Books Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian Paperback, 459 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, List Price: $13.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleMaster and CommanderAuthorPatrick O'Brian Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary The first volume of the Aubrey/Maturin novels introduces Captain Jack Aubrey, commander of the HMS Sophie and Stephen Maturin, the ship's surgeon and British intelligence agent, during the age of the Napoleonic wars. Genres: Historical Fiction Fiction Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Master and Commander 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."