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The Hundred Days

Format:  Paperback,

280 pages

Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc

Publish Date: Oct 1999

ISBN-13: 9780393319798

ISBN-10: 0393319792

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Napoleon, escaped from Elba, pursues his enemies across Europe like a vengeful phoenix. If he can corner the British and Prussians before their Russian and Austrian allies arrive, his genius will lead the French armies to triumph at Waterloo. In the Balkans, preparing a thrust northwards into Central Europe to block the Russians and Austrians, a horde of Muslim mercenaries is gathering. They are inclined toward Napoleon because of his conversion to Islam during the Egyptian campaign, but they will not move without a shipment of gold ingots from Sheik Ibn Hazm which, according to British intelligence, is on its way via camel caravan to the coast of North Africa. It is this gold that Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin must at all costs intercept. The fate of Europe hinges on their desperate mission. "The Hundred Days is certain to delight O'Brian's fans, for whom happiness is an unending stream of Aubrey/Maturin books.... It] is a fine novel that stands proudly on the shelf with the others." Los Angeles Times

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Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
Publish Date: Oct 1999
ISBN-13: 9780393319798
ISBN-10: 0393319792
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 280
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.65
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.0 x 0.75

About the author

Biography of O'Brian, Patrick

Patrick O'Brien was born in Ireland in 1914. His education included the Sorbonne. O'Brian has produced a variety of works, including biographies of Picasso and Sir Joseph Banks and translations of the novels and memoirs of Simone de Beauvoir, but he is best known for the creation of an unlikely pair of Napoleonic War-era heroes in the Aubrey-Maturin Series. British naval officer Jack Aubrey and Irish scholar and physician Stephen Maturin have been featured in more than a novels published in Great Britain (five of which have also appeared in America). He died on January 2, 2000.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (1999-09-01)

The Hundred Days refers to the period between Napoleon's departure from Elba and his defeat at Waterloo. O'Brian (Master and Commander), an award-winning, best-selling author of some of the best historical novels ever written, transports us in a time machine to the period when Napoleon tried to reestablish his European Empire by secretly enlisting the forces of Islam. British Commander Jack Aubrey, in a desperate attempt to defeat the French-Muslim menace, sails to Turkey and enlists the ship's doctor, Stephen Maturin, to discern how the enemy can best be vanquished.

Although this fascinating work vividly describes Ottoman rulers as well as everyday life in the Islamic capital, this is primarily a tale of gallant sailing ships fighting galleys on storm-tossed seas; of bureaucratic intrigue; and of the civilized pleasures of wining, dining, and stimulating conversation. Narrator Patrick Tull's eloquence captures the humor, the drama, and the atmosphere of the early 19th century. Do not overlook this superb recording. James Dudley, Westhampton Beach, NY

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (1998-09-15)

For the benefit of those who are unacquainted with O'Brian, it was nearly 30 years ago that he began writing his elaborately staged historical seafaring novels about the escapades of Tory naval captain Jack Aubrey and his physician-scientist friend Stephen Maturin. Series fans know how O'Brian takes a few established facts of history and contrapuntally builds an adventure story around them in which Aubrey and Maturin play some indispensable role.

On this 19th outing, the dauntless duo performs feats of erring-do to help thwart Napoleon's plans to conquer Europe. The book teems with amusing scenes, vivid dialog, glib phrase-making, and the tall-tale-spinner's gift for never taking the picaresque adventures of his characters seriously. Behind these merits, however, the plot moves with a medieval slowness. The spark of life is missing, and even the most ardent O'Brian idolaters would have to admit that he is beginning to show traces of the assembly line. Not recommended except for those libraries determined to have a complete set of O'Brian's works.

- A. J. Anderson, GSLIS, Simmons Coll., Boston

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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