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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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Master and Commander (Vol. Book 1) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)
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5 / 5
January 24th, 2014
Aubrey's writing is superbly crafted, descriptive with an Austen-like way of describing thoughtful character interaction. The action sequences are exciting, and the development of the characters thorough. A subtle and hilarious wit is also demonstrated. Put all this together and you have the beginning of what is the best fiction series I have ever read. Adventure, romance, technical (nautical) description, history, and drama are all masterfully handled by O'Brian. Read it and start an incredible literary experience.
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