Iain Gray Freelance Writer

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World - Review

1805: the Napoleonic wars. “Lucky” Jack Aubrey, Captain of HMS Surprise, hunts a much larger French warship, Acheron, off the South American coast. After a brutal engagement leaves the British ship all but dead in the water, should Jack stagger back to England in shame or press on against all the odds? 

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This blend of at least three of Patrick O’Brien’s remarkable Aubrey-Maturin novels is a thrilling maritime adventure.

The action sequences are vivid and shocking, and Russell Crowe’s fiery captain is a perfect counterpoint to Paul Bettany’s subtly charismatic ship’s surgeon.


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