The Reverse of the Medal - Folio Society Edition MOBI

The Reverse of the Medal - Folio Society Edition❮EPUB❯ ✹ The Reverse of the Medal - Folio Society Edition Author Patrick O'Brian – Varanus.us He saw Jack in the full north light, sitting as though for his portrait He seemed broader than before, heavier, profoundly grave of course, and somewhat leonine but beneath the unmoved gravity Stephen He saw Jack of the PDF Ë in the full north light, sitting as though for his portrait He The Reverse PDF/EPUB or seemed broader than before, heavier, profoundly grave of course, and somewhat leonine but beneath the unmoved Reverse of the MOBI ô gravity Stephen perceived a wound that was hardly affected by the news of the SurpriseOn arrival in the West Indies Jack is met by the news that a large black man has been enquiring for him a man who turns out to be the delightful Sam Panda, Jack s illegitimate son Now a Catholic missionary, he is travelling to Brazil in a ship so badly sailed that Jack feels it requires guardian angels working double tides, watch and watch to stop it sinking Back in England, Jack s complicated financial affairs seem to take an unexpected turn for the better when he saves a traveller from robbery In gratitude the stranger advises Captain Aubrey to invest in certain stocks What follows is the most crushing blow that Jack has yet faced, painful than the many wounds he has suffered in battle and even worse than the loss of his ship Stephen s subtlety and brilliance is not enough to save Jack, even if he is able to save the SurpriseStephen himself must face painful news misled by rumour, his wife Diana has left him Worse, two traitors, French agents, continue to wreak havoc within the Admiralty itself Stephen must surmount the agony of Diana s rejection if he is to help his friend and outwit the traitors.

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    The Reverse of the Medal - Folio Society Edition MOBI in the West Indies Jack is met by the news that a large black man has been enquiring for him a man who turns out to be the delightful Sam Panda, Jack s illegitimate son Now a Catholic missionary, he is travelling to Brazil in a ship so badly sailed that Jack feels it requires guardian angels working double tides, watch and watch to stop it sinking Back in England, Jack s complicated financial affairs seem to take an unexpected turn for the better when he saves a traveller from robbery In gratitude the stranger advises Captain Aubrey to invest in certain stocks What follows is the most crushing blow that Jack has yet faced, painful than the many wounds he has suffered in battle and even worse than the loss of his ship Stephen s subtlety and brilliance is not enough to save Jack, even if he is able to save the SurpriseStephen himself must face painful news misled by rumour, his wife Diana has left him Worse, two traitors, French agents, continue to wreak havoc within the Admiralty itself Stephen must surmount the agony of Diana s rejection if he is to help his friend and outwit the traitors."/>
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    Such a long journey, already I ve been pacing myself for a while with this series, afraid I would get fed up with the obscure nautical jargon used by Captain Aubrey or with the wealth of scientific observation provided by doctor Maturin Yet the dominant note as I delve into the second half of this twenty book epic is the desire of never reaching the end, of sailing on towards the ever distant line of the horizon in the company of these two fictional people that have become intimate friends thr Such a long journey, already I ve been pacing myself for a while with this series, afraid I would get fed up with the obscure nautical jargon used by Captain Aubrey or with the wealth of scientific observation provided by doctor Maturin Yet the dominant note as I delve into the second half of this twenty book epic is the desire of never reaching the end, of sailing on towards the ever distant line of the horizon in the company of these two fictional people that have become intimate friends through the magic web of words woven by this master storyteller that is Patrick O Brian.There is a lot of plot development in this eleventh episode, most of it taking place on dry land a dramatic development whose seeds were planted several books back and one that underlines the often brutal disconnect between the purity of life on the high seas and the corruption, betrayal and venality of life on shore We already knew that as accomplished as Jack Aubrey is on the deck of his frigate, he becomes a sap for crooks, gamblers and political handlers when he returns home to England In an attempt to repair his badly shaken finances after losing a fortune with bad investments in horses and mining, Aubrey jumps at the chance to make a fortune on the Stock Exchange after receiving secret tips from a man he meets in a tavern Not only this, but Jack Aubrey wants to spread the good fortune to his friends and so he tells his politician father and a couple of other close acquaintances about the secret deal The resulting debacle offers the author a chance to describe the shortcomings of the British legal and political elitist system where Truth comes second to personal animosity and power plays in the House of Lords Jack Aubrey is about to lose the very reason of his existence his commission into the Royal Navy and might very well end up with a long stint in jail He is also about to lose his beloved ship, the frigate Surprise , and its hand picked crew, as the Admiralty has decided to send it to the scrap yard Is this the end of the journey or is friendshipimportant than money, career and even family Stephen Maturin must pull a miracle out of his bag of spy tricks in order to save his friend Aubrey, all this while trying to uncover a deeply seated Bonapartist mole in the Admiralty and searching for his runaway wife I was going to go easy on the synopsis, but I got a little carried away trying to put some order in what I remember about the plot, some three months after I finished the book My old notes though deal less with factual details andwith the real reason I love this series so much passion, competence and joy of life three constants that have come to define the journey and the characters for me Let s illustrate with Jack Aubrey in one of those lyrical interludes that O Brian writes so wellThere were mornings when the ship would lie there mirrored in a perfectly unmoving glossy sea, her sails drooping, heavy with dew, and he would dive from the rail, shattering the reflexion and swimming out and away beyond the incessant necessary din of two hundred men hurrying about their breakfast There he would float with an infinity of pure sea on either hand and the whole hemisphere of sky above, already full of light and then the sun would would heave up on the eastern rim, turning the sails a brilliant white in quick succession, changing the sea to still another nameless blue, and filling his heart with joy Equally strong in Jack Aubrey is the call to arms, the hunter instinct that revels in the sound of broadsides and in the storm winds wiping through the riggingFurther, the glass was sinking, a sure sign of wind and throughout the meal the steady chipping of shot told him that all was well on deck A chase in sight, his ship in perfect order, and a blow coming on this was real sailoring this was why men went to sea For those less well versed in maritime lore, as I was before starting the series, chipping refers to the hammering out of surface defects in the round shot for cannons, making the ballsaccurate over long distances.The strength and the calm that Aubrey finds in the solitary communion with the sea, Maturin discovers in the equally solitary contemplation of the wonders of the natural worldWhy do I feel such intense pleasure, such an intense satisfaction asked Stephen For some time he searched for a convincing reply, but finding none he observed The fact is that I do He sat on the as the sun s rays came slowly down through the trees, lower and lower, and when the lowest reached a branch not far above him it caught a dewdrop poised upon a leaf The drop instantly blazed crimson, and a slight movement of his head made it show all the colours of the spectrum with extraordinary purity, from a red almost too deep to be seen through all the others to the ultimate violet and back again Some minutes later a cock pheasant s explosive call broke the silence and the spell and he stood up Similar to Aubrey, the good doctor has an action oriented side to his personality, necessary in his undercover work and put to good use in this episode in the hour of needDoes Dr Maturin understand the stock exchange I very much doubt it Yet so philosophic a mind might well contemplate the City, and observe the conflict of greed and fear in the minds of its inhabitants, symbolized by the Stock Exchange quotations Secondary characters serve well to elaborate and shine new light often in humorous tones on the musical themes played by the two protagonists For example, reverend Martin displays a hidden passion for that most English pastime cricket to the annoyance of Dr MaturinDo you not find watching good cricket restful, absorbing, a balm to the anxious, harassed mindAnd former ensign Pullings, now a captain in his own right, displays a passion for the sea almost as strong as that of his former masterThere was a brief lapse into the young fellow Stephen had known so long ago when they turned a corner and the long harbour came in sight, with the Surprise lying against the quay on the far side, lit by a clear sea light and a high, gently dappled sky as though for her portrait There she lays, he cried Oh there she lays Ain t she the loveliest thing you ever saw Let us hope the valiant Surprise and her loyal crew will recover from the present dire straits and set sail again to the high seas in the next volume


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    The journey continues and the friendship grows regardless of the setbacks that abound in The Reverse of the MedalAfter an epic voyage to the Pacific in The Far Side of the World, the HMS Surprise sails home, chasing a privateer, during which background information is relayed that will be useful later on So, pay attention Then later on comes quick like and our hero Captain Jack Aubrey takes a sketchy tip and dives into the stock market on a sure thing Aubrey is lucky to have his good frien The journey continues and the friendship grows regardless of the setbacks that abound in The Reverse of the MedalAfter an epic voyage to the Pacific in The Far Side of the World, the HMS Surprise sails home, chasing a privateer, during which background information is relayed that will be useful later on So, pay attention Then later on comes quick like and our hero Captain Jack Aubrey takes a sketchy tip and dives into the stock market on a sure thing Aubrey is lucky to have his good friend Stephen Maturin, a doctor and intelligence agent but that s on the DL, so keep it under your hat, on his side Maturin does his best to extricate Aubrey, but there are forces at play beyond them both.Much of the action takes place on land, where Aubrey is a complete fish out of water Little good ever comes of our hero Captain Jack when he s stranded on land I enjoy the land based books almost as much as when the characters are at sea, but the characters themselves usually end up the worse for wear.Author Patrick O Brian grinds an ax against lawyers in this installment of his Aubrey Maturin series He has very little good to say about them, neither through character dialogue nor actions The lawyers and judge that appear herein are displayed as vindictive puppets for political motivation Their machinations are crafted by the author to illicit hatred and he succeeds While there is action and intrigue aplenty, certain scenes are drawn out in a way that might bore some readers O Brian liked to paint a picture of the day to day when he could fit it into a scene that also moved the story along I love it, but it does make the story move along just that much slower, so I could see some readers skipping pages I d advise against that You ll miss the subtle character development and the nuanced plot evolvement, which are the bread and butter of these books.The ending is both dramatic and heart felt After some slow going for a few chapters, the whole thing winds up in a hell of a heart racing hurry that will make you reach for the next book in the series the moment you finish the last wonderful words of The Reverse of the Medal.My review of book ten The Far Side of the World My review of book twelve The Letter of Marque


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    These novels are maddeningly, consistently, entertainingly four star novels Until now O Brian s writing is as incisive as ever, his well developed sense of irony as sharp here as in any of the previous books But from almost the first word through the incredibly thrilling conclusion, this entry is just a slightlybrilliantly plotted work than what has come before There aresurprises and amazing turns of narrative here than in perhaps the last two or three combined and that is reall These novels are maddeningly, consistently, entertainingly four star novels Until now O Brian s writing is as incisive as ever, his well developed sense of irony as sharp here as in any of the previous books But from almost the first word through the incredibly thrilling conclusion, this entry is just a slightlybrilliantly plotted work than what has come before There aresurprises and amazing turns of narrative here than in perhaps the last two or three combined and that is really saying something Most of the novel takes place on land, in London, among the world of stockbrokers and law courts As ever, O Brian isthan up to the demands historical fiction makes, and renders this part of his world as completely as he does so very many others There are at least two or three moments of genuine beauty where one is compelled almost to stop and just savor how the plot and the writing come together the first surely appearance of Samuel Panda, the long awaited reunion with Sophie and Jack s experience in the pillory, to name three In this novel as well, one has the sense that O Brian is getting everambitious with how he focuses the text Sometimes he locates the narrative in the conversations between Maturin and Aubrey, and very often he will locate the focus in the conscious thoughts of one of the two Perhaps consistentlyoften than in any entry to this point, we see the two main characters through the eyes of others It s a very deft move at this juncture both Aubrey and Maturin have significant reputations One senses that future entries will playon the public private distinction clearly O Brian isthan equal to this shift in narrative focus The characters continue to develop in interesting and surprising ways Much of this book takes place in Maturin s element, yet he is deeply fallible here More importantly, he is conscious of his mistakes they deepen his friendship and sense of obligation to Aubrey, which, ultimately, is the linchpin on which all of these magnificent novels turn What else One almost always has a tendency to rush the endings of these novels because the suspense gets wound up to fever pitch this time O Brian really outdoes anything he has accomplished before in that line While he seems to still regard the novel as a discrete unit of narrative measurement, here guns cocked two and three novels before finally go off The control and talent to sustain suspense over such a very long stretch of narration without ever slackening the pace or interest is really hard to fathom And this one ends eventhrillingly than anything that has come before the last sentence leaves one in agony for the next The highest peak in a chain of impressive mountains So far


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    This one is mainly of interest for O Brian fans like me I wouldn t recommend it to someone new to this series about British Naval activities in the Napoleanic Wars This is because most of the novel s action takes place on land There is an exciting chase of Jack s frigate in pursuit a privateer in the first part of the book, but we are deprived of a chance to see his special friend and ship s surgeon, Stephen Maturin, engage in his naturalist avocation in exotic locales Those who have alrea This one is mainly of interest for O Brian fans like me I wouldn t recommend it to someone new to this series about British Naval activities in the Napoleanic Wars This is because most of the novel s action takes place on land There is an exciting chase of Jack s frigate in pursuit a privateer in the first part of the book, but we are deprived of a chance to see his special friend and ship s surgeon, Stephen Maturin, engage in his naturalist avocation in exotic locales Those who have already come to love Lucky Jack for his heart and courage in battle will be moved by the jeopardy he stands up to in the court case in this story Stephen is really in his element dealing with the political intrigue that lies behind this case The rich and vibrant friendship between Jack and Stephen is the true heart of the series, and it brings me much elation and tender feelings over their mutual welfare O Brian s portrait of the special society and teamwork aboard a ship of the Royal Navy is effectively the soul the collective work On top of this bounty, the tales thrill me with exciting battles and educate me a lot on the history of competition between the colonial giants of Europe It is no exaggeration to say that the capabilities of British Navy to project power throughout the world s oceans was the most important key to the success of this island nation in building an empire.I envy anyone who is just now setting out to read from this body of work A reason this particular book was special to me is that it completes my thirty year tour of the complete set of 20 novels In celebration, I share four great book covers from some of my favorites from the series, which were painted by Geof Hunt in order The Surgeon s Mate, Master and Commander, H.M.S Surprise, and The Yellow Admiral


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    My history with this book serves as proof that I at least cannot do justice to a series if I don t begin at the beginning When I first heard of the Aubrey Maturin series, I took a look for it in the bookstore This particular book was the only one available I read the first few pages and had no idea what was going on or who anyone was, so I put it back.The next time I picked up this book was after I d read the previous ones in the series This time all of the background was there The threads My history with this book serves as proof that I at least cannot do justice to a series if I don t begin at the beginning When I first heard of the Aubrey Maturin series, I took a look for it in the bookstore This particular book was the only one available I read the first few pages and had no idea what was going on or who anyone was, so I put it back.The next time I picked up this book was after I d read the previous ones in the series This time all of the background was there The threads were in place, the complicated emotional background compelled me, and the relationships imbued the words with meaning and measure From the first word I was passionately with the story, which promptly began to build to one of the most emotionally resounding climaxes I have ever read.It is a brilliant book in so many ways It is utterly unpredictable The characters are so complex, in a way that only happens when you have lived and breathed with them through ten books The glimpse into the underside of London is both fascinating and disturbing, and that underside includes the labyrinthine judicial system that Dickens was going to pillory so effectively in Bleak House mid century, touching off desperately needed judicial reform The villainsthe victimand the seamen s responseWell, to say anythingwould be unjustifiable spoiler, but I note that everyone I have ever spoken to who has read this book has made mention of that scene


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    When virtue spooms before a prosperous galeMy heaving wishes help to fill the sailJohn Dryden, The Hind And The PantherThere is a fairly exciting cat and mouse chase in this book, but for the most part The Reverse of the Medal involves another Captain Jack Aubrey financial mistake In what I ll only describe as a mix between a classic economic espionage novel ala John le Carr and David Mamet s The Spanish Prisoner, Jack Aubrey loses about everything At the same time, Dr Maturin is tryinWhen virtue spooms before a prosperous galeMy heaving wishes help to fill the sailJohn Dryden, The Hind And The PantherThere is a fairly exciting cat and mouse chase in this book, but for the most part The Reverse of the Medal involves another Captain Jack Aubrey financial mistake In what I ll only describe as a mix between a classic economic espionage novel ala John le Carr and David Mamet s The Spanish Prisoner, Jack Aubrey loses about everything At the same time, Dr Maturin is trying to take care of his friend financially by procuring the Surprise at a Navy auction all while dealing with the absence of his mercurial wife.Without divulging too much of the plot, let me just say that one of the final chapters of this novel actually made me cry It wasn t sad, per se, but the tears that swell up when you witness men doing manly things to help other men Anyway, it was beautiful and touching and worth the time


