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Post Captain by Patrick O'Brian
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Oct 22, 10

bookshelves: aubrey-maturin, fiction, history, military, in-my-library, napoleonic-era, naval
Read from September 26 to October 06, 2010

** spoiler alert ** A great read, but with two significant plot holes and one complete contrivance.

Hole 1: Stephen Maturin is challenged by Jack Aubrey, which must by definition end in a duel or an apology; neither takes place.

Hole 2: Maturin inherits, from Aubrey, a manservant in the form or a thief that attempted to rob Aubrey. That man simply disappears after debt-collector thugs are thwarted at Pullings' promotion party.

The contrivance: Maturin sneaks Aubrey out of France & Spain by dressing him in a bear costume / hide. This "disguise" includes moments of Aubrey dancing and otherwise being inspected close; it's fair to say, no man in a bear hide is going to move or act as a bear would.

Other than those glaring issues, it's a great read.
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