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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; 1st Edition edition (Sept. 4 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762415401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762415403
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 28 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Hardly a breeze was stirring off the French naval base of Brest on January 2nd, 1793 as Captain Robert Barlow (captain by courtesy-he was a "Master and Commander," like Jack Aubrey in the Sophie) allowed the flood tide to carry his brig-sloop HMS Childers, armed with 14 or 16 guns according to different sources, toward the harbor. Read the first page
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 25 2004
Format: Hardcover
Richard O'Neill's coffee table book is a splendid, though terse, overview of the British Royal Navy during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. It does a fine job covering virtually every aspect, from the types of ships to their crews and various subjects such as punishment and entertainment available onshore and off by seamen. It is not the definitive word on the Royal Navy during this period, nor is it meant to be, since O'Neill spends much time relating the real history to the events chronicled in O'Brian's novels. May be regarded as an essential purchase by diehard fans of the Aubrey/Maturin series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Viberg on May 3 2004
Format: Hardcover
O'Neill (The Illustrated Encyclopedia of 20th Century Warships) has produced a full-color reference book that, despite its somewhat misleading title, may turn out to be a useful purchase for followers of O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin novels. The majority of the intelligently selected period paintings and drawings come from the Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth, England, and the National Maritime Museum; that they are gathered under one cover is certainly a major strength of the book. In addition to the illustrations, O'Neill provides a well-researched historical account of what was going on during the Napoleonic Wars, a glossary of nautical terminology, and a "cast list" both of major fictional characters and of historical personalities encountered in the novels. For good measure, they also include throughout a series of informational boxes titled "Through Aubrey's Eyes" that provide links between the factual material and scenes and events from the O'Brian novels. Not quite as authoritative as Brian Lavery's Nelson's Navy: The Ships, Men and Organization, 1783- 1815 or as helpful as Dean King's A Sea of Words: A Lexicon and Companion for Patrick O'Brian's Seafaring Tales, this may be an attractive acquisition for large public libraries with an interest both in O'Brian's novels and in the iconography of sea warfare during the Napoleonic era.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Trinque on Sept. 3 2003
Format: Hardcover
"Patrick O'Brian's Navy: The Illustrated Companion to Jack Aubrey's World" is one of those books that doesn't really have an author. Richard O'Neill is listed as the Consulting Editor, but the Editor and Indexer is Philip de Ste. Croix, and there are a number of "Contributors" including David Miller, who has his own Jack Aubrey-related book coming out soon ("The World of Jack Aubrey").
This is a handsome coffee table-size volume, about 150 pages long, and heavily illustrated. The illustrations may be its strongest point - hundreds of them, mostly contemporary to Jack Aubrey's era and mostly reproduced in vivid color. I have seen many of them before, but usually in black-and-white, so even just on this score, "Patrick O'Brian's Navy" is an attractive addition to a historical nautical library. And there are some modern illustrations as well, usually in the form of diagrams to show complex information such as sail and rigging designations, crew assignments, and the arrangement of watches. Other data is conveyed in tabular form, like those for uniform details, prize money distribution, and crew organization for various ship classes.
Although the primary focus is upon the Royal Navy, there are also chapters devoted to what might be called the geo-political world of the Napoleonic Era. There is a conscious effort to tie all this to Jack Aubrey and the O'Brian novels, with the text, detailing historical events in which Jack took part (including those before the start of the book series) and occasionally providing sidebars titled "Through Aubrey's Eyes" that relate particular subjects to volume and chapter of the novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Gillian M. Lloyd on April 10 2004
Format: Hardcover
This would make a lovely Father's Day present, it is really beautiful. It is also highly interesting and informative. Being a 'coffee table' book can sometimes be a criticism. In this case it is not. This IS a book you will proudly keep where people can see it, but you will also find it infinitely interesting to dip into every now and then.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chip on Jan. 19 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book strikes a good balance between the quantity of information, the quality of the pictures and the narrative. I bought this book when I was around 6 books into O'Brian's series. I thought what better way to get some good background on the series and an understanding of the naval and historical concepts that O'Brian writes about. The problem is that the author sneaks in jaw-dropping spoilers that have just about ruined the remainder of the series for me. The spoilers are completely unnecessary - it seems almost as if the author went out of his way to squeeze them in. It is quite unfortunate that a book that labels itself as a companion to the series gives away critical plot details that occur in the late books of the series. This book should have made the O'Brian books more enjoyable - instead the "surprise" (ha ha ha!) has been ruined for me. Do NOT read this book if you are in the process of reading the adventures of Jack Aubrey - unless of course you enjoy massive spoilers.
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