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The first in a series by Patrick O'brian following the exploits of Captain Jack Aubrey of the British Royal Navy and his good friend Dr. Stephen Maturin, naval surgeon and spy. Set during the Napoleonic wars the book takes place mostly on the open ocean, and is rich in historical detail. Their is much technical jargon regarding the operating of the ship, but this is supplemented by the varied characters and their developed interaction. Their are intensely described sea battles as well as description surrounding the sailors everyday life. At the center of the novel is the friendship between Aubrey and Maturin, two radically different men who are drawn together by a love of music. Maturin is an especially interesting character, a brilliant surgeon and naturalist, as well as a particulary apt spy for the Britain.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Navy Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   navy soldier Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   warship Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   military technology Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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