I am not sure why, exactly, this book is called Desolation Island. Our characters, Jack Aubrey, Steven Maturin, Killick, Bonden, Babbington, etc, don't end up on the island until the end of the book. This book does have, however, one of the most amazing chase and battle scenes i have ever read. Jack is captain of the Leopard, which due to a massive outbreak of fever is very low handed. It is a 50 gun ship. When they meet up with a Dutch 74 gun ship, Jack wisely chooses to run. The Dutch ship chases the Leopard down south of Africa and a battle ensues during a gale. the sequence is so well written that I had tears in my eyes at the end. Overall, a 6.