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The Commodore by Patrick O'Brian
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Feb 22, 2012

really liked it
Read from September 07, 2010 to February 01, 2012

Here we have the 17th installment in this wonderful Napoleonic-era naval adventure series. I've been away from this series for over a year (and am not entirely sure why) and it has been such a delight to again immerse myself in the funny, super-smart, high-stakes world of Jack Aubrey, now a commodore of a fleet of ships, and Stephen Maturin, everyone's favorite illegitimate Irish/Catalan doctor/spy. This book is notable for Maturin meeting his daughter (I did not think I could love Maturin anymore than I already did but WOW), for the stomach-turning horror of the African slave trade (this is post-Wilberforce and Aubrey's fleet has been sent to disrupt the slave trade), and for making me feel yet even more resentful toward Diana than I already did. The unfeeling floozy!
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