Author: Patrick O’Brian
Title: The Surgeon’s Mate
Publication Info: Blackstone Audiobooks (2005), Edition: Unabridged, Audio CD
The Aubrey/Maturin series picks up where The Fortune of War left off, and the surgeon’s mate of the title is not Stephen Maturin’s surgical assistant but his on again/off again romantic interest Diana Villiers. I’m always turned of by the Villiers storylines because she is a dull and disagreeable character. Fortunately the Maturin-Villiers story is balance by some seafaring adventure and battles, spying and intrigue, and even our lead characters locked in a French prison. I’m a bit thrown by the timeline as it seems this book takes place 4 years prior to The Fortune of War but it’s a rollicking good tale all the same.