I read this book about 28-Aug-2005. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1993. This note was last modified Tuesday, 06-May-2014 13:25:55 PDT.
This is book 16 of the "Aubrey-Maturin" series.
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Undersea volcanos and tribal warfare on South-Sea islands. French idealists. Outright mutiny of a weird sort. And Stephen finally gets to South America and finds the time is very right for independence. Unfortunately things come apart, partly due to the French idealist, and he has to flee over high mountain passes into Chile.