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"Master and Commander raised almost dangerously high expectations, Post Captain triumphantly surpasses them...a brilliant book."—Mary Renault


"We've beat them before and we'll beat them again." In 1803 Napoleon smashes the Peace of Amiens, and Captain Jack Aubrey, R. N., taking refuge in France from his creditors, is interned. He escapes from France, from debtor's Prison, from a possible mutiny, and pursues ...
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Overview

"Master and Commander raised almost dangerously high expectations, Post Captain triumphantly surpasses them...a brilliant book."—Mary Renault


"We've beat them before and we'll beat them again." In 1803 Napoleon smashes the Peace of Amiens, and Captain Jack Aubrey, R. N., taking refuge in France from his creditors, is interned. He escapes from France, from debtor's Prison, from a possible mutiny, and pursues his quarry straight into the mouth of a French-held harbor.
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Editorial Reviews

Richard Snow
"The best historica novel ever written." -- New York Times
A. S. Byatt
“Gripping and vivid… a whole, solidly living world for the imagination to inhabit.”
New York Times
“The best historical novels ever written.”
Washington Post
The Aubrey-Maturin series… far beyond any episodic chronicle, ebbs and flows with the timeless tide of character and the human heart.— Ken Ringle
Chicago Sun-Times
There is not a writer alive whose work I value over his.— Stephen Becker
The New Yorker
“They're funny, they're exciting, they're informative.... There are legions of us who would gladly ship out time and time again under Captain Aubrey.”
New Republic
Patrick O’Brian is unquestionably the Homer of the Napoleonic wars.
Observer
“The best thing afloat since Horatio Hornblower.”
Boston Globe
I haven’t read novels [in the past ten years] except for all of the Patrick O’Brian series. It was, unfortunately, like tripping on heroin. I started on those books and couldn’t stop.— E. O. Wilson
New York Times Book Review
The best historical novels ever written… On every page Mr. O’Brian reminds us with subtle artistry of the most important of all historical lessons: that times change but people don’t, that the griefs and follies and victories of the men and women who were here before us are in fact the maps of our own lives.— Richard Snow
Slate
I devoured Patrick O’Brian’s 20-volume masterpiece as if it had been so many tots of Jamaica grog.— Christopher Hitchens
George Will
“O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin volumes actually constitute a single 6,443-page novel, one that should have been on those lists of the greatest novels of the 20th century.”
Iris Murdoch and John Bayley
“Aubrey and Maturin compose one of those complex and fascinating pairs of characters which have inspired thrilling stories of all kinds since the Iliad.”
Taranaki Herald [New Zealand]
“One of the finest seafaring novels of the Napoleonic wars.”
Richard Snow - New York Times Book Review
“The best historical novels ever written… On every page Mr. O’Brian reminds us with subtle artistry of the most important of all historical lessons: that times change but people don’t, that the griefs and follies and victories of the men and women who were here before us are in fact the maps of our own lives.”
Christopher Hitchens - Slate
“I devoured Patrick O’Brian’s 20-volume masterpiece as if it had been so many tots of Jamaica grog.”
James Hamilton-Paterson - New Republic
“Patrick O’Brian is unquestionably the Homer of the Napoleonic wars.”
Keith Richards
“I fell in love with his writing straightaway, at first with Master and Commander. It wasn’t primarily the Nelson and Napoleonic period, more the human relationships. …And of course having characters isolated in the middle of the goddamn sea gives more scope. …It’s about friendship, camaraderie. Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin always remind me a bit of Mick and me.”
Tamar Lewin - New York Times
“It has been something of a shock to find myself—an inveterate reader of girl books—obsessed with Patrick O’Brian’s Napoleonic-era historical novels… What keeps me hooked are the evolving relationships between Jack and Stephen and the women they love.”
David Mamet - New York Times
“[O’Brian’s] Aubrey-Maturin series, 20 novels of the Royal Navy in the Napoleonic Wars, is a masterpiece. It will outlive most of today’s putative literary gems as Sherlock Holmes has outlived Bulwer-Lytton, as Mark Twain has outlived Charles Reade.”
Ken Ringle - Washington Post
“The Aubrey-Maturin series… far beyond any episodic chronicle, ebbs and flows with the timeless tide of character and the human heart.”
Stephen Becker - Chicago Sun-Times
“There is not a writer alive whose work I value over his.”
E. O. Wilson - Boston Globe
“I haven’t read novels [in the past ten years] except for all of the Patrick O’Brian series. It was, unfortunately, like tripping on heroin. I started on those books and couldn’t stop.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393059939
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/5/2011
  • Series: Aubrey-Maturin Series , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 30,512
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Patrick O'Brian
Patrick O'Brian's acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin series of historical novels has been described as "a masterpiece" (David Mamet, New York Times), "addictively readable" (Patrick T. Reardon, Chicago Tribune), and "the best historical novels ever written" (Richard Snow, New York Times Book Review), which "should have been on those lists of the greatest novels of the 20th century" (George Will).

