My Thoughts On Post Captain

On Wednesday evening, I finished my reading of Patrick O’Brian’s Post CaptainPost Captain is the sequel to Master and Commander and the second book of the Aubrey/Maturin series.

Post Captain continues the story of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin’s friendship.  In this book, you can clearly see that friendship is strained by both men’s relationship with Diana Villiers.  The two men clearly weren’t as chummy as they were in Master and Commander.  Weaved into this basic premise, is a good sea tale.  Between Jack running from debt collectors, and trying to make the rank of Post Captain, the story takes us from England to Spain and other places.

I found that I’m slowly getting used to the naval terms in the book.  I figure, if I keep reading these books, I’ll be familiar with the different parts of a ship.

One thing about Post Captain that differs from Master and Commander is that I didn’t feel there was as much naval action, as in fighting between ships.  Post Captain seemed to delve more into the characters by learning more about them, which I felt was fantastic!  Throughout the book I felt I was getting closer with both characters.

Because of my experience with Post Captain, I will read the third book in the series, HMS Surprise later on down the road.  Thanks to Patrick O’Brian for another great naval story!


About Jeremy

Husband, book lover, Civil War Buff. If I could read for a living I would, but unfortunately, it doesn't pay the bills!

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