The Far Side of the World #10
by O'Brian, Patrick
It is still the war of 1812. Aubrey and Maturin are on a voyage across the South Atlantic to intercept a powerful American frigate outward bound to play havoc with the British whaling trade. If they do not come up with her before she rounds the Horn they must follow her into the Great South Sea and as far across the Pacific as she may lead them. Aubrey has to cope with a succession of disasters: men overboard, castaways, encounters with savages, typhoons, groundings, shipwrecks, to say nothing of murder and criminal insanity. That the enemy is in fact faithfully dealt with no one who has the honour of Captain Aubrey’s acquaintance can take leave to doubt.