Master & Commander; Patrick O'Brien
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. Establishing the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey RN and Dr Stephen Maturin, who becomes his secretive ship's surgeon and an intelligence agent, Master and Commander contains all the action and excitement of a historical novel whilst displaying the qualities which have put O'Brian far ahead of any of his competitors: his evocative depiction of life aboard a Nelsonic man-of-war, of weaponry, food, conversation and ambience, and of the landscape and life on the high seas. The novels later inspired the film Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World.
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