Master and Commander


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Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales now are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. All eighteen books are being re-issued in hardback by HarperCollins with stunning new jackets. Master and Commander is the first of Patrick O'Brian's now famous Aubrey/Maturin novels, regarded by many as the greatest series of historical novels ever written. It establishes the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey RN and Stephen Maturin, who becomes his secretive ship's surgeon and an ...

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Mary F

Oct 6, 2011

Best writing in decades

Seriously, the best series of books I've run into in a long,long time! I keep buying it for other people to read too!


Jan 31, 2008

This book introduces us to the series of Aubrey- Maturin historical novels that take place during the Napoleanic wars. The story accurately depicts life aboard a ship of the Royal Navy during the height of England's superiority on the seas. The period language and nautical terminology provide an education for the fans of naval history; the rich character development engages the discriminating fiction reader as well.


Jul 19, 2007

Too technical

I'm having a hard time getting through it. I've heard it gets better. Lots of technical stuff that bogs it down.

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