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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

 

Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin Books

I am re-reading Pat O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series about a Royal Navy Captain in the late 18th, early19th century British Navy. Not only are the books (some 20 in the series) exciting sea stories, the two main characters, Jack Aubrey, RN and his companion Stephen Maturin, a Navy surgeon and occasional spy, are "buddies" in the classic example of tightly bonded (thoroughly heterosexual) men, like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which have a lasting appeal in male-oriented literature. The first three books in the series are Captain and Commander, Post Captain, and HMS Surprise. You can order them here by clicking on the Amazon.com links below.

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