The Reverse of the Medal

The Reverse of the Medal

Book - 1986
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"Captain Jack Aubrey, R. N., ashore after a successful cruise, is persuaded by a casual acquaintance to make certain investments in the City. This innocent decision ensnares him in the London criminal underground and in government espionage the province of his friend Stephen Maturin. Is Aubrey's humiliation and the threatened ruin of his career a deliberate plot? This dark tale is a fitting backdrop to the brilliant characterization and sparkling dialogue which O'Brian's readers have come to expect."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York, NY : W. W. Norton, c1986.
ISBN: 9780393309607
Call Number: OBRIAN
Characteristics: 287 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Subjects: Aubrey, Jack (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Maturin, Stephen (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Ship physicians -- Fiction.
Ship captains -- Fiction.
Criminals -- Fiction.
Great Britain -- History, Naval -- 19th century -- Fiction.
London (England) -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.


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Jun 17, 2013

Mr. O'Brian's efforts to write an espionage/legal thriller are hit and miss here, but on the whole the book makes for an interesting interlude to the endless voyages, chases and broadsides of some of the preceding volumes. I for one wish more time could have been spent on the trial and/or Maturin's relationship with Diana, hopefully these themes will be further exploted in "The Letter of Marque".


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