks, he talks, he talksHe cheats on his wife a little. That was a kinda spicy.And of course the Navy doesn't give a Captain of his success a better ship. I [...]


    • Another excellent installment, with plenty of cloak and dagger suspense, surprised reactions to Aubrey's bargain powder purchase, a realistic section illustrating the day in, day out, boredom on blockade duty and dicey political waters to navigate in the Mediterranean. This time it's Aubrey who must sort out the truth, deciding which minor ruler is the lesser of three evils, giving him the best chance to complete his mission. It adds a new dimension to Aubrey's character when he has to navigate [...]


    • Another book down in Patrick O'Brian's great series about a British captain fighting the French in the Napoleanic wars. As usual, O'Brian does a fantastic job of mixing great character development, dialogue, humor and action while conveying in intricate detail the realities of naval warfare and politics. All that said, this has not proved to be my favorite book in the series. It's a bit slow and doesn't deliver nearly as much excitement as some of the others. Still a worthy read and I'm looking [...]


    • a great story and well written . This is the first of O'brian's books that I've read due to availability in our local library,but I plan on buying the entire series of his books on the fighting ships of the British Royal Navy during the years of Napoleon.I would highly recommend these novels to anyone who has an interest in the sea. O'brian is a technical author so be prepared for an in depth word parade of ship terminology,but also prepare yourself to get lost in a completely different time. If [...]


    • Audiobook version:If you set Jane Austin to writing a high adventure with a massive ship battle at the end to writing a novel, she would do well to have done half as well as Mr. O'Brian. Remarkable stuff. And such skill, to end exactly at the climax. Brilliant. Oh, but please do read the first seven novels before this one.


    • Once again, a very good seafaring tale. I particularly enjoyed seeing the character of Aubrey deepen even further for the first time we see him truly doubt himself, and see his tortured reaction to seeing even trusted seaman look askance at him, wondering if he has lost that "Lucky Jack" edge.After a full book focused very much on Stephen Maturin, this one returns more to Captain Jack.


    • If you tasked Jane Austen with writing an adventure on the high seas, she would do well to have done half as masterly as Patrick O'Brian. Brilliant book and absolutely amazing to end at the moment of the book's climax.


    • O'Brian's books are always great. This is my second time through the Jack Aubrey stories and I'm enjoying them as much as the 1st time.


    • As though some spring had been released the rhinoceros and its crew started into movement. The animal took three or four twinkling little steps and lunged at Clements’ vitals: Clements seized the horn and rose with it, calling out, ‘Easy, easy there, old cock,’ and at the same moment the rest of the party clapped on to the fall of a travelling burton, hoisting the rhinoceros clear of the deck. It hung by a broad belt round its middle, and for a while its legs ran nimbly on: Clements reason [...]


    • After a break from Aubrey and Maturin for a few months--mostly to take care of some nonfiction reading and reviewing--I finally have time to dive back into the continuing story. I went into Book 8, The Ionian Mission, with a bit of fear, however. Why? Because the last time I tried to read through O'Brian's series, this is the point at which I fizzled out and stopped the series. (This was partly because at that time I couldn't find a copy of Book 7, and it was difficult to get back into the serie [...]


    • A little more Boys Own adventure with Aubrey and Maturin. In this volume they join the blockade of Toulon, which seems to be a pretty dull sort of affair. The mission appears to be one of great boredom, in which the ship (HMS Worcester) simply sails around in circles in the hope that the French will come out. When they do come out, they refuse to fight and skulk off back to Toulon again. In this part of the book, not much happens. There is quite a good description of life under blockade duty, bu [...]


    • Tolone, blocco navale e pirati turchiLa solita struttura dei romanzi di O'Brian, sembra quasi incredibile che l'autore sia riuscito a mantenere lo stile pressoché invariabile. Ironia, Stephen Maturin e Jack Aubrey e più o meno i soliti nomi noti, come il contrammiraglio Horte, Pullings, Babbington, Bonden Killick. Questa volta a bordo della Worchester, Jack Aubrey ha fretta di lasciare la terraferma sempre a causa dei guai finanziari precedenti, a seguito della fortuna accumulata e pertanto pe [...]


    • I love listening to the audiobooks of this magnificent series. I definitely recommend Patrick Tull as narrator (have heard less flattering things about Simon Vance's narration, but I have not listened to him myself). This book had less derring-do than some of the others, but it was interesting to listen to life at sea during the long periods of cruising and waiting that must have occurred regularly in the navy. I also enjoyed learning about the eastern Mediterranean and the complex politics of t [...]


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