Books Patrick O'Brian Books by Patrick O'Brian Patrick O'Brian has written books about: Historical Fiction Fiction Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Patrick O'Brian You Must Read This A Skeptic Is Swept Away By The Bromance-At-Sea In 'Master' December 1, 2013 Napoleonic Wars? The Royal Navy? Yawn. Novelist Nicola Griffith had low expectations when she started reading Patrick O'Brian's Master and Commander. But soon she was tearing through the 20-volume series, reveling in the deeply rendered friendship between the characters Jack and Stephen. It's a masterpiece, she says: "Jane Austen on a ship of war."