The first in a series of novels featuring Captain Jack Aubrey RN and Stephen Maturin who are serving in Nelson's navy. From the author of POST CAPTAIN, HMS SURPRISE, THE MAURITIUS COMMAND and DESOLATION ISLAND.
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The opening salvo of the Aubrey-Maturin epic, in which the surgeon introduces himself to the captain by driving an elbow into his ribs during a chamber music recital. Fortunately for millions of readers, the two quickly make up. Then they commence one of the great literary voyages of our century, set against an immaculately detailed backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. This is the place to start--and in all likelihood, you won't be able to stop. -- Amazon.comReview:
“Treat yourself: buy the tapes” Irish Times 7/6/97
‘…full of the energy that comes from a writer having struck a vein… Patrick O’Brian is unquestionably the Homer of the Napoleonic wars.’
James Hamilton- Paterson
‘You are in for the treat of your lives. Thank God for Patrick O’Brian: his genius illuminates the literature of the English language, and lightens the lives of those who read him.’
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Book Description Fontana, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 6166261