This book would have been more aptly titled "The Mis-fortune of War" because more bad stuff happens. Thanks to the war of 1812 inconveniently breaking out while they're trying to get home from their ill-fated voyage on the Leopard, our heroes get captured by the Americans and spend most of this book imprisoned in Boston. Also, the supremely annoying woman who is constantly toying with the affections of Dr Maturin puts in yet another appearance. I wish she would go away, but at least she contributes some tension to this book. Although it takes place on land, the story is quite exciting because there are people trying to kill the sweet doctor and his bumbling Captain. So it's well worth a read.
Next up in this series: The Surgeon's Mate