The Aubrey/Maturin series is a series of nautical historical novels by English novelist Patrick O’Brian. The series follows Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and Dr. Stephen Maturin, the ship’s surgeon. The two are great friends. The series adapts true historical events as part of the story. O’Brian has a distinct style that has led to the series receiving considerable acclaim. The Russell Crowe film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World used adapted elements from several different novels in the series into the film.

The Aubrey/Maturin books began with Master and Commander in 1970. 20 more books would be published over the next 34 years, including one that was unfinished by the time of O’Brian’s death (21: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey). The series has the same chronological order as its publication order. Below is a list of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin books in order of when they were originally released:

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

Notes: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey was published as 21 in the United States. Clarissa Oakes was published as The Truelove in the USA.

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