Aubrey-Maturin Series: Not to be Missed

Political intrigue. Fierce action. Irresistible characters. All of these things occur often in the Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian.

This historical fiction series has twenty completed books, and all of them are exciting and impossible to put down. Many people know the first book, Master and Commander, because of the movie that came with that title. However, the books are much better, much more descriptive than the movie.

These are some of those books that, in addition to being great reads, are full of facts. In the course of reading this series, I have learned tons about the Napoleonic Wars, the War of 1812, and especially sailing ships and the British Navy. If you have any interest in military and/or military history, these books are wonderfully descriptive. They also are amazingly true to the time period, and, for people who are just looking for a good book with interesting characters, I actually would be hard-pressed to think of a more interesting pair of characters than Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. A sea captain and a physician/naturalist, Stephen’s complete ignorance of sea life, coupled with Jack’s ineptitude with affairs on land, make every moment greatly entertaining.
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One thought on “Aubrey-Maturin Series: Not to be Missed

  1. John

    Absolutely correct – one of the finest pairing of characters you will ever see. Holmes and Watson have nothing on this pair. The writing is tight, a la Henry James level, with not a single word placed without thought. Note especially the way the author describes who sits where at a dinner table – it is a Lewis Carrol-like puzzler you pick apart because who sits where and what they are saying matters as the tale goes forward.

    Recommend the companion books to these – one book a lexicon and the second a “place setter” that prepares the reader for the ports they visit and the politics of the day.


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