bigmarlin, November 10, 2009 (view all comments by bigmarlin)
Patrick O'brian's Aubrey/Maturin series are riveting fiction about the British navy, at the end of the 1700's and into the early 1800's. Many of the adventures are based on true accounts from British navy logs and correspondence, into which "Lucky Jack" Aubrey and his crews are placed.
Watch the movie with Russell Crowe, then read the books. You will see excerpts from many of the books thorughout the movie.
Once you start the first book, you'll want to read them all!
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Felicity, July 11, 2009 (view all comments by Felicity)
This is my favorite Patrick O'Brian book so far, despite stiff competition. It's a classic 'out of the frying pan, into the fire' adventure, beautifully written. From the sharp practices of landsmen on rich sailors to a vicious storm in the Bay of Biscay, and on and on into more and more pressing perils until you are perched over the book, rigid with tension as the ship flees an implacable enemy over cataclysmically high seas. Epic, unforgettable book.
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"The relationship [between Aubrey and Maturin]...is about the best thing afloat....For Conradian power of description and sheer excitement there is nothing in naval fiction to beat the stern chase as the outgunned staggers through mountain waves in icy latitudes to escape the Dutch seventy-four."--Stephen Vaughan,
Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of fame, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend and surgeon Stephen Maturin sail the to Australia with a hold full of convicts. Among them is a beautiful and dangerous spy--and a treacherous disease that decimates the crew. With a Dutch man-of-war to windward, the undermanned, outgunned sails for her life into the freezing waters of the Antarctic, where, in mountain seas, the Dutchman closes...
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