Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian

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The beginning of the sweeping Aubrey-Maturin series. "The best sea story I have ever read."—Sir Francis Chichester

This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against a thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of a life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the roar of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

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Patrick O'Brian is the author of twenty volumes in the highly respected Aubrey/Maturin series of novels.
Published August 17, 1990 by W. W. Norton & Company. 457 pages
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Business & Economics, Humor & Entertainment, War, Professional & Technical, Romance, Horror, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by Martin Levin on Dec 14 2008

For the deep-water buff, there is enough incidental information here to enable him to fit out, commission and sail a 140-ton square rigger, should the occasion ever arise.

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Reviewed by Hilary Caws-Elwitt on Jun 08 2008

Begun with great enjoyment but shrank on me a little.

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