I read this book about 2-Aug-2005. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1988. This note was last modified Tuesday, 06-May-2014 13:22:42 PDT.
This is book 12 of the "Aubrey-Maturin" series.
This note contains spoilers for the book.
They're off in the Surprise as a privateer, with an admiralty mission coming up. Actually, most of the action takes place on a trial cruise, during which they manage to take a hugely valuable prize, 4 other prizes, and a French frigate.
This is the book where the smugglers and privateers of Shelmerston, including the Sethians, are introduced.