The Commodore #17
by O'Brian, Patrick
Jack Aubrey’s long service is at last rewarded: he is promoted to the rank of Commodore, given a squadron of ships to command. His mission is twofold – to make a large dent in the slave trade off the coast of Africa and, on his return, to intercept a French fleet set for Bantry Bay with a cargo of weapons for the dissafected among the Irish. But might the nature of the secret mission on which the squadron is sent present a conflict of loyalties for the complicated and inscrutable figure of Stephen Maturin, Jack’s indispensible ship’s surgeon and close friend?