Desolation Island, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written.

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 which decimates the crew.

The ingredients of a wonderfully powerful and dramatic O'Brian novel are heightened by descriptive writing of rare quality.

Nowhere in contemporary prose have the majesty and terror of the sea been more effectively rendered than in the thrilling chase through an Antarctic storm in which Jack's ship, under-manned and out-gunned, is the quarry not the hunter.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 348 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9780006499244



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My favourite of the series so far. It brings the crew of HMS Leopard to the Antarctic waters, en route to Australia as a transport, first being pursued by a much larger dutch privateer. The end of this hunt is one of the most chilling passages I have ever read!On eastward to Australia. But this time Lucky Jack seems to have run out of luck. Finding an island that hasn't been properly charted yet will be the only way to save his ship and remaining men.Suffice to say, I couldn't put it down.BTW, I found Desolation Island (French DOM) at 48°44'19.26"S 69° 1'38.37"E.

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Promised alot, was good in places but the ending was kinda flat.