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H.M.S. Surprise

(1973)
(The third book in the Aubrey / Maturin series)
A novel by

 
 
H.M.S. Surprise follows the variable fortunes of Captain Jack Aubrey's career in Nelson's navy as he attempts to hold his ground against admirals, colleagues and the enemy, accepting a mission to convey a British ambassador to the East Indies. The voyage takes him and his friend Stephen Maturin to the strange sights and smells of the Indian sub-continent, and through the archipelago of spice islands where the French have a near-overwhelming superiority. Rarely has a novel managed to convey more vividly the fragility of a sailing ship in a wild sea. Rarely has a historical novelist combined action and lyricism of style in the way that O' Brian does. His superb sense of place, brilliant characterisation, and a vigour and joy of writing lift O'Brian above any but the most exalted of comparisons.

Genre: Historical
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Hardback Editions

January 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: HMS "Surprise" (Windsor Selection S.)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-7540-1460-6 / 978-0-7540-1460-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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June 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: H M S Surprise (Thorndike Famous Authors)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-7862-1934-3 / 978-0-7862-1934-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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April 1986 : UK Hardback
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Title: HMS Surprise
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-00-221316-8 / 978-0-00-221316-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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November 1994 : USA Hardback
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Title: H.M.S. Surprise (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-393-03703-7 / 978-0-393-03703-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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1973 : USA Hardback
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Title: H.M.S. Surprise
Author(s): Patrick O' Brian
ISBN: 0-397-00998-4 / 978-0-397-00998-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Collins
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Paperback Editions

June 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: HMS Surprise
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-00-725585-3 / 978-0-00-725585-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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January 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: H.M.S. Surprise
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-00-782558-7 / 978-0-00-782558-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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1997 : UK Paperback
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Title: H.M.S. Surprise
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-00-649917-1 / 978-0-00-649917-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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June 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: HMS "Surprise" (Windsor Selection S.)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-7540-2350-8 / 978-0-7540-2350-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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May 1991 : USA Paperback
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Title: H. M. S. Surprise (Aubrey / Maturin)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-393-30761-1 / 978-0-393-30761-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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December 1975 : UK Paperback
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Title: H.M.S. "Surprise"
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-00-614181-1 / 978-0-00-614181-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fontana Press
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Audio Editions

August 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: H.M.S. Surprise (Aubrey - Maturin series, Book 3) (The Aubrey - Maturin Series)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-4829-5512-1 / 978-1-4829-5512-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
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June 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 3
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
Publisher: Audible Studios
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June 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Title: H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 3
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
Publisher: Audible Studios
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May 2010 : UK Audio CD
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Title: HMS Surprise
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-00-726171-3 / 978-0-00-726171-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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June 2005 : UK Audio edition
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Title: H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey-Maturin, Book 3
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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August 2004 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: H.M.S. Surprise (Aubrey-Maturin)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-7861-8562-7 / 978-0-7861-8562-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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July 2004 : USA Audio CD
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Title: H.M.S. Surprise (Aubrey-Maturin, Volume 3 in the series)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-4159-0400-6 / 978-1-4159-0400-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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April 2004 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: H.M.S. Surprise (Aubrey-Maturin)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-7861-2756-2 / 978-0-7861-2756-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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April 2004 : USA Audio CD
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Title: H.M.S. Surprise
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-7861-8633-X / 978-0-7861-8633-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc
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March 2004 : USA Audio CD
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Title: H.M.S. Surprise (Aubrey-Maturin)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-7861-8597-X / 978-0-7861-8597-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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March 2004 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: H.M.S. Surprise (Aubrey-Maturin)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-7861-2765-1 / 978-0-7861-2765-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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December 2003 : USA Audio edition
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Title: H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 3
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
Publisher: Recorded Books
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September 2002 : UK Audio CD

Title: HMS Surprise
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-84283-262-X / 978-1-84283-262-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Ltd
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September 2001 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: H.M.S. Surprise
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-4025-0222-2 / 978-1-4025-0222-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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August 1998 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: H.M.S. Surprise (Aubrey-Maturin)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-375-40524-0 / 978-0-375-40524-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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April 1997 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: HMS Surprise
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-00-105331-0 / 978-0-00-105331-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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November 1995 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: H.M.S.Surprise
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-86051-005-1 / 978-1-86051-005-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bespoke Audio
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February 1993 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: H.M.S.Surprise: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-85089-876-6 / 978-1-85089-876-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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1993 : USA Audio CD

Title: H.M.S. Surprise
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-4025-9179-9 / 978-1-4025-9179-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
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1992 : USA Audio CD
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Title: H.M.S. Surprise
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-7887-4904-8 / 978-0-7887-4904-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
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1992 : USA Audio CD

Title: H.M.S. Surprise (Aubrey/Maturin series, Volume Three)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-4025-2828-0 / 978-1-4025-2828-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books/Borders
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Kindle Editions

December 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: HMS Surprise (Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 3) (Aubrey & Maturin series)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
Publisher: HarperCollins
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May 1991 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: H. M. S. Surprise (Vol. Book 3) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon