Monday, July 25, 2011

The Letter of Marque by Patrick O'Brian

Wow - as quickly as Jack's and Stephen's fortune turned sour in Reverse of the Medal, they just as quick turned out quite well in Letter of Marque.

What is that literary term ... deus ex machina?  In one swift book, Jack is practically restored his navel commission, turns exceedingly rich - his father dies and he receives the government seat his father sat it ... Stephen falls into seemingly billions of pounds of riches - he gets Diana back.

All the luck is back in this novel.

So ... although enjoyable ... I was a little let down to find that all is well at the end of the book.  I was expecting Jack and Stephen to be pirates a little longer than one book.  I was expecting that the process of restoring Jack would be long and hard-fought ... but no.

Things are even better than they were at the beginning of the Reverse of the Medal.

Bottom line ... another great book (the reading is still getting easier!) ... took me only two actual weeks of reading 284 pages.  I couldn't put it down once I got into it.  But I was a bit surprised at how quickly POB turns Jack and Stephen's fortunes around.

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