cover image The Truelove

The Truelove

Patrick O'Brian. W. W. Norton & Company, $14.95 (304pp) ISBN 978-0-393-31016-0

This entry in O'Brian's late-18th-century seafaring series will delight fans, while offering newcomers a good place to jump in. Here Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are assigned to help a Polynesian queen in her struggle with a Napoleon-backed rival, and a female convict is smuggled aboard by a midshipman in Australia. (July)