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At the time of his death, Patrick O'Brian was halfway through a novel that continued the famous and much-loved Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin series. The chapters left off with a moment of almost perfect felicity: Jack has seen his illegitimate son ably discharging important duties, Sophie and his daughters are with him, Stephen has a new love, and Jack, at last, is flying a rear-admiral's flag aboard a ship of the line.

These final chapters have been combined with the historical background to the Aubrey/Maturin series, a straightforward exploration of daily life in Nelson's navy. Many questions about naval life are answered in O'Brian's elegant narrative, which includes wonderful anecdotal material on the battles and commanders that established Britain's naval supremacy.

Don't miss the rest of the Aubrey/Maturin series.
©1974 Patrick O'Brian. Final Unfinished 2004 The Estate of Patrick O'Brian (P)2005 Soundings

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  • David
  • Winnipeg, MB, Canada
  • 09-19-18

Patrick’s Unfinished Masterpiece!

I have read each and everyone of Patrick’s books some twice and listened to my favourites on Audible.
I was looking forward to devouring this book knowing full well it was unfinished. I was totally caught up with these main characters and found myself emotionally hooked on what would happen to them ,as each book was written,so as not to give you what you expected, good or bad!!

So...the unfinished “Men of War” did not disappoint at all. It allowed or made me use my own imagination on how I wanted it to end!!

What a man what a writer ....

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  • Simon
  • 01-25-17

Interesting and good to finish the series

Men at War. I wish I had read that at the start of the sequence. Most interesting. And the few chapters of book 21 make a satisfying full stop to the series. I much preferred Ric Jerrom or Robert Hardy as a read though there is nothing bad about this.

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  • S D BALL
  • 03-26-18

Patrick O’Brian’s glorious final bow.

I am so glad that this unfinished novel was published. I would, however, have preferred it had Ric Jerrom done the narration, having made such a superb job of the series up to this point. From Master & Commander to Blue at the Mizzen, I enjoyed his every word.

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  • Steve
  • 03-23-17

A Shame to have lost this Genius

This was going to be an interesting novel just such a shame it was unfinished Patrick O'Brian was a genius. Stephen Thorne brings out the characters of O'Brian so convincingly could listen day in day out 👍

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  • Mr. L. Brown
  • 04-08-15

Terrible music!

Chapters are separated by awful synthesised music - why not have some of the pieces that Jack & Stephen play rather than this rubbish?

Otherwise a reasonably good reading, though I prefer the narration style of Ric Jerrom.

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