Patrick obrians aubrey maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written hms surprise follows the variable fortunes of captain jack aubreys career in nelsons navy as he attempts to hold his ground against admirals colleagues and the enemy accepting a mission to convey a british ambassador to the east indies. Hms surprise is the third historical novel in the aubrey maturin series by patrick obrian first published in 1973 the series follows the partnership of captain jack aubrey and the naval surgeon stephen maturin during the wars against napoleons france. The hms surprise is the best novel out of the aubrey maturin series by far this book is packed with both scoial and seafaring drama i had no inclination to put it down the entire time i was reading it i highly recommend the series though this book i must say is the best. Find great deals on ebay for hms surprise patrick obrian shop with confidence. The aubrey maturin series is a sequence of nautical historical novels 20 completed and one unfinished by patrick obrian set during the napoleonic wars and centering on the friendship between captain jack aubrey of the royal navy and his ships surgeon stephen maturin a physician natural philosopher and intelligence agentthe first novel master and commander was published in 1969
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