I stumbled across the Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian without knowing anything about it. I’m not sure this is the best of the novels, but it’s the first, so it gets its place here. I love O’Brian’s portrayal of the loneliness of leadership, the unlikely friendship between Jack and Stephen, and the terror and beauty that comes with being a blue water sailor in His Majesty’s Navy.
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"The best sea story I have ever read."—Sir Francis Chichester

It is the dawn of the nineteenth century; Britain is at war with Napoleon's France. Jack Aubrey, a young lieutenant in Nelson's navy, is promoted to command of H.M.S. Sophie?, an old, slow brig unlikely to make his fortune. But Captain Aubrey is a brave and gifted seaman, his thirst for adventure and victory immense. With the aid of his friend Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and secret intelligence agent, Aubrey and his crew engage in one thrilling battle after another, their journey culminating in a stunning clash with a mighty Spanish frigate against whose guns and manpower the tiny ?Sophie? is hopelessly outmatched.
Book Specifications
Release date: 0000-00-00
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication date: 2003-10-17
Label: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 459
Edition: Movie Tie-in
ASIN: 9780393325171
ISBN: 0393325172
Height: 820
Length: 550
Weight: 104
Width: 90
Product Group: Book