More Aubrey & Maturin. What can I say. Sorta like Lays Potato Chips. Have one and you gotta go for 'em all
First I encourage you to read the series in sequence. Where one book ends, the next starts.
This book is a novel in about three parts - a set of sea skirmishes, a land based battle, and hike/long journey across the Andes. Each was important to the book, but frankly the sea skirmishes and the journey across the Andes deserved more words, as did Mauturin's spy work. Much more.
I really appreciate the naturalism (being a naturalist) of Mauturin. I like the observations of plants, and animals, and observations of humans.
All in all, this is a dark book. Several deaths (remember it's a war book), some of the secondary charterers have a falling out, and strains on friendships
Triggers: violence, a lot, it is a war book at it's core. Sex, not much and it's all off camera. Lots of references to sins of the heart (lust). references to recreational drug use. Brief (and somewhat funny) reference to cannibalism
Fantastic 19-book series. If you loved the Horatio Hornblower series, you will LOVE these too. Don't think if you read one series you can skip the other. The main characters in each series are very different and should be savored all on their own. This series has Captain Jack Aubrey and his quirky sidekick Dr. Stephen Maturin. Pick a quiet evening and just enjoy them all. I think there was only one out of the entire 19 that I thought was a bit disappointing compared to the other 18. Both series are similar in the fact that both authors really set each scene well hitting all the senses, telling you what the Captain sees, smells, tastes, hears, feels....so that you feel you are right there. One of my favorite scenes was from one of the books that just gave an entire description of what he saw, felt, heard etc upon coming up on deck early in the morning. You will be right there waving on the high seas with him.