by Patrick O'Brian

Paperback reprint edition, 5.28 x 7.77 in.,  number of pages unknown.

Synopsis:  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 the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of 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 flood, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the roar of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

From the Back Cover:  "It has been said that this series is some of the finest historical fiction of our time . . . . Aubrey and Maturin have been described as better than Holmes and Watson, the equal of Quixote and Panza . . . . All this is true. And the marvel is, it hardly says enough."

-Los Angeles Times

W. W. Norton & Co.  ISBN 0393307050

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