I've read a couple series of nautical, historical fiction. This one jumps right to the complicated language of the sea on page one. However, beyond my general lack of understanding of the nuances through much of the book, I found this a very enjoyable book. I will be ordering the next in the series directly.
Historically fairly accurate, well-written, some interesting characterizations. MUCH better than the movie which conflated several books and was simply confusing if you hadn't read the books. Anyone interested in the politics of the British navy through the Napoleonic wars (how one got a commission, moved up, made money, etc.), the details of different kinds of ships and how they sail, tensions within Britain in terms of class and ethnicity (Irish vs. English), will find interesting material here.
good sea yarn, too many technical details for my taste, my heart belongs to Hornblower
Hard to put down! I had to buy the set.
I really liked this book. It was a bit slow in places, and it used a lot of nautical terms I didn't know, but overall a good story and pretty easy to read. I was pleasantly surprised. It does have some differences from the movie, but most do. Enjoy!