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The Daily Aubrey-Maturin: The Reverse of the Medal (Book 11), Chapters 1-2 (pg. 3576-3636)

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Bridgetown, Barbados
Bridgetown harbor in 1946
Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images


We open in Bridgetown, Barbados, with the Surprise pulling in a recaptured British whaler, laden with prizes and prisoners from the Norfolk. (Including their deceitful captain as The War of 1812 is still going on after all.) Among them are also the mutineers from the Hermoine, who are to be hanged after a court martial. Aubrey has no taste for that, and wants to be on his way home quickly, but has to bide his time.

Meanwhile, a man named Sam Panda appears, bearing news from home and an extreme likeness to Aubrey. The implication seems to be that he’s a son Jack had not known about for the past 20 years — looking for employment, advice, and sailing knowledge, not a handout.


Sam is placed with another crew who are heading to Brazil. Aubrey has to sit through the lengthy and showy court martial, much to his displeasure. Meanwhile, Maturin reflects on the ongoing war with Napoleon, and the fact that the intelligence services are still leaking info. Maturin still doesn’t suspect Wray for that.

We learn that Pullings has returned safely to England, but was chased by a privateer named the Spartan. The Surprise, refitted and repaired, sets sail to find and teach the Spartan a lesson.





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