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Rereading all the books confirmed that O'Brian is a superb writer and that his ability to evoke the past is outstanding. O'Brian has numerous gifts as a writer. He is the master of the long, careful description, and the short, telling episode. His ability to construct ingenious but creditable plots is first-rate, probably because he based much of the action of his books on actual events. For example, some of the episodes of Jack Aubrey's career are based on the life of the famous frigate captain, Lord Cochrane. O'Brian excels also in his depiction of characters. His ability to develop psychologically creditable characters through a combination of dialogue, comments by other characters, and description is tremendous. O'Brien's interest in psychology went well beyond normal character development, some books contain excellent case studies of anxiety, depression, and mania.
Reading O'Brien gives vivid view of the early 19th century. The historian Bernard Bailyn, writing of colonial America, stated once that the 18th century world was not only pre-industrial but also pre-humanitarian (paraphrase).Read more ›
On the other hand, I've never really warmed to Martin. He's appeared in several of the books and I've always found him a bit of a bore. He starts to unravel here, which gives me hope he'll be leaving the series soon, the creature.
Book #15 isn't the most incident-packed or the most adventuresome; it's more of a character study--the crew as a single organism, with its delicate balance of tempers and morale thrown shockingly out of whack by the blithe sexual presence of one young woman. Absolutely fascinating from start to finish. I couldn't put it down.
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If you've got to 15 you will know what to expect and this doesn't disappoint! So go straight at em!Published 1 month ago by far told