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@tipo158 – The Aubrey/Maturin books are some of my very favorites as well; although there are high points and low points as in all series, they almost hang together as one gigantic novel  The characters are beautifully developed; it's as compelling a portrait of a loyal but complicated friendship as I can think of – even though on the face of it they have nothing in common but a love of music and coffee.  Another thing I've noticed about the books is that O'Brian seems to have consciously drawn Jane Austen's world from the other side; during the interludes when they're on shore (especially before Jack and Sophia finally get married) it feels like you're getting a glimpse into the man's side of “Pride and Prejudice”.