Author Patrick O'Brian writes the best 20 historical novels ever written. The story telling of Captain Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin depicts seafaring, fearless leaders of the British Lord Nelson's navy during the Napoleon era. The first novel, Master and Commander, begins with Captain "Jack" Aubrey upon his beloved ship (the HMS Surprise) along with Dr. Stephen Maturin, embarking on a dangerous journey together, hunting for enemy freighters of the French Navy. The poetic language of Aubrey and his crew make for suspenseful and desperate reading of the High Seas, whether battling the climate or the enemy. The Pacific and Atlantic oceans as well as the Mediterranean Sea are proving settings for a novel full of wit and humor. A must read for folks of an adventurous spirit.--Coach Fred Agnostakis, Loyola School
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