Set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, O'Brian's twenty-volume series centers on the enduring friendship between naval officer Jack Aubrey and physician (and spy) Stephen Maturin. The Far Side of the World, the tenth book in the series, was adapted into a 2003 film directed by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany. The film was nominated for ten Oscars, including Best Picture. The books are now available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book format.

In addition to the Aubrey/Maturin novels, Patrick O'Brian wrote several books including the novels Testimonies, The Golden Ocean, and The Unknown Shore, as well as biographies of Joseph Banks and Picasso. He translated many works from French into English, among them the novels and memoirs of Simone de Beauvoir, the first volume of Jean Lacouture's biography of Charles de Gaulle, and famed fugitive Henri Cherrière's memoir Papillon. O'Brian died in January 2000.

Biography

In addition to the twenty volumes of the highly-respected Aubrey/Maturin series, Patrick O'Brian's many novels include Testimonies, The Golden Ocean, and The Unknown Shore. O'Brian has also written acclaimed biographies of Pablo Picasso and Sir Joseph Banks and has translated many works from the French, among them the novels and memoirs of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Lacouture's biography of Charles de Gaulle. Born in 1914, he passed away in January 2000.

Patrick O'Brian was one of the great authors of the twentieth century, whose novels were often compared by critics to the work of Jane Austen and even Homer. A writer of breathtaking erudition, Mr. O'Brian evoked in complete and dazzling detail an entire world -- that of the British Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. In addition to formidable scholarship, Mr. O'Brian brought to his work keen psychological insights, a sharp wit, and fast-paced, heart-stopping action.

In a cover story in The New York Times Book Review published on January 6, 1991, nine years to the day before Mr. O'Brian's death, Richard Snow wrote that Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin naval adventure novels are "the best historical novels ever written. On every page Mr. O'Brian reminds us with subtle artistry of the most important of all historical lessons: that times change but people don't, that the griefs and follies and victories of the men and women who were here before us are in fact the maps of our own lives." In a Washington Post article published August 2, 1992, Ken Ringle wrote, "The Aubrey/Maturin series far beyond any episodic chronicle, ebbs and flows with the timeless tide of character and the human heart."

W.W. Norton & Company began publishing Patrick O'Brian's books in 1990. The previous year, Norton's editor-in-chief, Starling Lawrence, had read The Reverse of the Medal on a trans-Atlantic flight, fallen hard for the series, and had become convinced that Norton ought to publish Mr. O'Brian's works in the U.S. Norton decided to publish each new book in hardcover as it was completed and to bring out the earlier books in the series in paperback until they had caught up. The first season, Norton published The Letter of Marque (# 12) in hardcover and Master and Commander (# 1) and Post Captain (# 2) in paperback. Most recently, Norton published Blue at the Mizzen (# 20) in hardcover in 1999 and in paperback in 2000. At present, Norton has all of the books in the series available in uniform hardcover and paperback editions.

In addition to the twenty books in the Aubrey/Maturin series, Norton has published a short story collection (The Rendezvous and Other Stories) and three of Mr. O'Brian's other novels: Testimonies, The Golden Ocean, and The Unknown Shore. O'Brian has also written acclaimed biographies of Pablo Picasso and Sir Joseph Banks and has translated many works from the French, among them the novels and memoirs of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Lacouture's biography of Charles de Gaulle. In April of 2000, Norton published Caesar: The Life Story of a Panda-Leopard, his very first book, begun when he was just twelve, and Hussein: An Entertainment, written when he was about twenty years old. Both of these books had long been out of print.

Starting in the early 1990s, Mr. O'Brian achieved, at long last, the critical and popular recognition that was his due. All of his new books published since 1993 have appeared on national bestseller charts, and his books have sold well over three million copies in the U.S. alone.

