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The Unknown Shore by Patrick O'Brian
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Jul 17, 09

Read in July, 2009

I am probably like most readers of this book, a longtime fan of Patrick O'Brian, principally through the Aubrey-Maturin series. Like them, I think O'Brian died too young at 86; the twenty books in that series were not enough.

In hopes of finding a bolt of lightning like the ones I had found in earlier readings of O'Brian's work, I picked up The Unknown Shore. I am pleased to report that I was not disappointed.

As a stand-alone volume, it lacks the density and momentum of the Aubrey-Maturin books, but it definitely shares the same parentage. It is very entertaining, both amused and amusing and, ultimately, familiar. It was like finding money in the pockets of old clothing.
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