I enjoyed the The War for All the Oceans. There were a great deal of personal letters and diary entries that gave life to the battles and even everyday life of the soldiers and seamen.
As a reader of the Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian, I certainly found several familiar sequences and battles.
The main drawback of the book is a bit of a tendency to skip from one story to the next and back again. To a degree it can be explained as an attempt to maintain chronology, but some anecdotes could have been completed with much less inter-splicing of material.
Overall, I found the book both entertaining and informative. I would certainly recommend it to anyone with a love for the old British Navy, or those who have an interest in the Napoleonic wars.
I enjoyed the book a great deal. I am looking forward to the next installment.
Warbreaker was truly a chore to get through. I liked the narrator well enough, but good lord. I spent 3/4 of the book waiting for something interesting to happen. Do yourself a favor and go read one of his other books, they are truly great books and much better paced.
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