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Wow, I must admit that I did not see that coming Let me preamble this review by saying that there are certainly some ways in which a reader could feel that many of the books in the Aubrey Maturin series are a bit same y There is often a particular pattern to O Brian s stories that is followed even when the specific details change namely we often have an interlude on shore in which Jack may or may not make some monumental blunder , followed or preceded by an extended naval cruise in which Wow, I must admit that I did not see that coming Let me preamble this review by saying that there are certainly some ways in which a reader could feel that many of the books in the Aubrey Maturin series are a bit same y There is often a particular pattern to O Brian s stories that is followed even when the specific details change namely we often have an interlude on shore in which Jack may or may not make some monumental blunder , followed or preceded by an extended naval cruise in which the weather, an enemy, or both will test the abilities of Aubrey and his crew to their limits and from which they will invariably emerge if not unscathed, then at least with their lives intact and perhaps a nice peach of a prize in tow to boot Wrangling with the Admiralty features quite often, as does Stephen s fruitless importunities to Jack in the hopes that the ship can stop off at some exotic locale in order to study the native flora and fauna Worries, real or imagined, about one orof our heroes love lives may intrude on events, and there is also likely especially of late to be intrigue as Maturin matches wits with adversaries in the espionage line, having perhapsvaried results than Aubrey s adventures The fortunes of both our heroes, both personal and professional, certainly change as the story progresses through the volumes, but it could perhaps be argued that so far they have tended to rise and fall within a fairly circumscribed arc in which a general status quo can be perceived Certainly many of the afore mentioned elements do appear in this volume, but what O Brian does with them blows the status quo right out of the water pun, of course, intended As with many of the Aubrey Maturin volumes _The Reverse of the Medal_ opens with some clean up of a few loose ends from the last one In this case this involves the prisoners captured from the USS Spartan who had been involved in an infamous naval mutiny aboard the HMS Hermione some years earlier and who are summarily hanged after a particularly unpleasant court martial that leaves a bad taste in Jack s mouth An additional surprise confronts both Jack and the reader when the fruits of a former liaison with an African woman in his youth greets him on board the Surprise Jack takes the shock inor less good grace, evincing a certain pride in the bearing of his newly found son, though he is a bit perturbed that the young man had first presented himself to Jack s wife Sophie in England and also happens to be oh the horror a papist in minor orders Jack is not alone in possible storms on the home front, however, as poor Stephen must finally contend with the fallout of his supposed dalliance with Laura Fielding in Malta Diana, deciding that the affront to her dignity was too great, has left once again, this time absconding to Sweden with her apparent lover, Stephen s former crew mate and friend Jagiello The fact that she likely cuckolded Stephen long before his supposed infidelity apparently doesn t mean much to Diana quelle surprise.You might think that these trials, along with the looming loss of the dear old Surprise, waiting for them at home would be sufficient, but O Brian has muchwaiting in the wings to shake up the lives of our unfortunate duo Upon landing in England Jack is almost immediately suckered into a get rich quick scheme as his trusting nature, and inability to smell a rat, lead him to make what is perhaps the single greatest blunder of his life In a nutshell Jack becomes embroiled in stock exchange fraud with far reaching political, as well as legal and economic, implications The majority of the novel revolves around Jack s apparent inability to see his true predicament due to his misguided confidence in the justice of British law, while Stephen once again shines as he struggles manfully against fate in the hopes of clearing Jack s name and saving him from both ruin and disgrace Alas fate and some very accomplished scheming is against him and even with a new fortune bequeathed to him by his now dead godfather, all of Stephen s best efforts end up being littlethan a bandage on what will become a gaping wound in Jack s life and psyche On the bright side Stephen is now monumentally rich and thus is able to buy the Surprise from the government and give it to Jack as a privateer, which in turn means that he is still the captain of his beloved ship and need not give up the sea but on the other hand Jack is struck from the Navy List, humiliated publicly, ostracized from his comrades, and has ultimately lost the most important element of his identity He may indeed still be a captain, but he has been cast out of the only society he has ever known and loved since he was a child and the loss is sure to reverberate through the next volumes of the series We are likely in store for a much harder Jack, a man less genial and willing to let the difficulties of life slide off his back And I wonder how Stephen s new role as his friend s benefactor and at least nominal superior as owner of the ship will sit with the gallant captain Only time, and the next volume, will tell