Mr. O'Brian once said, "Obviously, I have lived very much out of the world: I know little of present-day Dublin or London or Paris, even less of post-modernity, post-structuralism, hard rock or rap, and I cannot write with much conviction about the contemporary scene." [Patrick O'Brian: Critical Essays and a Bibliography, edited by Arthur Cunningham]. In fact, Mr. O'Brian often seemed to have walked out of another era, and in his interactions with his publisher, he displayed a level of courtesy and civility rarely seen in our times.

Author biography courtesy of W.W. Norton & Company.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Richard Patrick Russ
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 12, 1914
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire
    1. Date of Death:
      January 2, 2000
    2. Place of Death:
      Dublin, Ireland

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Caution...

    This is the second of the O'Brian books that I have purchased. I am now on my fourth or fifth of the series.They are a good read, action interlaced with a good deal of naval and natural history. Caution must be exercised since this series is addictive.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2005

    All I can say is WOW

    Post Captian is one of O'Brian's greatest books. I had to tear myself away from it last Sunday, so I could go to bed. It has something for everyone from action to friendship to romance. However, I do think the government of England has been a bit unfair to Jack. I mean they are making him pay even thousand pounds for the late Sophie and he was doing everything he could to keep it out of enemy hands. Now, I certainly hope no one makes him pay for what happened to the Polychrest. For one thing, that was not a very good ship, and for another, he ahd managed to take the Faciulla as a prize. I hope I get the chance to read more of the Aubrey Maturin Novels for school.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2004

    A good turn...

    This, the second installment in the Aubrey-Maturin series, delves deeper into its main charcters' attributes and personal lives. As ever, O'Brian brings his literary protagonists to life with a zeal that does not diminish the novel's historical accuracy in any manner. You learn to love Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin again, and grow to hate others. And though I am no fan of romance in novels, I developed such sympathy for O'Brian's people that I could not look away from the print; an excellent turn on Mr. O'Brian's part, indeed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Substantially Different than Book 1

    Book 2 in the Aubrey/Maturin series, Post Captain, takes a dramatic turn veering sharply from the highly-technical and action-packed tone in Master & Commander. If you are expecting something very similar to Book 1, you won't find it, as this book delves deeply into the character and motivations of these characters when they are not at sea in a dramatic fashion.

    O'Brian's strength is in his technical writing, his historical accuracy, and in his ability to convey the action of a ship-to-ship battle. His weakness is in his writing of female characters who come off as unidimensional, particularly in Post Captain. Book 2 demonstrates very little of his strengths and very much of his weaknesses, though it should be read to put context to the rest of the series which is better written, more engaging, and definitely worth reading through Book 2 to get to.

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  • Posted July 18, 2014

    Good story

    More relationship and not as much seamanship as I was expecting but it does a good job at fleshing out the characters in this series.

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  • Posted March 9, 2014

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    Can you create a unicorn by longing?  Book two of the Aubrey/Mat

    Can you create a unicorn by longing? 
    Book two of the Aubrey/Maturin series. I have a feeling this series will stand up forever. It’s just so well done, from the research, to the authenticity, to the classiness of the writing itself. It’s charming and beautiful and a hell of a pleasure to read. The relationship between Jack and Stephen is still my favorite thing and continues to delight me. This is a wonderful series, O’Brian has recreated a real living and breathing world and I’m reading it slow because I don’t want it to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    The Adventure Continues

    This book continues the story of Aubrey and Maturin and even surpasses its predecessor with rollicking action, engrossing backstory, more humor, and an exquisiteness of detail that convinces me that O'Brian must have lived through all this in a previous life and is writing what he remembers. There is no filler in this book -- something happens on every page.

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    Posted May 29, 2013

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    AHHH ARAGORN!!!"

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    Great Stuff. You taste salt water.

    Second time around for Patrick O'Brian,s Aubrey/Maturin series. Enjoying it even more this time. Each book is a giant chapter. Every one stands on its own. A great read.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

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    A Bit of a Step Down

    A little bit of a step-down from Master and Commander. Far too little ink spent on tales of adventure on the sea by Captain Aubrey and Dr. Maturin and too much spent on unending love triangles between them and other hapless women on land. The latter half of the novel did improve in this regard though and its conclusion (after the soap opera was resolved) left me eager to read the next installment of the series.

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