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The Thirteen-Gun Salute: Aubrey/Maturin Paperback – August 17, 1992
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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 ›
"The Thirteen Gun Salute" takes the crew of The Diane well, well south into frozen waters, battles typhoons, carries with it political intrigue, but mostly immerses us in the lexicon and morality of 200 years ago. By now all who are but a little familiar with Lucky Jack Aubrey know that it is his friendship with Dr. Maturin and the ensuing conversations that make the series fly . . . well, float. Add to that the close, uncanny description of life on board a sailing ship and the tumult of the time resounding with the French, here Malay Sultans, protestants, Catholics and revolutionaries, and you're in for a great, enjoyable history lesson.
Some criticize O'Brian for being tedious. For the rest of us it is why we are there. It is O'Brian's attention to detail from eating pudding before the rats get it to gunnery practice in the late afternoon that makes it all worthwhile. Highly recommended. Thirteen Guns and Five Stars. Larry Scantlebury
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This series is a great collection of books of the Napoleonic Wars related to the English Royal Navy. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by gmk
Too much none nautical detail in the plot which is primarily land basedPublished 14 days ago by KAD WALLIS
This series is the gold standard of this genre; although I admit it's challenging to read O'Brian's 18th century nautical English.Published 1 month ago by Basso Bill
As I am a rated Square Rigged shipmate, I totally enjoy the parts where the author describes the sail trim with various types of breezes and wind. He is so correct. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Raymond B.
This is about the 13th in the series that I have been reading back-to-back and they just keep getting better. Between the dialogue and the descriptions you are actually there. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dale C. Flowers
Another great tale.....maybe a bit more interesting in some way than many of the others (at least so far), with all of the political intrigue added to the great stories of the sea... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Matt Duffy