So we come to book 5 - Still on target for the challenge, though there does often seem to be a conflict between keeping the blog up to date and reading the books. - The Thirteen-Gun Salute by Patrick O'Brian Immediately following The Letter of Marque, the narrative picks up with Jack Aubrey getting the Surprise underway for a mission to South America. Upon reaching Lisbon, however, Dr Maturin is intercepted by Sir Joseph Blaine and told that he and Aubrey will be required to first go on a mission to the Sultan of Pulo Prabang, a (fictictious) piratical Malay state in the South China Sea. They are to transport Fox, the envoy who will lead the mission to persuade the Sultan to become an English rather than French ally. The French are being openly assisted by the same English traitors - Wray and Ledward - who were responsible for Aubrey's former disgrace – The tale ends with a weather related twist that will no doubt have consequences in the next book.
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