Patrick O’Brian is the nom de plume of English novelist Richard Patrick Russ (1914-2000). O’Brian is best known for his Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin series that spanned 21 novels and was adapted into the motion picture Master and Commander. Besides the Aubrey/Maturin books, he also wrote a few standalone novels and short story collections.

O’Brian began his literary career with Caesar in 1930 (when he was merely 16). The book led him to be labelled by critics as the boy-Thoreau, as a reference to American author Henry David Thoreau. Below is a list of Patrick O’Brian’s novels in order of when they were originally published:

Publication Order of Aubrey/Maturin Books


Master and Commander(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Post Captain(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
HMS Surprise(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Maritius Command(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Desolation Island(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Fortune of War(1979) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Surgeon's Mate(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Ionian Mission(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Treason's Harbour(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Far Side of the World(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Reverse of the Medal(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Letter of Marque(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Thirteen-Gun Salute(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Nutmeg of Consolation(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Truelove(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Wine-Dark Sea(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Commodore(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Yellow Admiral(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Hundred Days(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blue at the Mizzen(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
21: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


Caesar(1930) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hussein, An Entertainment(1938) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Testimonies(1952) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Catalans(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Road to Samarcand(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Golden Ocean(1956) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Unknown Shore(1959) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Richard Temple(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: Clarissa Oakes was published as The Truelove in the USA. The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey was published as 21 in the United States. Testimonies was published as Three Bear Witness in the UK. The Catalans was published as The Frozen Flame in the United Kingdom.

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