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Master and Commander: Patrick O’Brian: Book 1 (Aubrey-Maturin)

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On escort duty, Sophie is captured by a squadron of four large French warships, and the crew is taken prisoner. Main article: Aubrey–Maturin series The film was adapted from the Aubrey-Maturin novels written by Patrick O'Brian (pictured).

Patrick O'Brian's The Golden Ocean (1956) and The Unknown Shore (1959) both depict fictional pairs of young men, loosely based on real seamen, who participate in George Anson's voyage around the world. Master and Commander was first published in 1969, in the US by Lippincott, and in Great Britain and Ireland by Collins in 1970.At the 76th Academy Awards in 2004, Master and Commander received ten nominations: Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects.

However, unknown to many of his associates, he also serves as a particularly skilled volunteer intelligence agent for the British Admiralty. And why does Aubrey get offended and shut down the semi-playful exchange when someone shouts "Boston beans"? In HMS Surprise (Chapter 6), Aubrey says that "A bird in the hand is worth any amount of beating about the bush".

Yet it boggles my mind how O’Brian could roll out all these very technical, correct-sounding descriptions of watch duties and battle damage and alterations to the rigging, and then he goes and names a ship Cacafuego ("shit-fire"). But I did feel as if the novel consisted of a club that was keeping me out for much of those first 100 pages. In June 2021, it was reported that a second film is in development by 20th Century Studios, a prequel based on the first novel only, with Patrick Ness penning the script.

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