Master and Commander (Movie Tie-in Editions) (Paperback)

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This is the first of twenty addictive historical novels centered around a compelling pair of protagonists named Jack Aubrey and Steven Maturin. In this book, set primarily in the western Mediterranean, we find Jack getting his first command in England's early nineteenth century navy and meeting the friend that will follow him through many adventures. The decidedly un-seaman-like Steven Maturin is a genius of many talents.

— Chris

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"The best sea story I have ever read."—Sir Francis Chichester


It is the dawn of the nineteenth century; Britain is at war with Napoleon's France. Jack Aubrey, a young lieutenant in Nelson's navy, is promoted to command of H.M.S. Sophie?, an old, slow brig unlikely to make his fortune. But Captain Aubrey is a brave and gifted seaman, his thirst for adventure and victory immense. With the aid of his friend Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and secret intelligence agent, Aubrey and his crew engage in one thrilling battle after another, their journey culminating in a stunning clash with a mighty Spanish frigate against whose guns and manpower the tiny ?Sophie? is hopelessly outmatched.

About the Author


One of our greatest contemporary novelists, Patrick O’Brian is the author of the bestselling Aubrey/Maturin tales and the biographer of Joseph Banks and Picasso. O’Brian’s many books include TestimoniesThe Golden Ocean, and The Unknown Shore.

Praise For…


You're in for a wonderful voyage.

O'Brian is a novelist, pure and simple, one of the best that we have.

If there were seventeen more novels, I'd start today.
— Donald Graham

Patrick O'Brian can put a spark of character into the sawdust of time.

Taken as a whole, the Aubrey-Maturin novels are by a long shot the best things of their kind... they are uniquely excellent.
— Terry Teachout

The best historical novels ever written.
— Richard Snow

One does not get many pages into the Aubrey-Maturin sequence before falling under the spell of O'Brian's prose, which is... elegantly paced, quietly witty.
— Katherine A. Powers

If Jane Austen had written rousing sea yarns, she would have produced something very close to the prose of Patrick O'Brian.

A world of enchanting fictional surfaces.
— John Bayley


Product Details
ISBN: 9780393325171
ISBN-10: 0393325172
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: October 17th, 2003
Pages: 464
Language: English
Series: Movie Tie-in Editions

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