The Hundred Days is the long-awaited nineteenth novel in Patrick O'Brian's remarkable and best-selling Aubrey-Maturin series of naval tales. Described by James Hamilton-Paterson as "unquestionably the Homer of the Napoleonic wars", his last novel, The Yellow Admiral, was greeted on publication by unprecedented press coverage, features on O'Brian himself and rave reviews. He is widely hailed as the greatest historical novelist writing today.
Following on from The Yellow Admiral, this new novel is set in the days succeeding Napoleon's escape from Elba on 1 March 1815.
Aubrey and Maturin are in the thick of the action as Europe rallies to prevent the French emperor from regaining his power and prepares to fight him at Waterloo. Enriched with all the excitement of grand naval battles, it is O'Brian at his best.
With the Napoleonic Wars looking all but over, Jack Aubrey was already on his way across the Atlantic, to try his fortunes under the flag of the young Chilean republic, when Napoleon escaped from Elba. Hurriedly appointed to command a squadron flying the broad pennant of a Commodore, Jack was made flag officer in all but name. He was to operate within and without the Mediterranean on a number of difficult and dangerous missions, in an atmosphere of confused political allegiances, and with whatever ships could be scraped together at a moment's notice.
Conspiracy in the Adriatic, the Berber, and Arab lands on the southern shores of the Mediterranean, night actions, fierce pursuits, and the natural wonders of a still uncolonised North Africa, all exert their pull on an ageing Jack, and his old friend Stephen Maturin. This novel, the nineteenth in a series, like the service it depicts, carries all before it.
This Aubrey-Maturin novel brings alive the sights and sounds of North Africa as well as the great naval battles in the days immediately following Napoleon's escape from Elba.