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Master and Commander

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Patrick O'Brian (Author)

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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 Details

  • Paperback
  • October 2003
  • ISBN 978-0-393-32517-1
  • 5.5 × 8.2 in / 464 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide excluding Canada and the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“You're in for a wonderful voyage.” — People

“O'Brian is a novelist, pure and simple, one of the best that we have.” — Los Angeles Times Book Review

“If there were seventeen more novels, I'd start today.” — Donald Graham, Wall Street Journal

“Patrick O'Brian can put a spark of character into the sawdust of time.” — Observer

“Taken as a whole, the Aubrey-Maturin novels are by a long shot the best things of their kind... they are uniquely excellent.” — Terry Teachout, New York Times Book Review

“The best historical novels ever written.” — Richard Snow, New York Times Book Review

“One does not get many pages into the Aubrey-Maturin sequence before falling under the spell of O'Brian's prose, which is... elegantly paced, quietly witty.” — Katherine A. Powers, Atlantic Monthly

“If Jane Austen had written rousing sea yarns, she would have produced something very close to the prose of Patrick O'Brian.” — Time

“A world of enchanting fictional surfaces.” — John Bayley, New York Review of Books

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