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    Another fun romp, but the ending Or lack there of Now I must buy the next.Words that I looked up in a wonderful, dead tree dictionary, which felt awesome andiron n the metal stand that holds wood in a fire place p 189 chirurgical adj of or pertaining to surgery from A Sea of Words p 162 chouse v to dupe or swindle from A Sea of Words p 269 delf n glazed earthenware made in Delft my dictionary lists it as delft p 189 myrmidion n a hired goon or lowly servant Another fun romp, but the ending Or lack there of Now I must buy the next.Words that I looked up in a wonderful, dead tree dictionary, which felt awesome andiron n the metal stand that holds wood in a fire place p 189 chirurgical adj of or pertaining to surgery from A Sea of Words p 162 chouse v to dupe or swindle from A Sea of Words p 269 delf n glazed earthenware made in Delft my dictionary lists it as delft p 189 myrmidion n a hired goon or lowly servant This is derived from the Greek root myrmex, which means ant , but not before passing through a few referrants p 215 peccant adj sinning, causing disease p 167 pettifog v to practice legal trickery or other forms of backhand dealing My Oxford Encyclopedic English Dictionary postulates that this may derive from a family of merchants in Augsburg named Fugger in the 15h 16th centuries, which made me wonder if said family is in any way related to the word fuck, which my dictionary lists as origin unknown, 16th c p 219


  9. says:

    The most bromancey book of the series so far Stephen s use of his huge wealth, solely for Jack s freedom and happiness and pride, brought tears to my eyes My beautiful boys sniff


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    Reverse of the Medal is the 11th book in Patrick O Brian s Aubrey Maturin series, and having got this far it s safe to say it s one I ve enjoyed In fact, that would be rather understating it at this point I have lost any objectivity I may have once had, and am a fully fledged fangirl especially when it comes to Maturin Reverse of the Medal hasn t knocked that status at all, and in fact gave me a littlethan I d have expected to stress over, with a turn of events I would never have p Reverse of the Medal is the 11th book in Patrick O Brian s Aubrey Maturin series, and having got this far it s safe to say it s one I ve enjoyed In fact, that would be rather understating it at this point I have lost any objectivity I may have once had, and am a fully fledged fangirl especially when it comes to Maturin Reverse of the Medal hasn t knocked that status at all, and in fact gave me a littlethan I d have expected to stress over, with a turn of events I would never have predicted.Starting the book still Captain of the Surprise, though he and his crew are seeing her through the last leg of her journey to retirement, Jack spends the first half of the book in his element on his beloved ship, and anxious about his return home having left his financial and legal affairs in a mess and having had a previously unknown of bastard of his turn up on his wife Sophie s doorstep Stephen, however, is anxious to find out how things stand between he and his wife, Diana, after news of his association with an attractive woman all in the pursuit of an intelligence operation has reached her ears But setting foot on shore brings far, far worse problems than that, as Lucky Jack Aubrey isn t anywhere near so lucky on land, and soon finds himself unwittingly caught up in a conspiracy that could see him booted from the service, while Stephen is finding that conspiracies also abound in his intelligence network.I was so bound up in Reverse of the Medal that I virtually devoured it in one, and with Jack being literally out of his element for the second half of the book I wasfarworried for the outcome than I would ever have been with a tremendous sea battle Ending on a bit of a cliffhanger, I m sure I ll be reading the next book pretty soon, as I m desperate to find out how the book s climax affects well, everything Also posted at Cannonball Read 10

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